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Will launch in Spring 2011

When Apple launched its iPhone 4 earlier this summer, the phone was supposed to be available in both black and white variants. Black models started shipping right away, while there was supposed to be a slight delay for the white models.

As time went on, however, Apple began to waver a bit when it came to a definite shipping time for the white iPhone. In late July, the company issued the following 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.

Now it appears that the white iPhone 4 is going to be delayed even further -- until Spring 2011. John Paczkowski of the Wall Street Journal's Digital Daily says that he received official confirmation from Apple about the prolonged delay.

There has been plenty of speculation as to why the white iPhone has been delayed, but the general consensus is that Apple (actually, Steve Jobs) is so obsessed with perfection that the paint thickness/color matching on the white iPhone 4 has not been up to par. Specifically, Apple manufacturing partners are having problems matching the specific shade of white on the front of the phone with the white Home button according to Pocket-lint.

However, the question remains, will people even care anymore by the time Spring 2011 rolls around? Everyone who wanted an iPhone 4 is likely to have one by that point and the inevitable iPhone 5/iPhone 4G will be right around the corner.



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RE: Or....
By FATCamaro on 10/26/2010 8:19:23 PM , Rating: 3
Nah it has to do with white paint not sticking to the stupid glass surface properly. Now, if Apple hadn't used glass everywhere they wouldn't have this problem. Nor the problem of twice as many insurance claims for broken iphone4s than iphone3s. This is because there is twice the glass to crack!!!
Form before function....

Disclaimer: I like the iphone4 otherwise and own a 3GS.


RE: Or....
By theapparition on 10/27/2010 9:02:57 AM , Rating: 4
But what this also implies is that there will be NO physical change in the next iPhone design.

If Apple sticks to it's yearly refresh schedule and the "white" iPhone doesn't come out until after the refresh announcement, then it is doubtful that any change of physical hardware will happen. Most likely it will be a similar refresh as the 3G->3GS, or perhaps no performance increase but dual radios/4G.

I've said before, white is the most difficult color to paint, but I don't for a minute believe that with the resources that Apple and Foxconn have that the problem couldn't be solved within a month at worst. How many iPods have Apple and Foxconn painted white before? They've painted glass white before too. Don't buy the explanation for a minute.

No, something else is a foot, and I honestly believe that the next refresh will be so minor and insignifigant, that a white phone may be one of the big selling points. Now, what moron actually want's a white phone that is sure to yellow after a few months (White iPods and Macbooks anyone). Or for that matter, with Android being at least on par with the iPhone (or better), why even care anymore about fruit.


RE: Or....
By invidious on 10/27/2010 9:31:01 AM , Rating: 2
I doubt that will end up being true. Apple isn't stupid enough to skip a year just over this. There will be a new iPhone in time to catch all the 3Gs buyers whose contracts are ending next summer/fall. I would put money on it.


RE: Or....
By theapparition on 10/27/2010 11:10:10 AM , Rating: 2
When did I ever say thier wouldn't be a new phone next year?

Of course there will be. I just don't think it's going to be much different from the current offering.


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