Some New iPhone 3Gs Sport Yellow Tinge

Reports on the MacRumors forums and Gizmodo comments assert that some of the new Apple iPhone 3Gs look distinctly iJaundiced. Needless to say, the owners are pissed. Did you get one of these banana phones? Send an email with a pic to or let us know in the comments.


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  1. tom2133 says:

    It’s not a bug… it’s a “feature.”

  2. Zeniq says:


  3. dorianh49 says:

    Hey, even the iPhone’s gotta take an iPiss sometime. At least’s it’s not a brown tinge…

  4. dorianh49 says:

    least. gah!

  5. Trai_Dep says:

    It’s encouraging that Apple is entering the Chinese market so aggressively.
    What? What?!

  6. NoNamesLeft says:


  7. bradanomics says:

    lol banana phone

    @NoNamesLeft: Sure, let’s custom make the internet for you. Hold on.

    Get over it.

  8. aka_bigred says:

    Looks like the price the beta testers…err… sorry, “early adopters” have to pay for buying this crap.

    I laugh heartily in my head every time I see a lemming with a piece of iCrap (phone, pod, mac)

  9. Shutaro says:

    The iPocalypse continues…

  10. kJeff says:

    Oh Noes! now when I pull out my iPhone in public to make sure EVERYONE knows I have an iPhone, they’ll laugh at me. What will the people at Starbucks think??? I’ll lose hipster points!


  11. PølάrβǽЯ says:

    “Looks like the price the beta testers…err… sorry, “early adopters” have to pay for buying this crap.”
    @aka_bigred: Exactly. Just like last time, where they had to pay $200 more, whereas a few months later the price dropped like a rock.

  12. MercuryPDX says:

    @NoNamesLeft: I disagree… let it be iPhone day… JUST for today. It’s much more preferred over iPhone Week/Month, no? ;)

    Call me crazy, but this image looks photoshopped. Is it just me, or does the case “chrome” and the cloth background have the same yellow tinge as the screen?

  13. Sidecutter says:

    Worthless comments aside (as well as my personal “Meh” reaction to the iPhone, this is a legitimate issue. Similar things have been spotted here and there with the Nintendo DS Lite and various other devices.

    We do have a right to expect that when we pay for something intended to display graphics, it will do so accurately. I hope that iPhone buyers will be able to easily replace their phone with a proper, brand new copy without any hassle.

  14. sixninezero says:

    Can’t help but make a Charlie the Unicorn reference:

    “Put a Banana in your ear”

  15. freepistol says:

    i noticed the chrome too. maybe a lamp just to the left of the set of phones ? or is it two photos spliced togather… hmm.

  16. Coder4Life says:

    The yellow screen is because of gamma setting in the preferences. Change it back to neutral and you’ll be fine.

  17. I’ll start waiting in line for the iPhone 3G with picture messaging to be released next year.

  18. incognit000 says:

    It’s hell being an early adopter.

    Me? I’m going to not buy an iPhone, and keep using my POS, provider-gave-it-to-me-for-free phone, along with my old iPod, and old Palm IIIxe. Because they all work just fine, and I can’t see how combining all three into one device justifies the cost.

  19. Great! Now the friggin’ banana phone song is going to be in my head all day…
    ring ring ring ring….


  20. MercuryPDX says:

    @freepistol: Look at the highlight of the cloth… it’s yellow on one side and white on the other.

    I don’t think it’s spliced. It looks more like someone selected the left side of the photo, minus the continuous reflection across the bottom of both phones, and did a color adjustment.

  21. Sockatume says:

    I expect this can be mitigated by a firmware update to tweak the colour balance on affected iPhones, in much the same way that the problems on some iPod Touch models were worked-around.

  22. surreal says:

    it’s a phone with a peel!

  23. Bakkster_Man says:

    This image seems more authentic:

  24. savvy999 says:

    @NoNamesLeft: 17 posts on the Consumerist front page, 7 of them about iPhones and how shitty they are to get, how they look, are to hook up.

    What, you didn’t know that Apple/AT&T comprises 41% of the USA Gross Domestic Product? tsk tsk tsk.

  25. MercuryPDX says:

    @Bakkster_Man: Yep… the “damaged” phone is on the left.

  26. MercuryPDX says:

    @Bakkster_Man: Sorry, got it backwards … “damaged” phone is on the RIGHT on your photo.

  27. Banana Phone! Gah! I never heard of that song until a week ago on a BoingBoing thread and now its been referenced again in a completely non-related situation! It is hunting me down!

  28. SAGoon987 says:

    @kJeff: Remember when hipsters were legitimately poor and kinda trashy? They may have been scum, but at least they were honest about it!

  29. legwork says:

    @savvy999: What, you didn’t know that Apple/AT&T comprises 41% of the USA Gross Domestic Product? tsk tsk tsk.

    No, that’s 41% of the USA Gross Domestic Stylin. (Numbers corrected for iJaundice blahs.)

  30. TwoScoopsRice says:

    @MercuryPDX: Yep. The “chrome” trim and the button on the bottom of the left-hand phone definitely are yellowish. I call manipulation of lighting.

  31. Imaginary_Friend says:

    It does appear to be a color temperature issue – looks as if the old iPhones were set to 6500K and the yellow-tinged new ones are at 5500K. Annoying, but as someone pointed out above, it should be an easy thing for Apple to fix in a software update.

    If it were a hardware issue, the iPhones would instead have a gradient shift from top to bottom or left to right like the aluminum iMacs currently do:


  32. SJActress says:

    “It’s not a bug, it’s a ‘feature’.”

    What are you, EA Games? Ha ha ha. I enjoyed that.

    My iPhone opinion? Well, STEVE WOZNIAK, co-founder of Apple, hacked the danged thing on NATIONAL TELEVISION. If the FOUNDER of the company needs to do illegal things to his own product to make it cool, I’m not buying it.

  33. Imaginary_Friend says:

    Solution found on arstechnica:

    “Ars Technica forum readers have discovered that the reason is because the iPhones purchased in-store shipped with a slightly older firmware revision-2.0 5A345. Updating your older phone via the built-in mechanism in iTunes will have picked up the newer revision, which resets the screen’s color calibration to be a little less yellow and more like the original iPhone. Furthermore, store-purchased iPhones can be set to the 5A347 firmware by attaching the device to your main computer, allowing a backup to be performed, and then clicking the “Restore” button.

    This process will take you at least 30 minutes depending on how much content you have on your iPhone, but if that yellow tinge is bothering you, it might be worth it.”