Reports of Yellowing on iPhone 4 Screens

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You pre-ordered an iPhone 4 and it was just delivered. You were in love with it, until you noticed that ugly yellow splotches and bands started popping up on the screen. To your horror, the splotches and bands are actually in the screen itself.

Sound like a horror story? Unfortunately, numerous owners of Apple’s latest smartphone have reported this problem. While no one can yet tell how far-spread the problem is, it is real. Combine this with the news that iPhone 4s are having widespread connectivity issues, and you have to wonder what exactly is going on over at Apple headquarters.

Problems often crop up during big launches of new products, and until we get more information in on how widespread the screen problems are, I cannot say that this is Apple’s fault. Since the phones are mostly made in China, this could just be a batch that slipped through quality control. Of course, Apple CEO Steve Jobs likes to brag about how amazing the new screen is so this is a potentially embarrassing situation for both Jobs and the company. (I mention some of the iPhone 4’s most interesting features here along with some cool facts about the new screen.)

So what gives Apple? We know that there will always be some slipups and defective units do sometimes manage to find a way through quality control, but you have created such an aura of invincibility about you lately that we cannot help but be worried.  Are these design problems or something to do with your part suppliers? While I am sure anyone who notices yellow splotches and bands on their new iPhone 4’s screen will be getting a replacement with no questions asked, it is still an annoying problem that might affect unit sales until it is cleared up.

Having problems with your new iPhone? Yellow splotches or bands? Reception issues? Anything else? Let me know.

*Some information from austingaijin a reader on, has stated that the bonding agent called Z-6011 is the issue behind the iPhone 4’s yellowing screen. The bond is the material used to essentially glue layers of glass togther. The reader claiming that he helped pitch the bonding agent to Apple states

“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.”

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