While the launch of the white iPhone 4 suggests that Apple has finally remedied the initial problems that caused the ten month delay in release, an AppleBitch reader has contacted us with information that suggests that one of the issues may still be present. It was first reported by CultofMac back in October that the white iPhone 4 had problems with the flash, and that this was the reason for the delay in release. Specifically, the white case was apparently transparent enough that it would let light from the flash back inside the iPhone, which would then disrupt the image sensor. Unfortunately, anecdotal evidence suggests this issue may still be present in the white iPhone 4.
Reader Jared has sent us multiple images which suggest that when the flash of the white iPhone 4 is used, a dramatic halo effect is seen on the images, as shown in the pictures above. The image on the left was taken without flash and the one on the right was taken with the flash. As can be seen, the one on the right is heavily distorted.
We have not yet been able to confirm this phenomenon in other white iPhone 4′s, as the problem was not replicated in the other white iPhone 4 that we were able to test. Additionally, the problem seemed to be more prevalent the further away the iPhone 4 was from the subject of the photograph. This may be due to a single faulty device or may be a more widespread issue. However, it should be worth noting that the white iPhone 4 launched on the 28th April and there appears to have been little or no coverage of this issue thus far.
Some white iPhone 4 users in the Apple support communities have reported washed out or hazed pictures but very little picture evidence has been shown. If any other readers have purchased a white iPhone 4 or have seen similar problems then get in touch and let us know your story.