Will the White iPhone discolor?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Zwhaler, Jul 6, 2008.

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Take the risk?

  1. Get White on day one, hope it doesn't discolor

    55 vote(s)
    61.1%
  2. Get Black, erring on the side of caution

    35 vote(s)
    38.9%
  1. Zwhaler macrumors 603

    Zwhaler

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    I, among many of you, are hoping to pick up a new iPhone on the 11th. My only worry is that the white one, which is the one I want, might discolor over time. My friend used to own a white Samsung d807 slider and said that it became slightly blue over time, and I am sure many of you remember the old MacBooks that turned yellow from white over time. I would much rather have white, but I really don't want it to discolor, I take good care of my stuff too. It will likely be uncased for awhile. Thoughts?
     
  2. greenmymac macrumors 6502a

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    different material so probably not
     
  3. aforty macrumors 65816

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    How should anybody know, when the thing hasn't even been released yet?
     
  4. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000

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    i doubt it'll discolour i'd assume its basically the same material the macbooks are made of, or the back of the imac which i think is also the same
     
  5. Zwhaler thread starter macrumors 603

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    That's my point, I'm basing the question off of the experiences of others with white products that discolored over time.
     
  6. citron230 macrumors 6502a

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    that is my only fear of getting white, is it turning yellow or discoloration.
     
  7. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    The areas on the macbooks that discolor aren't covered in gloss. It'd take a lot for gloss to wear off for discoloration to happen.
     
  8. JBaker122586 macrumors 65816

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    I vote that you get white so there will still be black 16GB left for me.
     
  9. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816

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    +1 For that buddy. Haha
     
  10. boshii macrumors 68040

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    I'm not taking any chances with the white 3g. It just looks like it's gonna get dirty. I'd stick with the black.
     
  11. LVdustin macrumors regular

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    get a Zagg invisibleShield then, it'll perserve everything!

    It also has a lifetime warranty

    http://www.zagg.com
     
  12. sjsutton macrumors member

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    Actually they are discoloring...(at least mine)

    Funny you should mention that. I just posted a comment about my 3G white back being discolored on the Apple support discussion board.

    I noticed this morning at work a faint, but very evident, orange strip down the back of my white 3G iphone.
    The discoloration is very evident under the fluorescent lighting, but less detectable in sunlight / indirect sunlight.

    I'll be sure to check it out tonight under incandescent lighting and plan on photographing the "strip".

    Here is the link to my post on the support boards:

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1629054&tstart=0
     
  13. DiamondMac macrumors 68040

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    White is too girly for me

    Black is where it is at
     
  14. sjsutton macrumors member

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  15. spetykowski macrumors member

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    wow this is really intersting, though i dont notice any discoloration under natural light. on the first set of pictures it is quite noticeable.... Say it aint so! :(
     
  16. davidlw macrumors 6502a

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    Dude, you need to white balance your photographs and I bet the phone will look whiter.
     
  17. netdog macrumors 603

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    White iPods don't discolor. I doubt that the iPhone will have this problem.

    White shows cracks. Black shows smudges and scratches. Take your pic.
     
  18. sjsutton macrumors member

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    White balance was set to auto on both sets. The photos under the fluorescent light accurately depict the discoloration.

    It's quite strange.

    If I view the phone's back outside (direct or indirect sunlight) it's barely detectable, but when walking into my office (with fluorescent light replacing the natural light), it suddenly appears (becoming deeper and more pronounced).

    It appears white has turned to orange before:
    http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/06/06/12/some_macbooks_plagued_by_discoloration.html

    I have yet to get a 3G case nor plan on it. The phone is handled like a baby, only going in and out of an empty pocket.
     
  19. SleepyHead157 macrumors regular

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    i have an original ipod which was used and abused in the past 5 to 6 years, and it still hasn't discolored, so i doubt the iphone would
     
  20. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I'm not sure if it will discolor or not, however, I like the black better so I suggest that you get the black.
     

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