+ Reply
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 36

Your favorite Apple, iPhone, iPad, iOS, Jailbreak, and Cydia site.


Thread: White iPhone Alchemy

is a discussion within the

iPhone News

forums, a part of the

General iPhone

section;
The unveiling of the iPhone four nearly a year ago encompassed all of the usual Apple spectacle. New features, new design, and of course the two available colors: black and
...
  1. #1
    MMi Staff Writer Phillip Swanson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    1,342
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 79 Times in 46 Posts

    Default White iPhone Alchemy


    The unveiling of the iPhone four nearly a year ago encompassed all of the usual Apple spectacle. New features, new design, and of course the two available colors: black and white. However, on launch day there was no white iPhone. Apple cited minor delays and that the phone would be available soon.

    Then it was delayed again.

    And again.

    Apple apparently was struggling with production Alchemy. Except it didn't involved gold, rather it involved white paint and ultra violet rays.

    According to Apple senior vice president Phill Schiller in an interview with All Things Digitals Ina Fried, there were "a lot of unexpected interactions between the color of the device and various internal components."

    Those unexpected interactions meant the white iPhone needing more UV protection. The article doesn't go into specifics as to what those interactions were. A few hypothesis however cite the fact his is the first iPhone to have a white back beneath a layer of glass. The problems this presents are:
    1. Going from opaque black to translucent white allows light to enter the device. Previous white iPhone have been constructed of a solid piece of white plastic. Not a thin white layer recessed beneath glass
    2. Many of the sensors and the camera in the iPhone are recessed a few milimeters below the surface. Having a thin white reflective layer would be enough to deflect photons (basic unit of light) and affect the performance of sensors and the camera significantly.

    A comment on the All Things Digital article seems to confirm this. A user named "Susan Parker" claims to have worked on the "Two axis optical tilt based sensor for the Air Pad gaming controller for the Playstation."

    Everything was going fine in development until Parker's marketing team decided to change the color of the casing in the controller to a translucent grey to match the iMacs of the time. This forced Parker to redesign the optics module to be "light tight" to remain unaffected by intense ambient light conditions.

    Apple of course will not release the specifics of how they solved the problem, leaving the rest of us to speculate. More will likely be known when ifixit or another website finally gets their hands on a production model and proceeds to disassemble it.

    Until then this is the best we get from Schiller:

    It was challenging. It's not as simple as making something white. There's a lot more that goes into both the material science of it -- how it holds up over time... but also in how it all works with the sensors... We thought we were there a year ago, or less than that, when we launched the iPhone 4, and we weren't."


    Sources: All Things Digital

  2. #2
    What's Jailbreak?
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Lala Land
    Posts
    24
    Thanks
    6
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default blah blah blah
    so all their tryin to do is come up with an excuse why the white i4 never appeared?
    Lolx thats lame

    well at least its here now!

  3. #3
    iPhoneaholic
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Miami, FL
    Posts
    403
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 47 Times in 29 Posts

    like someone said before, this was released just now to get rid of stock before the launch of the new iphone

  4. #4
    What's Jailbreak?
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    4
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Why is this news. News should be a jailbreak finally for the iPad 2. With that said wtf happened to the supposed jailbreak for fw 4.3. iPad 2. I personally never upgraded hoping to be able to jailbreak my device yet there is nothing. Why is the release of a white iPhone news, cause it's officially from apple? A white iPhone 4 is nothing new. I think the next news headline should read "comex what happened to your jailbreak" I'm sure some people will take offense to my posting, but keep in mind I read the same article everyone els read stating iPad 2 jailbroken.

  5. The Following User Says Thank You to mitchkerbel For This Useful Post:

    Kil0111 (04-28-2011)

  6. #5
    iPhoneaholic glassJAw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    454
    Thanks
    15
    Thanked 49 Times in 39 Posts

    Thrice !!!

  7. #6
    My iPhone is a Part of Me coolguy742's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Posts
    526
    Thanks
    213
    Thanked 37 Times in 30 Posts

    Maybe there is no iPad 2 JB news because there hasn't been anymore new developments......


    Sent from my iPod touch using ModMyi

  8. The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to coolguy742 For This Useful Post:

    chrisangel13 (04-29-2011), Cody Overcash (04-28-2011), moon#pie (04-30-2011), tecpunk64 (04-28-2011)

  9. #7
    What's Jailbreak?
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    4
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post

    Maybe there is no iPad 2 JB news because there hasn't been anymore new developments......


    Sent from my iPod touch using ModMyi
    Have we even seen any developments. Like Sony apple could have paid off individuals to just simply stop jailbreaking their products. That is not my opinion just simply a comment.

