iPhone X iPhone XS / XS MAX Yellow Screen Tint Color Temp Comparison Pics

Does your iPhone XS / XS MAX have a yellow tint?


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DanPH77

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Here is an example of the color temp/hue of the XS Max. All pics took with a professional camera. Personally, to my eyes it still feels warm (looks like 5000k instead of 6500k) but in the pics it looks OK. My serial # starts with F2

Album is here with more pics (click link below)
https://imgur.com/a/Z2dfjWX


 

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tcdav26

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Here is an example of the color temp/hue of the XS Max. All pics took with a professional camera. Personally, to my eyes it still feels warm (looks like 5000k instead of 6500k) but in the pics it looks OK. My serial # starts with F2

Album is here with more pics (click link below)
https://imgur.com/a/Z2dfjWX


Just check out your Imgur link. Where you have the color filter set is as close to how my X looked! It’s crazy how much warmer the XS/XS Max’s are.
 

alFR

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Here is an example of the color temp/hue of my XS Max. All pics took with a professional camera. Personally, to my eyes it still feels warm (looks like 5000k instead of 6500k) but in the pics it looks OK. My serial # starts with F2

Album is here with more pics (click link below)
https://imgur.com/a/Z2dfjWX

There is already a massive thread on this that you posted this to as well, why start another?
 
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DanPH77

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Just check out your Imgur link. Where you have the color filter set is as close to how my X looked! It’s crazy how much warmer the XS/XS Max’s are.
Yea, problem is that changing the hue is not fixing the problem. Need a color temp adjustment slider...there use to be one in old iOS's. I talked with Apple and they said it was intended to be warmer because of the eye health...in my opinion that is a load of crap because there is so much variance floating around right now. It would have been better to allow everyone to adjust the temp of the phone to their liking...2700k up to 6500k
 
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DanPH77

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There is already a massive thread on this that you posted this to as well, why start another?
So users can see pics of what is going on in detail from a professional camera instead of having to sniff through 41 pages of content that is scattered...that is why.
 
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alFR

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No white balance setting info. No info on which camera was used. Being viewed on a massive range of mostly uncalibrated displays making any comparison pretty meaningless. Doesn’t seem that useful to me, but there we go.
 
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DanPH77

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No white balance setting info. No info on which camera was used. Being viewed on a massive range of mostly uncalibrated displays making any comparison pretty meaningless. Doesn’t seem that useful to me, but there we go.
White point is default, camera is a $1000 Canon DSLR, also being viewed by multiple users who have different perspective on what looks better to them...(reason for 2700k-6500k bulbs)

Its not useful because you dont want it to be, but there we go.
 
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Ashleyx0x0marie

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Yea, problem is that changing the hue is not fixing the problem. Need a color temp adjustment slider...there use to be one in old iOS's. I talked with Apple and they said it was intended to be warmer because of the eye health...in my opinion that is a load of crap because there is so much variance floating around right now. It would have been better to allow everyone to adjust the temp of the phone to their liking...2700k up to 6500k
My warm display is driving me crazy. It’s a shame that I almost want to return my max because my iPhone 7+ screen colors are so much better to me on it... I prefer cooler toned whites and applying the color filter is awful, it dulls my brightness of my screen. Apple really gave eye health as an excuse... I paid 1200$ I should decide what my whites look like... that’s why there’s True Tone and night shift... so disappointed.
 
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TheRealAlex

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Here is an example of the color temp/hue of the XS Max. All pics took with a professional camera. Personally, to my eyes it still feels warm (looks like 5000k instead of 6500k) but in the pics it looks OK. My serial # starts with F2

Album is here with more pics (click link below)
https://imgur.com/a/Z2dfjWX


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Here is an example of the color temp/hue of the XS Max. All pics took with a professional camera. Personally, to my eyes it still feels warm (looks like 5000k instead of 6500k) but in the pics it looks OK. My serial # starts with F2

Album is here with more pics (click link below)
https://imgur.com/a/Z2dfjWX


Enable increase contrast al it will do is enhance Colors and leave Filters off. In my humble opinion if you need to enable filters to get a tint that’s correct that display should be Returned or exchanged on a $1200 phone Apple needs to deliver no excuses. All displays should be color calibrated before they leave the factory.
 
