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    May 12, 2012
    Are applecare replacement iphones refurbished?
    I ask this because I went to the apple store yesterday and got a replacement phone for my 4s that I broke, upon receiving the phone I asked bluntly if the replacement phones are refurbished because frankly I just don't trust apple.

    when I got home, i noticed that the color on the screen was very washed out and had almost a yellow tint to it. I thought it could have been just my eyes, but i compared it to two of my friend's phones and they agreed that the resolution was visibly tainted. Has anyone else had this problem?

    btw this is my first post, and I joined this site for the purpose of asking the question, so i apologize if it has been brought up before.

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    chas_m's Avatar
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    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    They usually are.

    If yours has a replacement tint, take it back and get another.

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    Mar 17, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    Way... way too many specs to list.
    This is true for almost all manufacturers by the way. Not just apple. All in all, it's generally not a big deal (refurb units are qc'd again generally), but as above... If its not right, bring it back. Things do happen.
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    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    This is true for almost all manufacturers by the way.
    Yep. From the least inexpensive cell phone to an expensive iPhone. It's an industry standard. The difference, however, is that a refurbished unit from Apple is generally the same as a new one. Yours was a quirk and as stated, take it back and get another.

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    Dec 31, 2010
    Preston, Lancs, UK
    Mac Mini 2011 i5 2.3/8GB, MBPr 15 2013 with i7/16GB both running Yosemite
    Just to add, I have a 3GS which I have used for 18 months and my wife then used for 6 months and there has been no discolouring of the screen. I've never heard anyone having that problem. I think you were just unlucky so, like the guys say, take it back to the store and get another.

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