Reuters reports that Apple has now postponed the rollout of the white iPhone 4 until next spring. “We’re sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone again,” said Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller.
Initially released in June of this year, Apple originally told consumers that the white model iPhone would hit stores sometime in July. That obviously never came to fruition, and though Apple has yet to offer an official explanation for the delay, speculative reports suggest that the delay is due to color matching problems with the iPhone body and the home button. Another posted theory holds that the exact shade of white demanded by Apple results in light leaking out through the back of the device.
Update:Cult of Mac reports,
The white iPhone 4 can’t take accurate photographs. 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.
“You don’t get accurate pictures on the white iPhone because of the color of the glass back. It washes out the pictures,” said a source with connections to Apple who asked to remain anonymous.
The source said Apple has been struggling to isolate the camera sensor. The problem may demand a complete redesign, they said, hence the string of delays.