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
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