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Best Buy and Apple stores have begun to receive inventory of the devices

Last week we reported that the white iPhone 4 was launching in a timeframe of a few weeks. Today, MacRumors is reporting that the device could see daylight as early as April 27.

First, it looked like an April 27 launch was geared towards Europe, with multiple carriers claiming to be preparing for that date. But 9to5Mac secured screenshots from a Best Buy source that clearly display the device showing up in inventories on April 27, and other sources say they've already begun shipping to stores ahead of the Wednesday launch. Apple stores, too, have begun receiving shipments of white iPhone 4's. 

Considering that it's nearly a year late to the party, it's unclear what kind of demand the white iteration of the device will have. Thanks to what Apple called a "manufacturing challenge," the white iPhone 4 has been delayed multiple times. Many speculated that Apple was having a problem getting the paint thickness just right, and had trouble color-matching the whites of the various external pieces (particularly the front bezel to the home button).

We'll see what happens when Wednesday rolls around.

Updated 4/27/2011 @ 9:24am EST
Apple today announced that the white iPhone 4 will be available starting tomorrow in 16GB and 32GB capacities:

Apple® today announced that the white iPhone® 4 will be available beginning tomorrow. White iPhone 4 models will be available from Apple’s online store (, at Apple’s retail stores, AT&T and Verizon Wireless stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

“The white iPhone 4 has finally arrived and it’s beautiful,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we’ve worked to get every detail right.”

iPhone 4 is the most innovative phone in the world, featuring Apple’s stunning Retina™ display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone resulting in super crisp text, images and video, and FaceTime®, which makes video calling a reality.

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RE: *ding*
By BSMonitor on 4/25/2011 3:07:07 PM , Rating: 3
I'm a bit at a loss as to why anyone would buy this given that if you want an iPhone I'm pretty sure you can wait between two and five months for the iPhone 5 to come out. And if you can't, then you clearly deserve to get nearly year-old hardware. I'm still stuck on an iPhone 3G and I don't see a particular need to upgrade now if it means getting old hardware.

Development cycles take a year or two. As soon as you upgrade to a new product, you are a year behind.. Might as well never upgrade if that's your only motivation is to have the best hardware. You'd be wrong every time.

RE: *ding*
By wolrah on 4/27/2011 10:27:23 AM , Rating: 2
I think the point was that the iPhone tends to have an annual release cycle.

The original was released at the end of June '07. The 3G was released in early July '08, the 3GS mid June '09, and the 4 late June '10. That means that we have good reason to believe there will be some sort of new model showing up within the next 60 days.

Since there is absolutely no difference between this and the hardware that's been shipping for 10 months other than the color of the glass, it is clearly a bad choice to purchase unless you feel that you absolutely must have a white iPhone right now. If you don't care about the latest hardware, just wait until the new one is released and take advantage of the inevitably dropped prices on the current models.

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