Reports online have been abundant this week that a white iPhone 4 will finally be released around the end of April 2011. Apple had promised a white version of the iPhone 4 when it first announced the phone back in June 2010, though Apple failed to ship it alongside the black version. The black version has already been on sale for the past 10 months so definitely long overdue and actually quite surprising. Apple has said that the alternate color was proving more “challenging to manufacture than we originally expected.”
Evidently the sizable delay had been attributed, in part, to the white model’s paint peeling when it got hot. An analyst report published last month said Apple had changed the film material being used to keep the device laminated, putting the company back on track to ship the phone in April. Apple has also told The Wall Street Journal that the white iPhone 4 is still on track to be released “in the spring,” though did not go into detail about what carriers the device would be offered on and in which countries.
When introducing the iPad 2 early last month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made it a point that the iPad 2 would ship in both black and white from day one. The company delivered on that promise. Days later, Phil Schiller, Apple’s vice president of worldwide product marketing, posted a note on Twitter saying the white iPhone 4 would be available this spring.