Apple has encountered some problems with the hardware in it's iPhone 4, most notable with signal problems and with the glass covers cracking. This may be behind the further delay of the white iPhone 4 to market for the third time.
Originally scheduled for launch on the 24th June and later delayed until the end of 2010, we now understand that it will be Spring 2011 at the earliest before this handset sees the white, sorry light of day.
In an official statement, Apple said "We're sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone yet again, but we've decided to delay its release until this spring." This could make things almost as bad as the long and drawn-out wait for the black Nintendo Wii, which was talked about by the company before the console even launched but which was dogged by production problems as Nintendo had huge trouble simply meeting demand for the white console as it was.
Some issues with the handset are relatively trivial, but reflect well on Apple's attention to detail and perfectionist approach to their hardware. Most notable with these was the white finish of the phone 'not quite' matching the white on the front and back of the handset. Other reports say that the white glass is interfering with the camera's ability to take good shots.
Whatever the reason(s), it's a shame for all iPhone fans as the white iPhone 4 handset is undeniably pretty and would get the sweaty masses excited about this phone all over again.
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