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  (Source: Business Insider)

Collection of discolored iPhone 4 displays  (Source: Gizmodo)
Look at the stars / Look how they shine for you / And everything you do / Yeah they were all yellow

This isn't the first time we've heard of display issues with a new Apple product launch, but hopefully it will be the last. There are reports from around the web that Apple's latest “magical” device, the iPhone 4, is suffering from yellow spots on its high resolution Retina display.

In some cases, the discoloration is showing up as yellow spots in various places on the iPhone's screen. In other cases, yellow lines are seen running across the screen.

According to Mac Rumors, some customers who have taken the iPhones to Apple's Genius Bar for replacements have been told to hold off until the phone is officially launched tomorrow. Given the supply issues that Apple is currently having with the iPhone 4, getting a timely replacement likely isn't guaranteed.

If you recall, Apple had problems with yellowed displays when the current generation iMac launched earlier this year. After numerous reports flooded the net from concerned customers, Apple finally acknowledged the problem in late February.

Apple's iPhone 4 sells for $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model.  

Updated 6/24/2010 @ 8:00 am

There are now numerous reports that there are also issues with the iPhone 4's cell signal dropping out when you hold the phone in your hand a certain way due to the external antenna. Conveniently, some people are suggesting that using Apple's colorful $30 "bumpers" solve the problem. 

Updated 6/24/2010 @ 8:44 am

Here's another interesting tidbit of information regarding the yellow screens on the iPhone 4 (and possibly explains why some people are seeing the yellowness go away magically after using the phone for a while). An Apple Insider forum poster, austingaijin, stated the following:

Apple is using a bonding agent called Organofunctional Silane Z-6011 to bond the layers of glass. Apparently, Apple (or more likely Foxconn) is shipping these products so quickly that the evaporation process is not complete. However, after one or two days of use, especially with the screen on, will complete the evaporation process and the yellow "blotches" will disappear.

How do I know? I was involved in pitching Z-6011 to Apple.

So if you do have an iPhone 4 and are having problems with yellow spots on the screen, give it a few days and see if it goes away.


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Oh Apple...
By NullSubroutine on 6/23/2010 6:38:39 PM , Rating: 4
Sort of gives a whole new meaning to Lemon eh?

RE: Oh Apple...
By NA1NSXR on 6/23/10, Rating: -1
RE: Oh Apple...
By AssBall on 6/23/2010 8:09:33 PM , Rating: 5
Golden Delicious?

RE: Oh Apple...
By Omega215D on 6/24/2010 3:13:13 AM , Rating: 5
The only thing that's delicious is the irony of it all.

RE: Oh Apple...
By quiksilvr on 6/24/2010 8:57:11 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Oh Apple...
By g3pro on 6/23/2010 7:30:51 PM , Rating: 5
They should call it a urinary bladder display.

RE: Oh Apple...
By Gul Westfale on 6/23/2010 7:51:18 PM , Rating: 3
maybe this is apple's revolutionary 'white displays are too bright so we made ours yellow instead' feature. they are saving your retinas and you complain! and it's a mere $599! how dare you!

RE: Oh Apple...
By someguy123 on 6/23/2010 8:12:53 PM , Rating: 5
That screens just look yellow. They're actually white.

The device is just that magical.

RE: Oh Apple...
By amanojaku on 6/23/2010 8:41:15 PM , Rating: 1
Take a closer look! I think there's something inside!

Steve Jobs: I can't go on forever, and I really don't want to try. So who can I trust to run the factory when I leave and take care of the stupid consumers for me? Not a grown up. A grown up would want to do everything his own way, not mine. So that's why I decided a long time ago that I had to find a child. A very naive, App Store-loving child, to whom I could tell all my most precious money making secrets.

iPhone Owner: So that's why you sent out the golden tickets!

Steve Jobs: That's right. So the factory is yours, Owner. You can move in immediately.

iPad Owner: And me?

Steve Jobs: Absolutely!

iPhone Owner: But what happens to the rest...?
[Points at OS X users]

Steve Jobs: The whole family. I want you to bring them all.
[Hands over a list of Linux and UNIX users]

RE: Oh Apple...
By amanojaku on 6/23/2010 8:43:39 PM , Rating: 2
Forgot to add Windows to that list, but you get the idea. :-p

RE: Oh Apple...
By Gul Westfale on 6/23/2010 11:17:36 PM , Rating: 3
and once they are in the factory, guards appear and work them to death?