  10. #8
    Green Apple
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    98
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts

    Quote Originally Posted by mitchkerbel View Post

    Have we even seen any developments. Like Sony apple could have paid off individuals to just simply stop jailbreaking their products. That is not my opinion just simply a comment.
    I didn't know true JB'ers held any obligation to satisfy your leeching needs.

  11. #9
    Green Apple
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    58
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked 22 Times in 9 Posts

    Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post

    Have we even seen any developments. Like Sony apple could have paid off individuals to just simply stop jailbreaking their products. That is not my opinion just simply a comment.
    You're a moron, go back to being a lurker please.

  12. #10
    Theme Creator Jahooba's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    2,895
    Thanks
    1,419
    Thanked 1,692 Times in 836 Posts

    Interesting stuff. I wonder if they solved it by making a black layer (or thin, opaque metal layer, kind of like a bag of chips) behind the white.

  13. #11
    Livin the iPhone Life steve-z17's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Utah
    Posts
    2,227
    Thanks
    91
    Thanked 141 Times in 121 Posts

    Quote Originally Posted by mitchkerbel View Post



    Why is this news. News should be a jailbreak finally for the iPad 2. With that said wtf happened to the supposed jailbreak for fw 4.3. iPad 2. I personally never upgraded hoping to be able to jailbreak my device yet there is nothing. Why is the release of a white iPhone news, cause it's officially from apple? A white iPhone 4 is nothing new. I think the next news headline should read "comex what happened to your jailbreak" I'm sure some people will take offense to my posting, but keep in mind I read the same article everyone els read stating iPad 2 jailbroken.
    Then go complain to comex...MMi does not HAVE to write about jailbreaks, they write about Apple in general. Stop whining about the news no one forced you to read...!

    Well at least it's out now!

  14. #12
    What's Jailbreak?
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    29
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked 5 Times in 3 Posts

    I disagree. The white iPad 2 came out before the white iPhone. Isn't the front screen glass? Couldn't they just use that same paint and solid white for the back? I am calling ********!!

  15. #13
    What's Jailbreak?
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    4
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tommy0486 View Post

    You're a moron, go back to being a lurker please.
    Why are you so offended. Almost seems like you have takin offense to something that does not concern you

  16. #14
    Livin the iPhone Life
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Irvine, CA
    Posts
    1,128
    Thanks
    17
    Thanked 87 Times in 71 Posts

    Personally I believe it was held back to boost sales.
    Before introduction of iPhone 5 you put out the white one, get people to want to buy it to match their Macs. Then release iPhone 5 a few months later to get them to buy the phone all over again.

  17. #15
    Green Apple
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    98
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts

    Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
    Personally I believe it was held back to boost sales.
    Before introduction of iPhone 5 you put out the white one, get people to want to buy it to match their Macs. Then release iPhone 5 a few months later to get them to buy the phone all over again.
    Yep, many people believe the same thing. Apple is a dirty company, however the demand of their products allow them to be so. Sad, really.

  18. #16
    Green Apple
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Northern VA
    Posts
    79
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Swanson View Post
    Holy crap, a Thrice reference. And just in time for Bamboozle.

    Well played, sir.

  19. #17
    iPhoneaholic LSZ33's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Killeen, Texas, United States
    Posts
    363
    Thanks
    72
    Thanked 30 Times in 24 Posts

    I must admit, the white iphone 4 is indeed a beauty. I'm glad it's here and that I didn't wait for its release like I had originally planned.

    STAY ON TOPIC!

  20. #18
    iPhone? More like MyPhone slap690's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Illinoize
    Posts
    254
    Thanks
    914
    Thanked 101 Times in 71 Posts

    Just wondering if apple will ever go beyond having just black and white iphones? I know there are sites you can send your phone off to to achieve another color but just wondering if it they'll ever come stock that way. I'm fine with my black 4, just curious.

  21. #19
    What's Jailbreak?
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    6
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts

    here's my take away... i noticed there is mention of the fact that the camera was slightly recessed in the iphone 4. however, as i'm holding a brand new white iphone 4, i've noticed that the camera is (ever so slightly) above the glass. perhaps this is one of the ways in which they dealt with the camera sensor light issue - but a 9 month delay for that? doubtful, so there must have been other items involved as well.

  22. #20
    iPhone? More like MyPhone
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    107
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 10 Times in 5 Posts

    Woop woop! Jailbroken White iPhone 4!

    Thing is sexy. Wonder what it'll go for on eBay right now?

Posting Permissions
  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts