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Real Reason Why the White iPhone 4 Is Delayed

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the no-phone-for-you dept.

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tekgoblin writes "There have been numerous reasons why the White iPhone 4 may be delayed with one reason being the color mismatch between the home button and the body. Well this time there is another reason. A source has told CultofMac that the reason for the delay is a light leakage issue caused by the case being clear. Light from the case leaks into pictures taken by the back and front camera on the white iPhone 4, causing distorted pictures. This problem is non-existent on the black iPhone 4, because of its already black case, so Apple has been looking for a solution to this problem, thus the delay of the White iPhone 4 till spring of next year."

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Another theory making the rounds (1, Funny)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042448)

There is another theory regarding the delay. Somehow Apple heard about how I wasn't interested in a white iPhone unless it also came with blowjobs from the Victoria Secret models. Apple has been unable to get them on board yet.

Re:Another theory making the rounds (3, Funny)

IB4Student (1885914) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042508)

Thanks for keeping it classy -_-

Re:Another theory making the rounds (1)

MBCook (132727) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042612)

That's not an analogy.

You fail to live up to your Reddit namesake.

Re:Another theory making the rounds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34042776)

That's a different guy.

Re:Another theory making the rounds (2, Informative)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042972)

That's not an analogy. You fail to live up to your Reddit namesake.

That's a different guy.

Er, yes. Given that namesake means "a person with the same name as another", that *should* be the case anyway. :-)

Re:Another theory making the rounds (4, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043616)

a theory is like an analogy which is like a metaphor

Re:Another theory making the rounds (2, Insightful)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042650)

For someone who claims to be uninterested in the iPhone you sure commented on this story in a hurry.
Me thinks he doth protest too much.

Re:Another theory making the rounds (4, Funny)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042732)

Not being interested in a device at all and not being interested in it if it doesn't include oral sex are very different things.

Re:Another theory making the rounds (5, Insightful)

jason.sweet (1272826) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042982)

The distinction is very small. They could be trying to sell you a 12 pound "smart" phone running a stripped down version of Windows Me and IE6, but if Heidi Klum is standing there putting on cherry lip gloss, I guarantee you are at least checking how much cash is in you wallet.

Re:Another theory making the rounds (1)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043120)

Not being interested in a device at all and not being interested in it if it doesn't include oral sex are very different things.

Now there's an interesting research topic, are people who buy iPhones more or less sexually active than the average or do they simply WISH they were?

Re:Another theory making the rounds (3, Funny)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042960)

So that's why Heidi Klum retired.

By the time the White iPhone comes out, the only person left on VS's payroll will be Gilbert Gottfried.

Re:Another theory making the rounds (4, Funny)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043024)

I heard the delay was because Steve is insistent that they match the color of unicorns. Unfortunately, Steve isn't buying stories that unicorns are "imaginary".

Re:Another theory making the rounds (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043192)

Maybe they're trying to match the color of the invisible pink unicorn.

Calling others cowards & then blowing it, fool (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34043618)

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1836934&cid=34041524 [slashdot.org] You surely didn't do such a good job of first calling others a coward here and making erroneous statements in that debate about Linux running NASDAQ, then accusing the ac named apk of saying Microsoft ran all of NASDAQ and he asked you to put proof of him saying that up and you ran. Just like you ran after you blew it totally on Linux at NASDAQ. The ac apk only stated that the MDDS system at NASDAQ, and that is a trade data dissemination system. So is the failed one at London Stock Exchange in their Infolect system which the ac apk also pointed out. All the ac apk ever said was the teams that architect, code, and maintain large systems like these stock exchanges matter more than the hardware or software and operating systems used to run them on. The ac apk appears to be correct also when comparing NASDAQ's success with Microsoft wares where LSE failed badly on them.

Or could it be... (5, Interesting)

e065c8515d206cb0e190 (1785896) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042480)

that they're redesigning the antenna?

Re:Or could it be... (2, Insightful)

Rockoon (1252108) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042522)

It think the most likely scenario here is that they are chasing profits.

A further delay will push some of the I-want-white holdouts into buying an iPhone 4 now. Some of those same people will purchase a white one later.

