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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. holdemdogg's Avatar
      holdemdogg -
      Figured this but I'll still wait in line for one
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      They can't be that hard to make, hell there's all kinds of products that have painted glass. I hope they get it moving soon though, I need a white back for my phone!
    1. ssfirme's Avatar
      ssfirme -
      Jailbreak
    1. kokowawa's Avatar
      kokowawa -
      I love this color
    1. porshh951's Avatar
      porshh951 -
      Any word one when/if you can order one via website? Would they be willing to take a pre-order?
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I'll wait for it
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      It's UGLY, I wouldn't rock this if you paid me !!! (Not Really)
    1. allicatmeow's Avatar
      allicatmeow -
      Quote Originally Posted by ssfirme View Post
      Jailbreak
      shut up and wait.
    1. anty3139's Avatar
      anty3139 -
      They have to hold the phone a certain way, if not it looses signal.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Quote Originally Posted by ssfirme View Post
      Jailbreak
      Your pestering should speed things up, thanks!

      I had the white 16gb, but I am not sure the wait is worth it this time around. For some reason, I liked the look of the 3G in white better than the 4G.
    1. le_harve's Avatar
      le_harve -
      Isnt there an app to just make it white
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I didn't like the white iPhone 3GS. For some reason, the white iPhone 4 is very nice.
    1. -_-'s Avatar
      -_- -
      I see a white iPhone i want to paint it black....
    1. Scouse84's Avatar
      Scouse84 -
      The White is damn horrible black just looks the business I think the White is aimed at women if I seen a bloke with a White iPhone 1 word would come into mind straight away ***!!

      Quote Originally Posted by ssfirme View Post
      Jailbreak
      I have an app to make this clown disappear
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      I don't see how it adversely impacted sales of the device. Do you look at product sales especially in relation to prior sales? Economics is a great thing.

      No white model for me. The wife perhaps but I like the blk personally. It will be amazing though. People will start hating all over again with the exception. Damn APPLE they should have released it at the same time so we won't have to read the same stupid hate posts. ;-)
    1. Trooper Sam's Avatar
      Trooper Sam -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      I had the white 16gb, but I am not sure the wait is worth it this time around. For some reason, I liked the look of the 3G in white better than the 4G.
      I think white worked better on the 3G/3GS because it contrasted with the black front. Now, it's just ALL white. It loses something with that.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Trooper Sam View Post
      I think white worked better on the 3G/3GS because it contrasted with the black front. Now, it's just ALL white. It loses something with that.
      Agree but it is like the original ipod. Throw back uniforms..
    1. vedavis's Avatar
      vedavis -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scouse84 View Post
      The White is damn horrible black just looks the business I think the White is aimed at women if I seen a bloke with a White iPhone 1 word would come into mind straight away ***!!
      Takes one to know one...
    1. Donald Trumps Hair's Avatar
      Donald Trumps Hair -
      Fugly
    1. EddieLeonard's Avatar
      EddieLeonard -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      Your pestering should speed things up, thanks!

      I had the white 16gb, but I am not sure the wait is worth it this time around. For some reason, I liked the look of the 3G in white better than the 4G.
      Same. when I get the iPhone 4 for my birth day on the 5th of august I'm going to have a hard time debating if the white one looks good or not... I have the white 3GS and I liked the black front and the white back, I made a mock up of a white back and black front iPhone 4 using the images on apples website... and it looks crap so I don't know what one to go for..

      Please help me decide people