White iPhone 4 – none till the end of the year

white iPhone 4, front, back and side

Henry Ford famously once said, in regards to his Model T car, that “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black”.

It looks like there will be a T-Model Ford-like choice of colours when the iPhone goes on sale in Australia in a few days.

Apple released the following very short statement over the weekend:

White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected, and as a result they will not be available until later this year. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.

You’d have to think it’s not that there’s a shortage of pigment, that instead there’s some difficulty with the colour and the new material use in the back of the iPhone 4, aluminosilicate.

So gadget fashion lovers, unless you’re going to dress up your iPhone 4 in a colourful and antenna-protecting cover, it’s a black iPhone 4 for you.