Those of you longing for a white iPhone 4 may only have one more day to wait. That’s if the Best Buy inventory page, pictured above, is legit. The page, which was published by Engadget today, shows that the white iPhone 4 will be in stock at Best Buy on Wednesday, April 27th.
Before you start camping outside your local Best Buy, keep in mind that supposed screen shots of internal databases are notoriously unreliable. We don’t know when this screen shot was taken, or if it actually shows Best Buy’s inventory system. The good news is that if Best Buy plans to release the white iPhone 4 on Wednesday, we should hear an announcement from the company in just a matter of hours.
As if those of you waiting for the white iPhone 4 haven’t been tortured enough by rumors of the device’s launch, UK-carrier Three briefly listed the white iPhone 4 for sale today for £159 with a two year contract. Sadly, Three quickly pulled the white iPhone 4 product page, later claiming that they just had the white iPhone 4 page available “should the time come to launch white.” Bummer.
Still, there has been a recent increase in white iPhone 4 launch rumors, a good indication that the phone may indeed be launching soon. Of course we’ve heard this story before, so we won’t get our hopes up just yet.
The white bezel, pictured above, reportedly belongs to a white version of Apple’s upcoming iPad 2. The bezel’s camera and home buttons line up perfectly with the “dummy” iPad 2s that have been popping up – a good indication that this bezel will indeed make its way to the expected upgrade to Apple’s original iPad.
While we love the thought of an iPad in white, the company’s inability to produce the white iPhone 4 makes us a bit hesitant to get our hopes up too early. Apple is expected to announce the iPad 2 on March 2nd, so we’ll know if this bezel is legit or not in a couple of days.
Source: 9 to 5 Mac
It’s been over seven months since the iPhone 4 was released, and still Apple has provided no word as to when the mythical white version of the device will be released. Apple has not confirmed a reason for the delay of the white iPhone 4, but many analysts have suggested that light leakage problems are to blame.
Today, Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak confirmed that issues with light leakage are indeed responsible for the repeated delays with the white iPhone 4. During an episode of the Engadget Show, Woz explained how he ordered white iPhone 4 parts from a reseller who somehow obtained them from iPhone manufacturer Foxconn. After installing the white iPhone 4 parts, Woz noticed that flash pictures looked like the camera lens was covered with cellophane – a likely byproduct of light leakage. Woz also noticed that the white iPhone 4 exterior caused problems with the device’s proximity sensor.
But fans of the white iPhone 4 received some good news from Woz’s interview, as well. Apple has resolved flash issues with the white iPhone 4, according to Woz, and consumers will be seeing the device soon. Of couse, no specific timeframe for the device was provided.
It’s a relief to finally hear an explanation of the white iPhone 4 delays – although we’re not sure why this had to come from Woz and not Apple itself. It’s also entertaining to hear that Woz ordered black market white iPhone 4 parts from the very teenager who was accused, presumably by Apple, of selling stolen goods.
Last week a screen shot of Best Buy’s “Employee Toolkit” showed a white iPhone 4 with an “In-Stock Date” of February 27, 2011. Today, BGR reported another white iPhone 4 sighting, this time on AT&T’s internal “Online Account Management” system, above.
Apple hasn’t announced any firm plans to release the white iPhone 4, but the phone’s presence on both Best Buy’s and AT&T’s internal databases is a good sign that we will in fact be seeing the mythical device soon. Unfortunately, if the white iPhone 4 is indeed launched on February 27th, it may soon be obsolete – If Apple follows its typical iPhone release schedule, we should be seeing the iPhone 5 this summer.
Tech blog Pocket-lint spotted a white iPhone 4 at a press event last week in New York City. After taking a few pictures of the device in use, Pocket-lint spoke to the device’s owner and got some info about the white iPhone 4’s production delays.
According to the owner, who asked to remain anonymous, Apple has had problems matching the color of the white iPhone 4’s home button with the face of the device. Since these two parts are made by different suppliers, Apple has had a tough time getting both of these suppliers to produce the same white color.
While that’s a pretty boring explanation, it’s one that has been tossed around for a few weeks now. Still, there’s no indication when the white iPhone 4 will finally make an appearance on store shelves.