RE: Oh Apple...
By NanoTube1 on 6/24/2010 6:26:17 AM , Rating: 2
Sooo... IPS is actually an abbreviation for iPiss display technology??

RE: Oh Apple...
By Pandamonium on 6/24/10, Rating: 0
RE: Oh Apple...
By amanojaku on 6/24/2010 4:23:33 PM , Rating: 2
See that thing flying over your head? It's called sarcasm. Yeesh!

RE: Oh Apple...
By bigboxes on 6/23/2010 9:16:11 PM , Rating: 5
It's a feature dammit.

RE: Oh Apple...
By themaster08 on 6/24/2010 1:50:50 AM , Rating: 4
No doubt that reader1 will not even comment on this article.

Reality distortion field in full force.

RE: Oh Apple...
By piroroadkill on 6/24/2010 9:06:30 AM , Rating: 3
Correct so far. His DT probably doesn't even have this article showing.

RE: Oh Apple...
By SkullOne on 6/24/2010 10:03:40 AM , Rating: 3
reader1, reader1, where for art thou reader1?

RE: Oh Apple...
By DigitalFreak on 6/24/2010 11:22:22 AM , Rating: 2
Don't forget Pirks!

RE: Oh Apple...
By Pirks on 6/24/2010 1:52:59 PM , Rating: 1
yeah, and that too
good boy

RE: Oh Apple...
By Pirks on 6/24/2010 1:21:22 PM , Rating: 1
where for art thou reader1?

buzz off pirate, this line is copyrighted by me :P

RE: Oh Apple...
By fatedtodie on 6/24/2010 2:30:04 PM , Rating: 2
I guess the irony of your taunt is that you misinterpretted "wherefore" to mean WHERE rather than to correctly mean WHY.

Please at least attempt to be intelligent in your taunt otherwise you look just like your "victim".

RE: Oh Apple...
By Pneumothorax on 6/23/2010 11:07:50 PM , Rating: 2
I love my "Golden Sample" iPhone 4!

and reception issues too
By Gungel on 6/23/2010 7:09:45 PM , Rating: 5
iPhone 4 Loses Reception When You Hold It By The Antenna Band:

This shows you that it's always best to wait for the early adopters to find those issues.

RE: and reception issues too
By Trickydicky on 6/23/2010 8:53:13 PM , Rating: 3
So basically you short the antenna if you hold it wrong? That's a monumental design flaw!

That also raises a lot of questions. You’re essentially putting radiation directly through your body, quite likely through the same part (if you hold the phone the same every time).

I’d be interested to see how the transmitter responds to that. Does it ramp up the power? Surely some independent testing is needed to determine if the levels are safe.

RE: and reception issues too
By amanojaku on 6/23/2010 9:15:11 PM , Rating: 1
These are radio waves. The fact is the thin plastic casing of any phone does very little to reduce the output. Output is generally related to the size of the antenna. In this case it's a huge one. In an intelligent design that should make for better reception and lower power output. In a bad design power output would go up a lot.

RE: and reception issues too
By Nutzo on 6/24/2010 11:05:56 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe we'll be lucky and it will stop these ibots from reproducing.

By Daniel8uk on 6/23/2010 6:42:25 PM , Rating: 1
Couldn't these people just send them right back to Apple. In the UK you have so many days in which you're allowed to return an item purchased on-line, no questions asked, as long as it's in the box with all of the original items.

I'd personally do that, I wouldn't let some 'Genius' tell me to wait a day or two before I can complain. These people paid a lot of money, they should get an immediate resolution to their problems.

RE: lol...
By Smartless on 6/23/2010 6:46:08 PM , Rating: 2
Um not to back Apple "genius" but what would you do while your phone is in transit back to Apple? If I recall, iPhones aren't as simple as switching a sim card to reuse your old phone.

All in all, everyone says this phone is so great but I wonder how the Samsung Captivate will do against it. I'm still on the wall here.

RE: lol...
By brightstar on 6/23/2010 7:01:34 PM , Rating: 2
Me too, but I'm leaning toward the Samsung.

RE: lol...
By dagamer34 on 6/23/2010 6:47:04 PM , Rating: 2
Sure you could, but it would take forever to get another unit shipped to you, which is why waiting in line for one to inspect and make sure it's A-OK before walking out of the store is worth waiting a day.