Re:Or could it be... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34042698)

Not likely. In addition to not qualifying for the subsidy on a later purchase ( 2 years), it's common knowledge that once you go black you'll never go back.

Re:Or could it be... (2, Funny)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042872)

Maybe it was delayed for a reason at first..then they found there's not that much a demand for white, and figured, "Hey..no real hurry here required".

I can't imagine why anyone would want a white one.

Re:Or could it be... (4, Funny)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043004)

>>>I can't imagine why anyone would want a white one.

That's right.
Once she's had black,
she'll never go back.

Re:Or could it be... (1)

JonySuede (1908576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043214)

there is an overly sensitive mod today, this was clearly a joke....

Re:Or could it be... (0, Troll)

pspahn (1175617) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042940)

This brings to light the number one reason why I will absolutely never consider buying an iThing (assuming your statement is valid, of course).

If there are enough users of this thing to warrant a delay in purchasing simply because they want one that is white versus black, I would never want to associate myself with someone so superficial that a simple fucking color change is this important to their buying decision.

The only time fashion > function is with cut flowers, and even then the distinction is small.

Re:Or could it be... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34043060)

So, the next time you buy a car --- I'll decide the color for you. Since color is so unimportant to you. You have a black-and-white TV at the house?

Idiot.

Re:Or could it be... (2, Informative)

Verdatum (1257828) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043200)

Obligatory old quote: Ford Model T "Any color you like, as long as it's black."

Re:Or could it be... (2, Informative)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043080)

I once refused to buy a phone because I wanted the plain-black instead of the bright red. Unfortunately the black was discontinued, so I never bought the phone.

Another time I delayed buying a Nintendo Gamecube because I thought the original color was hokey (looked like a toy). Also not many games worth playing. Then they released the black version about a year later, which I liked a lot better, so I decided to buy it.

Re:Or could it be... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34043110)

You seem to give an awful lot of consideration to what other people are doing. Consider thinking for yourself.

Re:Or could it be... (5, Funny)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043208)

If there are enough users of this thing to warrant a delay in purchasing simply because they want one that is white versus black, I would never want to associate myself with someone so superficial that a simple fucking color change is this important to their buying decision.

Yeah! How dare people put off making consumer goods purchases based on their personal preferences! Those self-involved fuckers!

Re:Or could it be... (1)

clang_jangle (975789) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043422)

I would never want to associate myself with someone so superficial that a simple fucking color change is this important to their buying decision.

So IOW you're so incredibly codependent that you actually imagine that the choices of others who merely use the same phone you do somehow reflects on you? If so, you're just the kind of knee-jerk simpleton marketers dream of!

Re:Or could it be... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34043450)

Why do you think having an iThing will cause you to associate with other people who have iThings? It's not a team sport.

Why do you care what drives other people in their purchases? Why do you care what other people think of your purchases?

Re:Or could it be... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34042562)

white phones have smaller antennas

It IS actually white (4, Funny)

recoiledsnake (879048) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042486)

You are looking at it wrong.

It's like, how much more white could this be? (2, Funny)

zooblethorpe (686757) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043174)

And the answer is none. None more white.

Apologies all around. ;-)

Cheers,

Re:It IS actually white (4, Funny)

Verdatum (1257828) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043244)

The above poster went on to prove that black is white, and was subsequently killed in the next zebra crossing.

Re:It IS actually white (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043636)

can i have all his stuff then?

The antenna (2, Informative)

qoncept (599709) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042488)

Don't you still need to put a case on an iPhone 4 to make it work worth a shit? Who cares what color the phone itself is?

Re:The antenna (2, Interesting)

Samalie (1016193) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042746)

You know, in many ways it is kind of funny.

I have an iPhone4. I'm also in Canada and on the Rogers network.

Yes, "antennagate" is real. My house is far enough away from a tower that I can go from 3 bars to 0 just my lightly touching the magic little corner. So I got a case for it, which mostly mitigated the problem in my house...most of the time though, it was never an issue.

I just went to the US (Southern California) and my iPhone was pratically un-useable, case or not. It was entirely useless as a phone, and mostly useless for any kind of data use. Basically, the fucker was a giant brick for all intents and purposes, at least as a communications device.

