Apple Replacing Faulty White iPhone 4 With iPhone 4S Due to Supply Constraints

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Due to supply constraints, customers who are seeking hardware replacements for their faulty white iPhone 4 may get a free upgrade to iPhone 4S, according to a report on 9to5Mac.

9to5Mac reports that Apple has notified Apple Store Genius Bars to replace customers’ 16GB white iPhone 4 with a 16GB white iPhone 4S unit due to the shortage.

According to multiple sources, Apple has notified Apple Store Genius Bars that inventory of white iPhone 4 16GB replacements units is heavily constrained, and until further notice, stores lacking white iPhone 4 16GB replacements units should upgrade customers seeking a replacement phone to an iPhone 4S.

Apple usually replaces faulty iPhone units with refurbished units, but it is still a good deal for affected iPhone 4 customers as the iPhone 4S comes with a number of new features and improvements such as a faster dual-core A5 chip, much improved 8-megapixel camera, Siri – Apple’s revolutionary personal assistant feature etc.

The supply contraints seem to be limited to United States and Canada currently and seems to be affecting only some Apple Stores.

Regardless, now may be a good time to take in your iPhone 4 to the local Apple Store for that recurring issue you’ve been noticing and let us know if you get a refurbished iPhone 4S in exchange.

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  • Bruce

    What hardware issues is this article (not) referring to? It almost sounds as though we’re being asked to make something up just to get an upgrade on Apple’s dime. That doesn’t seem proper…

    • hovabyte

      And yet you’re on a sight called ‘Iphone hacks’…….

      • Dave

        Has you got a point my friend

    • Joe joe

      I can make up an issue duh????? What the issue???

  • Cj

    Hair dryer to the phone and make it over heat

  • Free Iphone 4S for me?

    Just advise the apple tech. that your iPhone 4 is not dropping calls as much as it used to due to the antenna gate issues.

  • Frank

    The battery in my iPhone is lasting to long so there must be a problem can I have a replacement Please?

  • Attention all White iPhone 4 users with existing JB: Once you trade up for the new iPhone 4s, you might not be able to JB your device properly as it is now on iOS 5.1. So you have to weigh your options before you trade your completely tweaked working White iPhone 4 for a plain iPhone 4s.

  • Not Retarded

    Retard. Who gives a shat about jb. A totally new upgraded iPhone is way better than a 2 year old phone. And the new jb will come out soon enough for 5.1 4S. Thinking your such a smartass to give donkey ass advice, pfft.

  • Unknown

    I just got a replacement from Apple and they gave me back a white iphone 4 16g only. No chance since we saw many refurbished stocks. And we are located in Canada