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White iPhone 4 Coming Today

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the black-tulip dept.

Cellphones 195

An anonymous reader writes "Initially, the white iPhone 4 will be available in 28 countries including the US, UK, Australia, China, Japan, and Italy. It will be available for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model with a new two year agreement through the Apple Store, AT&T and Verizon Wireless stores (as rumored earlier) and select Apple Authorized Resellers."

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White (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35961514)

Wow .... white iphone must upgrade from black one obviously more value in whites than blacks.... than you apple.

Re:White (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35961568)

"The Black iPhone is the original iPhone. From him came all brown, yellow, red, and white phones. By using a special method of chinese subcontractor control law, the Black iPhone was able to produce the white iPhone. This method of chinese subcontractor control was developed by a Black-turtlenecked scientist known as Jobs, who envisioned making and teaching a category of consumer devices who would be diametrically opposed to the original consumer devices. A color scheme of devices who would one day outsell the original devices and dominate the mindshare for a period of 6,000 years. Jobs promised his followers that he would create insanely great products for his own people, and he would teach them how to rule his people, through a system of cryptography and APIs whereby they use UI consistency to divide and conquer, and break the unity of the competing devices, put one android against another, and then act as mediators and rule both sides." -Elijah Muhammad

Re:White (2)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961576)

Maybe they can get Sony's advertising guys [guardian.co.uk] to do promotion for the new model...

Re:White (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35961588)

How is "another product now in new colour" news?

Re:White (1)

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961774)

It's news because it took so damn long. Apple has been having a lot of problems getting the white version out there. Apparently there were some problems with the sensors [allthingsd.com] due to the white shell letting through more light or something. In any case it's rare for Apple to have an actual production problem (one that's not made up out of whole cloth by "analysts") for this long . Hence, news.

Re:White (1)

EraserMouseMan (847479) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962034)

Yea, really rare. Apple just doesn't make mistakes. That's why we just buy anything with an Apple on it and ask no questions. It's even a bonus when the antenna doesn't work and our calls drop. We're so blessed that Apple bestows these quiet peaceful moments of silence upon us as random acts of kindness from Cupertino. I just wish Apple made everything. The world would be a perfect place.

You should've seen the original headline. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35961618)

You should've seen the original headline; "White iPhone 4 Coming all over black iPhone 4"

Re:White (1, Informative)

obergfellja (947995) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961630)

now white supremesis and kkk members can buy iPhones without hating the phone or themselves.

Re:White (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35961816)

so the iphone is paler and the ipad is thinner - sounds like these apple products are taking after their creator steve jobs!

what next...? we can only hope the new macbook pros are brought to customers in coffin shaped cases (sustainably-sourced wood.)

omg omg white iphone4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35961526)

The day has finally come i'm so HAPPY.

Re:omg omg white iphone4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35961634)

To think i was going to get a dual core Samsung galaxy s2, but now i don't have to.

Price? (4, Informative)

oji-sama (1151023) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961530)

It will be available for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model with a new two year agreement

That's a crazy way to state the price. Or are the prices for the agreements always the same, whatever phone you choose

Re:Price? (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961604)

The prices for plans are always the same for each provider. They differ between providers, though.

For most providers, the plan prices are the same even if you don't take their deal on a phone. (A few have cheaper rates if you don't.)

Re:Price? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35961762)

AT&T charged me more when I didn't take their deal.

Re:Price? (1)

k_187 (61692) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961616)

The agreement can vary depending on features. Still looking at a minimum of $70ish dollars a month though.

Re:Price? (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961848)

>>>Still looking at a minimum of $70ish dollars a month though.

Ouch.
That's how much Comcast cable costs! (shrug) I prefer my $0/month phone plan. Maybe if I was a subway or metro commuter I'd see the value in a smart phone to fill-in the time, but with my current lifestyle I'm always in front of a computer (at work or home).

Re:Price? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35962246)

Glad to see that you're back on Slashdot reminding us all how much money you don't spend.

