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Apple: No white iPhone 4 at launch; July availability

Apple has released a statement confirming that white iPhone 4 units will be unavailable on launch day. In the statement, Apple claims that white models of the iPhone 4 “have proven more challenging to manufacture than expected, and as a result they will not be available until the second half of July.” Speculation about the availability of white iPhone 4 units has persisted since the phone was unavailable for pre-order alongside black models on June 15; this is also the first time Apple has publicly suggested that a black iPhone model is more popular than its white counterpart.

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This news would cause me great concern if I were a prospective purchaser of the white iPhone. If the manufacturing process is that much more complicated and the problems haven’t been adequately addressed at launch, then I would be fearful of having a device with a great potential for cosmetic issues at the outset. I may not fully understand all the nuances of why a white iPhone requires a distinct manufacturing process, but I do know that these oddities would strongly lead me toward “waiting it out” until enough units have been manufactured to support the item’s build quality.

Posted by Flippy Hambone on June 23, 2010 at 4:04 PM (CDT)


I’m thinking that the “more challenging manufacture” is just an excuse for “we didn’t know it was this popular” or ” our manufactuing is not meeting the quota in time for the release” ... But that’s just me.

Posted by Danielle Wagner on June 23, 2010 at 4:38 PM (CDT)


I like the white and bummed that they won’t be released on time. I am hoping that any scratches, finger prints, smudges, etc will show up a lot less. The only thing I don’t like is being able to see the sensors on the upper front.

Posted by Jim on June 23, 2010 at 6:12 PM (CDT)


So if I want a white one I will have to wait until July- just like the black one!

Posted by davjaxn on June 23, 2010 at 11:55 PM (CDT)

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