Problems reported with early iPhone shipments, yellow displays and missing signal bars

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Problems reported with early iPhone shipments, yellow displays and missing signal bars
Imagine feeling the excitement and anticipation as the package containing your iPhone 4 arrives. Trembling, you open up the package and marvel over your new handset. You turn it on and all of a sudden you feel like a defunct satellite plunging back to earth. The reason? Your screen is defective as the bottom 10% of the display has some yellow discoloration. Furthermore, when you pick up the phone and hold it, you notice that the signal strength indicator drops bars. Looks like this new device is heading back to Apple and you've gone from sky high to rock bottom in the space of only a few minutes. It appears that some of the new iPhone 4 models that were shipped are defective. The screen, one of the highlights of the new phone with the Retina display, is discolored. "In the bottom 10% of the screen there are three blotches about the size of shirt buttons that discolor the screen a brown/yellow color," one unlucky owner said. With the heavy demand and lack of supply, the question now is, how long will it take for you to get a replacement unit?

Apple iPhone 4 Specifications

source: TUAW





**UPDATE**
According to a post on the AppleInsider Forum, the bonding agent used on the iPhone 4 requires evaporation. Apple/Foxconn is shipping the iPhone 4 so fast that the evaporation process is not completed when it arrives at your house. After 1 to 2 days of use, according to the poster, the yellow blotches will disappear.

As far as the phone losing signal strength, reports are coming in all over about the iPhone 4 dropping calls when held left handed, or when the left corner is touched. This could have something to do with the new antenna that wraps around the outside of the phone. When the $29 rubber bumper was placed on the phone, the problem went away. The internet has been inundated with videos showing this problem.

source: InsanelyGreatMac (video), Engadget


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52 Comments

1. scottmbolt unregistered

Hahahahaha! Looks like ole' Stevy boy f*cked up!

2. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

4. droidman

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

I wish you would go away with those little spots.Stupid Fanboy

6. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

You beat me to it, lol

7. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yea what a self-righteous one I am. Posting valid comments in articles relating to the phone I like. Maybe you should stay away from iPhone articles if you have such a problem. Maybe I'll troll gaydroid articles and call you a fanboy.

8. deejay52420

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Honestly iPhone 4 is the best phone I've ever owned theres pretty much nothing that i can say bad about it...

12. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I haven't received mine yet, but the only thing that could possibly make me return it is if the signal thing is that bad. But I think all I have to do is keep my fingers away from that little slit at the bottom left hand side of the phone. Other than that there's really nothing else.

15. scottmbolt unregistered

How can you claim it to be the best phone you have ever had when the only phones you have ever owned are crapple phones?

19. NOVAinc

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 24, 2010

if all the smartphones you owned in your life were a 3G, a 3Gs and a 4 then obviously he can claim the 4 is the best he had in his life... BTW, grow up... what, are you 13? didn't know that you are not alone in the world and that somebody else may disagree with you?

27. videobandit

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You already troll android articles and call people fanboys, how will that be any different?

28. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

I guess your all going to have to wait for iPhone 4"s" to get a phone with out bugs. It's ok though apple knows you'll buy it. Droid FTW

29. dongdou

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 18, 2009

ha enjoy your yellow spot and you 2 gig data plan..

31. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

enjoy your unlimited (with 5gig cap) while it lasts also.

33. dswatson83

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

You really think its possible that these phones were shipped so fast from the factory at the screen assembly station that the residue didn't dry? Were they assembled yesterday or something? I design assembly equipment and there is no way they would ever let us box up a device before the glue had dried or it had been tested/inspected. RIDICULOUS. If apple is really boxing and shipping these units for immediate purchase with residue still wet and leaking without testing to make sure it dissolved or dried, someone needs to be fired

34. dongdou

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 18, 2009

5 gig is only on mobile broadband not limited on a smart phone. Plus last i checked At&t has the 5 gig on mobile broadband too... Nice try E.N.

35. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Correct and no official.information has been released regarding limited data anyways, these guys need to quit shadowing there proven garbage with speculated trash talk. They're obviously butt hurt, but hey they can video chat with their front facing camera, and they'll all look like they have shit on their face! Lmao...that what Steve Jobs really wanted , was to prove that people who buy his product are shit faces...love it.

