iPad Pro Is your iPad Pro 9.7 screen yellowish ?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Flameksh, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. Flameksh macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2016
    I tried 3 different iPads Pro and all of them had this yellow tinted screen (True Tone disabled)

    Here is one with an iPad Air 1 on the left.


    Have you noticed the same issue with yours? Looks like everybody is amazed with the screen quality so I'm a bit puzzled. :(

    Could this be a defective batch?
  2. Alicia1 macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2009
    Gold Coast, Australia
    It isn't just you. I have had 2 now and both had warmer displays compared to my 12.9" and mini 4. First one also had a section of bare metal top left near the glass and the 2nd one had a dark corner top left and the bottom part of the screen had a pinkish tinge. Don't think I can be bothered trying again.
  3. bevsb2 macrumors 68000

    Nov 23, 2012
    Mine has a cool even screen but I have come to prefer using true tone which makes it warmer and easier on the eyes. Even with true tone it only looks "yellowish" by comparison for a moment until my eyes adjust and then it looks like a warmer white. iPad screens have always varied in screen color and if you aren't happy I would try another - different store may help. In the past I've gotten up to 4 before finding a screen I was happy with but that was primarily because of uneven color shift. My iPad mini 4 has a warmer tone that looks yellow next to my other devices but is perfectly even and when using it away from the other devices it looks perfectly white. It's amazing how your eyes can adjust.
  4. DMoggo macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2013
    Mine was pink on one side and green on the other, it's going back, don't like the Apple lottery, not at their prices.
  5. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015

    I was at the Apple store confirming this very thing for myself in my case. That True Tone was Apples way of selling a returnable complaint into a feature. Yellowish displays

    Its been known to happen (below is video example not my video)

    I have already confirmed that the 9.7 Pro Display Smears text when scrolling fast about twice as much as the iPad Air 2 but its not present when watching videos or looking at pictures its just the custom timing controller is driving the display slower to save batter while web browsing.

    Also my iPad Pro 9.7 is equal to an iPad Air 2 with True Tone off in terms of color temperature in fact the iPad Air 2 was so cool white blueish (which I like more) after just a few seconds my eyes tend to preffer my 9.7 Pro right away colors look richer less washed out and cold, and that with True Tone OFF. So it was perfect.

    With True Tone on things gets slightly warmer but adjust in seconds to your room lighting so it gets that Paper look which I like right away Especially at Night. I don't want to be looking at a CCFL LED looking bulb.

    I am super Picky about Displays and against the best I have a 5.7 inch OLED Samsung Note 5 the Pro 9.7 Colors and Brightness do not let you down and vs an OLED side by side thats impressive.

    If your Pic is really with True Tone off thats a no questions return for me.
  6. Booloo macrumors regular


    Mar 18, 2012
    Is the pro "yellowish" or does it just use a warmer color temperature? I could make the same thread asking if the Air is "too blue".

    Most people are used to a cooler display temperature, even if in a lot of cases the colors aren't very accurate.

    Not sure what display has more accurate whites, but after using my calibrated plasma TV for a while I always feel like my iPhone or iPad's are too blue.

    I'd stick with it.
  7. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
    Mine has no yellow tint when true tone is off:cool:
  8. Spacegray macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2016
    Compared directly to an iPad Air 2, my iPad pro 9,7 shows a slightly warmer white. It looks more like a piece of paper, than like a blueish LCD display. That's ok for me.
    Unfortunately it ihas a minor loss of brightness to the left edge and upper left corner. So white and grey look a little dirty in these regions.
  9. CE3, Apr 10, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2016

    CE3 macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2014
    I was comparing it to the Air 2 yesterday and the white level on the new Pro is definitely warmer w/ True Tone off. The rest of the colors looked the same on the Pro.. perhaps a bit more saturated.

    I think I prefer the cooler display of the Air 2, but I also have a glass screen protector on the Pro (never had one on the Air). This makes the display more reflective, and I think that may factor into me preferring the Air 2, as well.
  10. TheMustacheBandit macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2016
    I noticed this yellowish screen of the 9.7 iPad Pro's when I checked them out at the Apple Store. In fact at one point I went to settings to turn off true tone thinking it was on but it was already off. Not sure what they were thinking if these yellowish screens were intended, they look bad.
  11. Wackery macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2015
    Yellow screens, Apple: "it's a feature called true tone display, you'll love it".
  12. stevemiller macrumors 68000

    Oct 27, 2008
    Compared to my phone and laptop, the iPad with true tone off actually reads like it has a weaker red channel, or conversely the other two read like they are a touch purple. True tone on, whites become that cream colour though, so I'm pretty sure the screen is capable of running the gamut.

