updated 07:20 pm EDT, Tue October 26, 2010
Apple pushes white iPhone until next model
Apple tonight said it was delaying any future white iPhones until spring 2011. The color had already been pushed back to an end of year window and now isn't likely to appear until the fifth-generation iPhone is in stores. Company representative Trudy Muller wouldn't give a reason for the delay but apologized to those who had hoped for an alternative to black.
"We're sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone again," she said.
While never publicly confirmed, the issue has largely been pinned on problems with inconsistent color and quality. Lens Technology has allegedly had trouble getting the same white hue on both the glass surfaces and the home button while still meeting the production levels Apple would need to supply white iPhone 4 models. Previous versions were plastic and could use much more established color techniques.
Apple last had a single color for its most advanced iPhone back with the original 2007 model, when aluminum was the only choice. The company is still showing a white model in its product gallery.