Apple Delays Availability of White iPhone

Today, Apple (s aapl) released a press statement announcing that it is delaying shipments of the white iPhone 4 until late July.

White models of Appleā€™s new iPhone 4 have proven more challenging to manufacture than expected, and as a result they will not be available until the second half of July. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.

I have a feeling that the manufacture may not have been precisely more challenging, but that the color of the finished product may not have been up to the standards of Steve Jobs when he held one in his hand. I don’t have any inside information on this, purely speculation, but I could imagine him saying, “Not good enough, send it back and redo it.”

While the press release says that the white iPhone will not be “available” till the second half of July, it may be that the white iPhone is not even going to be available for pre-order until then either. Currently, the black iPhone is listed as shipping by July 14, while the white iPhone is listed as “unavailable for pre-order or in-store pickup.” Depending on the demand, it may be well into August before anyone can have a white iPhone in their hands.

There is apparently no difference between the two models of iPhone other than the color. Both phones are available in either 16 or 32 GB sizes, and both will presumably have the same internal specs.

White is a more difficult color to do exactly right than black, just look at the plethora of different shades of white paint on display at the local hardware store. Unfortunately, customers who have been holding out for the white version are going to have to wait just a little while longer.

Are you waiting for white? Will this change your mind? Let us know in the comments!