Re: Price? (1)

Cimexus (1355033) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962416)

Ouch. I have an iPhone 4 on a month-to-month plan (no contract) plan here in Australia with 1.5 GB data and more calls/SMS than I'd ever hope to use for ~$25/month. And this is ~Australia~ we are talking about, with generally one of the highest costs of living in the Western world.

Mind you I bought the phone outright/unlocked, so the initial outlay was more. But over 2-3 years, it works out ~significantly~ cheaper (for my usage patterns at least) to do it that way. Not to mention that, because you aren't on contract, and phone plans are constantly getting revised and becoming better in value, the ability to change to a better plan as soon as a company releases one means that you definitely save money.

Re:Price? (5, Informative)

Cimexus (1355033) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961632)

Agreed - can't stand the crazy way the Apple US store quotes its prices. The phone does NOT cost $199/$299. It costs significantly more than that, an amount which you pay off over the next 2 years by virtue of the binding service contract you sign with the service provider. That monthly ongoing cost is not just the cost of the plan alone - it also includes a repayment for the handset, though the exact breakdown isn't revealed.

So really for a better idea of the cost of the actual phone itself, it would be better to look at the cost Apple are quoting in countries outside the US where you buy the phone outright, unlocked, and off-contract. For example:

Australia (http://store.apple.com/au/browse/home/shop_iphone/family/iphone?mco=MTAyNTQzMjI)

16GB: $859
32GB: $999

Canada (http://store.apple.com/ca/browse/home/shop_iphone/family/iphone?mco=MTAyNTQzMjI)

16GB: $659
32GB: $779

(And wow ... never knew how much we got ripped off in Australia - the AUD is worth the same or slightly more than the CAD, but our prices are ~$200 more than in Canada. Argh!)

Re:Price? (4, Interesting)

awyeah (70462) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961704)

It costs significantly more than that, an amount which you pay off over the next 2 years by virtue of the binding service contract you sign with the service provider.

That isn't just Apple, it's every phone. Even the cheap or free flip phones cost significantly more than what you pay for them.

In the US, our carriers do subsidies, and you commit to a contract term in return for that subsidy. It's always worked that way (at least as long as I've owned a cell phone, since about 1998)

You're always free to pay the full price for the phone and not lock into a contract. The only difference is that with other brands of phone, the carrier will usually unlock it for you after a period of time, but that won't happen with Apple.

I think the full prices for the iPhone are $599 and $699, if memory serves me.

- Dave

Re:Price? (2)

cculianu (183926) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961826)

You're always free to pay the full price for the phone and not lock into a contract.

No, you aren't. You can't even GET an unlocked iPhone for full price in the USA. It's a shame, really. You can go to France or Canada though, and get one. Land of the free!

Re:Price? (1)

Dallas Caley (1262692) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962024)

Minor correction..

"Even the cheap or free flip phones cost significantly more than what you pay for them." Actually I just bricked my iPhone 3g a month or so ago and I was still on contract so I had to pay full price for a cheap flip phone. My total cost

But still if you think about it, the cost of the iPhone even without a contract isn't that much. You are essentially getting a laptop computer (al-beit a low power one) But its super-engineered to fit in a small space. Think about how much more you pay for a laptop vs a tower computer (same concept). Also if you compare it to how much you would pay if you purchased a $500 item on credit (or god forbid one of those Rent-a-center ripoffs) you're actually getting off pretty easy.

Re:Price? (1)

Dallas Caley (1262692) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962046)

dang less than sign, i meant to say my total cost was less than $30 but i'm guessing the htmlspecialchars filter removed my symbol

Re:Price? (2)

langelgjm (860756) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962352)

In the US, our carriers do subsidies, and you commit to a contract term in return for that subsidy. It's always worked that way (at least as long as I've owned a cell phone, since about 1998). You're always free to pay the full price for the phone and not lock into a contract.

