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White iPhone 4 won't be out until later this year

As is reception issues, Bluetooth connection problems, and proximity sensor failures weren't enough, Apple has announced that elusive white iPhone 4 will be delayed even longer.

This is Apple's official statement:

White models of Apple's new iPhone 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected, and as a result they will not be available until later this year. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.

According to a report from 21st Century Business Herald, the company that produces the glass for the iPhone 4, Lens Technology, is having production problems with applying white paint to the glass. More specifically, the company is having problems with finding the right balance of paint thickness to allow clearance for the digitizers while at the same time adhering to the physical standards for "beauty" that Apple has for its products.

Apple's iPhone 4 retails for $199 (16GB) and $299 (32GB) with a two-year contract. Due to the production problems with the white iPhone, only the black model is currently available.  

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By Camikazi on 7/23/2010 9:25:10 AM , Rating: 2
Is white such a hard color to make that it would cause this much problem? I mean it's not like Apple is new to white cases for their products.

RE: Color
By SkullOne on 7/23/2010 9:48:13 AM , Rating: 5
I think it's more along the lines of they're fixing the antenna issue secretly and will use the white model as the guinea pig.

RE: Color
By dragonbif on 7/23/2010 11:22:38 AM , Rating: 2
If you dont get it right the first time call it IPhone 4.1.

RE: Color
By Drag0nFire on 7/23/2010 11:55:00 AM , Rating: 2
They're probably trying to engineer it so it doesn't discolor when it overheats.

Normally they wouldn't care, but with the problems that have already been publicized, it's not surprising they want to avoid another problem.

RE: Color
By theapparition on 7/25/2010 9:11:22 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, white is one of the hardest colors to paint. It's inherently easier to paint darker colors. Don't do it right, and you get some shade of gray.

Probably what the Apple gestapo is concerned about. The only way to get a true good white is multiple coats, the end result being too thick.

So maybe for the first time ever, I believe Apple to be telling the truth.

"More Popuplar"
By sciwizam on 7/23/2010 9:32:29 AM , Rating: 6
The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.

No wonder, it's the only one they are selling.

So we are to believe...
By Motoman on 7/23/2010 10:58:47 AM , Rating: 3
...that white paint has a significantly different thickness than black paint, such that you have to "calibrate" your shiznit differently from one color to another for physical clearance purposes?

Apple is retarded. They're trying to find a way to fix their horrifically defective iPhoney before releasing the next model. Which honestly, is exactly what they should be doing, and what they should be telling us they're doing.

But always, Apple has to pretend that there's no problem here, move along, just getting the new paint sorted...

Every Apple product should come with a complementary vasectomy/hysterectomy - the average IQ of the world's population would triple in a generation.

RE: So we are to believe...
By amanojaku on 7/23/2010 2:07:55 PM , Rating: 3
Didn't you know? A key component of the white paint is Jobs' semen, which is in short supply due to his awesome sex life. He'll have more once he stops screwing his customers.

By damianrobertjones on 7/23/2010 11:34:04 AM , Rating: 3
- Possible released the same time as Winmob 7
- Will be a fixed version
- It will sell like hot cakes.

Seriously, nearly everyone that doesn't have an iphone has heard, "Why don't you get an iPhone?"...

Now iphone owners will hear, "Oh, you have the standard model, I have the white model and a really stupid sense of smug and ego"

Why not just believe them?
By SleepyGreg on 7/23/2010 7:23:48 PM , Rating: 2
Why would they delay the white model to fix the antenna? Why does it matter what colour it is when they fix it? They'll fix it when they fix it, black and white. Is it really that hard to believe that they have a problem with paint tolerances instead of another conspiracy theory?

Quote from an insider: "I cannot say who I am as Apple does have a non-disclosure in effect for this, but: The color specifications for the white on the new iPhones are just crazy. The tolerances they are trying to achieve with the white really is the cause of the delay. As screen printing goes, it is somewhat controllable, doesn't have the tolerance that Apple is wanting to hold the color specification of the white too. Talk about anal..."

RE: Why not just believe them?
By XSpeedracerX on 7/25/2010 7:34:07 PM , Rating: 1
Why would they delay the white model to fix the antenna? Why does it matter what colour it is when they fix it? They'll fix it when they fix it, black and white. Is it really that hard to believe that they have a problem with paint tolerances instead of another conspiracy theory?

Umm...Yeah. 'paint tolerance' is right up there with 'the dog ate the white paint spray nozzle' in the the encyclopedia of fuckin' lame ass excuses. it's pretty obvious that the iPhone 4 has some antenna issues, and its also pretty obvious they want them sorted out before the white one comes out so they don't have to continue passing out free bumpers to everyone. Insert convienient excuse here. Yeah, a coating smaller than a millionth of a meter is really giving those 'digitizers' a hard time! LOL.

By crleap on 7/23/2010 9:23:56 AM , Rating: 2
not sure i'd call the black one "available"...

By sprockkets on 7/23/2010 9:36:27 AM , Rating: 2
sure it has issues, you might not even make calls with it,but it will always be shiny!

Not Buying It.
By Ard on 7/23/2010 1:11:27 PM , Rating: 2
I'm calling bull on them being unable to properly color the glass. I'm putting money on them tweaking the manufacturing process to address the antenna problem.

Oh well, not my problem anymore. I returned mine on Tuesday and am enjoying the hell out of my Galaxy S (Captivate). Long live Android.

iPhone delay
By Jane999 on 7/26/2010 4:28:29 AM , Rating: 2
OH, bad new for white iphone fans! Especially the one who are waiting for it!
White is a traditional color for Apple products, and the white one is really cool and lovely, but I think the black also tempting too, even looks a little mystical, so I got it. It is fantastic too...
The iP4's picture definition ...I'm speachless....personally I really like the grouping of apps much tidier than before and the camera zoom. And as the iPhone 4 high-definition video clips, watch video on IPhone 4 are so cool and amazing! and I have download the iPhone 4 Video Converter from iFunia, Im ready for enjoying my favourite movies on the go!

hmm, maybe I will also get the white one then this one give to my son!

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch

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