We knew it was supposed to happen Thursday, but it’s still hard to believe our eyes. After an extended period of downtime, the white iPhone 4 is finally available in Apple’s online store.
“The white iPhone 4 has finally arrived and it’s beautiful,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in the press release. “We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we’ve worked to get every detail right.”
The device should also become available in Apple retail stores when they open later today, as well as AT&T and Verizon Wireless stores and at select Apple authorized resellers.
The price and functionality of the white iPhone 4 is exactly the same as the black version, but the thrill of finally having the often delayed device should be enough to prompt quite a few customers to spend their hard-earned cash.
Bear in mind that the shipping time for the black iPhone 4 is within 24 hours, while the white version ships in three to five business days.
White models of iPhone 4 will be available in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Macau, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UK and the US, beginning Thursday, April 28 and in many more countries around the world soon.
White iPhone 4 will be available for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model with a new two year agreement through the Apple Store, at Apple’s retail stores, AT&T and Verizon Wireless stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
According to a study conducted by NPD, Apple has now become the third biggest phone seller in the U.S. The company surpassed Motorola and HTC to claim the third position. The company now commands 14% market share. Samsung has been named top phone seller in the U.S. with 23%. LG bagged the second spot with 18% share.
Ross Rubin, executive director with NPD said, “Apple and Verizon had a very successful launch of the iPhone 4, which allowed the iPhone to expand its market share that was previously held back by its prolonged carrier exclusivity with AT&T.”
Apple has been under attack lately, accused of tracking its users’ location without obtaining the required approval. The company has been asked to testify before a Congress Subcommittee. Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has also been implicated for the same offense. Apple has denied any wrongdoing and has said that it would update its software for fixing the problem.
[via Mashable and CS Monitor]