The ultra-smooth launch of the iPhone 4S may have hit a snag, albeit a minor one: Some users are complaining about yellow-tinted screens.
The discussion thread “iPhone 4S Screen Tint” has gotten 39 replies so far on Apple’s support page. A user called Snowglider appears to have started the discussion by noting a “really yellow tint” on the screen.
Some others noticed the same thing, though some speculated the effect was caused because the devices are new and it will go away within a week or so. Reps from Apple could not be reached for comment at press time.
The people in the group aren’t the only ones who’ve noticed a difference. In his review of the 4S, Joshua Topolsky of This Is My Next wrote, “One thing I did note, however, was how much less contrast-heavy the screen looks in comparison to the previous model. The iPhone 4S has a noticeably different color tone, and blacks seem far less dark.”
CNet also investigated, finding that cases were at least partially to blame because they cause the iPhone to think it was constantly dark.
As far as new product glitches go, this issue, dubbed “Yellowgate” by some, seems to be a pretty minor. It’s definitly not on the scale of the iPhone “Antennagate” in 2010. Still, this could be the biggest knock against the iPhone 4S so far.
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