Has Apple Finally Solved the White iPhone 4 Manufacturing Issue? White iPhone 4 close to release?

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While we saw the white Apple iPhone 4 during WWDC, it has been rather elusive ever since. It certainly wasn’t available anywhere during the June 24 launch, and it’s not expected to be available during any of the global launches this Friday, either. Apple and Steve Jobs said during its Antennagate press conference that it would become available late July, but that promise was broken once more just a week later. What is going on and why is it taking so long for the white iPhone 4 to be released?

Manufacturing problems. Rumors and speculation have pretty much told us that Apple was having issues with manufacturing the perfect white iPhone 4. Whether it was transparency, thickness, some varying shades of white or other magical form of manufacturing joo-joo, the high powers at Apple have yet to be satisfied with moving forward with a full production run on the white version of the new-fangled iPhone 4. However, a source claims that the manufacturing woes might be over.

According to MacNN, the whiteness of the iPhone 4 wasn’t perfect and the paint being used was also flaking. The binding agent is also apparently affecting the tint in a way that Apple isn’t too happy about. Nonetheless, it looks like the company has fixed more of the major or critical issues and may be getting closer to getting these pale iPhone 4s out into public space.

One other potential issue was that the paint and transparency was causing issues for the proximity sensor and the way light would pass through the casing. Apparently, with some of the paint and thickness combinations, the sensors were being affected negatively and there were also light leak issues with the phone.

Who would have thought that producing a phone in a particular color would cause so many problems? Then again, Apple is certainly pushing the edge with the materials it uses for manufacturing and the methods it uses for building new products. While the wait is growing increasingly frustrating, I’m inclined to give Apple a pass because of its choice of design, materials and manufacturing processes – all of which have resulted in some pretty solid products to date. Antennagate notwithstanding.

[Via: MacNN]

  • Jimbo

    Man I see nothing in that story that makes me think it's closer to being released. "The source nevertheless hints that Apple may be ready to ship white iPhones in the near future, having solved critical issues." That's it? I would believe it if that source was elucidated. I sure hope that they work in the factory that is preparing the phones for shipping!

    • sonyavading

      Here's the official score about the elusive white iphone 4.

      As you can see the reason for the delay is because they are making sure, that antennae issue will be mitigated once the white model is released to the public.

  • cls22

    i don't care how long it takes. i am not buying an iphone 4 until i can get a white one. thanks for the update.

    • bjnono001

      haha, you sound like that guy from the you tube video called iphone 4 vs htc evo, "I don't care".

  • stephanie holland

    i want a white 4g and ill keep waiting intill its released .i hope to get one soon. thanks

  • Giles

    Given all the whingers on the Apple forum it's no wonder they want it 100% right.

    Also, white reflects, black absorbs. So there will be proximity sensor issues.

  • confused

    That's funny, they will release a phone with a faulty antenna but when it comes to the color of the paint they will delay a phone from being released. Seems a little bass akwards?!?!?!?!

    • maxx

      <sigh> the antenna is not faulty – theres just a specific action you can perform to make it drop bars. Its a matter of design and opinion whether you house the antenna internally and compromise the range, or have it on the outside and expose it to a Death Grip opportunity.

  • MayterTayter

    cls22, Stephanie… I agree. I'll wait until Christmas if I have to!

    Confused- I'm not convinced that the antenna is faulty. It looks like a physics issue that many phones deal with. I have had two smartphones and I tried it with them (xv6700 and Storm 1)- and they both dropped signal when I grasped the phone where the antenna was.

    To get a smartphone that I know works… even if I have to put a transparent coating or even a case around it… is worth the wait for me. Also, with the iPhone, I can stop carrying around my iPod and my camera! It syncs perfectly (as it should) with iCal, iTunes and my address book. Other phones that I have used have syncing problems that neither the manufacturer nor the wireless carrier care to do much about. Apple seems to take a greater responsibility (I know I'm about to get hammered for this comment) for their products- more so than many other companies. They sell because they work. With few bugs.

    I'm just saying…. a white iPhone's got my name on it somewhere!

  • LisaS

    I'm a twitter user and I recently came across a twitpic of a white iphone 4. I don't understand how some people have it already and others don't. Thought it wasn't even created for the public yet! I know you can purchase different parts and a kit to convert your black iphone 4 to a white one, just not too sure if this is the case here. Here is the link http://twitpic.com/2cbk7n I will let everyone here be the judge of this. Thanks.

  • LisaS

    I'm a twitter user and I recently came across a twitpic of a white iphone 4. I don't understand how some people have it already and others don't. Thought it wasn't even created for the public yet! I know you can purchase different parts and a kit to convert your black iphone 4 to a white one, but not too sure if this is the case here. Here is the link, will let everyone here be the judge. http://twitpic.com/2cbk7n Thanks.

  • intensebeans

    @confused

    well of course – it's aesthetics over functionality – duuhhh

  • Yvonne

    I've just received a message from Orange saying that there won't be any white 4Gs before the end of the year!!!

  • brenden

    com'on! i want a white iphone too. i'm holding out for when it arrives. but to say there having problems making it white is a joke. they would of had this phone designed a good 12 months ago and testing all the materials a little after that. i bet they decided they would try an fix the antenna problem on the white model and they have found it a little harder to fix than 1st thought.

  • sonyavading

    The main reason why this delay is happening is because apple is making sure that when the white version arrive. It won't have any antennagate issue. White iPhone 4 Impressions

  • Kalel21

    I hate waiting but they say good things come to those who wait…. guess I'm waiting ;-(

  • scf

    Where do people and the author of this article get the idea that the manufacturing problems are to do with “transparency, thickness, some varying shades of white or other magical form of manufacturing joo-joo”. Apple has never said anything more than “challenging to manufacture”. Surely they are delaying its released until they fix the antenna issue.

  • rima

    nothing made any sence for all lyies they wana release it late soo they can make money out of it bec it gonna be nicer so crazy people who had bought the black they gonna swtich it to white and apple make money small round world

  • The guy

    Why do people keep saying they couldn’t manufacture the white correctly??? Does no one remember the white iPods, white iMac, white PowerBook, etc???? All of their white products have stayed the same. And the original iPods were white with a kind of plastic over it. The only difference with the new iPhone is that they use a glass around it

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