updated 12:55 pm EST, Tue January 25, 2011
New paint material credited for solution
Apple has finally solved the manufacturing problem preventing the release of white iPhone 4s, a report says. Originally promised shortly after the availability of black models, Apple has had to delay the white phones several times. The trouble, a Macotakara source says, is that earlier painting techniques produced large numbers of defective units, making them impractical for mass production.
The answer has reportedly come from a painting material developed in Japan, said to make it easier to adjust the thickness of layers. White iPhones have in fact begun popping up in a number of tracking systems, including ones in the US, the UK and Germany. Apple might therefore finally be on the verge of shipping, though exactly how soon is a matter of speculation. The company could attempt to time the launch sometime after the debut of the Verizon iPhone on February 10th.