White iPhone 4 delay due to light leaking out around the device

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White iPhone 4 delay due to light leaking out around the device
Even though Steve Jobs had originally called for a late July launch of the white iPhone 4, problems have persisted in manufacturing the phone. As we reported last week, Apple won't be shipping this model until later this year. And while many said that the delay was a ruse to hide the fact that the company was changing the manufacturing process to deal with antenna problems, the truth is simple. Because white is more transparent than black, the backlight behind the display is giving out too much light which is leaking out along the sides of the casing. At the same time, the light is also seeping out the back of the phone. The iPhone is made using Corning's Gorilla Glass on both the front and back of the phone and the antenna/metal band wraps around the outside of the device. This is a problem for Apple as far as correcting the problem is concerned.

Had the Cupertino based company used metal or plastic instead of glass, it could cover up the light using a simple coating. This cannot be used on glass which is a problem. Sprint has advertised its white EVO 4G phone as a potential substitute for those who really desire a white model, but this phone has also had some leakage problems along its seams, but not nearly as much as the iPhone 4 has had. The reason is that the HTC made EVO 4G uses a plastic material for the back of the phone, allowing the placement of a coating to block some of the light. Hopefully, Apple will be able to resolve this problem in time to ship some white iPhone 4 models before the end of the year.

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source: TheStreet



1. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Well if you grip it the right way the light should go away. Problem solved, now send out a million of em pronto.

3. world1-1

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 09, 2009

This is funny.

8. JeffdaBeat unregistered

As a self proclaimed Apple enthusiast...I even had to admit your post was hilarious...

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, Gorilla Glass is awesome for not breaking, but this is hilarious. It's like Apple is playing a game of "Let's see how many stupidly simple bad design decisions we can make this time around, because we just don't give a fuck anymore. Oh, and give us your money." That's a long title for a game, though.

7. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Clearly they do care because they are delaying the release of it so they can fix it. You sound like a fucking dumbass.

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

They could've gone with a different design which didn't use glass. Then they wouldn't have this problem to begin with.

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Wow, another day - another lame 'who cares' iphone story - PEOPLE, there are plenty of other phones out there, not named....IPHONE....

5. hornetmx

Posts: 71; Member since: Mar 12, 2010

Nice comeback, looks like you are running out of them fast man. Cmon, gimme a good excuse other than there are other phones out there. I expected more from you. Somebody is really trying hard to turn Apple into the next Sprint-Nextel. Now they are getting sued because of a faulty Ipad. Keep it up Apple! Time for a CEO change??????

6. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

So glad they haven't opted for white glass bumpers to solve the antenna issues. That would have just been REALLY embarrassing.

10. dsg_cobra

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 25, 2009

it seems now everytime i see a article about apple now its about a issue they are having. this is kinda getting sad, they have great computers. im on my macbook pro right now and love it but phone wise they really have screwed their selves on this one.

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