White iPhone 4 delayed again until "later this year"

Apple further delay release of white iPhone 4

Apple's white iPhone 4 faces new stage of delays

Contrary to Steve Jobs’ claims during last weeks iPhone 4 emergency press conference, the white edition of the latest Apple handset will no longer be released this month having been bumped back to a date later this year.

In a press release sent to the global media, Apple today announced that the white iPhone 4 “continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected”, and as a result “will not be available until later this year”.

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Being cagey with the precise details, Apple’s release failed to announce the exact reasoning for the continued postponement of the lighter coloured iPhone’s release or even a month in which we can expect it to finally arrive. Theories on the delay, however, range from excessive heat discolouring the handset to an attempt at correcting the signal loss issues that have troubled the latest iPhone since its launch at the end of June.

The reception problems that cause signal to disappear and calls to be dropped when the device is held in a conventional manner that covers the lower left hand portion of the handset were assessed by Steve Jobs last week in a short notice press conference at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.

Although refusing to admit that the antenna had a serious fault that was responsible for the increased number of dropped calls, Steve Jobs offered all iPhone 4 owners and free case and a refund for those who had already purchased one, an offer that sprung into action today.

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