The white iPhone 4 has been delayed for the third time. There is no official statement available yet, but the rumor is spreading around the web that the white glass case of the phone is the main reason.
According to Leander Kahney at Cult of Mac, a source with connection at Apple tells him the white case leaks the light in esp when the flush is used to take pictures.
The white iPhone 4 can’t take accurate photographs. The handset’s semi-translucent glass case leaks light in, ruining pictures taken with the internal camera, especially when the built-in flash is used.
“You don’t get accurate pictures on the white iPhone because of the color of the glass back. It washes out the pictures,” said a source with connections to Apple who asked to remain anonymous.
The source said Apple has been struggling to isolate the camera sensor. The problem may demand a complete redesign, they said, hence the string of delays.
The source said the problem only surfaced at the last minute at a secret testing facility Apple has set up for case manufacturers.
So far Apple has not offered any reason for the delays, except that the device has proven “more challenging to manufacture” than the company had originally anticipated.