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Report: Placards say white iPhone due in spring

Signs are apparently popping up in Apple stores with fine print that notes a spring launch for the long-delayed white iPhone, according to a Mac enthusiast site.

The white iPhone may finally be coming.
The white iPhone may finally be coming. James Martin/CNET

Apple's long-overdue white iPhone will finally hit the market in the spring, at least according to new placards apparently popping up in Apple stores.

Nestled amid the fine print on the signs is a brief line noting that the white iPhone will be available in spring 2011, according to Apple-enthusiast site 9to5 Mac.

The placards may be confirmation of Apple's late-October promise that the white device will go on sale in the spring following a series of delays. At the time, Apple issued a statement saying, "We're sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone yet again, but we've decided to delay its release until this spring."

The spring forecast dashed the hopes of many prospective iPhone buyers looking forward to a white Christmas. It also followed a couple of broken promises in which Apple first said in June that the white iPhone would be delayed until July and then in July said it would ship later this year.

Apple has been mum about the specific reasons behind the delay, simply saying that the white iPhone has been more challenging to manufacture than originally expected. But a late October story from Cult of Mac cited a source with connections to Apple who pinned the blame specifically on the camera. If the source is correct, testing of the phone had revealed a problem with light leaking into the back of its semi-translucent case, interfering with its ability to snap accurate pictures.