Apple had been taking online pre-orders for a white iPhone 4, but now the phone has been delayed until spring, if it hasn’t been killed entirely, reports IntoMobile.
Says the article, "Yesterday, Apple admitted that they’ve delayed the white iPhone 4 until the spring (although other rumours say it’s been canned altogether). One way or the other, the iPhone 4 won’t be available any time soon in white, and as such, even the “coming soon” placeholder has been pulled from Apple’s online store. The reasons for the delays are still unclear, but some say that it has something to do with the casing leaking in too much light to the camera sensor, resulting in washed-out pictures. There was also mention that it could be a batch of bad frames. If either of those are the problem, it seems likely that Apple could find a fix by springtime, unless of course it’s just taken too long and Apple is cutting their losses at this point."
Separately, Gigaom reports that "Sources inside European carriers have reported that Apple has been working with SIM-card manufacturer Gemalto to create a special SIM card that would allow consumers in Europe to buy a phone via the web or at the Apple Store and get the phones working using Apple’s App Store."
The article continues that if true, "Then customers will then be able to choose their carrier at time of purchase at the Apple web site or retail store, or buy the phone and get their handset up and running through a download at the App Store as opposed to visiting a carrier store or calling the carrier. Either way, it reduces the role of the carrier in the iPhone purchase."
The article concludes, "The model should work well in Europe, where the carriers tend to use the same networking technology and are far more competitive. It also means that customers can roam more easily with the iPhones, swapping out the carriers as needed. The iPhone has lost its exclusivity in much of Europe and other markets of the world, which makes this model a compelling one for consumers, but a nightmare for carriers. Apple could change the mobile game once again."