RE: lol...
By marvdmartian on 6/24/2010 9:50:00 AM , Rating: 3
Yes, but these are Apple fanboy drones. They wouldn't, nay, COULDN'T ever consider returning something as magical as an iphone!
They simply wait for their demigod, Steve, to tell them it's okay, then chant under their breath, "It's a feature! IT'S A FEATURE!!"

apples got
By cokbun on 6/23/2010 11:49:52 PM , Rating: 3
iPatitis C

RE: apples got
By Proxes on 6/24/2010 11:11:37 AM , Rating: 3
The iPhone 4 needs a liver transplant. Customers with the most money will get their's first.

RE: apples got
By DigitalFreak on 6/24/2010 11:26:43 AM , Rating: 4
In honor of Steve's liver transplant, it's iJaundice!

Ealry adaptor?
By michal1980 on 6/23/10, Rating: 0
RE: Ealry adaptor?
By Lord 666 on 6/23/2010 7:40:12 PM , Rating: 2
Completely disagree with you. Apple made major design changes for this model; antenna, display, processor, OS, etc. So yes, for this generation, people who already have it are early adopters that just wanted to be the coolest dork on the block.

However, in anything technology, holding back one month on purchasing the latest and greatest is just common sense. Trust me, it took great restraint for me to hold back from purchasing the new Xbox 360 250gb. Would I have been an early adopter, yes. Huge design and cooling changes even though it does the same functions. Going to wait one month before moving on it.

Disclaimer: Lord 666 is diehard Blackberry user, but would review an iPhone once its on the VZW LTE network.

RE: Ealry adaptor?
By SkullOne on 6/24/2010 9:04:05 AM , Rating: 3
Totally disagree with that.

4th generation hardware should not have huge design flaws like this. For a company that says "it just works" this is incredibly stupid. You can't compare this to Xbox 360 either. MS wanted so badly to be first to market that they cut corners and it cost them $1+ billion. Apple did no such thing.

In fact Apple has had 4 years to figure this out and make this phone something truly special. Instead they care more about DPI (something Joe Average won't notice) instead of radio quality or correct multi-tasking ability.

By themaster08 on 6/24/2010 2:22:57 AM , Rating: 2
This (as we all know) has happened to both the iMac and the iPhone now. This only leads me to believe that there is a flaw in the IPS technology that Apple is using.

Give me AMOLED any day!

By piroroadkill on 6/24/2010 9:03:13 AM , Rating: 2
Don't slate IPS. S-IPS is probably the best TFT-LCD tech. This is just Apple.

This problem is pretty trivial compared
By vectorm12 on 6/24/2010 8:37:36 AM , Rating: 2
People seem to forget that this issue is pretty trivial(don't get me wrong it's a bad burn for any customers who experience it) compared to the antenna short-circuit issues that are being reported.

I mean the phone still works with a yellow tint on the display but the phone loosing it's ability to act as a phone as soon as you indadvertedly short-circuit the antenna is a much greater issue.

By Daniel8uk on 6/24/2010 8:55:07 AM , Rating: 2
None of the issues are a problem. People can just wait until the Iphone 4G comes out, throw away their current phone and upgrade. Problem solved.

...Not... Let's see how Apple deal with this... 600,000 pre-orders say's AT&T, let's see how many are returned.

I like
By bill4 on 6/24/2010 2:43:53 AM , Rating: 3
How he had to put the "early adaptor" disclaimer to protect precious Apple. You can bet if it was a microsoft product issue, he would have done no such thing.

By zmatt on 6/24/2010 8:22:00 AM , Rating: 3
This is what happens when the looks of a product are more important than how it performs. The designers wanted a high res display in a relatively small screen so they used an lcd that quite frankly probably isn't up to the task instead of getting a more reasonable screen size and resolution using AMOLED screens like their competitors. The antenna probably isn't shielded properly due to lack of space and grounds itself either to the case or the user. Both of these issues never would have come up if Apple was engineering driven, but they have never been. It is all about style to them.

Who's the bigger threat Z-6011 or HTC?
By VooDooAddict on 6/24/2010 11:27:54 AM , Rating: 1
I wonder if Apple's Lawyers are going after the Z-6011 people with the same ferocity as they are HTC.

