Jubilant Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has told the Engadget Show that the white iPhone is expected to be released soon, and has revealed the reason for the pearly white device’s constant delays.
According to Wozniak, the paint allows too much light to leak in to the camera, affecting the performance of the smartphone’s 5-megapixel snapper, and causing photos to be washed out, as if “taken through cellophane".
This was heavily rumoured to be the case when DIY white iPhone kits, made from leaked Foxconn parts and sold online, were causing problems with photos. Wozniak even admitted to buying the case parts online, doing the swap, and finding his picture’s washed out.
Nevertheless, the tricky problem has been solved, he assures us, and the device will launch soon. Inventory listings from US retailers Best Buy and AT&T suggest that the white smartphone could be sold on February 27th, AppleInsider reports.
The black iPhone 4 launched in June, and Apple said at the time that the white version would appear later in July. It's now seven months late. Tick tock, Apple. Tick tock.