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Apple Delays Availability of White iPhone

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Today, Apple (s aapl) released a press statement announcing that it is delaying shipments of the white iPhone 4 until late July.

White models of Appleā€™s new iPhone 4 have proven more challenging to manufacture than expected, and as a result they will not be available until the second half of July. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.

I have a feeling that the manufacture may not have been precisely more challenging, but that the color of the finished product may not have been up to the standards of Steve Jobs when he held one in his hand. I don’t have any inside information on this, purely speculation, but I could imagine him saying, “Not good enough, send it back and redo it.”

While the press release says that the white iPhone will not be “available” till the second half of July, it may be that the white iPhone is not even going to be available for pre-order until then either. Currently, the black iPhone is listed as shipping by July 14, while the white iPhone is listed as “unavailable for pre-order or in-store pickup.” Depending on the demand, it may be well into August before anyone can have a white iPhone in their hands.

There is apparently no difference between the two models of iPhone other than the color. Both phones are available in either 16 or 32 GB sizes, and both will presumably have the same internal specs.

White is a more difficult color to do exactly right than black, just look at the plethora of different shades of white paint on display at the local hardware store. Unfortunately, customers who have been holding out for the white version are going to have to wait just a little while longer.

Are you waiting for white? Will this change your mind? Let us know in the comments!

13 Responses to “Apple Delays Availability of White iPhone”

  1. Here it is November 07, 2010 and the white is still not available and i cannot seem to get much of an answer from apple. Does anyone know if they have decided on a date?


  2. Stephen

    ok, so I am new to the iPhone craze. I have wanted one since the begining but just recently graduated college and have alittle (emphasis on little) extra cash to get one. It just turns out I have an upgrade coming up so I will be getting one at some point.

    I don’t really have much of an opinion on the color. Do your think waiting for a white one might prove to have a better structure and less bugs since they will be taking extra time on it? Or is it probably just going to be a change to ONLY the color/paint whatever.

  3. based on what I’m hearing about losing reception if you hold the phone so that you touch the antenna on both sides you might be better off waiting for apple to fix that problem. Of course they do sell,for $29, a rubber decorative ring that covers the antenna. Coincidence? HMMM

  4. I’m undecided about which colour I want when I upgrade – the white one looks good but also, likely due to my time with black phones, a little off.

    However, one thing I’m worried about is that the delays in White iPhone 4 production and sales could be indicative of even more delays for the Canadian release. No release date has been announced yet, and with the iPad arriving here almost 2 full months after the US release date, I’m worried that will be the case for the iPhone 4.

  5. I am just glad they have finally acknowledged that there is a white iPhone available. Bad news is better than NO news! At least I know approximately how long I have to keep waiting.

  6. Venessa

    I’m waiting on white. I like the look in the ads but really wish I could at least see a sample… If I could, then I might change my mind and end up getting another black one. Time will tell.

  7. Ever since I got my wife the 3G black model I’ve had nothing but grief (just kidding) so I’m determined to get her the white iPhone 4 this time. I’m also excited about using Face Time, but that too will have to wait.

  8. Yea I want a white one!!!! And for now planning on holding out for it! Really dissapointed tho it’ll take Apple at least another month, if not longer, till they’ll have them available. Sadness!!!