updated 06:10 pm EST, Wed February 2, 2011
Poor clones blamed for white iPhone 4 parts
Beliefs that the as yet unlaunched white iPhone 4's problems were triggered by camera problems were potentially debunked on Wednesday in a look at the bootleg part industry. The blown out and otherwise flawed photos allegedly caused by the white design itself are now thought to have been caused by cheaply made clone parts. Engadget found that the majority of the front and back glass in the gray market, even when claimed to be real, was often fake.
Among the clues were the lack of a proper lens cover to shield outside light and a silver foil over the proximity sensor. Both would explain symptoms seen by Steve Wozniak on his own example. He noted that photos taken with the white parts looked as though they were shot through "cellophane," characteristic of the light bleed, and that his proximity sensor appeared to be working improperly.
Some evidence is more obvious, such as the main color, the quality of the lettering and the brush pattern on the lens cover. Buyers could also check by seeing how well the surface maintains water tension. An authentic piece will perfectly maintain a water droplet, while fakes are more likely to see the water spread.
The cause is now thought to have reverted back to the one floated at the start, the consistency of the paint from Apple's original supplier. A new Japanese technique is supposed to be the solution. Apple has never gone on record as to the problem or its cure, but it promised a white model by the spring and could be ready by late March or earlier.