Cupertino, Calif. - Apple will delay
availability of the white version of its iPhone 4 until the second half of
July, contending the white models "have proven more challenging to
manufacture than expected."
The black version will be
available June 24 as planned.
The announcement is the latest
inventory glitch to plague the launch. AT&T said units for AT&T
customers who didn't preorder won't be available until June 29, citing preorder
sales that were 10 times higher on the first day of preordering compared to the
first day of iPhone 3GS preordering. Preordered phones will begin arriving at
customers' homes or AT&T retail stores for pick-up on June 24 as planned, a
"We're on track to deliver iPhone
4 to customers who preordered the device on June 15," the AT&T spokesperson
said. "We look forward to offering iPhone 4 to all other customers beginning
Tuesday, June 29, when it goes on sale in all AT&T sales channels."
Best Buy, Walmart and RadioShack
have said they'll have models on hand June 24, although they didn't specify
quantities, news reports said.