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  • No White iPhone Until Spring: Apple


    For the third time since announcing it in June, Apple has pushed back the release of the white iPhone 4, now saying we won't see it until spring 2011. In an apologetic statement, an Apple spokeswoman continued the official silence about the delays, declining comment. Guesses have ranged from discoloration of the Home button to backlight leakage around the bezel, and a new report out today asserts the issue is light leakage into the device, affecting the camera.

    Apple's newly updated Store app includes a screen to reserve both black and white iPhone 4s. This raised some hopes that the long-awaited device might soon make it to store shelves, but attempting to use the app to reserve a white iPhone only produces the message "Because of high demand, we are not currently taking iPhone reservations." The buzz generated by the app may have led Apple to issue an official response. Gabriel Madway at Reuters quoted Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller as saying "We're sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone again," but not offering any reason why the phone has been repeatedly delayed. The white model was first pushed back to a launch in late July when the iPhone 4 was released in June. As July rolled around, Apple waved off the white iPhone to a vague "later this year."

    The only story Apple has ever given for the delays is that the white iPhone turned out to be "more challenging to manufacture than expected". One white phone was spotted in New York, with the owner offering the story that a color mismatch between the device's body and Home button caused Apple to reject it. A separate storyline claims that light from the screen's backlight leaks around and through the less opaque white bezel, marring its appearance in low light. Cult of Mac's Leander Kahney put forth a new explanation today: light's not leaking out of the white iPhone 4, but into it. Quoting "a source with connections to Apple who asked to remain anonymous," Kahney claims that light leakage ruins pictures taken with the built-in camera. "You don't get accurate pictures on the white iPhone because of the color of the glass back," the source says. "It washes out the pictures."

    Whatever the reason, the wait for a white iPhone 4 will continue well into the beginning of next year, and possibly longer given the track record to date. The fifth-generation iPhone is expected in June 2011, and may arrive sooner than the white fourth-generation iPhone.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: No White iPhone Until Spring: Apple started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 54 Comments
    1. REVODesign's Avatar
      REVODesign -
      You can't be so sure that the 5th gen is coming next year. They wouldn't release the white so soon before, atleast not at that $199 price.

      In my opinion, if the white iPhone is released in June, they won't release the 5th generation until late 2011, early 2012. They aren't going to risk getting low white iPhone sales by releasing a new generation just after. They aren't that dumb.
    1. TheGrandFinale2001's Avatar
      TheGrandFinale2001 -
      [sarcastically] Oh how unfortunate. When the white one does something that the black one can't, then this would be news.
    1. faschierbasis's Avatar
      faschierbasis -
      The white iPhone will be the iPhone5 and they will tell us that it will change everything again.
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Woah that sucks. It's so far behind they'll have to have another Apple event to remind people what it is.
    1. DJ NiveK's Avatar
      DJ NiveK -
      Am I like the only person that has a white iphone 4 around here? jeez
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      They forgot to say that the white iPhone is the iPhone 5 lol
    1. BlackG35's Avatar
      BlackG35 -
      I've had my white iPhone 4 now for a few months. I can see why apple doesn't want to release. I bought several kits from different websites, including cnn.cn which I would have to say is the best quality so far, but none have been perfect.

      The white frame around the glass is starting to turn yellow on all of them. You probably have to keep in case to prevent this. It looks really nice at first, but now looks dirty. I think I might change it back to black.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Christian Bale View Post
      Lol can't believe some people still think they are loads of bugs with the iPhone 4. Seriously, that's the worst excuse to feel better about not having an iPhone 4. You should probably wait till the iPhone 10 because the iPhone 5 will have bugs right?


      I'm quite confident that he was referring to the problems with getting the white coloring and application done correctly, not with the phone itself.
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      APRIL?! What is the point then since the next gen iPhone comes out in July? They should call it a wash and just better plan the iPhone 5 for next year in white.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Really? This is that big of an issue?

      iPhone
      first phone/iPod hybrid, revolutionary design, google maps with fairly accurate position tracking (despite lack of GPS,) one of the best camera-phones of it's time, most on-board storage of any phone.