Based on that...I still don't hate my iPhone...but I sure as fuck despise AT&T's shitty service.

Re:The antenna (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34043152)

Similar experiences here. I was spoiled with near universal 3G coverage of Vodafone Greece, and I actually had to buy and use a bumper to get the phone to work some of the time in California (LA up to SF). Don't get me started about NY... I was on top of the Rockefeller Center, you'd expect that it'd manage to get some signal up there, but nothing.

Oh well, I'm back to Europe were the cellular networks just work and I'm glad.

Re:The antenna (2)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043178)

I have an iPhone4. I'm also in Canada and on the Rogers network.

...

I just went to the US (Southern California) and my iPhone was pratically un-useable, case or not. It was entirely useless as a phone, and mostly useless for any kind of data use. Basically, the fucker was a giant brick for all intents and purposes, at least as a communications device.

Based on that...I still don't hate my iPhone...but I sure as fuck despise AT&T's shitty service.

As a Rogers customer I'm constantly split between hating them for making me pay through the nose and loving them for having a kick-ass network.

Re:The antenna (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34043504)

AT&T works fine (better than competitors) where I am. I think the correct answer here is that we should all despise southern California, but since we all do anyway, I guess that's redundant.

Poll: (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34042490)

Who is in favor of banning all apple-related news from slashdot?

Good on ya Apple (4, Insightful)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042496)

Fix it before you ship it.

Re:Good on ya Apple (2, Insightful)

recoiledsnake (879048) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042602)

True but the fact that they've been unable to fix it for so many months(six+) does not bode well. It doesn't seem to be rocket science.

Re:Good on ya Apple (4, Informative)

lowrydr310 (830514) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042704)

I'd rather a manufacturer delay a product launch until they get things absolutely right.

HTC rushed the EVO out the door to meet demand, and their early releases had some serious hardware quality problems (light leakage around screen, screen separation, broken housing near power button, display problems, etc.) I'm not making this stuff up. I had to return THREE of my handsets before I got one that was good, and all three of those were Hardware Revision 003. I can't imagine what 001 and 002 were like.

That's the price you pay for being an early adopter.

Re:Good on ya Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34043090)

I can't imagine what 001 and 002 were like.

I don't believe there was an 001 consumer model. I have the 002 I got on the launch day and I haven't had any of the issues you complain about.

Anecdotal evidence is useless for making generalizations like these. Support forums are filled with people who have issues, not with people who have none.

Re:Good on ya Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34043118)

First iphone 4 : never even got it in my hands. Apple dude couldn't activate it. Got stuck in restore mode.

second iPhone 4 : Got it home before I realized that the home button had 2 modes : Never work or pretend to be pressed 100% of the time.

third iPhone 4 : parts of the screen become randomly non-responsive. eventually all the presses on the dead parts of the screen suddenly fire at once causing the phone to go nuts for a few seconds. Full restore (no backup) did not fix.

Fourth iPhone : works great.

a friend of mine who picked up a phone a day later had a serious speaker issue (phone sounded like it was possessed)

Of course, I've also gone through 3 ps3's in 1 year, but my launch 360 still works. Maybe I'm cursed

Re:Good on ya Apple (1)

Lifyre (960576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043588)

And what is the common theme here? Those products where from Microsoft's competitors. Obviously you should stop buying inferior products and only buy from Microsoft.

Re:Good on ya Apple (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043614)

I got mine within the first couple days after launch, and I haven't seen any screen issues or display problems, but I haven't been able to have one of the body glove hard cases on it for more than a month without the case breaking on the top-right corner, near the volume and power buttons. The stress on the case always causes it to fail there.

Re:Good on ya Apple (1)

GlassHeart (579618) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043346)

It's one thing to fix the problem on one iPhone, quite another to ensure that you can do it cheaply enough, in an assembly line for millions of units.

Re:Good on ya Apple (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042988)

Or wait until people who bought the black one start to get that little chemical feeling of boredom in the back of their lizard brains and are willing to buy the white one to replace it.

