Few Users Reporting Problems With iPhone 5 Screen

iPhone 5

iPhone 5 is 18% thinner than iPhone 4S, which is quite incredible when you consider iPhone 4S was only 9.3mm thick. To reduce the thickness of the device, Apple has used in-cell display technology in iPhone 5.

The technology integrates touch sensors into the LCD, which eliminates the need of a separate touch screen layer. 

The absence of a separate touch screen layer not only helps to make the screen thinner, but it also improves the quality of displayed images. Colors get a boost, too, with color saturation that’s 44 percent greater than before. iPhone 5 teardown revealed that this has also helped in improving the repairability of the new iPhone.

But unfortunately some users are reporting weird screen related problems with their shiny new iPhone 5. The first video embedded below shows a bubbling or ghosting effect when the user touches the screen.

MacRumors forum member who reported the issue writes:

Just opened my new iPhone 5 and the screen is ghosting, or similar to when you touch an LCD screen. Just curious if anyone else is having this problem. It’s definitely apparent when I touch hard, but even soft touches still have the screen problem when I touch.

Another forum member reports a similar issue with his new iPhone 5.

Another forum member reports that his iPhone 5 screen keeps flashing.

We haven’t received any complaints from our readers nor have we observed this issue on our iPhone 5 unit. We’ll let you know if we get any further details.

Have you noticed any of these issues? We hope not.

[MacRumors Forum via Arnold Kim]

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  • Apple sucks

    Welcome to the Users program iPhoneBetaTesters…! Enjoy it…! LOSERS

    • http://twitter.com/aceboogie777 A

      trolling fag

    • Jayatts

      Calm down, O’Doyle.

    • GiZZeRR


    • iPhoneFreak!


  • Xero14

    It is nice to hold off and see what problems the first batch has

    • License2Sell

      That’s exactly why i buy the “s” versions. Some improvements are made and the design flaws from the new body/components are fixed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/QueSwanson Que Swanson

    Good luck iPhone 5 owners.

  • nightedge

    Omg. WHY ARE YOU ALL STILL SUPPORTING THIS COMPANY? Sorry for the caps, but this is something to be said if never said now.
    Apple has been making poor choices. You’re are paying way too much for hardware that is in fact cheap. The software keeps sucking every time. Not to mention in the US we are stuck with messed up corporate practices such carriers like AT&T, and other Top Carriers. Which legally manipulate the word “Unlimited” on their agreement THAT MOST PEOPLE agree to anyways, and allow them to get tricked to pay these high price services and termination fees.
    I Hope you all know this, and not just ignore this problem. Or, remove, or such. I’m just ashamed how everyone is getting tricked… again…

    • loganexplosion

      I’m ashamed of douches like you that feel the need to go to specific sites like this one to preach to us about getting tricked. Yeah, they tricked us into buying excellent hardware that EVERYONE else is copping. I do agree that we need to band together and attack crappy carriers price gouging instead. But come on bro. find a better use of your time

    • ak

      I don’t know what planet you’re from but there is no problems with software, and you don’t have to sign any contract you an buy the phone outright if you want and pick a carrier of your choice with an unlocked device… stop hating you’re just ignorant to the real facts.

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    did i not say this iphone 5 is pretty crap ? i believe i did. despite the antenna gate sorted at some point, the bumper need for iphone 4 then, we are now facing new problems with apple Q.C (quality check) i cannot believe this issue would pass a american Q.C so, who the acquired apple inc. after steve jobs passed away? who the hell is doing project management at apple these days ? telco industry ? in need of a device to keep sellling/renewing 24 mnths contract ??marc

    • http://www.facebook.com/steffwiz Steffan Long

      Do you even know how many devices Apple sold on day one? Are you seriously surprised that out of all of those some bad ones got through? You are a joke.

  • Grayson A

    I got my Iphone 5 and none of these problems have occured with mine! I have loved it since I got it this morning. Only one thing that is how at&t blocks facetime over cellular 4g?

    • bdone

      the jailbreak is already underway.

    • CutItOut

      After 5 years, I finally went back to Verizon. FaceTime worked flawlessly.

      • http://www.facebook.com/steffwiz Steffan Long

        I would have switched if AT&T didn’t give me unlimited 4G LTE. :/ I want Verizon!

  • Risto

    Well i think this is what you wanted and stand in line for. Enjoy.! Heh i can imagine waiting in line for 5S with this phone. Hey i have a iphone it flickers and the ios does not know where my finger is on the screen. Maps directs me to a cinema in the center of a lake. Have fun with paying for the phone . :D Give all your negative points all you want but its the truth. I told you i will come back to say haha when the time is right. my Galaxy S3 scored on geekbench 2 “1937” no mod no root just plain open and run.compared to iphone 5 1631 and it supposed to be wooooowwww. how fast. No wonder they hide the processor specs at iphone detais on apple site. Every other phone has it openly available. DAAAA..

