Yellow Tint on Late 2015 27" Retina iMAC

Discussion in 'iMac' started by twohoots, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. twohoots macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2015
    Hey all,

    I took delivery of a new 27" Retina iMac last week and I'm starting to think the color might be off. I have the machine sat next to a Dell IPS panel, nothing fancy, running at factory defaults. If I open a Finder window on both screens, the iMac is clearly a warmer tone.

    I've attached a quick iPhone snapshot, it's exaggerating the issue a bit, but it's honestly not far off. Neither screen has been calibrated.


    Any suggestions? Really hoping the answer is not going to involve sending it back...
  2. TimmyDee macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2007
    Have you tried using the ColorSync Utility to create profiles for each display? I'm guessing the iMac just has a warmer temperature set than the Dell.
  3. TonySemaanPhoto macrumors newbie


    Sep 30, 2015
    Its relative to what your looking at, After a proper calibration(xrite colormunki) it get more yellow. To me the monitor looks more pink on a white background but most LCD on white have a slight pink cast.
  4. twohoots thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2015
    So you think it looks right? Having the Dell sat next to it is exaggerating the issue, (if there is one) and that screen isn't calibrated either. I guess to my eyes, the Dell looks pretty close to white, which is I what I assume should be the case. I'm thinking of seeing if I can take the iMac to my local store and do some side by side comparisons.

    Are there any known issues with ColorMunki under El Cap?
  5. TonySemaanPhoto, Oct 29, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2015

    TonySemaanPhoto macrumors newbie


    Sep 30, 2015
    No issues so far with ColorMunki, Im using it as my ambient light sensor. The screen looks much more accurate than the stock color profile which has a much cooler white balance. As far as is it a flaw? Probably not. When I got my new Galaxy note 5 I thought the same thing about it. Then I compared it to my Macbook Retina which was the same. I think It has to do with nature of high resolutions screens.
  6. dsc888 macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2010
    Boston, MA USA
    Yes. I immediately noticed that my new iMac has a slight pink tint especially when you look at the sides of the screen. It's the LCD backlighting for sure. My Retina MBP also has a very slight pink tint. You can actually see the color come through the Apple logo on the cover of the rMBP when it is open and being used.

    I think the problem is that these are mass produced, high quality LCDs and we are definitely seeing some uneven backlighting/bleed. All LCDs suffer from this but the very expensive professional units are more consistent and can be better adjusted with custom calibrated hardware and software.

    I went and looked at my old 27" non-Retina Apple Cinema Display, 2010 17 inch MBP, 2012 rMBP, iPad Air 2, and new iPhone 6S+ and they ALL have some kind of slight tint and uneven backlighting. All the ones in the Apple Store have the same issue. Until the day Apple can get OLED tech into the displays, we will continue to have issues especially for those who do color correction such as artists and photographers, who have very trained eyes and are very sensitive to color and brightness variations.
  7. TonySemaanPhoto macrumors newbie


    Sep 30, 2015
    Yeah totally but screen is beautiful none the less, very happy with it after the calibration.

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