Apple Delays White iPhone (Again) To 2011 - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Government // Mobile & Wireless
Commentary
10/27/2010
08:29 AM
Eric Zeman
Eric Zeman
Commentary
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
Ransomware: Latest Developments & How to Defend Against Them
Nov 01, 2017
Ransomware is one of the fastest growing types of malware, and new breeds that escalate quickly ar ...Read More>>

Apple Delays White iPhone (Again) To 2011

Apple on Tuesday indicated that it won't be able to make the white version of the iPhone 4 available by the end of the year as originally hoped.

When the iPhone 4 went on sale in June (only in black), Apple said that the white version would be available by the end of July. In late July, Apple announced a delay of the white iPhone 4, saying that it wouldn't be available until "later this year." Now, Apple has delayed the white iPhone until "spring 2011."

Speaking to Reuters, Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller said, "We're sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone again." She went on to indicate that the device won't be available until some unspecified time during the spring of 2011.

Speculation for the reason behind the delays has been rampant. The first delay was announced just after the widely publicized "antennagate" press conference. At the time, many surmised that Apple was delaying the white iPhone so that Apple might have a chance to remedy the iPhone 4's signal attenuation issue.

Others believed that Apple has having a hard time manufacturing the white iPhone, with problems such as color-matching issues rising up. In fact, when the delay was first announced by Apple in July, the company said, "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."

This time around, Apple declined to provide a reason for the long delay of the white iPhone.

At this point, we're left to wonder if Apple will bother bringing a white version of the iPhone 4 to market. Given the typical June launch of new iPhones, why would Apple bother to launch a white version of what will then be a nearly year-old phone? Perhaps Apple is skipping the white iPhone 4 altogether, and will simply debut a white version of the iPhone 5 at the same time as the black version.

It's also worth considering that if and when a Verizon-compatible version of the iPhone is brought to market -- which many expect to happen in early 2011 -- Verizon will score a white iPhone.

At this point, anything is possible.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll