After ten long months of profoundly painful delays, Apple's great white iPhone 4 will finally be launched on Thursday, April 28 in some 30 countries. Expect to get yours at Verizon, AT&T and Apple stores in the U.S. Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, announced the epic white out which quickly caused enterprising iPhone scalpers to line up in force for the official launch in Hong Kong.
“The white iPhone 4 has finally arrived and it’s beautiful,” said Phil Schiller in an April 27 statement posted on Apple's website. “We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we’ve worked to get every detail right.”
Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White is convinced that scarcity of the mythical 'white' iPhone 4 could play a meaningful role in boosting sales following a 10-month delay.
"This delay has created a certain mystique and scarcity value around the 'white' iPhone 4 that we believe could drive incremental iPhone 4 purchases in the range of 1 million to 1.5 million units per quarter until the iPhone 5 potentially comes to market in September," White said.
Anonymous sources speaking to Reuters have suggested the next-generation smartphone will ship in September, with production ramp-up slotted for either July or August.
"Apple's next-generation iPhone will have a faster processor and will begin shipping in September, three people with direct knowledge of the company's supply chain said." Source: Reuters
Although I had given up on ever seeing the big white 'Moby Dick" iPhone 4 before summer, I will definitely be creeping into the Apple store on Thursday to gawk at the fantastical unicorn of iPhones the moment it lands on the display table. Somebody has to! It might as well be me.
The rest of you rumor-crazed fanboys can focus your desperate gaze upon the launch of iPhone 5 or even the fresh redesign expected to come with iPhone 6. True Apple hipsters are already speculating about iPhone 6 in 2012. With Apple reporting a record 18.65 million iPhone sales in the second quarter of its 2011 fiscal year, expect the unexpected.
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