The white iPhone 4. Delayed multiple times, with current understanding that it will be available from Apple to the general public sometime before the end of the year, this is one of the most curious Apple delays in history. We’ve got our hands on a white iPhone 4 model—they aren’t non-existent by any means. In fact, a bunch of employees at Apple have them and use them as their primary device, and the factories over in Asia are pumping out the parts for these phones in order to perfect the white model to get it ready for the launch this fall.
We will be getting into a bit more about what’s holding up the white version of the iPhone 4 in just a bit, and we’ll also let you know how you can get your own. In our opinion, the white model is just gorgeous, but there are one or two things Apple will wanna fix before releasing them to the masses. For now, take a look at our white iPhone 4 hands-on gallery. One interesting note, it’s not just the front and back glass that are white—the dock connector is also white, as is the inside of the headphone jack.
Gallery: White iPhone 4 hands-on gallery
In just a few minutes, Apple will be live-streaming one of their own events for the first time, and we wanted to make sure you had the details on how to tune in. All you need to do is head to the Apple website at 10:00AM PDT today, and it should come right up—provided you’ve got the right hardware. According to Apple:
Viewing requires either a Mac running Safari on Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard, an iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad. The live broadcast will begin at 10:00 a.m. PDT on September 1, 2010 at www.apple.com.
The fall music event is expected to bring news of an updated iPod touch with Retina Display and dual cameras with FaceTime functionality, a super-small touchscreen iPod nano, and a new take on the Apple TV. We’re guessing that this whole live streaming this is because Apple wants to show off their streaming technology, since it will likely be a big part of their Apple TV and iTunes initiative this morning. We’re also hoping to hear about that white iPhone 4 and iOS 4 on the iPad.
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Just four days ago, Steve Jobs said that the white iPhone 4 would be available at the end of July in limited quantities. Well, it looks like he spoke a bit too soon. This morning Apple released a brief statement letting us know that the white iPhone 4 will not ship this month. In fact, the only timetable they are comfortable providing is that it will ship sometime between August 1 and December 31. See for yourself:
Statement by Apple on White iPhone 4
CUPERTINO, Calif., July 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected, and as a result they will not be available until later this year. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.
If you wanted a white one, just remember, your purchase date affects your upgrade date. If you wait too long, you’ll be left out when iPhone 5 gets released.
During this morning’s Apple press conference, where the company announced they’d be giving free cases to iPhone 4 customers (as well as refunds for anyone who already purchased a Bumper Case,) we also got an update as to the whereabout of the white iPhone 4. Originally, Apple said it would ship in the second half of this month. Today, Steve Jobs said it would arrive at the end of this month in limited quantities. Still no solid date, but we are guessing we’ll see it in about two weeks.
As previously reported, Apple delayed the white iPhone 4 availability due to manufacturing challenges, and the smartphone should finally be available later this month, if Apple is to be believed. In the meantime, it looks like the white iPhone 4 is starting to roll off of the manufacturing belt, as we’ve come across a ton of images of the device by way of Japan.
Gallery: White iPhone 4 photo gallery
It’s the eve before the official launch of the iPhone 4, despite some buyers getting theirs early, and we were still left wondering what exactly happened to the white iPhone 4—until now. Apple has finally ponied up with some info, letting us know that the reason for the delay is simply that the white model is “more challenging to manufacture than expected.” If you wanna get one of the white models, you’ll have to wait until the second half of July, which is when Apple expects to have everything sorted out. You can read their official statement below:
Statement by Apple on White iPhone 4
White models of Apple’s new 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. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.
So, you gonna wait?
Yesterday, we noted that none of the third-party stores that would be carrying iPhone 4 on launch day would have any of the white iPhone 4 models for sale. We figured that Apple was likely keeping the white ones to themselves, since they didn’t have enough of them to go around. However, now that the iPhone 4 pre-order page is up, things look even more grim for anyone who was hoping to score a white iPhone 4 on day one. Even Apple isn’t allowing you to pre-order a white iPhone 4 for delivery or in-store pickup. So, if you want the iPhone 4 on June 24th, you’ll have to grab a black one. Looks like the white model won’t be available until later on in the summer.
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So tomorrow is when pre-orders start for the iPhone 4, and it looks like an internal AT&T document shows that the carrier won;t have any of the white iPhone 4 units in stock at launch. As you can see in the image, if correct, you’ll be able to get an iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS in black from AT&T at launch. You can also pre-order these models starting tomorrow. However, the white iPhone 4 won’t be available from AT&T until “later this summer.”
We are gonna assume that, if true, this will be the case with other third-party stores that will be offering the iPhone 4 on launch day as well. Stores like Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Radio Shack will all sell iPhone 4 on day one, but if AT&T won’t have white for launch, we are guessing that Apple is keeping the white ones to themselves. In fact, Deutsche Telekom just announced on Twitter that they won’t have the white iPhone 4 at launch either. That means you’ll need to pre-order from Apple for delivery, or wait in line at an Apple Store.
UPDATE: As it turns out, even Apple won’t have white iPhone 4 units available at launch!
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