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MrGimper

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OK, there is certainly some strange voodoo going on. Not sure if it's 12.1 b2 or something else. BUT, my screen suddenly looks awesome!

I was laying in bed this morning, dark room, looking at my phone... TrueTone on, auto-brightness on at about 40% and nightshift off. Screen was the usual TT yellow (I thought on the whole, my screen was decent anyway).

Was reading this forum and saw the post from @DanPH77 and saw his colour filters settings. I turned off TT and set my colour filters to the same as his and saw what a pink mess it made of my screen. I turned off colour filters and reapplied TT and set my brightness to 50% (so just a little brighter than before), and my screen was similar to earlier.

I then thought I'd mess with auto-brightness, so I went in and turned it off and BAM! the slider didn't move but the brightness of the actual screen pretty much doubled, as in retina-burning. Also, the complete tone of the screen changed to less yellow. I manually slid the brightness bar to 40% and it was still really bright (probably similar to slider fully right on auto-brightness). I checked if TT had somehow become disabled but nope, was still on. Checked if colour filters were still on, but nope.

It's properly odd, but my screen looks so much better now, and I didn't think it was bad to begin with. Very bizarre.

EDIT: I also tried a number of different higher and lower brightnesses when this happened, so am convinced it's not just an effect of the screen being brighter. The tone of the screen actually changed.
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Here is an example of the color temp/hue of the XS Max. All pics took with a professional camera. Personally, to my eyes it still feels warm (looks like 5000k instead of 6500k) but in the pics it looks OK. My serial # starts with F2

Album is here with more pics (click link below)
https://imgur.com/a/Z2dfjWX


It's worth just pointing out for other readers, even though you can see it in the screenshot, that you have bold text enabled. They may not, and it may confuse as to why your text looks "different"
 
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DanPH77

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My phone doesnt look good with True Tone on after trying to get use to it for a week+. It has that very warm tone to it. Dont get how toggling auto brightness would change the color temp/hue of the phone. I tried it and couldnt tell a difference. I think in my pics though it seems a little more cool tone than what my eyes personally see.

Trying to figure out what to do before Friday if I am going to return or keep.
 

alFR

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White point is default, camera is a $1000 Canon DSLR, also being viewed by multiple users who have different perspective on what looks better to them...(reason for 2700k-6500k bulbs)

Its not useful because you dont want it to be, but there we go.
I assume default means auto white balance rather than a specific white point like tungsten or daylight, right? If you’re using auto WB, it’ll change the white point for every photo based on what is in the image, which means that a screen that looks yellow in one image could look pure white or blue in the next depending on what background it’s against or what is next to it. That’s why I said it wasn’t that useful a comparison unless you tell us what the WB setting is, along with the fact that what looks better to someone depends completely on what screen they’re viewing the photo on. Unless you have a colour-managed workflow all the way from camera sensor to screen accurate colour comparisons in digital images just aren’t possible: that’s why ad agencies etc. spend so much money on colour management. Sure, you can look at how even a screen is but comparing white point from one to another in images posted on here is a waste of time.
 

maka344

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OK, there is certainly some strange voodoo going on. Not sure if it's 12.1 b2 or something else. BUT, my screen suddenly looks awesome!

I was laying in bed this morning, dark room, looking at my phone... TrueTone on, auto-brightness on at about 40% and nightshift off. Screen was the usual TT yellow (I thought on the whole, my screen was decent anyway).

Was reading this forum and saw the post from @DanPH77 and saw his colour filters settings. I turned off TT and set my colour filters to the same as his and saw what a pink mess it made of my screen. I turned off colour filters and reapplied TT and set my brightness to 50% (so just a little brighter than before), and my screen was similar to earlier.