Here's what I don't understand. Let's say you do pay full price for a phone... why is your monthly rate the same as someone who buys a subsidized phone?

Re:Price? (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961710)

A phone is pretty useless without service. And sure if they actually charged a lower plan fee if you bought the phone outright then you would have a point. But (in the market those prices are relevant to) they don't so there isn't one.

Re:Price? (1)

oji-sama (1151023) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961744)

I'm not sure that "You don't have a point, because the phone companies are ripping off the users (in certain markets)" is very good one. Perhaps this is something that should be changed?

Re:Price? (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961882)

The claim was basically "That monthly ongoing cost is not just the cost of the plan alone - it also includes a repayment for the handset, though the exact breakdown isn't revealed."

But that's not the case. There is no payment for the handset included in the monthly ongoing cost. Because if you buy the plan without getting a new phone you still pay the exact same price.

Sure in reality they are just making more money from people who bring their own phone, but when you are talking about the retail price there is no difference.

I agree it's stupid, but that doesn't make the claim any more valid.

Re:Price? (1)

Missing.Matter (1845576) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961986)

Because if you buy the plan without getting a new phone you still pay the exact same price.

This just means you are subsidizing someone else's phone.

Re:Price? (1)

oji-sama (1151023) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962004)

Of course the plan contains repayment for the handset. Around here you pick a plan (0-40€) and then you may pick a phone (+5-25€ depending on the model) on top of that. And the phone is usually (not always) a bit cheaper than from the shop, because they get you as a customer for 2 years. It's the same for you, just without the choice.

Re:Price? (1)

torqer (538711) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961802)

you're even more ripped off when you consider that the AUD is pretty much on par with the USD.

In the states the phones are retailing for $599 (16GB), or $699 (32GB).

How do you like them apples?

Torqer.

Re:Price? (1)

Cimexus (1355033) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962314)

Actually it's even sadder - the AUD is quite a bit above 'on par' with the USD now. 1 AUD = 109.3 US cents right this minute.

Re:Price? (1)

Malc (1751) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962002)

Don't forget that the Aussie prices include 10% GST, whereas the Canadian ones are exclusive of tax. The difference is still big.

I wanted to the buy the Lonely Planet guide to New Zealand when I was in 'stralya a couple of years ago. $45 from the local book shop. $37 from Amazon.co.uk, including nearly $20 of airmail shipping from the other side of the planet. Ouch.

Re:Price? (1)

Just Some Guy (3352) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962198)

Agreed - can't stand the crazy way the Apple US store quotes its prices. The phone does NOT cost $199/$299. It costs significantly more than that, an amount which you pay off over the next 2 years by virtue of the binding service contract you sign with the service provider.

Except that the phone+data plan costs the same whether you're using an iPhone or something else. Presuming you were going to have phone service anyway, the cost of using an iPhone with that service is $199/$299. That's like saying that a car doesn't really cost $X because that amount doesn't account for fuel consumption. That might make more sense for cars where different models cost different amounts to operate, but falls down here where the monthly costs are identical regardless of which phone you buy.

Re:Price? (1)

Cimexus (1355033) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962292)

Well fair enough then. Wasn't aware that the plan was still the same cost if you brought your own phone (that seems ridiculous to me).

Note that here we have both options. You can buy the phone outright/unlocked from Apple and just pop your existing SIM in it. Or, you can choose to buy a subsidised phone from a carrier for a cheaper up-front cost but a 2 year contracted plan. BUT note that the very same plan is cheaper per month if you bring your own phone than if you are paying a phone off. A portion of the monthly fee is thus a handset repayment (though it isn't usually separately listed on your bill or anything).

Re:Price? (1)

EraserMouseMan (847479) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962114)

How cool, thanks Steve! We get a new agreement too! That old legality-ridden "contract" concept they used to use felt so restrictive. That's just Apple for ya. Filling the world with agreement.

