Apple officially announced that the white iPhone 4 will arrive on April 28th.
Apple today announced that the white iPhone 4 will be available beginning tomorrow. White iPhone 4 models will be available from Apple's online store (www.apple.com), at Apple's retail stores, AT&T and Verizon Wireless stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
Internationally, the white iPhone 4 will also be available in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Macau, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and UK.Apple also announced that the iPad 2 will officially launch in 12 new countries this week:
Apple today announced that iPad 2, the second-generation of its breakthrough post-PC device, will arrive in Japan on Thursday,
April 28 and Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and eight additional countries on Friday,
April 29. iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores at 9 a.m. local time, select Apple Authorized Resellers, and online through the Apple Store (www.apple.com) beginning at 1 a.m.
Additionally, iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in China beginning Friday, May 6.
The full list of new countries debuting the iPad 2 on the 29th includes Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
The phone, which was delayed by production problems, will be sold at Apple's online and physical stores, AT&T and Verizon stores, and other retailers.
"We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we've worked to get every detail right," Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, said in a news release Wednesday.
Apple initially planned to sell both black and white versions of the device when the iPhone 4 was released in June 2010. "White models of Apple's new iPhone 4 have proven more challenging to manufacture than expected," the company said in a statement at the time.
In an email Wednesday, Brian White, a Ticonderoga Securities analyst, said the delay has led to a "mystique" for the white iPhone that could boost sales for Apple until the expected release of the next-generation iPhone later this year.
"The purchase of consumer electronic devices is not always a completely rational decision, and people buy Apple products for many different reasons, including status, aesthetics, functionality, quality and the 'cool factor,' " White wrote.
Apple on Wednesday also said it will expand sales of its iPad 2 tablet computer to Japan on Thursday. That launch had been delayed last month as Japan recovered from a devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Sales of the iPad 2 will begin Friday in Hong Kong, India, Israel, South Korea, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
Apple stock finished regular trading Wednesday at $350.15, down 27 cents, or 0.1 percent, from Tuesday's closing price.
White iPhone was presented simultaneously with the black model in June 2010. It was planned that it will go on sale in July, but then Apple postponed its release first to the end of the year, and subsequently to the beginning of 2011. However, the company never disclosed the exact reason for persistent delays.
One of the co-founders of Apple, Steve Wozniak has described the reason for constantly delaying their decision to ship smartphone iPhone 4 in white casing. He said that the white iPhone transmits light when photos are taken with flash, writes VentureBeat.
According to him the photos taken with white iphone look as if they have been taken through cellophane. Wozniak told this in an interview to Engadget.
60-year-old co-founder of Apple, also known as Woz, said that he discovered the problem with white casing after he purchased the kit as replacement to the black one from an online store opened by a British teenager. This store sells spare parts manufactured in the factories of Taiwanese company Foxconn.
At the same time Wozniak said that Apple has already developed a solution to this problem. It is expected that iPhone 4 in white casing will hit the retail market early this year.