In an interview with Steve Jobs and Phil Schiller last week, the 2 executives commented on how difficult it was to make the white iPhone 4. So how did Apple finally get things right?

It was certainly inevitable that someone was going to open Apple’s white iPhone and look inside. After a 10 month delay, due to several design and manufacturing problems, who wouldn’t want to take a glimpse of what’s going on inside this thing?

AppleInsider posted some preliminary teardown pics of the white iPhone yesterday. The photos were shot by a Japanese Apple blog, MacOtakara, and they show the changes in the hardware of the white iPhone 4 versus its counterpart.

The snapshots confirm that Apple has changed the proximity sensor. This was reportedly due to issues with the original sensor and the opacity of the white paint. We’ve also seen that the white iPhone 4 is a bit thicker than the black model. Has anything else changed?

The teardown photos reveal that the rear camera lens has also been slightly modified. It has been set back farther in the casing, reportedly a result of the lens capturing too much light in its previous form.

This light leak was echoed by Steve Wozniak, who commented back in December that his white conversion kit was causing his iPhone 4 to take cellophane-looking photos.

While this wasn’t a complete teardown, it was one of the first glimpses that we have seen into the problematic device.

It looks like Apple encountered a few obstacles that required hardware changes in order to produce a higher quality product. But it also appears that they have learned from the issues, and it’s not likely we’ll see a color-related delay like this again.

What do you think?

  • Billy Jean Is Not My Girl – Signed MJ

    Does this blog have nothing else to report other than the dead news of the white iPhone. It’s nothing to wow about. Can we get some real news on real things.

  • Apple

    Yea i know….who cares about the white where the news about the ipad 2 jailbreak???

    • iKing

      Maybe because there is no new info about the iPad 2 jailbreak. Also did you know that the name of the site is IPHONE download blog not IPAD download blog?

      • ScrewZoo

        LMAO good one^^^

    • rdgfrnji

      If you want to know about iPad 2 stuff, go on iDB other website, zipadblog.

  • soccerkrzy
  • Thanks for your comment, Darren B. — I agree. I don’t know if Mr. Jobs checks out the site, but if anyone at Apple has ever typed “iphone 5″ into Google, I’m sure they’ve happened across us. Hopefully they read the comments more than the articles, since the comments would definitely be more valuable information.

  • where the news about the ipad 2 jailbreak???i need it ..very please

  • spelz

    Nice. I like these posts. Keep em comin’.

  • Tsiv

    It’s nice to read about the industrial/technical issues behind a product delay. Most people just think: Why can’t they simply paint it white and be done with it??? How hard is that???
    Well there is more to it than just that. Quality control aspects are essential to delivering a perfect product.

    Had they released the white iPhone with a defective camera all hell wudda broke loose. No end to that crap!

    It’d be beneath Apple to release a defective product wouldn’t it? Especially on the hardware side. And we haven’t a clue as to what other problems they’ve had along the way.

    To me the info in this article is both relevant and interesting. To anyone involved in manufacturing, be it physical or digital, it’s a well known fact that what seemed a rosy road to a final product is actually paved with unexpected glitches that have to be ironed out before releasing to consumers.

  • i noticed right away the camera was in farther when i saw my friends white iphone 4. he said i was wrong. guess my eyes rock