      A "must have" phone.

      iPhone 3G
      Improved: Overall design, more storage, improved processor, speaker-phone speaker, reception (signal goes through plastic easier than metals).
      Added: GPS chip
      Degraded: durability (plastic back vs aluminum, a necessary sacrifice for signal improvement)

      Another "Must Have" phone.

      iPhone 3GS
      Improved: Processor, storage
      Added: Compass
      Exclusive Firmware addition: video recording

      Minor update, can live without if you have i3G. Smart upgrade if you still have i2G

      iPhone 4
      Improved: EVERYTHING
      Added: front camera
      Degraded: Durability (again) due to mostly glass shell (making a protective case a requirement for more than just the infamous "death-grip" issue,) reception (overall improvement, but bumper needed to avoid bridging antenna gaps.)

      A "Must Have" phone!

      iPhone 5
      Probably better storage and processors, maybe a better camera or two, with most other "additions" being iOS features that require jailbreak solutions to unlock on prior devices.

      I really doubt that the i5 will be a major upgrade, unless they change the trend. This is with good reason, because cellular contracts are on two year cycles, so there is something new every year, without upsetting people who recently upgraded.

      If you're on a 2G or 3G, it's overdue.
      3GS? Hold out and get i5, no sense renewing at an odd time of year for iPhone upgrade cycles.
      i4? Wait for i6, save some money and take advantage of the money AT&T is spending on your phones, they get enough from you.

      If color is most important to you, buy aftermarket mods, why not red? Green?
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Apple's excuse to be lazy, they are just going keep the old design and slap on white along with minor improvement and call it the iPhone 5 just like 3G/3GS. They got away with it once, why not give it another try?
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      FWIW I really don't see the iPhone 5 being much of an update at all. Personally I am stumped about what they will add. MAYBE 1080p recording and a better front facing camera? Doubt the processor will get an overhaul just a year into the game. I can almost guarantee they will keep the body the same, or very similar as they did with 3G-3GS. I personally don't think it is worth waiting at all, but that's just me.
      Upgrade in size! I was disappointed when, for whatever reason, the storage capacity was still limited at 32gb. I would be ecstatic if they released a 128gb model (pipe dream!), but 64 would certainly be acceptable. As much talk as there is about streaming from the cloud and everything, there are still a ton of places in this country that are only on Edge network and that basically prevents streaming entirely; not to mention highly congested areas like NYC that inhibit fast connections despite having 4 or 5 bars.

      They also could include 4G capabilities in the phone, although I think a lot of that would rely on how quickly the carriers, primarily AT&T, can get there new networks up and running. This would be a great improvement, primarily for those of us who still have their unlimited data plans. For people who aren't hardcore bandwidth users (torrents, netflix, appletv, etc.), it could legitimately replace their home internet connection. Granted however, that capability would most likely be a pleasant byproduct that would probably be made possible by the JB community rather than being natively accomplishable.

      Other than that, I don't see many features that Apple could add that would be realistic or practical enough for the average user. I would expect most of the improvements to come in the from of hardware/component increases (faster, lighter, and stronger), especially with there recent acquisition of LiquidMetal.


      Back on topic...

      I am quite disappointed in how Apple has handled the white iPhone issue. If they had been upfront about the issues and given a concrete release date for it, it would have been one thing, but this was obviously not the case. Hell, they could have even came out at some point and announced that there wouldn't be a white model of the iPhone 4 and I'm sure a lot of people that are/were waiting for it's release would go ahead and get a black model.

      Quote Originally Posted by CynicalDriver View Post
      i4? Wait for i6, save some money and take advantage of the money AT&T is spending on your phones, they get enough from you.
      Or you can just throw your i4 on eBay; they're still fetching $500-$600 for used models. Then you can just upgrade to the i5 for a minimal cost.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Or you can just throw your i4 on eBay; they're still fetching $500-$600 for used models. Then you can just upgrade to the i5 for a minimal cost.
      That price will drop dramatically once the i5 is announced. If you could manage to get $200 out of an i4, then you could still get the i5 for that plus $200 of your own money. AT&T will usually give you a "reduced" prove after only one year, but thats usually at least $150 more than the "contract price."

