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  • Apple's iPhone 'Driving' Change at BMW


    The popular white iPhone first introduced in 2010 with the iPhone 4 has apparently exerted significant influence on the automobile industry - at least for the folks on the design team at BMW.

    The lavish vehicle maker, as it turns out, has seen a surge in the number of white vehicles demanded by drivers and prospective BMW buyers. The reason? BMW designer Sandy McGill credits the popularity of the white iPhone models from Apple.

    Apple, he says, has made "white" fashionable again among luxury product owners. In the past, black - from phones to limos - was the elegant color of choice. Now, it's white. So is Apple really contributing to this reversal of fortune for the color white?

    "Prior to Apple, white was associated with things like refrigerators or the tiles in your bathroom," McGill admitted in a recent interview. "Apple made white valuable," he added, noting that Steve Jobs' vision for an attractive white smartphone has irrevocable spread to the automobile industry.

    Source: Fortune
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's iPhone 'Driving' Change at BMW started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. lkailburn's Avatar
      lkailburn -
      Wonder how much BMW is paying Apple to use the Apple patented color WHITE! Maybe the real question is actually how much is Apple paying BMW to state the above. :rollseyes:
    1. gkiv's Avatar
      gkiv -
      Quote Originally Posted by lkailburn View Post
      Wonder how much BMW is paying Apple to use the Apple patented color WHITE! Maybe the real question is actually how much is Apple paying BMW to state the above. :rollseyes:
      Muhahaha...
    1. nicelodeon's Avatar
      nicelodeon -
      Had a white iPhone 3G. I'm pretty sure that's when they introduced it in 2008!
    1. zrevai's Avatar
      zrevai -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicelodeon View Post
      Had a white iPhone 3G. I'm pretty sure that's when they introduced it in 2008!
      This article is specifically referring to the intro of the long awaited white all glass iPhone 4, which took 6+ months of retooling to get it light tight and looking good.
    1. xhazex9x's Avatar
      xhazex9x -
      Its hilarious i had a white 3g and everyone made fun of me but now everyone loves white iphones
    1. Googly2moogly's Avatar
      Googly2moogly -
      Quote Originally Posted by gkiv View Post
      Muhahaha...
      Bhuwahahaha
    1. dannyrocket's Avatar
      dannyrocket -
      OMG, where does this **** come from? LOL. Does Apple have a patent on the color white as well?
    1. budsalinger's Avatar
      budsalinger -
      I hate the white iphone!!!
    1. r17019's Avatar
      r17019 -
      Quote Originally Posted by gkiv View Post
      Muhahaha...
      Muhahaha x 100
    1. ensigma's Avatar
      ensigma -
      White has really been blowing up recently in the automobile industry but I actually got my white bmw back in 2009. Not trying to brag but just stating that white started becoming fashionable even before the white iphone as stated in the article. I have to say though that the iphone has had a huge impact on the color white.

      Quote Originally Posted by lkailburn View Post
      Wonder how much BMW is paying Apple to use the Apple patented color WHITE! Maybe the real question is actually how much is Apple paying BMW to state the above. :rollseyes:
      Apple's white and BMW's alpine white are two different whites.
    1. trek-life's Avatar
      trek-life -
      LOL @ people making this a patent issue
    1. Airwaves182's Avatar
      Airwaves182 -
      If it ain't white it ain't right!
    1. Brandon.amos's Avatar
      Brandon.amos -
      Uhm, the 'White iPhone' first arrived with the iPhone 3G. My friend had one, and then upgraded to the white 3GS.
    1. Just Dummy's Avatar
      Just Dummy -
      I'm pretty sure people are not buying a BMW to accessorize their iPhone.
    1. LilyKing's Avatar
      LilyKing -
      Quote Originally Posted by lkailburn View Post
      Wonder how much BMW is paying Apple to use the Apple patented color WHITE! Maybe the real question is actually how much is Apple paying BMW to state the above. :rollseyes:
      LOL, that's really a question.
    1. ATBsky's Avatar
      ATBsky -
      Once you go white, you never go back.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Oh please. What a load of crap....a white phone influencing automobile color purchases? Apple making "white" fashionable again? Get f**king real! White dress suits, white KSwiss shoes, Pearl White cars, white leather, all popular LONG before Apple's white phone came into existence.

      They couldn't even get the damn color right. They had so many problems with light bleeding through they had to make it thicker just to get it to STAY white. So I wouldn't credit Apple with anything short of developing a white glass phone that was delayed and then delayed some more and doesn't turn any more heads than your other average smartphone.
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by LilyKing View Post
      LOL, that's really a question.
      I have a question:

      how much are you getting paid to promote shovelware on MMi?
      New Game Released] Mr. & Mrs. Cutie Pie available on iOS App Store
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      I hated the white iPhones till my network gave me one cause they have stupid distribution staff! Turned out when i moved to a new store to work it had a great point! As there are not enough lockers we keep our phones in a locked drawer! First day I noticed about 6 iPhone 4/4s all in black and there's my white 4s standing out like a sore thumb lol
    1. dannyrocket's Avatar
      dannyrocket -
      Quote Originally Posted by scroogelives View Post
      I hated the white iPhones till my network gave me one cause they have stupid distribution staff! Turned out when i moved to a new store to work it had a great point! As there are not enough lockers we keep our phones in a locked drawer! First day I noticed about 6 iPhone 4/4s all in black and there's my white 4s standing out like a sore thumb lol
      Well isn't that the reason we JB?
      At least I do, to make my phone stand out from other iPhones.