White iPhone 4 With Modified Proximity Sensor Release Date – April 27th?

White iPhone 4

After several rumors and speculations, it looks like Apple is all set to launch the white iPhone 4 next week. In fact, one lucky user (who happens to be a Engadget reader) has already got his hands on one, after he was mistakenly given a white iPhone 4 instead of the black one.

Engadget has received photos of the white iPhone 4 from their reader, which he bought at Vodafone UK yesterday.

Engadget reports:

Now, we’ve secured a few images of a 16GB model from a separate source that has seemingly made its way into the hands of one lucky customer (read: bloke) over in Britain.

As the story goes, the carrier’s point-of-sale system rang it up as a black iPhone, and shortly after the sale went down, Voda sent out a notice to halt sale of these gems “until next week.”

If you look at the image carefully, it looks like the white iPhone 4 model comes with a modified proximity sensor, which is interesting as we had thought that Apple had fixed the proximity sensor issue in iOS 4.1 back in September. So we wonder what was the reason for the design change. When iPhone 4 was launched, some users had complained that the “super-sensitive” proximity sensor was causing calls to be unintentionally dialed, hung up or muted without user consent. As you can see in the image above, there is a slot over the earpiece instead of the fine grating seen in the black iPhone 4.

Meanwhile, 9 t0 5 Mac reports that according to their sources, Apple will finally start selling the white iPhone 4 on April 27th.

Let us know if you’re planning to buy one in the comments below.

[via Engadget]

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  • Xavier Emonts

    False. The proximity sensor in the black version has the same layout. It can be seen on really sunny days

  • Fingers21

    Wasn’t that one of the issues with building the iPhone 4 in White? The proximity sensor?

  • citibori

    YES! I will be buying one. Getting ready to sell my black one

  • Scrooge

    Fake! Source not reputable!

  • fas

    I am sure Apple will make lot of money selling white version.

    • apple sucks

      apple can release one that is the color of shit and smells like shit and people will still buy it. this is a sad world.

  • Kwopau

    I don’t think there are any changes.

    1. Even the black models have the same location where the Proximity Sensor shown on the white model.

    2. the reason why white model is noticeable is because it is white and the sensor area is black.

    While in black, the only way to see them is if you are in bright area or direct sunglight.

    So technically there is no modified proximity sensor at all.

  • Prboy120

    So is this phone really coming out Tmr looking forward to selling my black one