      So, yes, you could upgrade yearly, IF you can sell the old one for $200+, then spend that plus $200 on a new phone.

      I don't sell my old ones, they move to the car as a dedicated iPod there, then to the kids as toys (like my 2G, which is enjoyed by a 6 year old.)

      This has the added benefit of giving me a backup in case my current one gets lost/stolen/broke.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      You are one person. Plenty of people at iPhone 4 launch said they didn't have issues with their phones either. Plenty of others DID have issues. If Apple says there are issues, I would rather they wait instead of repeating what happened at the iPhone original launch...

      FWIW I really don't see the iPhone 5 being much of an update at all. Personally I am stumped about what they will add. MAYBE 1080p recording and a better front facing camera? Doubt the processor will get an overhaul just a year into the game. I can almost guarantee they will keep the body the same, or very similar as they did with 3G-3GS. I personally don't think it is worth waiting at all, but that's just me.



      I still find it funny how vain the average Apple product user is (and I am not picking on you, but you do a lot to prove my point). I mean let's face it. It is LITERALLY worth it for you to wait until the next phone comes out just so it can be white. Screw what's under the hood!
      It has nothing to do with vanity. I choose the color of my car, the color I paint my house, the color of appliances I put in my house so why can't I choose a white iPhone without being vain? It is simply a preference. If it were up to me they would all be silver like the first generation. That would match my vehicle. That would make me vain. /sarcasm
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by CynicalDriver View Post
      That price will drop dramatically once the i5 is announced. If you could manage to get $200 out of an i4, then you could still get the i5 for that plus $200 of your own money. AT&T will usually give you a "reduced" prove after only one year, but thats usually at least $150 more than the "contract price."

      So, yes, you could upgrade yearly, IF you can sell the old one for $200+, then spend that plus $200 on a new phone.

      I don't sell my old ones, they move to the car as a dedicated iPod there, then to the kids as toys (like my 2G, which is enjoyed by a 6 year old.)

      This has the added benefit of giving me a backup in case my current one gets lost/stolen/broke.
      Perhaps you should check eBay more often. iPhone 3G models are regularly fetching upwards of $200 and 3GS models are still going for over $300 each.

      I too typically hold onto older models to use as backups and iPods, or I'll just gift them to relatives who are late to the iPhone game. Currently I have an i4, a 3GS, and a 3G in my direct possession and I don't see a need to hold onto the i4 as the older models are more than adequate for serving as backups.
    1. MXCO's Avatar
      MXCO -
      Eh good thing I love my black iPhone 4. Plus I always felt like the white iPhone's were always some what a girl type of phone. That's my opinion ONLY I never said it was or is.
    1. Carter454's Avatar
      Carter454 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CynicalDriver View Post
      That price will drop dramatically once the i5 is announced. If you could manage to get $200 out of an i4, then you could still get the i5 for that plus $200 of your own money. AT&T will usually give you a "reduced" prove after only one year, but thats usually at least $150 more than the "contract price."

      So, yes, you could upgrade yearly, IF you can sell the old one for $200+, then spend that plus $200 on a new phone.
      I don't sell my old ones, they move to the car as a dedicated iPod there, then to the kids as toys (like my 2G, which is enjoyed by a 6 year old.)

      This has the added benefit of
      giving me a backup in case my current one gets lost/stolen/broke.
      Iv sold a 3G on eBay for 300$ and a cracked 3GS. A cracked one (bad crack) for 350$ this summer. While the iPhone 4 was out so they're going for much more.
    1. mj0528's Avatar
      mj0528 -
      Yea, i sold a cracked 3g not too long ago for 200 on Craigslist to a guy that lived down the street from me. Too easy and convenient!
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      don't think theres going to be an iPhone 5 come this summer.
    1. Carter454's Avatar
      Carter454 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mj0528 View Post
      Yea, i sold a cracked 3g not too long ago for 200 on Craigslist to a guy that lived down the street from me. Too easy and convenient!
      Craigslist and eBay are the best!