White iPhone Removed From Apple System: Not Looking Promising

Many of you who have been waiting for a White iPhone from Apple will know of the never-ending saga surrounding this handset that seems to be somewhat mythical. We’ve published dozens of articles about its non-appearance over the last few months and now, after inklings of hope earlier in the week, we have an ominous sign to share with you, which is that Apple has now removed the white iPhone 4 from its system completely.

Only 3 weeks ago we told how one of Apple’s top dogs, Philip Schiller had announced that the white iPhone was coming in the spring at last, although we couldn’t be sure if it was an iPhone 4 or an iPhone 5, which at that time was rumored for release in the early summer. We all got rather excited. After all, Schiller is the senior vice president of worldwide product managing at Apple and he even tweeted that it was a beauty. Over the last week or so we then heard many reports that the iPhone 5 may be delayed until later this year, and thus arose speculation that a white iPhone 4 may appear as a sort of fill-in until the iPhone 5 came later.

However, new events lead us to think that the white iPhone release is off once again. We first heard of this from Seth Weintraub over on 9to5Mac, and he told how the Apple Store went down at midnight last night Eastern time. Sometimes this happens when a new product is to be introduced but when the site was available again the only discernible difference was that the white iPhone SKU (Stock-keeping unit) had been removed from the Apple system. The obvious thing to assume is that the white iPhone has been abandoned but as 9to5Mac points out, there’s always the possibility that it will come after all, but with a different SKU. However, maybe it won’t be until the iPhone 5 arrives now.

Since then though, John Brownlee over on Cult of Mac brings news of a further development. An image is shown, sourced from Apple Rumors, which shows Apple bumpers for sale and whereas an earlier image clearly showed a white iPhone with various colored bumpers, the white iPhone has been replaced by a black iPhone in the new image. Ominous indeed! We have to say it’s not looking too promising if you’re waiting for a white iPhone but no doubt we could be proved wrong. Are you one of the many still waiting for the elusive white Apple iPhone? Why not let us know with your comments.