The White iPhone 4 lives!

Long delayed, it appears that the white iPhone 4 will finally hit stores in the Spring of 2011

Behold the interesting journey of the white iPhone 4. Originally expected to launch alongside the black iPhone 4 this past Summer, Apple was forced to delay its arrival time and time again for reasons that remained somewhat murky.

In a press release on the matter issued in late July, Apple commented, "White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected." This was followed by a report that the difficulty was in getting the white iPhone to be the exact shade of white demanded by Apple. Corroborating this repot was a somewhat tenuous report that Apple was having trouble in its efforts to have the white iPhone 4 home button match the exact shade of white as the rest of the device.

Flash forward to October where Apple announced that the white iPhone 4 would be delayed until Spring 2011. Interestingly, Cult of Mac, citing an inside source, shed some light on the issue reporting that "the handset’s semi-translucent glass case leaks light in, ruining pictures taken with the internal camera, especially when the built-in flash is used." As a result, photographs taken with the white iPhone 4, so the story goes, were inaccurate and full of color abnormalities. And following that came fresh reports that Apple was going to abandon the white iPhone 4 altogether. Whether it was screen printing issues or camera functionality, Apple, not surprisingly, wasn't going to release a white iPhone 4 until it was just right - but would that day ever come?

In short, the white iPhone 4 was/is much like the elusive white tiger. Sure, everyone's heard of it and is aware of its existence, but no one has actually seen one in the wild - outside of the gentle confines of Apple's Cupertino campus, of course.

But fear not! It now appears that the white iPhone 4 will, in fact, see the light of day. As evidenced by the sign below spotted at an Apple Store courtesy of 9to5Mac, Apple will finally have the white iPhone 4 available for purchase in Spring 2011. After going through a number of false starts on the white iPhone 4 already, you can bet that Apple is advertising its impending arrival with 100% certainty that this time it'll finally come through.

Huzzah.

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