If they aren't, then it's most likely true: Apple or Foxcomm really screwed up by not giving Z-6011 the time to properly cure. If either Apple or Foxcomm screwed up as suggested then they deserve the criticisms. Sure it might be an easy fix ... but it will still mar the reputation of Apple products.

By Shadowself on 6/24/2010 12:16:46 PM , Rating: 2
How is this in any way related to Apple's spat with HTC? Apple claims HTC is violating its patents. (HTC claims the same of Apple.) Apple has no beef with the z-6011 manufacturer if Apple is shipping the iPhones before the stuff is 100% cured. Apple would get laughed out of court on this and Apple's lawyers know it.

Also how is Apple or Foxcomm really screwing up on this? IF (truly, *IF*) this report is true, it could easily be that those phones that shipped in the last couple of days were very recently manufactured. Apple (and Foxconn) have certainly been manufacturing the iPhone 4 for at least a month now. It is very possible that the ones most recently shipped were the ones in the front of the warehouse (sort of a last in, first out scenario). The other million or so that have been stockpiled could be fine (again, IF this report is true).

I don't see how this will damage Apple's reputation in any way. Even with these early units it is only showing up on a small fraction of the units... and it seems to go away in a day or two. AND even when it is there for that day or so, it does not negatively impact the functionality of the phone.

Now, the antenna issue with regard to hand placement... that's a different story. If the couple reports I've read are true -- that if you hold the phone "just so" it severely limits transmissions and reception -- then THAT will absolutely negatively impact Apple's reputation and the long term sales of this iPhone!

yellow screens?
By muhahaaha on 6/25/2010 2:57:04 AM , Rating: 2
Yellow screens? I'd have thought they'd have a red tint with all the blood that has been spilled in the name of Apple toys.

RE: yellow screens?
By muhahaaha on 6/25/2010 3:03:08 AM , Rating: 1
My only regret is that we tech inclined people know the truth about Apple, but the general public and media are sucked in by the PR bu11sh*t.

This company is worse than Microsoft ever was.

I don't know how long Jobs will last with a new liver and anti-rejection drugs, but when he is toast (a couple years at best) I will still have decades to live and will laugh at his foolishness.

What drives a meglomaniac like him? He has enough money, I'd guess. But unlike Gates, he doesn't contribute a damn cent to those in need.

Asshole == Jobs

By Cullinaire on 6/23/2010 8:27:37 PM , Rating: 2
I present to you Apple's latest innovation - the Cataract Display!

That is "normal"
By chick0n on 6/24/2010 12:16:46 AM , Rating: 2
That is exactly how the magical device works!

No need to doubt or question or anything !

It just works !

By muhahaaha on 6/25/2010 3:27:20 AM , Rating: 2
Its time to expose Apple for what they really are.

Tell your friends that they are just a wallet grabbing company that has no care for your rights (as proven by the location awareness requirement, etc.)

If you want a phone that is locked in to the Apple store, and iAds thrown in your face, then be my guest and but that iPhone4 POS.

Retina display, seriously. Most people can't even tell the difference.

When will people learn?

Steve Jobs, the new PT Barnum, "there's a sucker born every day"

Useless piece of....!
By Funky Santa Clause on 6/25/2010 7:26:30 AM , Rating: 2
So that´s why they are in waiting lines... To get piece of history, totally biggest smartphone flop ever, and they are willing to pay many times more than a cheaper working phone...

Some times i wonder you, why you are so patriotic..=)

By Icehearted on 6/25/2010 1:40:01 PM , Rating: 2
I wondered if this would happen again. Tsk tsk to anyone crying about it. The old saying goes "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, it's my fault for buying Apple because I know they have issues with yellow screens and will not do anything about it."

Those sillies
By morphologia on 6/25/2010 3:48:56 PM , Rating: 2
They must have purchased the Golden Delicious model, and in their haste they did not realize they weren't ripe yet. Should have bought the Granny Smith model.

By Funky Santa Clause on 6/27/2010 1:42:20 PM , Rating: 2
WOW... when is firts jesus sign shown in yellow pissed tint iPhone screen, that would be a hit..=)

inform me
By Help Desk on 6/28/2010 3:15:56 AM , Rating: 2
Please tell me more about the bugs that this phone has, please. I am thinking so hard about buying this but with all the negative reviews. hmmm..

By Zingam on 6/24/10, Rating: 0
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