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From what I've heard it's because the buttons and the case are made by different companies and they can't get the colours to match. http://www.reghardware.com/2010/10/15/white_iphone_spied/

That's just hearsay. It's pretty hard to believe in the days of Pantone that two high-scale vendors cannot match colors.

There were also rumors that it had something to do with light and the camera (iow, white doesnt absorb light as well). Who knows?

Although I use their gear, I'm not known to say a lot of nice things about Apple, but I think this "fiasco" isn't. I applaud them for their apparent eye for QA in the matter.

These sorts of QA blunders are virtually routine for competitors like HTC, Motorola, and Samsung.

It sounds like Jobs announced the white iPhone 4 a bit too prematurely. Lesson learned, let's ditch the White i4 and move onto the next thing.

I've heard that too, but it's just hard to believe that a company that can pack so much stuff in such small spaces (be it iOS devices or MacBook Air's) and is praised for its industrial design and great hardware engineering, can't figure out suppliers to have matching colors for a button.

(note: I'm not saying that's not the case, it's just surprising)

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