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White iPhone 5 A Dead Cert As White iPhone 4 Quasi Confirmed

With news of the white version of the iPhone 4 likely to appear on the market as early as March 2011, it is now almost a certainty that the iPhone 5 will be available both in black and in white at launch.

Engadget's Richard Lai (opens in new tab), a guy who travels regularly to mainland China, says that the issue lies with the paint job of the handset rather than with the camera lens itself.

He went on to clarify why the lens wasn't actually the reason why the camera wasn't the one to blame for the delay of the white iPhone, one of the very rare instances where Apple got it wrong.

Apple will probably never confirm the nature of the technical snafu that it encountered while working on the white iPhone 4; in any case, the issue didn't cause a big enough ruckus to prompt Apple to have a special event like it did for the antennagate.

Lai, who produced the first world's hands-on review for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, reckons that the white iPhone 4 has been mass produced by Hon Hai electronics since mid-January, which means that there's roughly a 60-days delay between the production and delivery of the devices.

Désiré Athow

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.