Chinese retailers sell Apple-only white iPhone 4s
How many did Apple make - and how many leaked out?
Chinese resellers are offering locals the near-mythological white iPhone 4, and it seems they are the genuine article.
According to website Giz-China, punters can pay between Yuan 5500 and 8000 (£518-753) for the 16GB version and clearly a whole lot more for the 32GB model.
The site availed itself of one reseller's wares and found the handset to be the Real McCoy, labelled in Chinese that the product is for Apple use only and not to be sold.
The snaps certainly look legit. Would a faker really go to that much trouble as to give it a distinct model number - MC603ZP/A - from the black iPhone - MC603ZA/A?
More to the point, the site says the phones are locked to the AT&T network, suggesting they were destined for the US market rather than the domestic one.
He said he'd got it from a mate who works in Apple. The employee was able to nab one from the stock-cupboard and sling it over.
Whether the China-sold white iPhones come from there, from Apple's Chinese operation or from one of its manufacturing partners isn't known.
The latter were certainly the source for the parts enterprising New York teenager Fei Lam used as the basis for the black-to-white iPhone 4 converstion kits he's done rather well out of selling - to the extent he was accused of fencing stolen goods. ®
I know it's friday but...
does anyone really give a sh*t about a phone that's the same as another phone but a different colour?
apple are touting china white? WILL NO-ONE THINK OF THE BANKERS?
Speaking as a fanperson
My first action on eventually upgrading (which will be a while, I'm perfectly happy with the 3GS) will be to slip the new phone into a black Mophie Air.
So the colour doesn't matter. Grubby Sweaty White is a horrible colour for a phone anyway.
So why dont you report all this to someone who gives a sh8t.
... does the button match the face (or collar match the cuffs, if you will)?
Do people REALLY think the factories stop?
Its gone on for years... Many of those 'dodgy' illegal fakes?
They come off the same production line as the real ones.
"Hello, I'm a major international buyer, will your factory make us 20,000 of these a day?"
"We can make 30,000 a day Sir!!!"
"Well we only want 20,000 so make sure you stop at 5o'clock"
"Errr.. Yeah ofcourse, right"
Even worse when you throw in the QA step, minor flaws?..They'll go into the 'wrong' bin occasionally, one of the problems of outsourcing.