    One thing dough .. i really was impressed on the drop test. Iphone 5 did really well so thumbs up there.

  • Rob

    I have a squeak that comes from the bottom right of the device when ever i place a small amount of pressure between the front and rear panels. Its very annoying. I would have expected better build quality from Apple.

    • bdone

      get a new one. they will replace it if you can prove…

      • Rob

        I have an appoinment tommorow at the Apple store. They said they will order me another. Other then this issue the phone is great, i love it.

        • http://www.facebook.com/steffwiz Steffan Long

          There will always be some bad ones that get out. Especially considering how many phones Apple sold. It’s not a representation of Apple in any way.

  • neil

    proof read your stuff guys

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Yep, we need to do it religiously. Sorry about that!

  • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

    None of these issues on my 5.

    Just an amazingly well built thin, light and fast handset that is STILL better than any one phone Android has to offer.

    Beat it, trolls. Don’t y’all have some Jellybean Candy Sandwich upgrades to install?

    • http://www.facebook.com/jimmyrs Jimmy R Soto

      well at least most of us know how to install, while most iphone users are plain stupid. the android phone are for devs and people with the freedom to do what they want. customizations at will. sorry keep your small screen iphone cause its still small lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

        I’ve only said this 2,522 times now, but if my iPhone were as big as a Galaxy SIII I’d use it to break windows, like any other brick.

        And my 4S was, and my 5 will be, jailbroken, offering any customization in could possibly want.

        But hey, thanks for ALMOST making a valid point.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jimmyrs Jimmy R Soto

          iphone decided to make a slightly bigger screen with almost the same resolution. i bet you at almost 99% that if they would of come out with the 3.5 inch display on the iphone 5. i know you would of still bought it, cause you are brain washed! have fun with your 4 inch display and your non google maps that dont work properly. :)

          • http://www.facebook.com/steffwiz Steffan Long

            I have yet to see any issues with Apple’s maps and I used it throughout the beta’s. In fact, comparing it to Google’s I found it more straightforward. Example: Google telling you to continue onto a street when there is no other option. That’s just one example. Also consider Apple’s really cool 3D view and better graphics compared to Google. I like it. Haters gonna hate.

    • Felmacar

      I totally agree with you. Yes, android losers!!! Go and keep playing with your plastic phones… And then someone dared to say iphones are cheap… Come on!!!

      • ticomfreak

        Sent from my fully metal HTC Titan

      • FelmacarIsLame

        iPhones are cheap
        Hence the bunch of comments about squeaky panels and broken screen.

    • ticomfreak

      But deffinantly not Windows Phone (Lumia 920)

  • Kwopau

    So glad I didn’t get the iPhone 5:)

  • Investor

    I have mine. It’s great. I’m not noticing any of those issues. Definitely a difference between the 4s. Love how the colors look.

  • me

    Well apple is getting 1b plus soon maybe the can do a little more research on their next new phone. Err sry their next revamped old phone…

  • http://www.facebook.com/Chapstick4 John Chapman

    My screen is all to hell, I do not have to touch it for it to register a touch. Apple is going to replace.

  • jdp

    just opened my phone from fedex. Screen jumped around like a 1960s TV. also wouldn’t respond to finger touches. Tried resetting. Now just doesn’t work at all.

    • bdone

      some pissed off samsung owner-fedex worker, threw your package on the ground and kicked it down the hall like ace ventura! lmao. go to apple and get another one. sorry if you have to wait again. you’ll get jumped to the front of the queue, probably. they have great customer service when it really is their fault!

      • DawidKaminski

        yeah it sprobably not apple fault its probably sombody else’s fault

  • stueeeeeee

    ive had the issues in the bottom vid and my screen actually went off and refused to come back on although the phone was ON making noises etc, had to do a reset to make it come on…..

  • farts Mcpoo-poo

    poop on it, it fixes it.

  • Fishhead

    Has anyone else noticed the poor resolution on the iphone 5? Do a side by side comparison. The iphone 4 seems to have crisper colors, clearer pictures and the white is actually white. All of my background whether its photos, emails, texts, or internet seems to have a yellow hue on the iphone 5! So much for a better picture. Oh and no its not just mine. I checked 10 other iphone 5 ‘s and its the same across the board. No one seems to notice until I point it out to them. Then they are just as pissed as I am.

    • ticomfreak

      Thats because the iP5’s resolution is less than the iP4/s’s resolution. But beter resolution does not equal better colors so they probably used a cheaper screen

      • http://www.facebook.com/steffwiz Steffan Long

        No, you’re wrong. The iPhone 5 maintains the iPhone 4 and 4S’s DPI (dots/pixels per inch) even with the bigger screen.

        Translation for anyone who didn’t understand the above: bigger screen, bigger resolution.

        @OP I too notice the yellow tint. Perhaps a product of the increased color saturation? I only notice it next to my iPhone 4.

