updated 10:50 am EDT, Mon July 26, 2010
Prominent launches include Australia, Canada
Apple has confirmed plans to release the iPhone 4 in 17 more regions on Friday. In North America, Canada will finally get the device; the bulk of additional launches are in Europe, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Elsewhere, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore will begin sales.
Although the launches were expected, they appear to have been delayed as long as possible while holding on to a July timeframe. Apple has had a difficult time keeping up with demand, and has said it is not sure when supplies will stabilize. White iPhone shipments have been postponed to an indefinite time "later this year."