We already reported that the white iPhone 4 is expected to be releaesd this Spring. Bloomberg reports that a unidentified source told them that Apple will release the white iPhone 4 on AT&T and Verizon still this month. Apple's Phil Schiller tweeted recently that the white iPhone 4 will be available this Spring. It is also supposed to be a beauty, he said. In February I wrote that its best to pass on the white iPhone 4. Why buy a white iPhone 4 that will be replaced a couple month later with the iPhone 5. Now things look a bit different. Rumors around the WWDC 2011 conference suggest that Apple will not release the iPhone 5 as expected in June. Apple is supposed to release it in Fall with iOS 5. There are even new rumors that put the iPhone 5 release into 2012. I do not support this rumors, but everything points towards a long wait for the iPhone 5.
Now the white iPhone 4 release can be seen as a hold over for those who cannot wait until Fall to get a new iPhone. The question is if the white iPhone 4 will have anything different besides the color. The white iPhone 4 will likely be almost a year delayed. I expect Apple to start selling it in May. By adding just a little bit Apple could make the white iPhone 4 more enticing. How about a better antenna design or the A5 CPU that is inside the iPad 2 already?
About the Apple iPhone:
The iPhone revolutionized the smartphone market and made the smartphone and touchscreens part of the mainstream gadget world. Before the iPhone, there were no other touchscreen only devices on the market.
The first iPhone went official in June of 2007 and the device was simply called the iPhone. It had EDGE connectivity only and offered no support for 3G networks, which was a sour point for many users. The other major sore point for users was that AT&T landed the exclusive on the device. The original iPhone came in 4GB and 8GB version selling for $499 and $599 respectively with no contract. The 4GB phone went for $199 on contract with AT&T.
The lack of 3G connectivity was fixed in the second iteration of the iPhone called the iPhone 3G. The 3G went official at WWDC in June of 2008, a year after the original iPhone surfaced. This smartphone had 3G connectivity for the AT&T network and a few improved specifications with more storage and other tweaks.
The next iteration of the iPhone was the iPhone 3GS that debuted in June of 2009 at WWDC. This phone supported the AT&T 3G network and added a higher resolution camera that could also record HD video. It came in black and white versions with 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of storage. The 8GB version came after the initial launch as a way to offer the iPhone at a cheaper price. The 3GS runs a 600MHz CPU from ARM.
The latest version of the iPhone is the iPhone 4 that was launched in June of 2010, again at WWDC. This phone changes the shape of the iPhone a bit again and used a new Apple A4 processor and 512MB of DRAM, making it more powerful than any of the previous iPhones. The screen was also improved with a Retina display with resolution of 960 x 640. Verizon later got its own version of the iPhone 4 and marked the first time in the US the iPhone could be purchased from a carrier other than AT&T.
As of now, no new iPhone is expected at WWDC 2011 in June with WWDC said to focus on software. The iPhone 5 is expected later in the fall of 2011.