Well sorta (1)

hellfire (86129) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043286)

I know you want to pat Apple on the back but let's be fair, Apple set lots of expectations. The first expectation is that Apple said at launch the white one would be available soon after the black one, and it's not. On one hand you have to make sure it's right, on the other hand you, you have the Duke Nukem Forever syndrome. You have to ship or cancel at some point. The second expectation that the iPhone 5, whatever that is, will be announced 3 months after the iPhone 4 white is now due out. April is the month when iPhone sales started to trickle down as more people put off waiting for #4. Exactly who's going to get all excited about a white iPhone at that point?

Apple should have had this sorted out by the holiday season or just axed it. Spring of next year is too late. I would have more respect if they just came out and said "sorry we goofed, no white iPhone 4 because it will take too long to fix the problems we had at fabrication."

I'm happy they are identifying real problems and not shipping with this defect but I'm not exactly thrilled about their handling of it either.

The real question (2)

mark72005 (1233572) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042510)

Why do you need a white one, anyway?

Re:The real question (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34042590)

White ones are smaller and fit in your pants better.

Ob. May West (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042864)

Is that an iPhone in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?

Re:The real question (3, Funny)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043116)

So that millions of people can express their unique individuality.

Re:The real question (2, Insightful)

Greguar (1225686) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043334)

White with iPhones is a way of advertising that you have the more expensive model, as it historically only exists as an option for the top-end model. All of the people who know the difference will be totally impressed when they see it and will respect you and/or want to have sex with you.

It's like wearing a fancy watch or paying for a drink with a hundred dollar bill at the bar. Visible signs of wealth trump personality and good looks.

Re:The real question (2, Interesting)

jojoba_oil (1071932) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043534)

Only Apple-lovers will know the significance to white vs. non-white. The rest will just assume that the iPhone being white was meant to match the ugly white ear-buds that came with it.

I think a more visible sign of wealth is walking into an office full of suits when one is wearing jeans and a sweater, without anyone thinking it out of place... Which leads right into the idea behind bling: people without wealth are more concerned about their outward appearance than people with wealth. So cheap, shiny things like bluetooth ear-pieces, chrome wheel spinners, and big necklaces became a sort of caricature of the desperation to appear wealthy.

Re:The real question (1)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043570)

You know what they say, "Once you go black, you never go back".
I still want to know who "they" are.

Distorted pictures? (4, Informative)

Estanislao Martnez (203477) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042536)

Light from the case leaks into pictures taken by the back and front camera on the White iPhone 4 causing distorted pictures.

Um, more like overexposed to hell. The camera basically can't regulate exposure if that's the case.

Re:Distorted pictures? (3, Funny)

migla (1099771) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042624)

Um, more like overexposed to hell. The camera basically can't regulate exposure if that's the case.

Pun intended?

This is news? (4, Funny)

iamvego (785090) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042550)

So this makes it into the big news on Slashdot... an explanation as to why an iPhone with a different case colour has been delayed. Next on Slashdot... the iPhone's shocking new button that's now a rounded square instead of a circle! I need to take the week off work to recover from the shock.

Re:This is news? (1)

ani23 (899493) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042766)

well theres a tech reason why its delayed and this could certainly lead to interesting debate and solutions. Get off your high horse

Re:This is news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34043106)

... this could certainly lead to interesting debate and solutions...

Unlikely.

Re:This is news? (4, Insightful)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042968)

If it was a story on the introduction of a new color, I'd agree with you. But this is interesting to those of us who develop products because of the tech issues involved.

Just admit it already (2, Interesting)

JasoninKS (1783390) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042552)

Things like this would be less of a "big deal" if Apple would just come out and admit to the problems. Be more straight-forward with the public, and they'll appreciate you and your company more. At least, that's how I figure it.

Re:Just admit it already (1)

mlts (1038732) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042762)

Even better, just pull the white option totally, and focus more efforts on the next generation of device.

Let the iPhone 5 have two colors.

Not good enough. (2, Interesting)

LoudMusic (199347) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042574)

This 'story' smacks of hooey. An entire crock's worth, you might say. Opacity of plastic is not determined by its hue, to my knowledge. I think it has more to do with other performance faults they want to fix before delivering a 'new' product. Or perhaps sales of the previous white iPhones were stellar enough for them to care about doing it again.

