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Apple delays launch of white iPhone 4 until Spring 2011

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Apple on Tuesday announced it was again forced to delay the launch of its white iPhone 4, this time past the holiday buying season until Spring 2011.

John Packowski of Digital Daily received word from Apple that the white iPhone 4 won't arrive until next year. The news comes after some speculated the device's inclusion in an update to the Apple Store application on the App Store could imply an imminent launch.

"We're sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone yet again, but we've decided to delay its release until this Spring," an Apple spokesperson reportedly said.

Apple has publicly delayed the white iPhone 4 numerous times. In late July, the company issued its last update on the hardware, stating that it would go on sale in late 2010.

In July, Apple said that manufacturing of the white hardware proved "more challenging to manufacture" than the company had originally anticipated. That reveal came just a week after Chief Executive Steve Jobs publicly said the white iPhone 4 was on track to launch by the end of July.

Some reports have claimed that Apple and its manufacturing partners have had difficulty creating glass with the right shade of white for the handset. Apple, however, has not offered specifics on the issues, though the white model has not been available for sale anywhere since the iPhone 4 launched on June 24.
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Hey, I love my iPhone 4, but is there anyone still waiting for the whole "White iPhone 4" thing?
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post #3 of 58
I don't really care much about the white iPhone, but I am curious as to whether it really is production difficulties or if it is more an issue of production capacity.

Maybe all the equipment intended for white production was first pressed into reducing the iP4 backlog and is now being tasked with making iPV (for Verizon)...
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The real reason is antennagate. Whether they admit it or not.

They decided internally to concentrate on iPhone 5 rather than waste their time and resources trying to get the white iPhone 4 right. After all they have to correct the whole weak-spot thing, while keeping the device thin and cool looking and giving the phone co-CDMA capabilities. Not an easy task.

Less glass this time and less antenna touching my hand, please. Then I can upgrade my iPhone 2G. Yeah, i know.
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post #5 of 58
Would there be any point of releasing Spring 2011? Seeing how Apple refreshes the iPhone lineup in June...
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The real reason is antennagate. Whether they admit it or not.

What? How does the color of the phone lead you to that conclusion?
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Hey, Apple. Outsource it to ColorWare. They seem to get it right. Those asians just don't get it.
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Does anyone really even care anymore at this point? Anybody that wanted an iPhone 4 (and had the means to get it, and their contract was up) has probably already gotten it by now.
post #9 of 58
My wife cares.

She didn't buy a car because the interior color was not to her liking.
She's been waiting for a white iphone 4.
Maybe she'll give up now.

Some people just want that color!



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What? How does the color of the phone lead you to that conclusion?

They couldn't get the color right. But then they decided to try to get the black phone right and figure out what was going on with it before they went and made more a mess. Then they made a decision to negate the white iPhone while concentrating on iPhone 5 and its white sibling.
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Originally Posted by Katonah;

My wife cares.

She didn't buy a car because the interior color was not to her liking.
She's been waiting for a white iphone 4.
Maybe she'll give up now.

Some people just want that color!

White iPhones can be attractive to men too. I can definitely relate to wanting a certain color for the interior of a new car. Cars are expensive things, you have to live with them, it makes no sense buying unless you're fully satisfied.
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Hey, Apple. Outsource it to ColorWare. They seem to get it right. Those asians just don't get it.

You don't get it.
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Does anyone really even care anymore at this point? Anybody that wanted an iPhone 4 (and had the means to get it, and their contract was up) has probably already gotten it by now.

I had the money set aside for a white iPhone 4 when it was originally going to be released and my contract was up. I'm still being patient and waiting. If I'm going to spend money on something that is going to last me 2+ years I'm going to wait for them to release it the way I want it.
post #14 of 58
Why even bother now. By next spring the next iPhone will be just 3 to 4 months away.

Someone said this before in previous thread. The white iPhone might be CDMA version.
post #15 of 58
I want a white one and I've been holding off.

Maybe good things come to those who wait- iPhone 4.5 with various fixes, pre iPhone 5?

