Genuine white iPhone 4 spied in wild
Helps to have a mate working for Apple
Want a white iPhone 4? Then find yourself a buddy at Apple's Cupertino campus. That's how one - probably the only - lucky US punter got his.
The unnamed gent was spotted waving his white one around at an event in New York last night. A flabberghasted Geek.com reporter asked him where the heck he got it, assuming no doubt - as we did at first - that it was a conversion job.
As rare as rocking horse s**t
No, Apple has apparently been offering the white iPhone to campus staff, one of who slung one this fellow's way.
Apple promised everyone the chance to buy a white iPhone 4 when the handset was announced back in June. Since then, it has delayed and delayed again the blankly hued device's release.
Can't buy? DIY!
It has been said by Apple in the past that manufacturing difficulties were to blame: the Geek.com expands on this notion, suggesting that, with front panel and home button made by two different manufacturers, Apple couldn't get the two components' colours to match perfectly.
Of course, what's not clear is whether Apple now has good, colour-matched white iPhone 4s - or is just handing staff early, rejected-for-sale manufacturing output. We know which of the two we think it is... ®
Re: Stephen Fry has one...
That makes me want one even less than I did before.
For Jobs, black seems such an appropriate colour
The colour back seems to be an eminent colour choice for most anything associated with Jobs. White proclaims innocence and purity, hardly qualities that spring to mind when thoughts of fruit-land and their domineering leader are in mind.
Of course, this might be the reason why it has taken such an inordinate time to achieve a white Lemon, which will undoubtedly become discoloured through exposure to the environment and usage.
It will be interesting to see if Apple has used the time between the release of the Lemon 4 and it's virginal edition to actually improve it's functional failures that are months and months old.
Apple often gives freebies to personalities
People should remember that thousands of freebie fruit samples are given out to people like Fry, as well as other personalities, who the greater buying public seek to emulate.
When Jobs copy-cat tablet hit retail all the A-list types had received their freebie samples so they would 'spontaneously' gush over the benefits of the latest fruits. From night shows through business channels they were chattering about The Tablet which, of course, generated a fever amongst those amongst us who have to pay the full freight to acquire one.
Next time manna from fruitland is expected, check out the TV shows and see how the chatter precedes the release date.
Cheaper and more effective than even Apples advertising channel.
Stephen Fry has one apparently
I saw Stephen Fry recently at an event to help launch his new book. When he was getting toward the end of his talk he got a buzz in his pocket to let him know that time was almost up, and he whipped out a white iPhone, and claimed it was the only one in Europe.
Typical fanbois. More interested in the colour of the handset then whether it works or not :)
<flame suit on>