White Apple iPhone 4 ‘delayed until 2011’
Gadget fans who have been holding off getting an iPhone 4 because they want the white model are in for a very long wait – the device won’t be available until spring, Apple has confirmed.
Apple will not be releasing the white model of its iPhone 4 until at least spring next year, the company has announced.
The white version was supposed to launch in June, at the same time as the black iPhone 4, but Apple cited manufacturing issues, and pushed the launch back to July.
That deadline passed, with Apple stating that the handset would be available by the end of the year, but it has now been announced that the white iPhone 4 will not be available until early 2011.
“We’re sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone yet again, but we’ve decided to delay its release until spring,” said an Apple spokesman.
Apple has never given a detailed explanation about the reason for the ongoing delay with the white iPhone 4.
The company said that the device was “more challenging to manufacture” than it originally expected, but did not elaborate on why.
Some have speculated that Apple’s factories are finding it difficult to match the colour of the home button with the back and front plates on the device, while others say the issue is related to the device’s backlight.
The lack of white iPhone 4s has not adversely impacted sales of the handset. Last week, Apple announced that it had sole more than 14.1 million iPhones in the most recent financial quarter, raking in $8.6bn for the company.
Earlier this week, an exploit was discovered for the iPhone 4 that makes it possible to bypass a user’s password to gain access to the phone.
Several gadget blogs are reporting that if users type ### when confronted with the password prompt screen, then hit call, then hit the phone’s lock button, they can unlock the device.