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  • White iPhone 4 Officially Delayed by Apple



    At the recent "Antennagate" press conference, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said the white iPhone 4 will begin shipping by the end of this month.

    Not going to to happen.

    On Friday, Apple confirmed the suspicions of many by revealing that the manufacturing difficulties long reported with the white version of its updated smartphone have prompted the company the break down and admit that it simply won't be available until later this year. "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," Apple stated this morning. "The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected."

    During Steve Jobs' presentation at the finger-pointing press conference that many are still talking about, the Apple chief indicated that his company would have its hands full for quite some time preparing the millions of free protective cases promised to every iPhone 4 customer through Sept. 30. It now appears that the manufacturing complexities of the white iPhone, combined with new production demands, and heightened attention toward not releasing a potentially flawed product have prompted the company to officially withdraw its commitment to shipping the white iPhone 4 in the coming days.

    During Apple's earnings conference call earlier this week with reporters and analysts, chief operating officer Tim Cook was pressured yet again to address when Apple may finally reconcile its longstanding issues with both supply an demand. "We honestly don't know is the answer," he said, "We have been pleasantly surprised at how fast this product has gotten out of the chute. If you look at how long it took us to sell the first million iPods, the 20-plus months versus the one month of iPad, it is a phenomenal difference."

    CBS News
    This article was originally published in forum thread: White iPhone 4 Officially Delayed by Apple started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 108 Comments
    1. Mars478's Avatar
      Mars478 -
      What if...
      Apple releases it on September 30th to coincide with the date that they will reconsider the antenna situation, in which they will present a slightly revamped Antenna system on BOTH colors, and announce a small fee to be paid by the original iPhone 4 model owners if they want the new antenna.
      iPhone 4.5
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Black = High Speed and Low Drag (Comes with your choice of Camouflage or Blood Red case)

      White = Danety and Feminine (Comes with your choice of Hannah Montana or Justin Beiber Case)
    1. gmoneyz's Avatar
      gmoneyz -
      might as well wait for next years model with this bs
    1. skizo's Avatar
      skizo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Messany View Post
      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," Apple stated this morning.
      lolwut?

      How is a color more difficult to manufacture? Quit insulting our intelligence.
    1. Alba-ny's Avatar
      Alba-ny -
      Darn.

      I was waiting and waiting, but now I'll be getting a black one for now. When the white comes out I'll probably get it, but maybe not by then.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by skizo View Post
      lolwut?

      How is a color more difficult to manufacture? Quit insulting our intelligence.
      That the 2 minutes to research how the iPhone glass is made and realize it isn't just "pick color, done".

      White is a pain to get right.
    1. Lintrix's Avatar
      Lintrix -
      Quote Originally Posted by skizo View Post
      lolwut?

      How is a color more difficult to manufacture? Quit insulting our intelligence.
      You probably don't have any background in manufacturing, but White and Black are totally different beasts when talking about finishes.
    1. Venom1234's Avatar
      Venom1234 -
      Quote Originally Posted by metaljay View Post
      This fuxking annoying, I just took back my black iphone4 whilst still in the 30day period to make sure I get the friggin White 1, now it's delayed, I'm without a phone
      Damn you apple
      Damn bro that blows!

      Quote Originally Posted by adp View Post
      Hahahaha funny ****

      Once you go black you never go back.
    1. roberhavana's Avatar
      roberhavana -
      I just went to the apple store this morning because i cant wait any longer for the white and they told the white one is going to come out at the end of this month, i dont know if they have not been told or what is happening................??????????????
    1. Aliquippakid's Avatar
      Aliquippakid -
      This is probably a marketing trick. It makes sense to me before the i4 come out it was all good news on praises in the press. Now that they have been plagued if the iron out all the kinks the press is bound to get excited for the white iPhone and do all new reviews and not find the same problems. Bam apple will be back to the golden standard for a few months. That's my opinion atleast.
    1. xyx's Avatar
      xyx -
      This is ridiculous...I waited just because I wanted white now this?
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by roberhavana View Post
      I just went to the apple store this morning because i cant wait any longer for the white and they told the white one is going to come out at the end of this month, i dont know if they have not been told or what is happening................??????????????
      The Apple store reps are usually a week behind common knowledge. It's delayed, they just didn't get the memo
    1. ddfilms's Avatar
      ddfilms -
      if you really want a white one this site has the front and back covers for $200

      Apple iPhone 4 OEM white digitizer w/ back cover - Cellular Nationwide Network - Cellular
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by ddfilms View Post
      if you really want a white one this site has the front and back covers for $200

      Apple iPhone 4 OEM white digitizer w/ back cover - Cellular Nationwide Network - Cellular
      $200, that's $13 more than the cost to manufacture the entire phone. Ridiculous.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Do you understand the concept of bulk and buying orders in the hundreds of thousands (millions even) generally gets you a lower price per unit rather than individually buying one?

      That said, Enfadget did the switcheroo a bit ago and they got the parts for around $125 from elsewhere.
    1. Nefarious's Avatar
      Nefarious -
      That blows. I've been waiting, but I guess I'll have to get black and just put a skin on it.
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Do you understand the concept of bulk and buying orders in the hundreds of thousands (millions even) generally gets you a lower price per unit rather than individually buying one?

      That said, Enfadget did the switcheroo a bit ago and they got the parts for around $125 from elsewhere.
      Yes I do understand that concept. Have you ever heard of gauging prices when demand is high and there is no other alternative? Regardless of the bulk, $200 is way overpriced for 2 external hardware components of the phone.
    1. RoyMan's Avatar
      RoyMan -
      well I guess I am going to get a black one...should have just got it on the first day!! I really wanted the white though....

      oh well, I am getting a Grove case anyways so its not like it matters much.
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      Quote Originally Posted by skizo View Post
      lolwut?

      How is a color more difficult to manufacture? Quit insulting our intelligence.

      Yea I thought the same thing
    1. metaljay's Avatar
      metaljay -
      Lol just order a new black 1, bloody 3 weeks wait now though