Re:Price? (1)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962120)

That's a crazy way to state the price. Or are the prices for the agreements always the same, whatever phone you choose

$199 + Last dregs of integrity because you waited until it came in a colour to match your Macbook you Fanboy/girl?

Hmm....doesn't quite fit on a price tag.

Wowzer! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35961532)

What a blatent Slashvertisement. It's really getting sickening.
 
Subscribers? This is what your subscription dollars pay for. I hope you don't feel bad about being ripped off.

DRM LOCKED and BLOCKED (2, Informative)

cculianu (183926) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961534)

$199 sounds like a great price but you get locked in to AT&T. I travel a lot and AT&T's international roaming fees are highway robbery. I'm in Romania right now and when I can be spending something like 5 Euros for 3000 minutes on a pre-paid card on Vodafone, why would I pay AT&T $0.29/minute or whatever they want to charge me for the privilege of being an American in Europe?

It's too bad you can't legally obtain an unlocked iPhone in the USA. You have to go to CANADA to do that. Land of the free indeed.

Re:DRM LOCKED and BLOCKED (0)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961590)

We have the best laws money can buy, citizen.

Re:DRM LOCKED and BLOCKED (1)

nman64 (912054) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962244)

We have the best laws money can buy, subject.

There, fixed that for ya'.

Re:DRM LOCKED and BLOCKED (1)

Xacid (560407) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961696)

Pre-paid card = pre-paid sim card?

If so would that work on any iphone at all out there?

Re:DRM LOCKED and BLOCKED (1)

cbope (130292) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961792)

Not in a locked iPhone, citizen.

Thankfully some of us live in the EU and outer places where such tactics are illegal and mobile rates are not through the roof.

Re:DRM LOCKED and BLOCKED (1)

Mascot (120795) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961806)

$0.29/minute? Heck, it's more expensive being a European in Europe in that case. I'd pay almost three times that to call home from Romania while roaming, and I live in Europe.

I don't believe it's your home operator robbing you by the way, but rather the roaming partner in the country you are visiting.

Of course, your point about the phone being operator locked is a valid one. I don't think I'd ever consider buying an operator locked phone; the market here is very different from the US. But nothing should be stopping you from buying a cheap unlocked phone for use with locally bought pre-paid cards to work around the issue?

Re:DRM LOCKED and BLOCKED (1)

cculianu (183926) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961868)

Sure. I can do that. But I'm an iPhone developer. I need to have my iPhone. I can't be running around iPhone-less because it costs me business and clients. And yes, I need to have the phone working on a network for some of my testing.

So I can either buy an unlocked iPhone and spend an additional $700 or more -- or do some illegal stuff like violate the DMCA and unlock my phone using Utrasn0w. That is, if I am lucky enough to have a specific model of iPhone (01.59.00 firmware) that actually is unlockable.

I wish what Apple is doing were deemed illegal. It feels like it ought to be.

Re:DRM LOCKED and BLOCKED (1)

linuxwolf69 (1996104) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962038)

Didn't US Gov say that jailbreaking (unlocking) phones were legal? That since we have purchased the device, it's ours to do with what we want?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_jailbreaking

Under the DMCA of 2010, jailbreaking is legal in the United States, although Apple has announced that the practice "can violate the warranty.

Re:DRM LOCKED and BLOCKED (1)

Mascot (120795) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962042)

I guess in your case it boils down to cost/benefit then. If you're spending significant time abroad, and iPhone development is your living, buying an unlocked iPhone while abroad should make good business sense. $700 doesn't translate into that many billable hours for a consultant.

Isn't it also possible to pay AT&T extra to unlock? I don't know how it is in the US, but here the lock-in is basically to ensure you stick with them long enough to finish paying for the phone. If you choose you can pay your way out of it.

Re:DRM LOCKED and BLOCKED (1)

filthpickle (1199927) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961852)

Maybe you can't legally do it...but you can easily do it. You can also easily unlock you own. It was/is illegal to copy music to a blank cassette tape...but everyone agreed that was stupid and did it anyway.

