The request of a white version of the iPhone has been heard loud and clear by Apple, and they are expected to start production of a white iPhone later this month. Shipments of the white version aren’t expected until April, but that is worth the wait for those wanting the phone in white.
As reported in Apple Insider, “Manufacturers will initiate production of the GSM-based iPhone 4 version in white enclosures and begin dispatching them to Apple ahead of general availability planned for next month, Concord Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told AppleInsider. Apple has made changes to the ‘film material to solve the full-lamination problem that [was] the reason why white iPhones [were] delayed,’ he added. The handset was first scheduled to debut last June. Kuo did not provide a timeframe for a white CDMA-based iPhone.”
The CDMA iPhone iOS 4.3 just became available and with the much anticipated launch of the white version of the popular iPhone, Kuo thinks that Apple will sell a “record 18 million iPhones in the first quarter” which would beat the amount Apple sold during the holiday sales period ending 2010 with 16.2 million iPhones sold.
More proof that Apple finally solved their white paint mixture troubles came in last week when the iPad 2 was unveiled and explained that it would be offered in both black and white versions. Both of these models will be available on March 11, 2011.
Apple was having huge issues getting the right paint mixture for the white versions correct. As reported in Apple Insider, “Apple had made strides in developing a new material that would allow it to successfully manufacture a white iPhone 4 that meets the company’s high level of standards. Using earlier painting methods, Apple’s attempts to manufacture the white iPhone 4 apparently resulted in a ‘huge’ number of defective handsets. Unable to produce the white iPhone 4 in 2010, Apple allegedly partnered with a Japanese company that crafted a new paint material. The new material apparently allows for greater control and precision in setting the thickness of the paint layer.”
After many delays last year with the white iPhone 4 manufacturing issues, it is finally being made available. There have been some leaked white parts for custom build white iPhones, but the official ones being released now won’t have the issues that the unofficial ones had, such as camera flash issues.