White iPhone 4 coming soon, Wozniak says

The now infamous white edition of Apple's iPhone 4 is coming soon according to the company's co-founder, Steve Wozniak.

Appearing on The Engadget Show earlier today, Stephen 'Woz' Wozniak confirmed earlier reports that a problem with the way the white parts were painted was the factor behind the continual delay of the iPhone 4, but says the company has now rectified the problem.

He says he acquired some of the parts for the white iPhone from a teenager online, who had somehow managed to remove them from the production facility at Foxconn, the company who manufacture the iPhones for Apple. When placed on his iPhone 4, he too discovered pictures taken with a flash were washed out and looked terrible thanks to some light leakage problems.

But now, Wozniak says the Cupertino-based technology giant has now managed to resolve the problem, saying he expects to see the white iPhone 4 available to the public very soon. He also confirmed he'll be getting a black edition of the iPhone 4 on Verizon when it launches next week for those not already a Verizon customer. He'll also acquire a white one as well when it too becomes available to complement his iPhone 4 on AT&T.

In recent weeks speculation has been increasing that the white iPhone 4 was on its way, following the addition of the information for the white coloured iPhone to a number of carrier databases around the world. Apple has previously said the white iPhone will become available sometime in Spring, after pushing back the launch earlier last year.

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So... you wait all this time to get a white iPhone, only to find you need to put it into a case to avoid the antenna issue. Hmmmm.

Exosphere said,
So... you wait all this time to get a white iPhone, only to find you need to put it into a BUMPER to avoid the antenna issue. Hmmmm.

fixed it for you.
See how your argument gets voided?

GS:mac

LOL! I don't see a point in this rather than just a waste of money. Since iPhone 5 is couple of months away why release the phone with a different color now rather than releasing the iPhone 5 in both colors? Well apple needs money I know!!! But I have a feeling there will be a 4GS or something rather than a new device.

thnok said,
LOL! I don't see a point in this rather than just a waste of money. Since iPhone 5 is couple of months away why release the phone with a different color now rather than releasing the iPhone 5 in both colors? Well apple needs money I know!!! But I have a feeling there will be a 4GS or something rather than a new device.

It's milking the cow.
As long as you can, milk it. Nothing wrong with it, companies do it all the time.

GS:mac

derekaw said,
I think that no one cares

Thanks for trying to speak for everyone without nobody having given you the tip to speak for them.

aka: yes, I care...

GS:mac

travelcard said,
I guess this means that the iPhone5 is waaaaaaay off still.

Nah...
Summer this year, end of line.

Yes, white at this point is hilarious if you think of that, but well...
Better late than never

GS:mac

tonyunreal said,
Didn't the last apple employee that show him a new product got fired by Steve Jobs?

He isnt a Apple employee and he problably gets information before Jobs because Woz isnt Jobs.

chadlachlanross said,
Don't most people put their phone in a case of some sort anyway?

Bumpers will show the back, a lot of covers are transparent, some put it in a bag, some use it with an invisible shield, some may even use it naked at home...
There's a lot of visible iPhone backs (and the front, well you see that one almost always anyway...)
Yes, it does make a difference.

GS:mac

chadlachlanross said,
Don't most people put their phone in a case of some sort anyway?

No. I don't like cases on my phone. I like my phone in the nude.

We were discussing this at work a few months back. Seems like whenever someone gets a new smartphone around here they buy a new fancy case to protect it. After a month or so they take the case off. Kind of like how you "wrap it up" at first, but as you get more comfortable you slack on that...

spalek83 said,

if you were filthy rich, wouldn't you?

well, he used to have a palm pre+ on verizon to use the free mobile hotspot for his iphone. Most people who are made millionares are like that for a reason, they know how to spend their money.

ccoltmanm said,
This guy is getting a black one on Verizon and on ATT?

Makes sense... If he's going abroad a lot he'll need a GSM one, if he wants a better connectivity in the US he'll want the Verizon one...
And I'm sure he'll get the phones for free either way, I mean: it's Steve Wozniak.
I bet he saves a lot money on the bills, too.

GS:mac

twist said,

most filthy rich people aren't completely idiotic.

Seriously though, this is chump change to this guy. I'm sure he has spent his money on less useful things, as have most rich people.

Brando212 said,
seriously, the way the parts were painted is the reason it's been delayed.

that's honestly rather sad .....


Wrong... the color used was faulty for the purpose...
They had to find a way to make it not reflective for the flash.

GS:lin

Glassed Silver said,

Wrong... the color used was faulty for the purpose...
They had to find a way to make it not reflective for the flash.

GS:lin

And Steve Woz needed to buy them from that kid to find out so Apple could fix the issue?

osm0sis said,

And Steve Woz needed to buy them from that kid to find out so Apple could fix the issue?


That is because Woz isn't working for Apple since a very long time, and if he says the white iPhone is coming, it is far from official.
It would be kinda the same if Stephen Fry said: "Guys, the whitePhone is coming!"

dodgetigger said,

That is because Woz isn't working for Apple since a very long time, and if he says the white iPhone is coming, it is far from official.
It would be kinda the same if Stephen Fry said: "Guys, the whitePhone is coming!"

I'm sure his relations to Apple are excellent and far more trustworthy than you think.

GS:mac

virtorio said,
Steve Wozniak has something to say = front page news
... because Steve Wozniak is awesome.

No, because Steve Woz is the first official source (no leak, no guessing, no predicting) to confirm the latest rumors on iPhone 4 white's debut.

Way to look like a troll.

GS:lin

Glassed Silver said,

No, because Steve Woz is the first official source (no leak, no guessing, no predicting) to confirm the latest rumors on iPhone 4 white's debut.

Way to look like a troll.

GS:lin


Soo, not thinking a different colored phone is worthy of the front page = trolling..

Right. I'll have to remember that.

I have to agree with the original poster. Who gives a flying crap about another color of a product that's been out for years now?!

Honestly, folks, haven't we already had ENOUGH "white iPhone" rumor stories here over the past umpteen months?!

Caleo said,
Different color phone = front page news!

*facepalm*


The iPhone has a very large following in the industry. That makes even small news about it big, when taking this into account. We all know it, it's for the same reason even small news about new build numbers get posted on Windows 8 despite not knowing anything about the OS, so let's just move on if you don't like it, OK.

Northgrove said,

The iPhone has a very large following in the industry. That makes even small news about it big, when taking this into account. We all know it, it's for the same reason even small news about new build numbers get posted on Windows 8 despite not knowing anything about the OS, so let's just move on if you don't like it, OK.

+1

Northgrove said,

The iPhone has a very large following in the industry. That makes even small news about it big, when taking this into account. We all know it, it's for the same reason even small news about new build numbers get posted on Windows 8 despite not knowing anything about the OS, so let's just move on if you don't like it, OK.

Amen and thanks.

Was about to post pretty much the same.

GS:mac

Caleo said,
Different color phone = front page news!

*facepalm*

I don't like being a troll, but I'm not much of an Apple fan so I pretty much agree.

Caleo said,
Different color phone = front page news!

*facepalm*

If Zune HD was going to come out in different colors, I would like it if Neowin reported it. There is a lot of irony wrapped up in posting a comment on a news story that you are not interested in.