White iPhone delayed until late July

From Apple:

“White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have proven more challenging to manufacture than expected, and as a result they will not be available until the second half of July. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.”

I knew something was up when leaked Best Buy inventory reports showed not one single white iPhone. Apple has produced white iPhones in the past, of course, but never white glass. The rear cases have always been plastic. It will be interesting to see where the manufacturing glitch is.

I’m reminded of Henry Ford: “The public can have any color it wants, as long as it’s black.”

A-list iPhone 4 reviews appear [Updated]

The dons of technical writing have published their iPhone 4 reviews. Apple has charmed them all, including Uncle Walt. Calling the iPhone 4 “…a major leap over its already-excellent predecessor,” Mossberg’s review was largely positive. From All Things D:

“I’d say that Apple has built a beautiful smartphone that works well, adds impressive new features and is still, overall, the best device in its class.”

The downside? AT&T. Mossberg:

“Just as with its predecessors, I can’t recommend this new iPhone for voice calling for people who experience poor AT&T reception, unless they are willing to carry a second phone on a network that works better for them.”

I hoped the antenna-as-casing would improve reception for those of us who struggle with reliability. I’ll have to test it in my own neighborhood, of course, but this is disappointing to hear.

Joshua Topolsky wrote Engadget’s extremely thorough iPhone 4 review, complete with HTML5 videos that play on the iPhone and iPad. Not only does Topolsky offer the best representation of the Retina Display’s clarity that I’ve seen yet, he also contradicts Mossberg’s assessment of  the phone’s call reception:

“…in our testing, we had far, far fewer dropped calls than we experienced on our 3GS. Let’s just say that again: yes, the iPhone 4 does seem to alleviate the dropped call issue.”

David Pogue’s piece for the New York Times is also out. One of my favorite bits confirms my assertions about Apple:

“It’s not the first phone with both a front and back camera. It’s not even the first one to make video calls. But the iPhone 4 is the first phone to make good video calls, reliably, with no sign-up or setup, with a single tap.”

David’s experience with iPhone 4’s “killer app” — making calls — was similar to Joshua’s:

“The new phone is also better at choosing the best channel for connecting with the cell tower, even if’s not technically the strongest one … Does any of this mean no more dropped calls in New York and San Francisco? No. But there do seem to be fewer of them.”

I’m still waiting on Andy Ihnatko.

The iPhone early delivery email

Many customers who ordered an iPhone on June 15th received an email overnight stating that it would arrive on the 23rd, not the 24th as originally promised.

There’s a grammatical error in the 2nd paragraph which reads, “…you can check the FedEx website the morning of the June 23rd,” followed by a link. It’s probably an honest mistake, but that’s unlike Apple. I’d check http://store.apple.com instead of the link in the message, just to be safe.

New device images

While we’re waiting for iOS 4’s release, Apple has updated the device images in iTunes. My iPhone is still running 3.1.3, yet the icon shows an iOS 4 screenshot. iOS 4 is expected to begin propagating at 1:00 PM Eastern.

I’m curious if late-model iPod touch owners are seeing the same thing.

Update: Grant Buell confirms the same thing on his 64GB iPod touch.