White iPhone 4 On Sale Thursday
After a 10-month delay, the brand new, long-anticipated iPhone will be sold in the United States along with 27 other countries. This includes Canada, Japan, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and the U.K. The release was stalled due to manufacturing issues. These issues were never made clear, but it has been speculated that there were problems with the internal sensors of the device along with the paint that had been damaged from exposure to heat.
“White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected,” while promising at that time that the phone would be released in 2010,” said the company in July.
The phone costs $199 for 16GB and $299 for the 32 GB, including a two-year agreement. The device will be available at Apple retail stores, Apple’s online store, as well as AT&T and Verzion retail stores. The iPhone will be shipped within 24 hours after ordering online.
Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing Philip Schiller said, “The white iPhone 4 has finally arrived and it’s beautiful.” He then added, “We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we’ve worked to get every detail right.”
Analysts have suggested that the instant availability of the white iPhone in multiple markets will increase Apple’s sales. Brian White, a Ticonderoga Securities analyst said to “expect Apple fever in China.” The company believes the white iPhone will be successful in Asia, particularly in Japan and China.
If you are a true Apple and Steve Jobs fan, you might also want to check out the “Steve Jobs in Carbonite” iPhone case, which is compatible with the iPhone 4, 3G and 3GS. This Star Wars inspired case is sold for $35. The case is replicated from the scene in Star Wars where Hans Solo is encased in carbonite, except in this case, it is Steve Jobs who is “frozen” in carbonite. This case can be purchased on the Society 6 website.
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