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New Painting Process Solving White iPhone 4 Problems?

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With rumors swirling that a launch for the white iPhone 4 could finally occur in the near future, questions have been raised about what Apple has done to finally enable the company to possibly begin shipping the device to consumers. While Apple has not officially acknowledged the reasons for the delay, rumors have suggested that problems with the paint being used leading to light leaking through the painted surfaces have been pegged as the issue.

According to Mac Otakara (via iLounge), a small Japanese company has developed a process for controlling the uniform application of white paint to the iPhone 4, resulting in acceptable units coming off the assembly lines.According to a source, specified printing white color for iPhone 4 brings poor yield and then huge number of defective products. This is the reason of disturbing to start manufacturing, a source said.

To solve this problem, a Japanese company developed miracle painting material which is able to be set thickness of painting layer.Making no mention of the original report, AppleInsider has offered nearly identical information, and it is thus unclear whether that site's information is based on separate sources or the same sources or even the same report.

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KVH

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Glad they fixed it for those who like the white..... I prefer black myself.
 

aprofetto8

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For them to go through this much trouble to release the white iPhone this late into a product launch makes me feel like the new iPhone (5) will retain the same physical shape.
 

Aatos.1

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There are tactical reasons that Apple dangled the carrot in front if it's adoring fans. Painting it white has nothing to do with it.

Yet that said if Steve Jobs decided to declare the moon is purple, it'd stop the reporters & bloggers dead in their tracks. Frozen with indecision the economical consequences would be amusing.

I know white is a color we've never seen before but ~
 

Popeye206

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For them to go through this much trouble to release the white iPhone this late into a product launch makes me feel like the new iPhone (5) will retain the same physical shape.

I'm assuming this. I don't see a need for a big physical change with the summer release. This update I think will focus on under the hood changes and enhancements like more battery, faster processor, etc.... The iPhone 4 is a nice design.

So I agree... why solve the paint-gate issue this late unless they are planning on keeping the current design for a while longer. Just like the iPhone 2 and 3.
 

shartypants

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Its amazing that it is so hard to paint something white, glad they conquered that technology hurdle :p
 

7o7munoz7o7

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Its amazing that it is so hard to paint something white, glad they conquered that technology hurdle :p

if you look at a white PS3 controller, you can see light leaking from the top where the red LED are at. So i assume that is not acceptable to a company such as Apple. I didnt understand what they meant by light leakage until I seen it happen with that white PS3 controller...
 

AML225

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To me this could also mean that they are waiting till January 2012 to reveal the iPhone 5. Synchronizing the AT&T and Verizon product cycles. Releasing the iPhone 4 in white now would be a huge sales boost to keep the phone alive until about this time next year. I certainly wouldn't mind hanging on to my iPhone 4 for another year. Had it since July and I still love it.
 

inkswamp

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There are tactical reasons that Apple dangled the carrot in front if it's adoring fans. Painting it white has nothing to do with it.

Yet that said if Steve Jobs decided to declare the moon is purple, it'd stop the reporters & bloggers dead in their tracks. Frozen with indecision the economical consequences would be amusing.

I know white is a color we've never seen before but ~

So you're saying the white iPhone was an intentional vaporware tactic, huh? Name other instances of Apple doing such a move. They rarely even announce products prior to their imminent release so I don't see how you could possibly support such a claim.

Apple does, however, have a long track record of experimenting with different building and manufacturing methods to yield better products. I suspect the difficulty with producing a white iPhone has to do with some production methods that don't apply to other similar products. When a company tries new things, they're bound to hit an occasional snag.
 

cvaldes

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I'm assuming this. I don't see a need for a big physical change with the summer release. This update I think will focus on under the hood changes and enhancements like more battery, faster processor, etc.... The iPhone 4 is a nice design.

So I agree... why solve the paint-gate issue this late unless they are planning on keeping the current design for a while longer. Just like the iPhone 2 and 3.
I doubt if we will see many cosmetic changes in the iPhone 5. Either Steve or Tim mentioned that it took 18 months to design the iPhone 4. It is likely that they will try to get 2-3 years out of the existing design before coming out with a new design.

My guess is that the biggest improvement gains in the iPhone 5 will be graphics and 3G data speeds (upgrading to HSPA+ technology). I would assume a minor CPU bump, more storage capacity, maybe more memory.

I don't know how much value there would be from a higher-resolution camera. It would be more beneficial to improve low light performance, particularly for video recording.
 

Thunderhawks

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Come on, we all know it's made with magic and unicorn!

Not what happened.

They took and elephant into a room and sprayed it white:)

It is really not that easy to work with white. Sounds simple, but isn't .

Even within whites there are grades and Apple clearly couldn't live with the quality, otherwise it would already have shipped.

They know they had their foot in their mouths releasing the info etc., but give them credit they didn't ship inferior stuff
and kept working on it.

For my money, black is best though!
 

ten-oak-druid

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I wonder if the new painting process is in fact blue paint? Or Red paint? or some other color paint than white?
 
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