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White iPhone To Launch Later In 2010 Says Apple

Apple issued their shortest statement ever, saying that the white iPhone would be available later this year without saying exactly when but did say that the phones proved to be more challenging to manufacture than they had originally expected.

The company did not provide with more details regarding the extent of the difficulties it had met but as recently as last Friday, Steve Jobs said that the white iPhone would be available by the second half of July, which ends next week.

Ars Technica (opens in new tab) reckons that the colorant used in the material to produce the white finish might be the root cause of the problem, "possibly when dealing with with the ion-exchange hardening process used in making Gorilla Glass", the site added.

Popular tech site (opens in new tab) Engadget put forward the possibility that Apple's glass supplier (which might turn out to be a Chinese company rather than Corning), is facing some serious challenges trying to find out an elusive combination of paint thickness and opacity.

We've already seen people converting their existing black iPhone 4 into a white one by swapping the external enclosure (which means getting rid of the screen as well). The only problems they met being the speaker grill and the home button.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.