Re:DRM LOCKED and BLOCKED (4, Informative)

cculianu (183926) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961910)

No, you can't. As of the time of this posting no unlocks exist for newer iPhone 4 models. No holes have been found to do the unlocks on anything other than 01.59.00 baseband. It is unknown whether they will ever be found and any unlock will ever again be available.

Re:DRM LOCKED and BLOCKED (1)

filthpickle (1199927) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962156)

You're right...I wasn't thinking that we were talking about the new ones. My mistake. I have become disenchanted enough with my 3GS that I had already decided that I was going to try another phone whenever this one breaks. I used to like it...but with every iOS update it seems to run slower and slower....add in that in the last few months I can't send/receive calls/text messages at my house (which worked fine for the first several years I had a 3G then a 3GS).

Your initial comment is not flamebait btw....hope someone with mod points sees that.

Really? (5, Insightful)

Slash.Poop (1088395) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961536)

Is this what /. has come to? A story about a different color being available for an Apple product?

Drowning in Drool... (1)

Bananatree3 (872975) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961564)

We've become so accustom to drowning in our collective Apple drool we can't th ink straight!

Re:Really? (1)

Hultis (1969080) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961572)

Frankly I have kinda been looking forward to this thread and all the clever iPhone trashing that is likely to ensue.

Re:Really? (1)

uncanny (954868) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961644)

It's really more about the lack of quality of news on the website that people are annoyed by, a slashvertisement if you will.
it's the way local news is going too, "American idol local sports team something about puppies and less, not news at 11"

Re:Really? (1)

filthpickle (1199927) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961932)

I understand your point, but the GP has a point too....which is that this is as much an opportunity for people to drool over some new apple product as it is for people to slam it for being inane. They are tossing them a softball. Not that I think they would need it.

Re:Really? (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961700)

But ... a white iPhone makes a whole lot of difference! After all, think of the change in the reflective properties! Your room will get brighter! OK, only a very little bit which you'll not notice anyway, and only as long as the phone isn't in your pocket, but hey, don't be so critical! A white iPhone ... is white! Yes, really! You surely didn't think of that! You know, it's something you don't get with any other iPhone but with a white one! That's big news!

SCNR :-)

...but it is *white*! (1)

Pf0tzenpfritz (1402005) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961876)

and there has not been a WHITE IPHONE before!! OMG! What will be next ...blue? Red?

Re:Really? (1)

Inda (580031) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961990)

It's the new an improved white that's whiter than white. Three shades of white higher than the previous white. So white, you can use it as a coastal beacon warn off passing ships.

Oh, and they added magnesium oxide or aluminium oxide to the plastic, possibly.

Not only /. (1)

surveyork (1505897) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962196)

It's not only /. - It's all over the media, specialized, general, yellow... I don't know if they really think this is newsworthy or Apple has so much influence to create journa-vertisements all over the place, or perhaps both.

Re:Really? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35962278)

Luckily, South Park today released some calming balm in the form of THE HUMANCENTiPAD [southparkstudios.com] !

Oh, and I stopped seeing Apple users as humans. To be humans they would have to be separate entities instead of a resource that is used and controlled and has no own opinion or will.

Frontpage of /.? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35961544)

A nearly one year old device gets a new plastic shell?

Re:Frontpage of /.? (3, Insightful)

jonr (1130) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961684)

That sums it up nicely. A phone gets a new plastic shell. Now excuse me while I check the prices on Samsung Galaxy S II dual core phone...

Re:Frontpage of /.? (0)

surveyork (1505897) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962236)

My old Nokia had interchangeable, fancy shells. How's that feel Jobs? Bwahahahahaha. Oh, and it still works, and doesn't get viruses. Bwahahahahaha.

