Apple hopes for a white Christmas

Apple’s iPhone has been hit by more problems, with the firm delaying the launch of the white iPhone 4 for a second time, and UK consumers reporting more problems with older models.
The firm admitted Friday that white iPhone 4’s won’t be available until the end of the year, despite CEO Steve Jobs stating the devices would be available by end-July when he unveiled a fix for the device’s antenna problems on July 16, reports.
Apple said white versions of its latest smartphone “continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected,” but that regular black models weren’t affected by the production problem.
The news broke just as consumers complained in their droves to a UK money advice website that they had been hit by huge data roaming bills despite disabling the roaming feature on older iPhone models, the Daily Telegraph reported.
One user claimed to have been charged £1,500 (€1,792) while vacationing in the US, despite only using local WiFi connections while travelling, the paper said.
O2, Apple’s official UK carrier partner, said it was investigating the problem, which is thought to be caused by some mobile applications that rely on Web connections to operate.
Apple has set aside $175 million (€135.3 million) to provide users with a free case to correct a problem with the iPhone 4’s antenna, but will leave carriers to foot the bill for any roaming refunds.
Consumers have reported a series of problems with older iPhone models after applying the latest updates to its operating system.