1. Paul Daniel Ash's Avatar

    The elusive white iPhone has reportedly been spotted in the wild, and the owner has an explanation for the seemingly interminable delay. In a story that's getting a lot of play despite being more than a little suspicious, Stuart Miles of the British tech blog Pocket-lint saw someone holding a white iPhone a press event in New York City today and took a few covert pictures before approaching the owner. According to the story, the so-called "mystery man" said Apple has boxes of the phones in Cupertino that it's unwilling to sell because the Home button doesn't match the bezel. Asked how he was able to get the phone, the man said that a friend inside "fixed him up" with it.

    The iPhone has been shrouded in mystery since it was first announced. Just days before the iPhone 4 launch, Apple said the white version would be delayed to the second half of July. Then, when that deadline came and went, the company announced that the white iPhones "have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected," and pushed the release off to sometime "later this year." And that's pretty much the last we've heard about the device.

    The sighting was independently reported by two bloggers who attended the event in New York City last night: Pocket-lint's Miles and Sal Cangeloso at Geek.com. Both report the same story, told to them by the phone's owner: the production of white iPhones was halted because the front and back plates, produced by one company, did not match the color and translucency of the Home button which was produced by another company. Rather than let an imperfect product reach the market, Steve Jobs and Apple's quality control pulled the plug on the assembly line. Supposedly, though, the phones are available to those in the know at Apple.

    It's a bit of a fishy story, though given Apple's notoriety for losing track of their iPhones, I guess it doesn't stretch credibility that much. Previously this week, another purported white iPhone saw the light of day when British actor Stephen Fry "accidentally" pulled one from his pocket at the T3 Gadget Awards in London on Monday. Claiming it was "the only white iPhone in Europe," Fry then put the iPhone back in his pocket and took out a Windows Phone 7 smartphone instead.

    Source: Pocket-lint
    2010-10-15 08:10 PM
  2. cookbenj's Avatar
    hmm i never thought the white iphone looks nice really
    Last edited by Broomhead; 2010-10-15 at 08:21 PM.
    dont you hate it when someones signature looks like someones post?

    what a game
    2010-10-15 08:16 PM
  3. asma123's Avatar
    meh.. for all you know he could have bought the aftermarket parts off ebay and have them installed. trust me I've done a few of these phones already. people buy the parts and I install them for them. I'm not 100% sure but maybe apple did the same thing they did with the 3g/3gs were the white iphone would have a white headphone jack and grey midboard and black would have those black but to me, the pictures of that iphone 4 it looks like the headphone jack is black.
    2010-10-15 08:16 PM
  4. Joules's Avatar
    or you can just buy the white back cover and front digitizer off of ebay...
    2010-10-15 08:17 PM
  5. feidhlim1986's Avatar
    I don't think the white looks that appealing. The black is much sexier.
    Last edited by Broomhead; 2010-10-15 at 08:21 PM.
    2010-10-15 08:17 PM
  6. milkycloud's Avatar
    They are actually selling some in Hong Kong...

    They are mostly factory rejects... the ones that doesnt qualify for the APPLE WHITE
    2010-10-15 08:19 PM
  7. Daerid's Avatar
    No thank you.
    2010-10-15 08:24 PM
  8. flatusboy's Avatar
    I saw 1 here in Albuquerque last week, at the "Ghost Armour" stand. He was getting the front film replaced, so maybe he's had it for a while.
    2010-10-15 08:26 PM
  9. jeffhesser's Avatar
    one of the engadget editors has 'the white iphone' which he admittedly modded himself. he's put pics up with a post a while back and everyone ignored the story and were all asking about the white iphone. haha. so when this guy said his friend 'hooked him up' that's probably what he meant.
    2010-10-15 08:26 PM
  10. unison999's Avatar
    It was converted.
    Plenty of sites selling this right now, wouldn't do it because of the high cost to do it.
    2010-10-15 08:27 PM
  11. cb22's Avatar
    bull!!! i don't believe it!!! ebay special!!
    2010-10-15 08:28 PM
  12. wolverinemarky's Avatar
    i couldnt wait for the white one to be released so i bought the black one 2 months after they went on sale and got a white carbon fiber cover
    2010-10-15 08:30 PM
  13. maximvd's Avatar
    couldn't it be something like this?: Convert iPhone 4 to White
    2010-10-15 08:31 PM
  14. dogdaysunrise's Avatar
    Exactly, been on ebay months ago. Just need to have it installed and voila! ....white iphone......
    2010-10-15 08:36 PM
  15. i.Annie's Avatar
    The "friend" who "fixed him up" with it probably modded it. Here on MMi someone did a great job on changing his black to all white, including the front. Sooo it's not surprising.
    2010-10-15 08:36 PM
  16. MPS3's Avatar
    2010-10-15 08:40 PM
  17. Chilling_Silence's Avatar
    Meh, white iphones look like sh*t anyway.
    If I have helped in any way, please hit the "Thanks" button
    2010-10-15 08:41 PM
  18. szfebje's Avatar
    It takes literally 1 second to determine if it's an aftermarket mod or actually a factory iPhone. if the inside of the dock connector is not the same color as the front and back bezel, then it's a mod.
    2010-10-15 08:44 PM
  19. santacruzlocal's Avatar
    It was converted.
    Plenty of sites selling this right now, wouldn't do it because of the high cost to do it.
    I'm with you ... I can have a white iPhone in 3days ... overnight if I want to pay extra. I can have a story in about 10 minutes how I got the white too
    2010-10-15 08:46 PM
  20. i.Annie's Avatar
    I'm with you ... I can have a white iPhone in 3days ... overnight if I want to pay extra. I can have a story in about 10 minutes how I got the white too
    Exactly. But to make it a story, you have to pretend like you didn't mod it and you somehow were special and got a hold of a white iPhone lol
    2010-10-15 08:50 PM
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