Re:Frontpage of /.? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35961698)

Like it or not, it's news. The white iPhone 4 has been an ongoing problem for Apple, and it's been delayed and pushed back because of manufacturing and design problems pretty much since release. It's the phone equivalent of vaporware actually getting released.

Re:Frontpage of /.? (1)

hubie (108345) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961780)

Yeah, but on this model you can turn the volume up to 11.

Re:Frontpage of /.? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35962238)

So as you did in Black.

The fact is: Steve Jobs is way ahead the market. I see news about new phones coming out, AND more or less they ALL incorporate visions that Jobs had (the size, screen, way icons are displayed, hidden batteries, etc). That's the way he built this huge and strong culture of fans and followers that motivates any tech/news site to announce a "new plastic shell for a year old apple product".

AND, if things stays the same, Steve Jobs as a technological Howard Hughes, it won't be different before dozens of others Apple's baby steps are announced in the front page of many websites ( /. included )

Re:Frontpage of /.? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35962266)

Malibu Stacy got a new hat! And from Malibu Stacy's designers.

Re:Frontpage of /.? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35962264)

Yeah but only if you hold it right.

Re:Frontpage of /.? (1)

Pf0tzenpfritz (1402005) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961894)

YES! A white one! Isn't it e x c i t i n g ?

Wow (1)

dimethylxanthine (946092) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961546)

Been waiting for 6 months to get one! Not really...
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Sent from my PDP-11

Re:Wow (1)

ChunderDownunder (709234) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961864)

Meh. I'll wait for the Flower Power [apple.com] model.

Hold on one second... (1)

Computer_kid (996105) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961552)

Yep... I still don't care. If you really wanted a white iPhone you could have used a bottle of spray paint or bought a white cover.

Re:Hold on one second... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35961602)

They used to charge $200 extra for the black MacBook... just because of the color... you should be thankful that this time it only costs like 9 month of wait time :)

Re:Hold on one second... (1)

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961838)

They used to charge $200 extra for the black MacBook... just because of the color... you should be thankful that this time it only costs like 9 month of wait time :)

IIRC the black macbook also came with a bigger HD.

Why? (2)

p0p0 (1841106) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961580)

Why is this even a news story? I understand Apple products tend to get a lot of attention when being released, but come on. This is a colour alteration, not a brand new phone. We don't see every Android phone get an article, and those are at least different from each other. Is page views really all Slashdot cares about?

Re:Why? (1)

uncanny (954868) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961660)

Because it's innovation, duh.

Re:Why? (1)

smelch (1988698) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961746)

Arg, you're missing the point! This article is just informing us that starting today white is the new sexy color for electronics, and black is out again. Before we go back to black we will take a brief detour through colorful electronics being sexy, but that phase never lasts long.

Re:Why? (1)

boristdog (133725) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961800)

Beige will always be the color of electronics!!

Seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35961620)

Apple releases the same product in a new color... and it's headline news?

There's a reason why this is considered important. (1, Insightful)

Scholasticus (567646) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961658)

This is news because a lot of people pay attention to every tiny little thing Apple does, and so they want to know about it. The objective importance of this is about the same as potato chips in a new flavor, or a new McSomething at McDonalds. That there's so much hype about those things because the companies involved market the hype. What's not news is that Apple is doing the same thing that every other company that sells products to consumers does, i.e. gets people to believe that unimportant things are important.

Also a good distraction (1)

Comboman (895500) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962344)

It's also a good distraction from the iPhone location tracking scandal.

Deeper Meaning (1)

Heshler (1191623) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961664)

While it may seem to many that this is a complete and utter non-story, I think there are deeper racial issues that arise. See? Black iPhones are a metaphor for black people. White iPhones are a metaphor for white people. It's so obvious when you think about it. Perhaps this Apple product release signifies the splitting of a community along an arbitrary line, forcing people to chose sides, or worse, have their side chosen for them. We must thank Apple and Slashdot for bringing this issue to light, and make sure to discuss this until we can reach the true, fundamental meaning of the event.

hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35961686)

US$199 v/s $AU859 for the same phone when the exchange rate is 92 US cents to 1 aussie $. That makes sense apple.

