Does Your iPhone 5 Screen Seem Yellow? Don’t Worry Overmuch

Does Your iPhone 5 Screen Seem Yellow? Don’t Worry Overmuch

iPhone 4 on the left; iPhone 5 on the right.

There have been quite a few worries out there on the web today, with new owners of the iPhone 5 comparing the screen to the older iPhone 4 and 4S. I was one of these early adopters, and I also set the phones next to each other to see the differences. When I turned them both on to look at the difference in screen ratio, I noticed that the new iPhone 5 screen had a markedly yellow tint.

I did what anyone might do upon seeing a possible defect in a brand new gadget device: I panicked.

Then I spent a little time on some other sites on the internet, and found out that I might have overreacted.

The yellowish tint has appeared on many new iOS devices, usually the ones within the first few days of release. The iPad, the iPhone 4S, and of course the iPhone 5 have all been photographed and videoed next to their older brethren to show the differences. MacRumors even started an “official” yellow tint thread last week as a nod to the typical new screen issue.

However, the cause of this yellow tint may be simple. Apparently, there’s an adhesive for the digitizer that takes a little while to fully cure. While it’s still drying, it gives a new screen a yellowish tint. According to many sources, this tint will go away in the next few days, or in a week or so. It’s nothing to worry about. A similar answer was proposed in an official Apple discussion thread, so that’s at least two separate sources saying essentially the same thing. I’m comforted.

Now, if your iPhone 5 continues to stay yellow, or develops any of the other issues being reported, it may be time to take it in for a replacement.

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  • TylerHoj

    The only retina display that Apple makes these days, that doesn’t have that yellow tinge is the MacBook Pro’s display. I’d like to see a retina screen with crisp whites and deep blacks. Apple’s almost there.

  • gnomehole

    This is news? There was yellowing on the 4 and 4S… this is like a given. I can’t believe people still freak out over this…

  • ddevito

    This happened on my iPad. It cleared up in a few days.

  • Lee_O_

    This is not a glue issue. Glue issue is only if there is patches of yellow tint. If the whole screen is yellow it is a CALIBRATION ISSUE. Because QC is so damn bad with Apple there would be warm tempered screens and cool tempered screen. A jailbreak tweak ColorProfiles allows you to change the screen hue which CONFIRMS that this is a calibration issue.

  • orangefan

    Don’t worry. Yellow is the color you were looking for as a consumer. Drink the Kool-aid.

  • hardrich

    I had the same issue with 1 out of 5 of my launch date iPhone 4 devices, read a similar article and didn’t do anything about it. After 2 years of daily use, the yellow blobs never went away. If you have yellow splotches and they don’t go away, TAKE THE PHONE BACK! The adhesive isn’t guaranteed to dissipate; especially if large globs were applied. Patience is a virtue, but don’t let your device go past the return period with yellow blobs!

  • Westerley

    Question. I just noticed that there are spots where the screen bleeds (while watching a YouTube video there were parts on the edge of the screen that were brighter than others). Do you think this will go away or should I take it in for an exchange?

  • ali_plus

    I had this on my iPhone 4S and I learned to live with it. My whole screen was yellowish but i didnt know until I saw my friend iphone which was brighter than mine. I am used to it now so no need to change. And BTW if the whole screen is yellowish than IT WILL NOT GO AWAY! Take it back and Ask for a replacement.

  • ddevito

    Wow. I guess this wasn’t the best iPhone ever after all. Shame

  • Andrew

    “Overmuch”!? Is that a joke?

  • Tallest_Skil

    “Overmuch”!? Is that a joke?

    It’s an adverb.

  • ddevito

    Question. I just noticed that there are spots where the screen bleeds (while watching a YouTube video there were parts on the edge of the screen that were brighter than others). Do you think this will go away or should I take it in for an exchange?

    Exchange. You bought a lemon. Screens aren’t supposed to bleed. My iPad 2 has a minor screen bleed. Dumb Apple greedy manufacturing processing standards.

  • joewaylo

    Déjà vu news. 4 4S and 5 I agree with everyone that this is a repeat article. Clears up later on. Would be nice if the blue hue on the camera went away. Indoor photos suck.

  • Saffron Presley-Jackson

    I have 2 Samsung galaxy s2 phones
    And one screen is bright and clear and one has a yellow tint
    So it’s proberbly the screen itself

  • technochick

    I had this on my iPhone 4S and I learned to live with it. My whole screen was yellowish but i didnt know until I saw my friend iphone which was brighter than mine. I am used to it now so no need to change. And BTW if the whole screen is yellowish than IT WILL NOT GO AWAY! Take it back and Ask for a replacement.

    Not always true. My 4s was yellow over the whole screen and it did go away. I would say if it doesn’t clear up by the end of the first week, 2nd tops, you have a different issue. Can’t imagine it takes longer than that for the glue to cure

  • newtechnology

    The yellow tint screen must have two big reasons, first, this phone is started being 100% made in China, second reason is the death of Steve Jobs so no one gives a damn about quality anymore..
    For me I already solved my problem by never buy an iphone again.. no more 750EUR for an yellow screen phone.

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