A version of the Apple iPhone 4 in a white casing is going to be released on Thursday, over ten months after it was first unveiled. With the iPhone 5 on the horizon, there are questions as to how much demand there is for this version.
When Apple took the wraps off the iPhone in June of last year, it showed this smartphone in both black and white casings. The black version went on sale later that month, but Apple said there were production problems with the white one and asked potential customers to be patient. The delays stretched through the summer, fall, and winter, but this version is finally going to be released on April 28.
The company still hasn’t explained what the problem was. Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, said only, “We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we’ve worked to get every detail right.” An unconfirmed report indicated that light leaking through the white casing was causing problems for the device’s built-in camera.
Aside from having a different casing color, the white version of the iPhone 4 is identical to the one that’s been on the market from AT&T since last summer. It will have the same processor, screen size, and operating system as the current one.
This version is so late to the market that many people are already looking ahead to the debut of the iPhone 5. However, the launch of Apple’s next smartphone has itself reportedly been delayed by several months. This could mean that it’s introduction is still close to six months away, making it more reasonable for those in the market for a new handset to buy a new iPhone 4 now.
Price and Availability
Both AT&T and Verizon are introducing the iPhone 4 in a white casing tomorrow. It will sell for the same as the black version does: $200 for the 16GB model and $300 for the 32GB model with a two-year contract.
This new version is also going to be released April 28 in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Macau, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and the U.K.