Light leak causing White iPhone delays

Ever since the announcement of iPhone 4, the white iPhone has been experiencing delays. Today, the reason for the delays may have been uncovered. TheStreet is reporting the back light from the iPhone display screen is leaking out around the edges of the glass, and seeping through the back of the white phone.

The latest delay was announced by Apple on Friday, stating that the white iPhone 4 won’t be available until at least late this year. Apple stated that it is “more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected.” Skeptics originally thought the delay was instead related to Apple stalling for time to correct the infamous antenna issues affecting the iPhone 4.

Whether or not that is true, the fact still remains that the light seepage does present a problem that is specific to the white iPhone 4. The case on the white iPhone 4 is far more transparent than the black iPhone 4, so the light can leak through easier. 

Combined with the well publicized signal loss issue, which occurs when the outer band of the device is touched, this new "light leak" only increases the criticism of Apple's R&D process. The light bleed likely stems from the fact that the back is made from glass, were another material used, a simple coating would be an effective solution, but that cannot be applied here. With all of these issues, it is clear that Apple have a lot of work ahead of them.

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mokthraka said,
wait. how is the white iphone harder to make then the black one?

It's funny, because all the article is about is... this. So go take a read.

shakey said,

Well... black tends to suck the light in... and light tends to expand.../s i don't know! this excuse doesn't make sense. If light was leaking, it would be the same for any model. How does color affect light coming out, unless the black just shines out a dark light and the white just makes the light brighter.... sort of like if you are wearing a bright colored shirt and have a light shining on you, the light will reflect off of you with the color.... but could that really be the issue?

You guys should all know I criticize the iphone 4 and especially Apple's practices a lot, but this excuse does make sense. I was actually wondering how they would pull it off. They really could honestly just build a case to go around the outside borders of the screen on the inside to block the light from getting back there though. It's not quite rocket science.

As for why light is getting through, it's because the white is more translucent than the black, which allows more light to pass through the glass.

shakey said,

Well... black tends to suck the light in... and light tends to expand.../s i don't know! this excuse doesn't make sense. If light was leaking, it would be the same for any model. How does color affect light coming out, unless the black just shines out a dark light and the white just makes the light brighter.... sort of like if you are wearing a bright colored shirt and have a light shining on you, the light will reflect off of you with the color.... but could that really be the issue?

Umm!! Tube lights, bulbs, they are coated white, just an example.

MR_Candyman said,

You guys should all know I criticize the iphone 4 and especially Apple's practices a lot, but this excuse does make sense. I was actually wondering how they would pull it off. They really could honestly just build a case to go around the outside borders of the screen on the inside to block the light from getting back there though. It's not quite rocket science.

As for why light is getting through, it's because the white is more translucent than the black, which allows more light to pass through the glass.

Pretty much my thoughts in a way, but like you said (and now I am) its not hard to rectify this issue.. and like below (+1):

Sraf said,

Wait, so they'll delay a product because of a aesthetic flaw, but not a functional one?

I am so confused
/well, I would be if it was any company other than Apple doing this, given the history of the device

YounGMessiah said,

Pretty much my thoughts in a way, but like you said (and now I am) its not hard to rectify this issue.. and like below (+1):

Wait, so they'll delay a product because of a aesthetic flaw, but not a functional one?
Very well said.

homeboy rocketshoulders said,
If they cant fix it they'll call it a built in flashlight feature, and release it as the iPhone Pro for double the cost.

thats about as funny as the "holding it the wrong way" jokes.

Wait, so they'll delay a product because of a aesthetic flaw, but not a functional one?

I am so confused
/well, I would be if it was any company other than Apple doing this, given the history of the device

LMAO. Apple...not having a good year are they?
Sell a zillion iphones you either have to have a case or hold it a certain way (why you wouldn't want a case on a 3-500 dollar device is beyond me anyway), now they can't figure out how to make a WHITE case, without light leaking. Um....IT'S WHITE..

naap51stang said,
LMAO. Apple...not having a good year are they?
Sell a zillion iphones you either have to have a case or hold it a certain way (why you wouldn't want a case on a 3-500 dollar device is beyond me anyway), now they can't figure out how to make a WHITE case, without light leaking. Um....IT'S WHITE..
not using a case is classier

Apple has been messing up a lot lately. They are growing to big to fast and they cannot handle it. Their recent problems with the iPad and iPhones/iOS should be proof enough. Trying to release things to fast to be the first and ahead of the game. No wonder R&D isnt as it used to be.

Well since you have to use a case with the phone now won't that stop the light seeping out? Cases are becoming very useful for Apple! Two fixes in one!

Why is this a problem? Some people might want a glowing iPhone.

Seriously though, they could easily solve this problem by have a superior OLED screen.

Why would they Make a white 1 I-phone 4 with out going through tough tests first. i mean it's quite silly if you ask me. i think there to hung up on the design and the cool features on the work man ship

So they delay due to a light problem, but not for an antenna issue. If I had an iPhone 4, i'd rather have light seeping out the back (Flashlight ftw) than having antenna issues and needing a case to fix it.

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