Before playing with the new iPhone, we were unsure about it’s purchasability at this point: there were rumors of screen defects and reception issues. Well, we’re writing this post from the Cherry Creek Apple Store sitting right next to the iPhones… and we can’t replicate the reception issues.
Most of the information that you’ll find online says that it doesn’t happen with every phone. We’re wondering if it has something to do with the way your body is grounded? We don’t know the answer to the reception problems, but we do know that we can’t replicate the issue with any of the iPhones here in Cherry Creek.
Now for the yellowing of the screens.
There have been countless reports of people watching their yellow spots disappear with use. That means, we thought it was an LCD problem, but it’s more likely that it’s an adhesive issue with the screen assembly. Someone familiar with the adhesive (he pitched it to Apple) has been talking in the AppleInsider Forums explaining that the adhesive needs ample drying time before it looks clear. That makes perfect sense to us: the adhesive isn’t completely dry yet, people start using the phones and the yellow spots disappear. Perfect. If you’re one of the unlucky people who are seeing those yellow spots, leave your screen on full brightness and use the phone for a while… let us know if you see the spots disappear. We’re betting that you will.
Here’s the quote:
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. How do I know? I was involved in pitching Z-6011 to Apple.
Apple has officially responded to the reception “issue.” I completely agree with them. Just don’t hold it in that one specific way that causes problems… it’s not like you hold it that way normally. We already told you that we couldn’t replicated it on any of the phones at the Apple Store, what more do you want? Seriously though, here’s the quote:
Gripping any phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.