Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) fabled white iPhone 4 could be hitting stores within weeks, according to multiple reports.
According to a Bloomberg report, which cited unnamed sources, AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) will launch the device by the end of April. The delay was due to manufacturing issues--specifically, the paint on the phone peeled under heat, the report said. Separately, Reuters reported that Apple's iPhone suppliers have started production of the white iPhone, and said the device could go on sale within a month.
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of marketing, said in a Twitter post in March that the white iPhone would be available sometime this spring. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment, and reiterated Schiller's statement.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs first announced the white iPhone 4 in June, during the company's unveiling of the device, but the product has been MIA since.
Perhaps more importantly, the Bloomberg report indicated that Apple will not unveil a new iPhone model at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco in June. The report echoes similar reports from other outlets. Speculation has pointed to a new iPhone launch for the fall, when AT&T will have launched its LTE network. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on that aspect of the Bloomberg report.
- see this Bloomberg article
- see this Reuters article
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