We’ve written previously about the easily broken iPhone screens, and it seems like the iPhone 3G will be no exception to the display problems. According to Bob Borchers, the senior director of product marketing for the iPhone, the “yellow screen” phenomenon is “because the screen’s color temperature has been purposely altered to produce warmer, more natural tones, sharper images, and deeper blacks. The 1st gen iPhone screens appeared colder and less defined.” Unfortunately as you’ll see, the new iPhone 3G’s screens look worse:
Apparently updating to the latest firmware (connect your iphone to Itunes, run a restore, and get the newer firmware 5A347) can fix this problem in most units, so give it a try if you’re experiencing a yellow screen. So fixing the yellow screen problem should be fairly easy.
Update: Apple Insider has screenshots of what a proper iPhone 3G should look like; the yellowing is not supposed to be as bad as above.
Update 2: Wireless Info has done some color testing, which shows the new iPhone screens are brighter and slightly warmer than before. The warmth appears to vary with the backlight strength. Mat Honan has a Flickr photoset which shows the difference more clearly:
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