37. theGodpapa

Posts: 181; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

maybe you could show some unbiased opinions at some point and state that Crapple messed up their launch. If this was the DROID X you would be laughing at everyone and stating how your cripple fruit phone is superior to all.

38. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

I admit my Incredible has a battery flaw, but my phone wasnt hyped by the heavons as the greates thing since sliced bread. Mentioning a flaw isnt the only thing, its pointing out to everyone DAILY how much better the iPhone is than every other phone, Its slandering every competetive phone that released as the iPhone killer, while saying "Nice try Verizon" Its never about the issues with the phones its about livingup to the expectation that the company and the fan base set. If all you Apple nerds didnt talk so much crap about how noone is as cool as you, there wouldnt be competetive chatter... when you make the bed be prepared to lay in it. And apple is about to have a GIANT sleep over.

39. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Haha all these comments are pathetic. Honestly, let the Android fanboys have their way by posting comments on Apple products. They can call Apple's products crap all that they want. But, as every other website has concluded, the iOS is by far better than the Android, coming from a person currently on an Nexus One. I've played with both systems, and after using the new iOS, by far blows Android 2.2 Froyo away. The experience and features are so much more sophisticated and polished compared to what Google has, especially with the quality of the applications offered for the iPhone, iPod & iPad. I'm gonna stick to my N1 because I like it enough that I don't feel the need to switch, but I will say from my own experience, Apple wins for now.

44. gatordotcom

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 18, 2010

lol why would you so publicly lie about such things.... Its time to go android, the iphone should change its name to itry to be like android lol (from an evo)

45. gatordotcom

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 18, 2010

lol im glad youve said that, im sure there will be a new one ,hopefully with 4g, by christmas

48. rfrapp

Posts: 77; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

The 4g on at&t will not happen until 2011, if at all.

3. NOVAinc

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 24, 2010

I've heard this is caused by one of the elements used to ensemble the phone (Silano Z-6011). It's said that it didn't complete the evaporation process because of the production acceleration to deliver the devices. This process is gonna complete anyway and the dots will disappear. This is what the text said "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." Is that true? we will discover it within a couple of days I guess. It may be hard to make so many iPhones FONT:http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/06/24/will-the-iphone-4s-yellow-displays-cure-themselves/?utm_s ource=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBoyGeniusReport+%28Boy+Genius+Report%29

13. Phullofphil

Posts: 1761; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

allready posted but i guess i dont care any way. It looks to be a pretty good phone

14. NOVAinc

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 24, 2010

yes, actually the prev post was sent while I was just writing mine so I didn't know it was going to be there when I finished mine

5. ilia1986 unregistered

People. Even if the yellow spots go away over time, I seriously doubt that the reception problem will. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX5X5R34eWc This is a very serious issue. If this isn't somehow solved - the iPhone 4 is a dead brick. I nevertheless ask you to be patient, and avoid all those "Haha apple screwed up, iPhone sux" Comments for now. Lets all hope the the fate of the iPhone 4 won't be like the one of the Nexus one.. UPDATE: The problem appears to be partly elevated when using a skinhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1qvNRFZ4Ik&NR=1 I say partly because reportedly the skin still blocks some of the signal - but at least it allows some reception.

10. deejay52420

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I came through a spot today where I've always lost service everyday in my commute to work with my 3GS and I kept a solid 2 bars all the way through on the phone with my Iphone 4

11. NOVAinc

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 24, 2010

Yes, the phone reception is way better than the 3Gs as long as you don't hold it from the antenna, they say

40. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

You would think, after 3 generations and all this time they had to use the "beta" version found earlier, that they would have found this problem while testing it...I understand the yellow thing, but wasn't the Keynote talking about the antenna being greatly improved with the new design? Hm, its only been...less than 24 hours, so I'd give it at least a week or two before concluding things.

46. gatordotcom

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 18, 2010

the beta version was stupidly tested with a 3gs lookalike case on it so they would have never have know the difference... what stupid idiots they are at apple... its all because the evo is so bad ass... they had to try to steal its fame, and it may have now ruined them for ever...

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