Re:hmm (1)

filthpickle (1199927) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962084)

that is pretty odd....is the cost of the phone not subsidized across the length of the contract in Australia? The math still doesn't add up even if that is the case.

For the love of god (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35961764)

WHO THE FUCK CARES!

Seriously, and I'd be saying the same if any company had released a new bloody colour of their product with huge, bizarre, fanfare.

But... (0)

surveyork (1505897) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962342)

But... but... It's an Apple product! And everybody's been waiting for so long! And it's white! White! So revolutionary simple only Jobs could have thought about it! A white iPhone... Brilliant! Oh, and you can make phone calls! And receive them too! Just amazing! A new paradigm: white, makes calls, receives calls, you can go to iTunes... ZOMG! I'm so happy to be alive to see this day!!!
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Disclaimer: The iPhone is nice. Expensive, but nice. All this fuss about a white frigging phone is pathetic. Yes, I said it. I'm talking about the circus, not about the qualities of the phone. Probably humankind deserves all the hardships nature will throw at us for being stupid, but I digress... It's white! Hallelujah!

It's got a smaller, err, antenna (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35961794)

Yeah, that's it.

model T (1)

scharkalvin (72228) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961824)

You can have it in any color, so long as it is black.

How about "goat vomit" green?

Re:model T (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35962106)

You can have it in any color, so long as it is black.

The reason for that is that Ford found that black paint dried the fastest.

So with black paint, the assembly line could run just a bit faster (and cheaper).

It says a lot about their target audience (4, Interesting)

MikeRT (947531) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961898)

That they'd pay full price for a phone that is about to be upgraded just because it comes in a color they like.

Think about that. The color of the phone is so important that they will pay full retail, plus a two year contract, for a phone that is about to be "obsolete" just because it's white instead of black.

Re:It says a lot about their target audience (1)

Missing.Matter (1845576) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962320)

And in the end they'll put it in a case to avoid marring its perfect form.

Will I be modded insightful or a troll... (1)

Pollux (102520) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961948)

...when I say, "Why should anybody care?"

It's white. End of story. Move on people.

Amazing (3, Funny)

Posting=!Working (197779) | more than 3 years ago | (#35961976)

It's incredible that in only one year that technology has advanced so far that they're able to now produce these with plastic of a different color. Some futurists claim that in another 5 years, we might posses the technology to produce iPhone 4's in any color, but I'm think that's far too optimistic.

This story is the opposite of "news for nerds, stuff that matters."

Re:Amazing (1)

LoganDzwon (1170459) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962186)

nono, your misinformed! They now paint the glass with a different color paint!

Re:Amazing (1)

Posting=!Working (197779) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962370)

Woah! That means that if they dedicate their entire company to R & D, they could possibly have the technology to make any color iPhone within 5 years! I stand corrected!

I suppose (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35961996)

If its OK for Apple Records to produce The White Album then its OK for Apple computer to make a white iPhone

Cool (1)

Zorque (894011) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962044)

Another Apple product I can add to my list of stuff I'm not buying.

Attention, BNL shoppers! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35962110)

Try blue! It's the new red!

White cover for black iPhOnE $7 (1)

squash_me_quickly (663285) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962176)

The the world of technology really become so utterly uninteresting so that replacing black pigment with white pigment in a phone cover is news. What next.... "Microsoft changes the standard background for Windows 7 in service pack 1" Hopefully the next big news will be "Pigment in white iPhOnE covers disrupts radio signals, Apple must replace all the new cover with black ones." (ha ha)

Irrelevant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35962216)

How is the color of a cellphone even slightly relevant to the /. public?

Here's another color; fecal brown

It's nice and all but the big question is... (0)

surveyork (1505897) | more than 3 years ago | (#35962262)




Does it run Linux?
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