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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!

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