MAKER OF BLACK IPHONES Apple will start shipping a white version of the Iphone 4 within the next few weeks, ending a long series of delays for the pale incarnation of the iconic smartphone.
Bloomberg cited three anonymous sources who are aware of the company's plans. They revealed that AT&T and Verizon Wireless will be selling the device by the end of April and explained that the delay was partly due to the white paint peeling under heat and a bug with one of the sensors.
The Iphone 3GS and Ipad 2 are both available in white, which makes the Iphone 4 issues seem somewhat puzzling. We would have imagined that the same techniques that worked for them would be carried over to the latest Iphone, but somehow things kept going wrong along the way.
It is also believed that the next Iphone will not be announced in June, the traditional announcement period, but in September instead. It is not clear if this is a delay or an intentional move to make the most out of sales of the white Iphone.
Reuters also reported that Foxconn, a major supplier of components for Apple products, will assemble the white version of the Iphone 4. We expect this to involve more than slapping a layer of white acrylic over old Iphones.
The ivory Iphone was unveiled in June of last year, but consistent problems have led to a delay of nearly 10 months. The string of delay announcements over the past year led to it being dubbed by The INQUIRER "the Duke Nukem of mobile phones". µ