updated 04:10 pm EDT, Thu April 14, 2011
Possible shipping window narrowing fast
The white iPhone 4 is still on track to ship this spring, according to Apple. The timeframe is the same one the company has clung to since October. Apple is also refusing to say which carrier (or carriers) will be the first to get white models, despite a Bloomberg report claiming that both AT&T and Verizon will get the hardware. That same report also stated that white phones should be ready by the end of April.
Apple has repeatedly delayed the introduction of white iPhone 4s, citing manufacturing problems. While demand for white models may no longer be high, the issue has become an embarrassment that Apple may be eager to shake. It could help to explain the existence of both white and black iPad 2s, which were unexpected until two days before their announcement. Prior to that point, though, rumors were circulating that Apple had finally solved issues with white coating.
A spring schedule gives Apple relatively little time to ship white iPhone 4s. By some definitions American summer begins in early May, and at the latest it arrives June 21st. Apple could announce an iPhone 5 as soon as June 6th, although many reports have put the device's introduction in the fall.