White iPhone 4 Delayed by Manufacturing Woes

Update on July 23, 2010:

Apple today released the following statement:

White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected, and as a result they will not be available until later this year. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.

This must be a recent development as Steve Jobs was confident in his press conference last week that the white iPhone 4 would be here by the end of this month in "limited quantities."

Story below from June 24, 2010:

Just like the previous generations of the iPhone, there are two shades available – white and black. New for the iPhone 4, however, is that the white model will have a matching white front to the white back (previous models only changed the plastic backing).

Now that it's the official launch day of the iPhone 4, all that are floating around in the hands of consumers are the black models. The white iPhone 4 model has yet to even be available for pre-order on Apple's site; so if you were holding out for the new uniformly white colored iPhone 4, you may have to wait a little longer.

An Apple spokesperson has confirmed with the AFP that there's a manufacturing glitch that held back the shipment of the other-shade iPhone.

"White models of Apple'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 Cupertino, California-based company said in a brief statement. "The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected."

Are you still going to be holding off until there's the classic-Apple-white version available? Rachel Rosmarin, our managing editor of Tom's Guide, tells us why she's going to wait.