Oh, and I'm a guy, last time I checked.
post #16 of 58
This is why Mick Jagger said 'Paint it Black'. No wonder Stevie Jobs can't get no satisfaction.
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I had the money set aside for a white iPhone 4 when it was originally going to be released and my contract was up. I'm still being patient and waiting. If I'm going to spend money on something that is going to last me 2+ years I'm going to wait for them to release it the way I want it.

By the time you wait for Spring '11 (and I bet between now and then, they'll cancel it), the iPhone 5 will soon be here.

What's the point then? What's the point in introducing a new model a few months before the next generation comes out which will no doubt be better in almost every way. It makes absolutely no sense.
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Originally Posted by justflybob View Post

Hey, I love my iPhone 4, but is there anyone still waiting for the whole "White iPhone 4" thing?

I was waiting, but at this point, I'm waiting for iPhone 5.

 

 

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post #20 of 58
I dont get what the big deal is.

Reuters asked Apple about the white iPhone and what are their feelings.

Apple respond with they are disappointed.

Reuters then ask Apple if the white iPhone 4 will be delayed until spring like the rumours say.

Apple refuse to comment.

WHERE does it say that Apple are delaying it till the spring?

Firstly it would be a waste of time due to the iPhone 5 coming out a few months later and Secondly if the other rumours are to be believed, they are likely to release it when they do the CDMA update scheduled for January (according to rumours).

Either way its another case of we have nothing to write about so lets just make some s@#t up.


I often wonder if these people use something like this to write their stories...
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I dont get what the big deal is.

Reuters asked Apple about the white iPhone and what are their feelings.

Apple respond with they are disappointed.

Reuters then ask Apple if the white iPhone 4 will be delayed until spring like the rumours say.

Apple refuse to comment.

WHERE does it say that Apple are delaying it till the spring?

Firstly it would be a waste of time due to the iPhone 5 coming out a few months later and Secondly if the other rumours are to be believed, they are likely to release it when they do the CDMA update scheduled for January (according to rumours).

Either way its another case of we have nothing to write about so lets just make some s@#t up.


I often wonder if these people use something like this to write their stories...

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Said a company spokesperson, Were sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone yet again, but weve decided to delay its release until this Spring.
post #22 of 58
The point being there is no "official" notification from Apple atm.

Just something that could have been taken out of context.
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The point being there is no "official" notification from Apple atm.

Just something that could have been taken out of context.

Huh? How do you take that statement from an Apple spokesman to an Apple-happy website out of context?
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I often wonder if these people use something like this to write their stories...

More like a writer's version of "Bullsh*t Bingo."
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Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post

Huh? How do you take that statement from an Apple spokesman to an Apple-happy website out of context?

Around here? All too easily.
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Originally Posted by Ireland View Post

White iPhones can be attractive to men too. I can definitely relate to wanting a certain color for the interior of a new car. Cars are expensive things, you have to live with them, it makes no sense buying unless you're fully satisfied.

The exterior color of a car can affect how it absorbs the sun (a little). We wanted a medium blue but settled for a dark cherry 2007 Mazda 6 wagon because the blue was only available on the hatchback (despite that we were custom ordering the car). The color of the interior both affects sun absorption and how well it hides the dirt...

The Contour Showcase is probably one of the few cases where the color of the iPhone is obvious (as in *really* with a clear window over most of the back). I also like mine for its tolerance of my being a klutz... I've dropped it numerous times on the floor, including once where this rude asian man in the Stonestown Apple Store knocked it out of my hands while I was talking to an employee (and he continued walking out of the store without saying a word). The biggest drop was my daughter's at the DePaul campus of SHCP where she dropped it from the second floor to the first down a stairway.
post #27 of 58
The white launches with the mythical Verizon iPhone. I am wondering how many preproduction iPhones they've trashed in testing.
post #28 of 58
Considering that the iPhone comes out in the summer, waiting for the white iPhone 4 to come out in the spring so you can buy it means that you are somewhat wealthy and unhindered by the cost of getting an iPhone when you're not eligible for an upgrade and/or stupid, in all honesty.
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The real reason is antennagate. Whether they admit it or not.

