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 spokesperson said.
"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.