    If I don't look at any of them side by side they all look fine :p

    I've gotten a bum screen before so ultimately if it's distractingly bad go for a swap, but I'd just caution against reading too much into how different displays look next to each other.

    My one thought on this whole true tone thing, and how people marvel at how bad it supposedly looks when you turn it off and "how did I ever live without this" type statements, is that the brain in general is pretty good at white balancing to whatever you throw at it. I'd contend that what throws people is the sudden shift in and of itself. If you use *any* display for 5-10 minutes then suddenly shifted the temperature it would look wrong at first, and then your eyes would adjust, and it'd again look weird going in the other direction.

    I think it's nice that the shifts match the room ambience, but ultimately I think it's a bit overblown. :)
  13. Alicia1 macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2009
    Gold Coast, Australia
    When I returned my 2nd one to the store and showed them the dark corner and I mentioned the Pink hue at the bottom. The first thing he says to me I think I know what is causing that. Before he went further I said and no it isn't the true tone. He stopped talking after that and refunded the iPad.
  14. auero macrumors 65816

    Sep 15, 2006
    It's not just you. I've had three devices all look different, but unless you're comparing them side by side you tend not to notice.
  15. Harthag macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2009
    My 9.7" Pro has no yellow tint at all when true tone is disabled, winner on the 1st try in every other respect as well. I can't remember the last time I got a good iDevice on the 1st try. I am shocked.
  16. BitSlap macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2016
    Put it next to a non iPad Pro and you will see the yellow hue. They have stated they made all the iPad Pro 9.7 screens slightly warmer than normal. Trust me, yours has it.
  17. Harthag macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2009
    Mine doesn't look like those yellow examples in this thread. I've returned several MacBook Pros in the past for yellow tint, a few iPads, and 1 iPhone. I use a ColorMunki Display colorimeter with DisplayCAL on my desktop IPS monitors. I know yellow tint when I see it and my Pro 9.7 doesn't suffer from it. My Mini 4 is too white / cool and looks blueish next to the new Pro (although I don't mind cooler white, it's not accurate white). My iPhone 6S is about the same as my 9.7 Pro. Not too cool and not too warm, it's how it should be. To each his own I guess.
  18. seadragon Contributor

    Mar 10, 2009
    Same here. The screen on my 9.7 Pro is the best I've ever seen, and I've seen (and bought and returned) many over the years due to screen problems.
  19. KarinvdB macrumors member


    Apr 3, 2016
    The Netherlands
    This. When I got my 9.7" Pro I was happy, then I decided to compare screens with my Air 1, wanting to see the difference in color gamut and such. I noticed it was a bit yellower looking then. I became worried, then I pulled out my iPhone 6 Plus and boyfriend's iPad mini 3. The Pro was actually closest to my iPhone in warmth. The mini looked pink. We'd never noticed these differences before. So, being that my two iOS devices were now very close, I was happy and still am.
  20. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    I'm not questioning what the OP sees but every time a new iOS device is released there are always many people complaining that the screen of this new device is way more yellowish than the previous one they own. Over these years, new iOS devices must be completely yellow by now (joking). But it didn't happen. So I'm not sure if the screen tone is simply some kind of lottery or a general trend of getting more yellowish.

    I find the screen of my iPad Pro 9.7 to be way more yellowish than the big iPad Pro but mostly due to True Tone. It may be a software bug, but all I see what True Tone does is to turn the screen yellowish. I never see it turns blue in fact.

    With True Tone turn off it is still a bit more yellowish but I find the screen quality to be better than the big one overall, coz the backlight is not really even on the big iPad Pro. Or the big Pro is actually too blue? I am not sure.
  21. Commy1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2013
    I turned true tone off to check, and I suppose I've gotten so used to it that it looks too blue now lol. Definitely not yellowed
  22. bevsb2 macrumors 68000

    Nov 23, 2012
    I have compared my 9.7 iPad Pro to my Air 2 and the screens are almost identical without True Tone on - both cool white, but the Air 2 has a very minimal book spine that my Pro does not. My mini 4 on the other hand has a much warmer white (not yellow) screen. Except for the hardly noticeable book spine on the Air 2, all 3 screens are perfectly even with no yellow anywhere and I have returned several iPads in the past because of yellow or uneven screens so I know one when I see it. ;)
  23. EldonChew, Apr 14, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2016

    EldonChew macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2011
    Mine is and is very noticeable when I switch to it from my iPhone or Mac :(

    Not sure if I should exchange.. what if I get another one with a yellow screen again.. exchange again?..

  24. chrisrosemusic1 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2012
    Northamptonshire, England
    Mine is about on par with my MacBook with true tone off. Is the best iPad display I've ever owned :)

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  25. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005
    I exchanged one, it was too yellow.. compared to one I had bought from apple. even with same settings and same load. Are there TWO screens on these units?

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