White iPhone briefly visible in Apple Store; is a White iChristmas upon us?

The mysterious case of the white iPhone may be finally reaching a conclusion. According to ZDnet, the official Apple Store mobile app, after being updated this morning, showed 16GB and 32GB models of the white iPhone 4 up for preorder. Unfortunately, the actual item listing was inaccessible, but we didn't think that the intriguing and beguiling version of the popular mobile phone would simply go up for sale without an announcement. We have confirmed that Apple has taken down the listing, and it's possible the whole thing may have just been a mistake. 

The white iPhone 4 has been under wraps due to manufacturing setbacks since the release of the hugely popular phone. Various reasons have been cited for the setbacks, but the current problem seems to be an issue with getting the exact shade of white that the company requires. If the engineers have managed to finally come up with a solution, and the brief mentioning of the product in the mobile store was really a sign of what's to come, the upcoming holiday season would make for a great time to market a "White iChristmas."

Image Credits: osxdaily, ZDnet

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The antenna issue showed it's issue when your in a weaker signal area, and it usually drops the call. If your at high signal, you probably won't drop the call.

The big issue is Apple attitude (not saying other companies are saints either) that flat out denied it had any issue, then after they couldn't sweep under the wrong, shifted to it wasn't a big deal. And despite not being a big deal they fired the iphone lead engineer for no big deal.

I wanted the white phone but it didn't appear fast enough. I am sure I can exchange it even if it wasn't working. Anyway, its to girly for a guy. :-)

people should eventually get the sense that its your skin that determines if you will lose signal or not with the iphone.. Some peoples skin is thick and dry, some people thin and very moist. Guess what conducts electricity better? get the idea?

I always had the white iPhone, because all my pockatable devices were white. iPod, iPod Video, iPhone 3G... I really wanted the white one but now that I got my black one and love it (no antenna issues here at all) I don't even think the white one does look that good anymore. But maybe that's just me subconsciously defending my puchase.

I don't think it looks that nice. It will hide scratches better, that is a plus, but the majority of people put cases on their phones anyways.

ccoltmanm said,
I don't think it looks that nice. It will hide scratches better, that is a plus, but the majority of people put cases on their phones anyways.

Hide scratches better? Not really. if you scratch the surface of dark glass, it appears as white, because the dark color isn't paint. Its the stain from the tempering process. All tempered glass turns a dark color. Some dark blue, or green or a carbon color like the phone. If you scratch the stain off it appears as while. Its only hard to see from a distance, but an ambient light that hits it; it will show.

techbeck said,
Hmmm, same design? Same antenna issues? Time shall tell.

I doubt that they will change it, and anyway, people are seriously overblowing the whole "attenagate" thing. I've tested it on a handset running O2 and only ever managed to make it lose one bar, and that's two separate handsets.

Chasethebase said,

I doubt that they will change it, and anyway, people are seriously overblowing the whole "attenagate" thing. I've tested it on a handset running O2 and only ever managed to make it lose one bar, and that's two separate handsets.

Over blown when thousands complain towards an Apple product when they never did before...at least not like the attention the iPhone 4 got.

techbeck said,

Over blown when thousands complain towards an Apple product when they never did before...at least not like the attention the iPhone 4 got.

Do you have any proof of 'thousands' of complaints? Is this a 1000 unique customers? Or just people posting on forums with multiple complaints? Myself, my gf, and many of my friends have the iPhone4... and not one of us have ever managed to get an antenna issue.

Chasethebase said,

I doubt that they will change it, and anyway, people are seriously overblowing the whole "attenagate" thing. I've tested it on a handset running O2 and only ever managed to make it lose one bar, and that's two separate handsets.


I dont think its possible to change the design, bcuz its approved model my FCC, if apple to modify the antena's they are gonna re-do all the things and re-submit again....most likely its the same hardware with different color.

DeathLace said,

Do you have any proof of 'thousands' of complaints? Is this a 1000 unique customers? Or just people posting on forums with multiple complaints? Myself, my gf, and many of my friends have the iPhone4... and not one of us have ever managed to get an antenna issue.

Google is your friend...and this is just one site...

http://www.mobilecrunch.com/20...-your-iphone-4-have-issues/

As with any issue, some have the problem and some do not. But when more people complain than dont...or when it is the main story for the majority of the news sites, then it is an issue.

techbeck said,
Hmmm, same design? Same antenna issues? Time shall tell.

I for one returned my iPhone 4 for the Samsung Captivate. I had to set the iPhone on a table to use the internet from time to time. It was too lame. Dropped calls noticeably more too. It is a shame too, the phone was quite hefty and the screen was beautiful.

DeathLace said,

Do you have any proof of 'thousands' of complaints? Is this a 1000 unique customers? Or just people posting on forums with multiple complaints? Myself, my gf, and many of my friends have the iPhone4... and not one of us have ever managed to get an antenna issue.

I am loosing bars as we speak... i'm jsut touching the antenna down there aaaaaaaaand that's it... no signal. down to zero from 4 bars

techbeck said,

Over blown when thousands complain towards an Apple product when they never did before...at least not like the attention the iPhone 4 got.

It got a lot of attention because Apple specifically set out to talk about the new antenna design, and I can assure there were people out there that set out to find flaws with the new design, and found out that death gripping it (like most phones) will lose some/all bars depending on cell strength.

Chasethebase said,

I doubt that they will change it, and anyway, people are seriously overblowing the whole "attenagate" thing. I've tested it on a handset running O2 and only ever managed to make it lose one bar, and that's two separate handsets.

I agree. I couldn't even get it to do it on my Vodafone AU device.