  • Diman

    My upper left corner of the screen is slightly loose, it squeeks when I press on it. Anyone else? :(

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      You might want to take to an Apple store and get a replacement.

  • Laughing hard

    So many peeps jealous of the iphone that have to come to an iphone forum and cry lol… Dem welfare checks used to pick up android phones LOL….

    • Laughing harder

      Whats there to be jealous of? Broken screen? Smaller screen? Panaroma mode…wait we had that for a while now. Lol.

      Oh we must be jealous with Apples incredible build quality and QA testing to make sure everyone receives a phone with no problems day one…oh wait.

      It must be the customer service then…im jealous of the customer service and the hipster appeal of the iphone

  • http://profiles.google.com/faizan.amjad86 Faizan Amjad

    Antenna problem in iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 is suffering from
    screen issues… i think Apple will name its upcoming iPhone model…

  • http://www.enigmaticstudio.com/ Tom Zolnierczyk

    They *touch it in the wrong way* – they should know better this time :-)

  • RW

    My iPhone 5 screen has random static shocks like a TV screen it’s weird. I’m getting it exchange for sure

  • RadTad

    At random times during the day my screen will go dim. I have screen brightness at 100% and auto dim off*** anyone had this problem?

  • Adams

    Don’t you guys get it? Some idiots just make this happen by editing the Video… screen flashing WTF !!! you better get your electric fixed !!! otherwise keep using your Android (copy cat) phone YOU BROKERS !!!

  • Adams

    Don’t you guys get it? Some idiots just make this happen by editing the Video… screen flashing WTF !!! you better get your electric fixed !!! otherwise keep using your Android (copy cat) phone YOU BROKERS !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimmyrs Jimmy R Soto

    Its Iphone’s version of live wallpaper! finally live wallpaper! lol seriously open your eyes and mind and get a android phone like Samsung Galaxy S3 and problem solved!

  • wl

    looks like fake video.. check the shadow beside the phone. it disappears when the screen flashes

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    that description of the screen problems doesn’t appear to be a few iphones only, it sounds more of a lcd screen with in cell touch. (i get same problem on my macbook when i touch the screen, dark shadow all around) it’s not bad quality display for a few of them, it’s bad quality design for they haven’t realized a separate touch screen would prevent the lcd display to be affected when touching.apple didn’t sell many iphones on day one either, they were sold even b4 day one. it’s not a apple product. (iphone 5) is someone else’s project very likely telco industry’s & using apple logo licensed by apple. then placing orders to apple but in fact telco industry have already paid for the project & production of every single piece. (turning apple into a warehouse sending iphone 5 to telco stores) marc

  • soarealb

    finally …flash support !

  • Vanessa

    I noticed flickering lines on the screen while uploading photos to Facebook

  • http://www.facebook.com/landais.david David Landais

    Add my personal experience :( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItXgbA_5ihM

  • rich

    Iphone 5 as defo got screen issues.phoned apple and they told me not to touch the screen to hard and there aware of the issue WTF !

  • Heidi Lin

    Good Luck Iphone 5 users! i am happy with my S3.. :) please be careful not to break your thinner phone (designed to break .. thinner ..) as will incur more charges like the adapter :p etc..

  • http://www.facebook.com/chronicmisfit Brandon Stowe

    I having problems with mine not responding to touch or responding incorrectly ie. opening wrong app or typing wrong letters in keyboard. Anyone else having this problem? I’m havin to hard reset the device to fix issue. Happened 5 or 6 times now

  • Wayne

    A minute and a half out of the box and screen started flickering then rows of dead pixels started appearing

  • mikael8

    I wonder if anybody has had this problem with their I Phone 5. When I text to family and friends, the message that I send, becomes 2 or 3 messages, instead of one. This is causing excess text message use on their systems. Also if the message is not sent the first time, and you tap the red exclamation point, then a duplicate message is sent to the receiver. I’m wondering if this is a carrier issue. I have used all carriers in US except for Metro Pc and will not use them, to small in their coverage areas. Currently using Sprint.I have not had any other problems with my new phone. No squeaks, glares, map problems, nothing. Fine piece of equipment. Apps are bug free, and I have downloaded loads.

    For those of you out there, I also purchased the new galaxy phone and there are some problems with them also. They are very susceptible to damage if dropped. had some early software issues with the phone also. Applications downloads are a problem for quality and security. I have had to have my android debugged once already.

    There is no perfect phone as far as I can see. Good luck people.

  • Kelly

    My iPhone was doing something similar to that. It was vibrating and flickering between the lock screen and home screen. Had to return it. Now I’m experiencing two red lines up the screen Parnell with the charger input.

  • Nayeli

    Mine keeps having white lines across the whole screen. Its happened for the second time now. The first time it stayed that way for only a few hours. This time is been a whole day and I still cant see half the screen. ):

  • Skull

    I just got my ip5, charge and when i try to unlock the screen for the first time something is wrong! Where i touch there’s some kind of shadow! Wtf is this? Any solution?