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White iPhone problem solved with Japanese technique?

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    what the f?

    seriously, what's the big deal with a white iPhone? I don't get it, is it really that important as a status symbol?

  1. cartoonspin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yes you don't get it

    It has become a status symbol. Simple supply and demand 101.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    it's not like your only choice is a shite brown iPhone or a white one. Black looks perfectly fine. I'm glad some people think it's really important to have a white iPhone; it's one of those things - like Bristol Palin - whose popularity I find mystifying.

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: whatever

    And considering many people put their phones in cases which completely blocks out the entire back, it's even less of importance. Just put some white tape across the top black bar and boom: White iPhone!

    Unless your one of those 'I need people to see that I have an iPhone from the back' people who insist on back-less cases.

  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    White vs. Black

    No, no, no... you've all got it wrong. The state of the world was out of balance, see? The evil iPhone had too much of a head start... you weren't supposed to hold it wrong, its antenna was out of whack, yada yada. But now, the good iPhone will be released, and all will be well with the world.

  1. Foxypaco

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'd assume

    A white phone would be a lot less harder to lose than a black phone.

  1. que_ball

    Joined: Dec 1969


    White to tell them apart

    I know a family where they all ended up buying the new iphone 4. There are 3 black phones sitting by the door charging at night. They originally wanted a white phone just so they would look different from each other to tell them apart. Of course it wasn't a big deal since they all got different cases but if given a choice at the time there would have been 1 phone that was white in that family.

  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    just you wait

    by the time this thing comes out, ill have the grey iPhone. yea thats right, grey.

  1. mserv2001

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Too Little Too Late

    Within a few months after the white iPhone 4 comes out, the iPhone 5 will then be released. Apple Failed.

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