Re:Not good enough. (1)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042794)

I agree. I find it hard to believe it took Apple this long to notice and then address supposed issues with light leakage. I'm having trouble even seeing how this would even ever be a problem.

Perhaps they decided they were going to try to address the broken glass issue, among others, before they release the white version. It would be rather stupid to go ahead and release alternate color knowing it's got all the problems plaguing the black version.

Re:Not good enough. (2, Interesting)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042922)

I find it hard to believe it took Apple this long to notice and then address supposed issues with light leakage.

Considering that they failed to notice (at least, enough to do anything about it) the antenna problems on the iPhone 4 until after general release, I have no problem at all believing that Apple has serious problems, in general, identifying functional problems produced by styling decisions (perhaps, because they don't do sufficient real world testing with "production" styling, considering functionality and visual styling separate issues.)

Re:Not good enough. (2, Interesting)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042954)

I've seen multiple reviews of iPhone 4 cases on Amazon with comments about some light colored cases causing reflection of the LED flash back into the lens. That would not explain problems with the front facing camera though.

Eeww... (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043218)

I find it hard to believe it took Apple this long to notice and then address supposed issues with light leakage

I thought "light leakage" was a side effect of Alli? [wikipedia.org]

This explains how Steve Jobs lost all that weight...

Re:Not good enough. (1)

TavisJohn (961472) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042850)

I have noticed that some white devices are really clear cases with a white lining in the plastic, and are not made of white plastic. This actually hides scratches and scuffs. But that clear layer may cause issues for the camera for the iPhone.

I am not an Apple fan, I actually hate how they do many things... But in this case, it may actually be legit.

Re:Not good enough. (0, Troll)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042854)

Iphone isn't plastic. The POS is fragile, brittle glass and can be shattered by a piece of sand.

White glass is fairly translucent.

Gorilla glass (4, Informative)

hellfire (86129) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043392)

Specifically, it's gorilla glass, which is scientifically proven to be harder than regular glass, but let's not get in the way of a good anti-iPhone rant.

Yes you are correct it is not plastic. Just wanted to help you line up all the facts so you didn't have to stop railing annoyingly against the target of your anger.

Re:Gorilla glass (1)

Lifyre (960576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043620)

Just out of curiosity does that it is made from harder glass mean it's not made from fragile, brittle glass?

Or that white glass is fairly translucent?

Re:Not good enough. (1)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042882)

Not to mention, what kind of idiot engineer would design a camera that relied on the opacity of its case, which to him isn't just a black box, but an as-of-yet-nonexistent box? I don't buy it.

Re:Not good enough. (1)

Lifyre (960576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043712)

You did see what they did with the Antenna right? I call it lucky they didn't ship it first.

Re:Not good enough. (1)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042888)

This 'story' smacks of hooey. An entire crock's worth, you might say. Opacity of plastic is not determined by its hue, to my knowledge.

If the base polymer is essentially translucent, and the same element used to color it is also used to make it opaque, its quite likely that what is used to color it (which will be different based on the desired target color) will also affect the opacity. And, of course, if different base polymers are used for different case colors, that can also affect translucency.

Without knowing a lot more about the specific plastics and coloring in the existing black and prototype white iPhone cases, its hard to say more, but its certainly quite plausible that a white iPhone would have light-bleed issues that a black iPhone did not.

Re:Not good enough. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34042906)

Or perhaps sales of the previous white iPhones were stellar enough for them to care about doing it again.

Maybe they're holding off releasing it in the hopes that the "old" black iPhone4 will be seen as "last season's" tech gadget, compelling people to upgrade to the "new" white iPhone4.

I was rather surprised how much of a fashion accessory people's iPhones have become.
A recent conversation with someone went like:
"Hey, want to see the cool screen cover I got for my iPhone?"
"That's nice, but doesn't it make the screen harder to see when outside?"
"Hmmm... but see how shiny it makes the phone look?!"

It was interesting to watch them contemplate that they had actually made the phone less useful (even if only for a brief moment).

Re:Not good enough. (1)

Bertie (87778) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042966)

You'd have a point if it was plastic. But it's glass.

Re:Not good enough. (2, Informative)

e4g4 (533831) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042998)

Plastic? I was under the impression that it's white paint on glass. I can see getting that to be completely opaque to be a moderately difficult task, particularly at the thicknesses they're working with.