I then thought I'd mess with auto-brightness, so I went in and turned it off and BAM! the slider didn't move but the brightness of the actual screen pretty much doubled, as in retina-burning. Also, the complete tone of the screen changed to less yellow. I manually slid the brightness bar to 40% and it was still really bright (probably similar to slider fully right on auto-brightness). I checked if TT had somehow become disabled but nope, was still on. Checked if colour filters were still on, but nope.

It's properly odd, but my screen looks so much better now, and I didn't think it was bad to begin with. Very bizarre.

EDIT: I also tried a number of different higher and lower brightnesses when this happened, so am convinced it's not just an effect of the screen being brighter. The tone of the screen actually changed.
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It's worth just pointing out for other readers, even though you can see it in the screenshot, that you have bold text enabled. They may not, and it may confuse as to why your text looks "different"
What was your screen like previously?
 

MrGimper

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What was your screen like previously?
I thought it was OK, but TT made everything too yellow. But now it just seems brighter, whites seem white as opposed to grey, and TT is working very well with no over-yellowing. It's very bizarre. I'm afraid to reboot my phone in case it goes back.
 

Frostys

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I thought it was OK, but TT made everything too yellow. But now it just seems brighter, whites seem white as opposed to grey, and TT is working very well with no over-yellowing. It's very bizarre. I'm afraid to reboot my phone in case it goes back.
Could it have been the 12.1 beta update you have? Did it happen immediately after?
 

MrGimper

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Could it have been the 12.1 beta update you have? Did it happen immediately after?
No, I applied the beta last night at shortly after it was available OTA. There wasn't any immediate change. It was this morning when I switched auto-brightness off and the screen just doubled in brightness and the TT yellow wasn't anywhere near as bad. I throttled back the brightness and it was perfect. There were no lighting changes in the room as it was early morning so very dark.
 

maka344

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No, I applied the beta last night at shortly after it was available OTA. There wasn't any immediate change. It was this morning when I switched auto-brightness off and the screen just doubled in brightness and the TT yellow wasn't anywhere near as bad. I throttled back the brightness and it was perfect. There were no lighting changes in the room as it was early morning so very dark.
Some people report that changing the same settings you have, in a dark room, provides better screen tones etc. Hence, it could be down to the sensor that's responsible for TT, AB etc.
 

doboy

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White point is default, camera is a $1000 Canon DSLR, also being viewed by multiple users who have different perspective on what looks better to them...(reason for 2700k-6500k bulbs)

Its not useful because you dont want it to be, but there we go.
Haha. $1k camera is hardly a “professional” camera. It’s cheaper than your phone. You should’ve reset the white point under your lighting condition.
 

SamIam06

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Sep 30, 2018
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Just check out your Imgur link. Where you have the color filter set is as close to how my X looked! It’s crazy how much warmer the XS/XS Max’s are.
ATTENTION: YELLOW SCREEN IS SELF FIXABLE! I noticed this yellow tint on my iPhone XS Max and was obsessed on fixing it. Finally figured it out and the yellow tint is gone. Follow directions below so you can get your phone display to your personal liking:


Disclaimer: Make sure True Tone and Nightshift are off first. If the yellow tint is still there, which it was in my case, here is the fix:

(Before starting, I’d recommend turning up brightness to 80-100% so you can accurately calibrate your settings to your liking)


1. Visit your Settings App > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Turn on Color Filters

2. Tap Color Tint and verify it’s checked

3. Navigate to the HUE slider and move it left or right until you reach your desired screen look. (I personally liked this setting at around 30-35%, but user preference will vary so maybe use it as a starting point)

4. Then adjust the INTENSITY slider left or right to suit your preference (I personally recommend this setting at around 65-70%, but user preference will vary so maybe use it as a starting point)


At this point, the yellow tint should be gone.


Phone seems dim? Want additional brightness?

Additional optional setting:

Visit your Settings App > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > TURN OFF Reduce White Point or turn down reduce white point as much as possible.
 

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ssl0408

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ATTENTION: YELLOW SCREEN IS SELF FIXABLE! I noticed this yellow tint on my iPhone XS Max and was obsessed on fixing it. Finally figured it out and it looks better then my previous iPhone X and earlier phones now. In fact, it’s perfect now. Follow my directions:


Disclaimer: Make sure True Tone and Nightshift are off first. If the yellow tint is still there, which it was in my case, here is the fix:


No More Yellow!

