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  • White iPhone 4 Supplies Could Be Incredibly Limited



    If the iPhone 4's recent wave of negative press has adversely impacted sales of the device, no one is able to notice. With more than three million fourth-gen iPhones now in consumer hands, the product is Apple's biggest success in the smartphone space to date. But with that overwhelming demand comes natural supply concerns. And if new reports relating to the white iPhone 4's production are legitimate, we will have a better understanding of yet another production issue keeping supply far behind demand.

    Over the weekend, Chinese newspaper "21st Century Business Herald" points some degree of blame for the sluggish iPhone 4 production on a China-based factory called "Lens Technology," which makes the white iPhone 4ís front panel. The production problem, as noted by the publication, relates to the alleged ability to only produce three units per hour. The difficulty comes from the delicate work necessary to properly balance white paint levels and opacity. Despite these reports, which came after Apple's press conference on Friday, Steve Jobs maintains that the white iPhone 4 will ship by the end of this month - a timeframe that is rapidly approaching.

    But based on what we know from the slow but steady grind at Lens Technology, the present production capacity can only turn out half the units Apple needs to meet anticipated customer demand for the color-alternative iPhone 4. While mass-producing a phone that is simply a different color may seem like a simple-minded if not brainless task, the number of complexities associated with producing a white iPhone are supposedly quite substantial. According to an in-depth look into the white iPhone 4 production process, Engadget says the manufacturing requires "developing the tooling, cutting the raw material (mainly sourced from Germany, Switzerland and Japan), fine-milling using CNC (computed numerically controlled) machines, sanding the edges, polishing, strengthening, cleaning, coating, screen printing, baking, anti-shatter treatment, assembling, and packaging."

    21st Century Business Herald
    This article was originally published in forum thread: White iPhone 4 Supplies Could Be Incredibly Limited started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 92 Comments
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      my white iphone 4 is currently being bidded at $760 on ebay with 2 days left

      rediculous:
    1. luisvelasco02's Avatar
      luisvelasco02 -
      I can't wait for this.............I really want white since most mac laptops are white this will match really good in that since with other apple products i have........but at the end good thing i am waiting so i can get a side by side look at the two colors and then decide and not hate myself later for blowing money up the beeeeep and saying damn it i should have gone with the other color.
    1. ianbroste's Avatar
      ianbroste -
      Quote Originally Posted by SnowLeo View Post
      my white iphone 4 is currently being bidded at $760 on ebay with 2 days left

      rediculous:
      You are selling a white iPhone that you don't have and don't know for sure when/if you will get? lol I feel bad that whoever is bidding on it is that stupid.
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Did anyone ever think this might just be a ploy for Apple to sell more white iphones?
      Maybe their inventory of white 3GS is inflated. By making white Iphone 4's "not available" they are creating desire for it, since it is "limited supply"! This way they will be able to sell out of them and not be holding on to substantial inventory.
    1. xyx's Avatar
      xyx -
      Quote Originally Posted by SnowLeo View Post
      my white iphone 4 is currently being bidded at $760 on ebay with 2 days left

      rediculous:
      So do you have it in your hand to be able to sell it? I have seen multiple ebay listings for white iphones that claim to have preorders. The only place that I can think of that would be stupid enough to have preorders would be best buy. I've yet to see a receipt of a preorder on any of those listings. All of them are fraudulent and should be removed until preorders are actually available.
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by le_harve View Post
      Isnt there an app to just make it white
      YES, but you will lose signal strength!
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      If you've been able to buy one since before the phone even launched, I don't see how supplies can possibly be THAT limited.
    1. Oooshaa's Avatar
      Oooshaa -
      Can I return my black one within the 30day return policy to get the white???
    1. iZoom's Avatar
      iZoom -
      Quote Originally Posted by Oooshaa View Post
      Can I return my black one within the 30day return policy to get the white???
      the lady at the ATT store i ordered mine from said if you change your mind and decide u like the white one when it comes out u can return and exchange it for a white one as long as its within 30 days
    1. manbearpig's Avatar
      manbearpig -
      I cant haz white iPhone? <
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      thank God I don't like the white one and thank God is not the other way around.
    1. bluerocker's Avatar
      bluerocker -
      Looks like it might save me some trouble if i just buy a fake iphone out of that tech market in China. I mean it only costs 300 rmb (~30 Euros). Only prob is that theirs no appstore and jailbreak
    1. tripleaaa3gs's Avatar
      tripleaaa3gs -
      It's all about White iPhones, those who say oh I like black one because it look more business like are a bunch off fake wana be's who wish they were important, who's seen the White ps3??? 320g Sick... Ne way apple stop getting sluggish and hurry up with the White ios4

      OMG there are so many fake ppl, there's nothing professional about a black iPhone you fakes, you ain't rolling in no phantom or using your iPhone to buy and sell shares you sad sad ppl
    1. isanta's Avatar
      isanta -
      Quote Originally Posted by bluerocker View Post
      Looks like it might save me some trouble if i just buy a fake iphone out of that tech market in China. I mean it only costs 300 rmb (~30 Euros). Only prob is that theirs no appstore and jailbreak
      At the end of the day you get what you pay for. The fakes are not worth it. Just man up and buy the real thing.
    1. BennyPR's Avatar
      BennyPR -
      Quote Originally Posted by thevmax; View Post
      YES, but you will lose signal strength!
      Yes you find in paints department at Home Depot
    1. Xtremeiphone's Avatar
      Xtremeiphone -
      white iphone is no good. Only when you are wearing a white suite. I bet these white phones are going to sell like crazy in miami ! lol (not bashing miami, i love it there)
    1. Jdbwood's Avatar
      Jdbwood -
      Iphone 4 is amazing. It has a antenna problem. But not bad in good att areaa. It jus seems like a bunch of anal iphone lovers. If u dont like the antenna. RETURN IT and stick with the 3gs. So stop ur bitchin n put up wit the the first gen of a new creation. Nobody is perfect as much as u want it to be. This phone is AMAZING!!!!
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      The white iphone will fix all the flaws that the black one has thus the delay.
    1. djjessejames's Avatar
      djjessejames -
      xclusive I agree 100%

      Apple's fixing there mistakes again behind closed doors, suprize, delay!

      I would be willing to bet a 3G on the fact that the white is substantially better due to some internal shielding Apple can do.
      I MEAN APPLE CAN DO 'ANYTHING RIGHT? They r way far beyond TECH so... cm'on, shielding peeps, keep hands and skin from bridging that gap but do it ON THE INSIDE!!! Read up on this, quite interesting and quite do able. Don't give me an ugly rubber-band. Defeats the purpose of the sleek, sexxxy design. Insulting really lol.
    1. Malinovaya's Avatar
      Malinovaya -
      I wanted the white iPhone but couldn't wait for so long...
      How do you think will iPhone white have the same antenna problems or maybe Apple used this delay to fix the problem in it?