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White iPhone 4 Faces Further Delays

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White iPhone 4 Faces Further Delays

If you’re hankering over a white iPhone 4, you might need to hanker for a little while longer, with reports suggesting that Apple is having difficulties with the manufacturing process.

According to Engadget, the problem comes from Lens Technology, a supplier in China that’s responsible for milling the glass covers. The company is allegedly having trouble getting the paint thickness and opacity levels correct. As such the white iPhone 4s are not as white as they should be, which would not go down well with the design purists at Apple, namely Messrs Jobs and Ive.

This means that Steve Jobs’ claim at last week’s infamous Friday press conference that the white iPhone 4 will ship before the end of July could turn out to be, well, something of a white lie.

What’s more, reports suggest that Lens Technology is only able to produce half of the demand for the black version, which allegedly accounts for its current three week shipping delay.

Are you part of a couple that won’t upgrade until you can get your iPhone 4s in a ‘his-and-hers’ pair, or are you instead going for a handset that doesn’t need a case to receive calls? Let us know in the comments.

Via: Engadget

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DNH

July 19, 2010, 11:44 pm

Nice to see Apple can delay the release of a product because the colour is not quite right, but not when it has as serious design flaw. Oh well.

xenos

July 19, 2010, 11:59 pm

"or are you instead going for a handset that doesn&#8217t need a case to receive calls?"





HA!!

Ala Miah

July 20, 2010, 12:14 am

It's the beginning of the end of the iPhone craze. Believe me when I say it! I sold mine this week!

hankb6d

July 20, 2010, 12:38 am

End of iphone craze? Wait... what is that... So you guys like Whigfield?

Ohmz

July 20, 2010, 1:44 am

@Ala Miah, I doubt it. The media has overblown the antenna issue.





Apple still has the best overall experience and their marketing is too good.





And congrats for selling your phone and not putting up with any issues, although you'll undoubtedly be in the minority...

Sleeper

July 20, 2010, 1:49 am

Yeah, the iPhone is a bit boring now. Time to move on.

beardybuck

July 20, 2010, 2:00 am

Hmmm. What Apple have potentially lost here are the non tech-savvy users, who over the last few years have been sold on the iphone magic. When the stories start getting widespread coverage on mainstream media outlets, it hurts.

Andy0d2

July 20, 2010, 2:34 am

I think there will be a big switch to android for tech savy users and to windows phone 7 for music / smartphone lovers due to the £9 a month zune pass (gets you 10 MP3's a month to keep along with unlimited drm music across phone, PC, and xbox.

Otispunkmeyer

July 20, 2010, 2:40 am

DNH: Nice to see Apple can delay the release of a product because the colour is not quite right, but not when it has as serious design flaw. Oh well.








style over engineering substance... even though i put up with it, its apples products all over. though at least the unibody mac's feel well made, my pre unibody one is a flimsy POS thats had £4k of repairs in 3 years. good job i bought apple care.





but thats how alot of apple type companies work. design something nice... ship it off to china and let them engineer it for manufacture. if you ever saw how chinese cars fair in crash tests i wouldnt even let them think about engineering my products.





plus, who buys a white iphone... it just looks silly when the screen is off. at least with the black one the screen blends in and you get that monolithic look.

Keithe6e

July 20, 2010, 3:51 am

@Benny Ha Ha: "or are you instead going for a handset that doesn&#8217t need a case to receive calls?"





That's weird, my IPhone must be the only one that can receive calls, how odd.

Tim Sutton

July 20, 2010, 5:49 am

@Keith





It was a joke. Uptight much?





Zee iPhone owners haf no sense for humour. Zerefore. Benny. Cooler. 3 weeks.

Keithe6e

July 20, 2010, 1:00 pm

@Tim: I know it was, just a tad over used at the moment, you not think?. Zee Non-Iphone users have such a simple sense of humor me thinks. FARTTTT.... there you go @Tim that should make you giggle.

LinguisticPedant

July 20, 2010, 2:08 pm

Pre-release leakages, signal problems, vulnerable glass, iOS bugs, limited stock, white manufacturing problems... and yet, I still want one.

TheFlyingGerbil

July 20, 2010, 2:52 pm

@keith: Did you use one of the one million and one fart apps on your iPhone for that?

Keithe6e

July 20, 2010, 3:43 pm

@Joe: Did you use one of the one million and one fart apps on your iPhone for that?





Sure did, it's nice having the choice. :)

noTHINGface

July 20, 2010, 3:56 pm

Keith's funny. But Ok, is this the end of people falling for the Apple marketing machine? The previous iPhones we're well ahead of the game during their time, no doubt, but not any more. This iPhone 4 launch hasn't been exactly great and I wonder if the non-techy user base is starting to take notice of what they're actually buying this time around?

Keithe6e

July 20, 2010, 3:57 pm

@Joe:





Oh, and I forgot to mention, unfortunately there has been a much reduced selection of Fart Apps since Apple dropped Flash App's.

Keithe6e

July 20, 2010, 4:08 pm

@noTHINGface: Did you not notice my wit was in response to @Joes wit?.

Jmac

July 21, 2010, 2:34 pm

@noTHINGface - "This iPhone 4 launch hasn't been exactly great"??? By what metric can you possibly justify that? Apple sold 1.7 million iPhone 4 devices in the first 3 days, and would have sold more if they could get them built quick enough. Allocations are still selling out as quickly as vendors can process the sales, with queues of hysterical iFans outside the stores desperately clamouring to get their hands on one.





Apple's design and marketing teams, with the weight of the iTunes store behind them, are so good they can generate that level of desire for a product in spite of technical flaws and punishing prices (way in excess of what you'd pay for a comparable device from any other brand).





Also have you seen the display on the iPhone 4 in person? It is actually jawdropping.

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