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Will Apple's iPhone 4S Have Its Own Antennagate?

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Last year, Apple and its engineers were besieged with an uproar over reception problems for its then-new iPhone 4. Dubbed Antennagate, the issue stemmed from touching the lower left edge of the phone, causing significant reception loss for many users.

And now, four days since its release, a problem with the iPhone 4S may lead to its own Antennagate.

Users are flocking to Apple forums to report a display problem with the new iPhone 4S. Compared to the iPhone 4, the 4S appears to have a yellowish tint -- as seen here in a photo courtesy of Cult of Mac.

Also, some are noticing a "washed out" contrast to the new display. One user writes, "My 4S screen is less contrasty, and the whites are more yellow (beyond "warm") compared to my iPhone 4 screen. The colors are less vibrant, and some are pretty washed out. I've also noticed that the screen is more directional than the 4 screen, and in some viewing angles it's more yellow, and in others it's more contrasty."

Another owner promptly brought the defective device to an Apple Store only to find all the devices on the shelf had the same issue. So the problem isn't confined to a few faulty devices.

Even in his review of the iPhone 4S for This Is My Next, Joshua Topolsky referenced a change in the display from its predecessor. "One thing I did note, however, was how much less contrast-heavy the screen looks in comparison to the previous model. The iPhone 4S has a noticeably different color tone, and blacks seem far less dark." Adding, "[The] newer screen definitely has a slightly more green-tinted, washed-out look compared with the older device."

The company has yet to respond, and there's no indication that the matter will escalate to last year's levels of Antennagate. Still, if enough users are unhappy, Apple might be forced to hold another impromptu conference to quell any backlash.

(See also: Google Engineer Calls Google+ a Complete Failure and How to Use Siri on Apple's iPhone 4S)

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