  1. Visit your Settings App > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Turn on Color Filters
  2. Tap Color Tint and verify it’s checked
  3. Navigate to the HUE slider and move it left or right until you reach your desired screen look. (I personally recommend this setting at around 30%)
  4. Then adjust the INTENSITY slider left or right to suit your preference (I personally recommend this setting at around 65%)

Want additional brightness?

Additional optional setting:

Visit your Settings App > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > TURN OFF Reduce White Point


If you have any questions, or want me to send you screenshots of the perfect settings, feel free to email me at samsmith94587@gmail.com and I’ll respond as soon as possible
[doublepost=1538610462][/doublepost]ATTENTION: YELLOW SCREEN IS SELF FIXABLE! I noticed this yellow tint on my iPhone XS Max and was obsessed on fixing it. Finally figured it out and it looks better then my previous iPhone X and earlier phones now. In fact, it’s perfect now. Follow my directions:


Disclaimer: Make sure True Tone and Nightshift are off first. If the yellow tint is still there, which it was in my case, here is the fix:


No More Yellow!

  1. Visit your Settings App > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Turn on Color Filters
  2. Tap Color Tint and verify it’s checked
  3. Navigate to the HUE slider and move it left or right until you reach your desired screen look. (I personally recommend this setting at around 30%)
  4. Then adjust the INTENSITY slider left or right to suit your preference (I personally recommend this setting at around 65%)

Want additional brightness?

Additional optional setting:

Visit your Settings App > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > TURN OFF Reduce White Point


Some screenshots are attached of my settings. Just try it. It will work. If you have any questions, or want me to send you screenshots of the perfect settings, feel free to email me at samsmith94587@gmail.com and I’ll respond as soon as possible
There was a huge thread about this last year with the iPhone X. These settings are not new. Those of us with an X applied these settings last year.
 
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SamIam06

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There was a huge thread about this last year with the iPhone X. These settings are not new. Those of us with an X applied these settings last year.
That’s great to hear! I to had an iPhone X and did not notice this yellow issue until just recently when comparing my XS Max to my X. Anyways, I found a fix, I noticed others having the same issue, so I posted how I fixed it so others can save the hassle of returning/exchanging/making a Genius Bar appointment etc. For those of us catching up late in the game, I find it is best to just provide a solution to the community than to argue about who found it first. I do wish you the best in your future endeavors though! :)
 

randy.massoglia

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OK, there is certainly some strange voodoo going on. Not sure if it's 12.1 b2 or something else. BUT, my screen suddenly looks awesome!

I was laying in bed this morning, dark room, looking at my phone... TrueTone on, auto-brightness on at about 40% and nightshift off. Screen was the usual TT yellow (I thought on the whole, my screen was decent anyway).

Was reading this forum and saw the post from @DanPH77 and saw his colour filters settings. I turned off TT and set my colour filters to the same as his and saw what a pink mess it made of my screen. I turned off colour filters and reapplied TT and set my brightness to 50% (so just a little brighter than before), and my screen was similar to earlier.

I then thought I'd mess with auto-brightness, so I went in and turned it off and BAM! the slider didn't move but the brightness of the actual screen pretty much doubled, as in retina-burning. Also, the complete tone of the screen changed to less yellow. I manually slid the brightness bar to 40% and it was still really bright (probably similar to slider fully right on auto-brightness). I checked if TT had somehow become disabled but nope, was still on. Checked if colour filters were still on, but nope.

It's properly odd, but my screen looks so much better now, and I didn't think it was bad to begin with. Very bizarre.

EDIT: I also tried a number of different higher and lower brightnesses when this happened, so am convinced it's not just an effect of the screen being brighter. The tone of the screen actually changed.
[doublepost=1538553413][/doublepost]

It's worth just pointing out for other readers, even though you can see it in the screenshot, that you have bold text enabled. They may not, and it may confuse as to why your text looks "different"
Is your night shift off?
 
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