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White iPhone Coming This Spring

David Gilbert


White iPhone Coming This Spring

The saga of the white iPhone 4 is one which has dragged on from the moment the phone was launched last year. Several delays during 2010 led many people to believe the handset would never make it to market, but a big wig over at Apple let slip via Twitter that it would indeed be coming this spring.

Philip Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide product marketing over at Cupertino, was replying to a young Apple fan asking: “How do I get a white iPhone?” He tweeted in reply: “The white iPhone will be available this spring (and it is a beauty!).” This news comes just days after Apple launched a white version of the iPad 2 however we don’t know which version of the iPhone Schiller is talking about. Considering that the iPhone 5 is likely to be here in a couple of months, it seems to make little sense to bring out a completely new version of the iPhone 4 at this stage.

Speaking about the iPhone 5, The Independent has a report this morning quoting spokespeople of UK mobile phone carriers that the latest version of Apple’s all-conquering handset will not feature Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. While it had been speculated that the technology would be included in the iPhone 5, Apple informed the UK carriers at meetings that NFC won’t be included. NFC was first seen in a high-profile smartphone when Google launched the Nexus S last year. It will be a major blow to those hoping to see an industry-wide standard being adopted in relation to NFC should Apple not include NFC in the iPhone 5.

It is this lack of an industry standard that is keeping Apple from including NFC in the new iPhone according to the sources that spoke to The Independent. Do you think that not having NFC technology in the new iPhone will be a major issue, or is there not enough use for the technology for it to be truly useful in the handset?

Source: The Independent and Twitter (Philip Schiller)


March 14, 2011, 4:37 pm

It might not be the case that apple are waiting for an industry standard, just that they are trying to figure out a way of using a closed system and then taking a cut. Maybe not 30% though...


March 14, 2011, 4:53 pm

A white Iphone. What genius. Next we'll be having white cars, towels, flowers.


March 14, 2011, 5:08 pm

I think the biggest problem with any NFC solution will be getting the mobile companies to agree on their cut. Don't think Apple will manage to slip past them on this one.


March 14, 2011, 6:49 pm

I can't see why you think bringing out a white iPhone in spring would be a silly idea. If they've resolved the manufacturing / QC process for the white one, which iPad 2 would seem to suggest they have, then they'd release it. iPhone 4 isn't going to suddenly disappear once iPhone 5 comes out. It might not be a leader - perhaps the 3GS will be redesigned and brought out as a lower cost entry level device - but it will still retail.

If NFC isn't coming to the party in iPhone 5, I'd love to see what it. They could be stretching the Apple marketing machine a bit too far this time...

A Scotland

March 14, 2011, 7:31 pm

NFC not being included in the iphone 5 is a blow for everyone and not just iphone customers. It is at least in part a chicken and egg scenario in that there is not much out there making use of this technology yet because there is not a mass market of consumers with a capable device and Apple would market the technology in a way that will appeal to the average consumer.

Facetime is an example of this. People (including TR I note) are still sceptical of whether or not this is a useful feature. I think the iphone 4 has given a real credibility boost to video calling which after all has been around since long before the first iphone without any real useability or publicity. The only thing that has been holding it back until now is that it has been restricted to iphone 4 customers calling other iphone 4 customers. Presumably the number of my contacts to whom I can place a facetime call will at least double when the iphone 5 comes out and people upgrade from the 3GS. I do not use facetime for normal calls but I do use it when I want to show somebody something such as recently a new pair of glasses. At the moment only my wife and one of my mates has a compatible handset otherwise I would be using it a lot more and it is a nice feature to have.

The convergence potentially offered by NFC and the potential for ditching bank cards, security passes and car keys, etc has been something which I have craved long before so many of the other gimmicks that have been attached to phones and anything that delays or hinders its progress is disappointing in my view.

Greg Shewan

March 14, 2011, 7:37 pm

People are worrying about this? Is this really news? I think the NFC is much more important and you could have lead with that David ;)

There is one thing I think people have to realise about the big A, they don't do standardised.... anyone for universal chargers??? Apple doesn't give a stuff... would it be too much to ask for a microUSB so we could all charge from one generic charger?

Rant over, back to the 'white' iPhone. Unless the iPhone 4 takes the 3GS's place I do not see the point of harking on about the new 'white' iPhone... frankly it's a bit embarrassing for Cupertino and by leaving it still on the site and in their retail inventory lists only highlights this. Cut your loses, how much have you spent or moaned over making this thing? The v5.0 will be out in a 3 months so who gives a fig.


March 14, 2011, 7:51 pm

IOS: Hi, I'm a Iphone and I can RAPS to buy my stuff.

A/BB/WP7/WebOS: Whats that?

IOS: I can pay for all my goods easily using a brand new technology called Remote Apple Payment System, its cool and I can even read useful tags on the go and anything with a compatible code nearby.

A/BB/WP7/WebOS: Orite, sounds interesting.

IOS: Indeed.

A/BB/WP7/WebOS: NFC can already do that.

IOS: Whats that?

A/BB/WP7/WebOS: Near Field Communications, it does everything RAPS does.

IOS: Really? Never heard of it.

A/BB/WP7/WebOS: Figures.


March 14, 2011, 8:40 pm

If Apple don't stick NFC in the next iPhone, it really will be a blow for everyone. An NFC-equipped iPhone could have been the device to start the whole chicken-and-egg cycle rolling.

Greg Shewan

March 15, 2011, 12:14 am

@speedy - Facetime (video calls over 3G but not) v2.0!


March 15, 2011, 6:29 pm

Video calls over 3G are clearly possible (as Jailbreak shows). I suspect the restriction is more down to a requirement of the operators rather than Apple.

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