White iPhone 4 delayed until spring

After two delays already, Apple now says the white iPhone 4 won't arrive until spring 2011.

The still elusive white iPhone 4.
The still elusive white iPhone 4. James Martin/CNET

Stop me if you've heard this one before.

The white iPhone 4 is delayed.

For those keeping track, yes, that is the third time you've read that headline since June. Apple is saying today that the white version of the iPhone 4 now won't be for sale until spring 2011. And that's after telling us in June that it would be delayed until late July , then in July putting off the ship date until "later this year."

Apple's quote today is, "We're sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone yet again, but we've decided to delay its release until this spring."

It comes just shortly after news broke this morning that Apple had released an updated version of its App Store iPhone app with the option to reserve a white iPhone 4 in stores . Clicking "Reserve" didn't actually make a reservation, but it did get the rumor mill churning that a white iPhone 4 was soon to be released.

So what's up with the delays? Presumably the same "manufacturing challenges" Apple cited in previous delays concerning the white iPhone 4. A person spotted using one of the elusive white handsets last week, who had received it from a friend working at Apple, said he'd heard the problem was related to getting the white face plate of the phone to match the white home button.

Again, we don't know the specifics of the holdup because Apple is keeping silent about that. But it is looking increasingly likely that we'll hear about the Verizon iPhone from Apple before we actually see a white iPhone 4 in stores.

Update 10/27: Cult of Mac hears that the "manufacturing challenge" may be related to the camera. A source tells the blog that the combination of the iPhone 4's white paint and glass backing is adversely affecting photos taken with the device: "The handset's semi-translucent glass case leaks light in, ruining pictures taken with the internal camera, especially when the built-in flash is used."

About the author

Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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