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White iPhone 4 won't be out until later this year

As is reception issues, Bluetooth connection problems, and proximity sensor failures weren't enough, Apple has announced that elusive white iPhone 4 will be delayed even longer.

This is Apple's official statement:

White models of Apple's new iPhone 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected, and as a result they will not be available until later this year. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.

According to a report from 21st Century Business Herald, the company that produces the glass for the iPhone 4, Lens Technology, is having production problems with applying white paint to the glass. More specifically, the company is having problems with finding the right balance of paint thickness to allow clearance for the digitizers while at the same time adhering to the physical standards for "beauty" that Apple has for its products.

Apple's iPhone 4 retails for $199 (16GB) and $299 (32GB) with a two-year contract. Due to the production problems with the white iPhone, only the black model is currently available.  

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By Camikazi on 7/23/2010 9:25:10 AM , Rating: 2
Is white such a hard color to make that it would cause this much problem? I mean it's not like Apple is new to white cases for their products.

RE: Color
By SkullOne on 7/23/2010 9:48:13 AM , Rating: 5
I think it's more along the lines of they're fixing the antenna issue secretly and will use the white model as the guinea pig.

RE: Color
By dragonbif on 7/23/2010 11:22:38 AM , Rating: 2
If you dont get it right the first time call it IPhone 4.1.

RE: Color
By Drag0nFire on 7/23/2010 11:55:00 AM , Rating: 2
They're probably trying to engineer it so it doesn't discolor when it overheats.

Normally they wouldn't care, but with the problems that have already been publicized, it's not surprising they want to avoid another problem.

RE: Color
By theapparition on 7/25/2010 9:11:22 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, white is one of the hardest colors to paint. It's inherently easier to paint darker colors. Don't do it right, and you get some shade of gray.

Probably what the Apple gestapo is concerned about. The only way to get a true good white is multiple coats, the end result being too thick.

So maybe for the first time ever, I believe Apple to be telling the truth.

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer

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