Apple announced July 23 that the white iPhone 4, arguably the most anticipated device the company has released in quite some time, will be delayed once again. Initially, the white version of the iPhone 4 was slated for a summer release. Last week at an impromptu press conference detailing the iPhone 4’s antenna issues, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said the device would come out by the end of the month. Now, the white iPhone 4 is being pushed back to late 2010.
It’s rather unfortunate. Consumers have been waiting a long time for the device, and Apple is forcing them to wait a little longer. But should that really matter? The white iPhone 4 might be a little better looking than its black counterpart, but the device is the same product. It makes little sense to wait for the iPhone 4 simply because it has a somewhat nicer look.
Simply put, the white iPhone 4 is a waste on many levels. Let’s find out why:
1. It’s the same device
Although no one has been able to get their hands on the white iPhone 4 just yet, there is no noticeable difference between the white version of the device and the black version, other than color. Realizing that, some might correctly wonder why they should even waste their time waiting for a product that might or might not come out. It won’t provide any benefit over the product that’s available now, and given all the troubles with manufacturing the white version, it might be more trouble than it’s worth. It’s at least something to keep in mind.
2. Delays mean something
Let’s not forget that the white iPhone 4’s delays mean something. Exactly what they mean is unknown, since Apple isn’t providing any details, but it’s entirely possible that there is a design flaw with the device, the company could be fixing its antenna, or it’s simply tough to build. In any case, it’s being delayed for a reason that consumers might want to be wary about. Apple typically delivers fine products that consumers want, but given the iPhone 4’s antenna woes, it doesn’t have a spotless track record. Maybe opting for something else is the smart move.
3. Demand is high, supplies will be low
The demand for the white version of the iPhone 4 is extremely high. When Apple first announced the device, the market got excited about the prospects of having an iPhone without the typical black finish on the front. And because of that, a slew of consumers ordered it. Upon doing so, they have put themselves at the head of the line when the device finally launches. Anyone who is thinking about getting a white iPhone 4 now will want to keep that in mind. If they haven’t preordered the device, even more waiting will ensue. And eventually they will need to ask themselves how long they really want to wait.
4. There are fine alternatives
The white iPhone 4 might be the best-looking device Apple has developed in a long time, but it’s not necessarily the best option. Motorola recently launched its Droid X, which is arguably the best iPhone alternative on the market. Even the HTC Droid Incredible is a good choice. With so many fine options, why wait for the white iPhone 4? Color can’t possibly be that important.
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5. Challenges mean trouble
Apple continues to say that the white iPhone 4 is delayed because of “manufacturing challenges” that are holding the device up. The company didn’t say exactly what that means, but it certainly doesn’t sound good. In the tech business, manufacturing challenges typically mean that there are flaws in creating a device, which could, in turn, cause issues in a product. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the white iPhone 4 has flaws, since Apple hasn’t made any indication that that might be true, but it’s certainly possible. And it’s something to keep in mind.
6. It might never come out
There is always the possibility of the white iPhone 4 never hitting store shelves. On more than one occasion, a company has promised a product, only to discontinue it before releasing it. Apple tends to follow through on its promises, but if these manufacturing problems continue, the company might be hard-pressed to keep investing in fixes when the black version of the device works just fine. Those folks who are waiting for the white iPhone 4 are potentially waiting for a product that will be discontinued before it even comes out. What a waste of time that would be.
7. The black version is just fine
The white iPhone 4 might appeal more to those who care about a product’s aesthetics, but let’s not forget that the black version of the device is just as appealing. As mentioned above, both the black version of the iPhone 4 and the white version are seemingly the same exact product. If consumers want an iPhone more than anything else, they shouldn’t waste their time on a white version of the device. The black version boasts the same old iPhone experience that consumers have grown accustomed to, but adds some nice new elements that work quite well. Plus, it’s a known quantity with only one noticeable issue. Who knows what kind of issues the white version of the device will have when it’s released?
8. It’s just a color
By waiting for a device because it has a different color, consumers are making themselves suffer. Time and again, Apple has said that the device will be coming soon, only to let those who want the white iPhone down by telling them that it has been delayed for an extended period. There must come a point for some people that being given hopeful news only to be let down time and again gets old. At that point, they should realize that they’re waiting on a color difference, rather than an actual product difference. Color is important to some folks, but it’s being given too much importance.
9. Apple treatment
Apple’s issues with manufacturing the white iPhone 4 and simply delaying the device over and over might make some wonder if it’s yet another way that Apple is turning its back on customers for the sake of its own operation. Last week at the company’s press conference detailing iPhone 4 woes, Steve Jobs said that the outcry over the device’s problems was overblown. All the while, some consumers might have felt slighted. It sounds like a common issue with Apple lately. The company is, to a lesser extent, treating customers who want the white iPhone 4 the same way by making promises and taking them back. Maybe it’s time that consumers realize that and opt against the white iPhone 4 because of it.
10. A Verizon iPhone might be coming
Speculation abounds over when, not if, Verizon will be offering an iPhone. Of course, neither Apple nor Verizon has said much about such a device coming to the company’s subscribers. But given that it’s highly likely, consumers might want to hold off from getting the white iPhone 4 on AT&T’s network and opt for the device that comes to Verizon’s service. AT&T might not like it, but since Verizon’s network is so much better for most consumers, waiting for the right device instead of the better-looking device is probably the best option.