Re:Not good enough. (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043040)

Given the same resins and concentration of colorant, the black one will transmit less light than the white one, because it will absorb more of the light entering the surface and convert it to heat rather than bouncing it from atom to atom.

What smacks of hooey is that the solution to this problem is simply to put a rubber o-ring of appropriate thickness around each camera to duct it to the phone's surface. Which I'm surprised they don't do with the black one to reduce the chance of dust contamination over time.

Re:Not good enough. (2, Informative)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043290)

Afaict most plastics in thier natural state (no pigments or dyes added) tend to be translucent.

Black plastics are black because they have a pigment in them that absorbs lots of light (carbon black is a common one though not the only one). Once light is absorbed it's not going any further though the plastic.

White plastics are white becase they have a pigment in them that scatters light. As that light is scattered a lot of it comes straight back out but some continues to bounce arround in the plastic potentially making it to the other size.

So white plastics tend to be worse at blocking light than black ones all else being equal.

Re:Not good enough. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34043376)

Love how everyone here is a fucking engineering expert.

Re:Not good enough. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34043564)

You don't know what you're talking about. You seem to have no background in the field. Maybe it's high time you ask questions of those who do know and stop making a total ass out of yourself.

Simple Solution (4, Funny)

argmanah (616458) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042722)

Given how they approached the reception problems by giving away bumper cases, I would have fully expected them to give away black cases to cover up the white plastic.

Re:Simple Solution (1)

microbee (682094) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043694)

The funniest comment for the day

White is the New Black (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34042726)

Deal with it Rick James!

Sorry, that answer is wrong. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34042744)

We were looking for "Who gives a shit"

Stupid (3, Insightful)

EkriirkE (1075937) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042798)

Put a mirror finish/coating the inside of the white glass. This will block light and create an epic glow (enhance the whiteness) that apple fanboys can pray to.

I'd totally buy that! (2, Funny)

Kostya (1146) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043634)

If you could get the apple logo to glow on the back like that MacBooks do, I'd totally buy that.

And maybe pray to it occasionally.

Why post on /.? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34042884)

Apple has made no official announcement about the reason and the information presented here is largely rumor, so why post it on Slashdot? Are we all supposed to throw in our two bit rumors, too? How informative!

I can tell you, though, the iPhone 4 flash can completely fog pictures if its light gets deflected towards the camera.

White noise (3, Funny)

microbee (682094) | more than 3 years ago | (#34042908)

The press don't get it, do they? The reason is that so many people are already complaining about iPhone 4's signal issue, that the white version is only going to make it worse by introducing white noise.

electrical tape? (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043104)

Light from the case leaks into pictures ... Apple has been looking for a solution to this problem

Hm. A little slice of electrical tape somewhere inside ... problem solved.

The real reason it doesn't exist (1)

mavantix (16356) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043172)

The white iPhone 4 is a unicorn.

My theory. (1)

RightSaidFred99 (874576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043296)

Apple is cynical enough to know that if you're a typical Apple fan and you just bought an iPhone 4, you would have a really hard time justifying selling your old one and buying a new one just because it's white. However if you've had it a few months, you might be inclined to do this as it doesn't seem like you "just bought" your other iPhone 4.

And yes, many Apple fans are the type who will literally rebuy the same phone because of a color change... or because they cynically withheld features from a first rev of a product to make you want to buy the second generation less than a year later (which is what will happen with the iPad).

Solution (1)

thedonger (1317951) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043400)

The case can be an LCD and when the camera is activated it turns opaque. QED

Mr. Jobs: You can credit my PayPal account directly. I know you're rich but I still don't accept personal checks.

It definitely has nothing to do with marketing (1)

atmurray (983797) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043516)

There is no way it is a marketing ploy to get people to buy a second iPhone 4 when the elusive "white" model is available because iPhone consumers are only interested in the raw features and functionality of the device. It has nothing to do with cosmetic looks, I guarantee it! I have a white 3GS :$

Clear case ? Pshaw! (1)

kimanaw (795600) | more than 3 years ago | (#34043622)

You're just holding it wrong!
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