They decided internally to concentrate on iPhone 5 rather than waste their time and resources trying to get the white iPhone 4 right. After all they have to correct the whole weak-spot thing, while keeping the device thin and cool looking and giving the phone co-CDMA capabilities. Not an easy task.

Less glass this time and less antenna touching my hand, please. Then I can upgrade my iPhone 2G. Yeah, i know.

Wanna make a bet on the side that they don't change the design of the iPhone in 2011? Not just not changing the antenna, but also not changing the overall design itself, other than color and internal specs.

How about a $100 to charity of choice bet?
post #30 of 58
I sure am glad I didn't wait for the white iPhone. I really wanted one during the summer, but after Labor Day, forget about it until the spring.

Yes, I'm serious.
post #31 of 58
I mean I debated when the iphone 4 first came out on waiting for the white one. however i mean seriously. why wait for the white iphone 4 if its coming out in 2011. I mean apple if you can't get it right in a year, what makes us think you can have it ready in another 4 months. people will just wait for iphone 5 like me. i have a black iphone 4 and love it. never had any reception problems with the outside antennae or have have any proximity problems. mine is flawless. so if people are holding out for the white one ... it seems crazy now that its so close to the new iphone 5. unless.......the next iphone 5 doesn't have much other than an upgrade .... ie 3G to 3GS. are we going to 4 to 4S with this next iphone?
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I don’t think Apple would have prevented the previously advertised white model to be made because of a later decision (though it’s only been a few months) to make it the Verizon iPhone. It’s an aesthetic difference that would benefit the sales of every carrier.

I think that Apple simply can’t get the results up to spec for the needed production and/or at a workable price that keeps pushing this back. If they had an option to produce a black or white glass cover It seems like the black would make the most sense to keep sales as high as possible. I really don’t think it will be the differentiator for a CDMA iPhone.
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post #33 of 58
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Originally Posted by Ireland View Post

The real reason is antennagate. Whether they admit it or not.

They decided internally to concentrate on iPhone 5 rather than waste their time and resources trying to get the white iPhone 4 right. After all they have to correct the whole weak-spot thing, while keeping the device thin and cool looking and giving the phone co-CDMA capabilities. Not an easy task.

Less glass this time and less antenna touching my hand, please. Then I can upgrade my iPhone 2G. Yeah, i know.

You can't have a "co-CDMA" phone, it's either GSM or CDMA. An iPhone on Verizon could look, feel and work exactly the same as iPhone on AT&T, but the former would have to have different internals.
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Originally Posted by Ireland View Post

The real reason is antennagate. Whether they admit it or not.

They decided internally to concentrate on iPhone 5 rather than waste their time and resources trying to get the white iPhone 4 right. After all they have to correct the whole weak-spot thing, while keeping the device thin and cool looking and giving the phone co-CDMA capabilities. Not an easy task.

Less glass this time and less antenna touching my hand, please. Then I can upgrade my iPhone 2G. Yeah, i know.

I agree. Why ship a white iPhone after it already has the bad stigma around it from the antenna. All they need to do is release iPhone 5 in white and ta da ta it's re branded problem solved.
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Originally Posted by bdkennedy1 View Post

Hey, Apple. Outsource it to ColorWare. They seem to get it right. Those asians just don't get it.

I'm Asian... 3rd generation Asian American.... and I get it... do you have a problem with Asians?
post #36 of 58
Is anyone familiar with the manufacturing techniques? I am struggling to understand what is so hard about making something white. Sorry I am ignorant, but would like to understand.
post #37 of 58
If they're having so much trouble with it and it's been months now why are they getting so worked out about it? Either they cancel it or pick a different color and save themselves further embarrassment. We don't live in a black and white world. There are millions of colors to pick from..
post #38 of 58
This is turning into a mighty big fail...

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post #39 of 58
There will not be a white iPhone 4. This will be too close to the launch of an iPhone 5. Apple just does not want to say hey we messed up with it, there won't be one so they keep delaying it until eventually they say "delayed until iPhone 5"
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post #40 of 58
Who would have guessed the white iPhone saga would end up being a longer lasting thorn in Apple's side than antennagate? The thing that confuses me is OEM parts are out there. You can get a white iPhone 4 today if you really want one.
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