2010 TiPb Award for Favorite #Fail of the Year goes to...!

Your votes have been counted, your voices have been heard, and we're proud to announce the 2010 TiPb Readers Choice Award for Favorite #Fail of the Year goes to... White iPhone 4!

The white iPhone 4 was announced by Apple alongside the black model during WWDC 2010 but shipping delay after shipping delay -- variously ascribed to manufacturing problems surrounding the color consistency, proximity sensor, light bleeding, etc. -- have kept it from appearing on the market to date. While rumors swirl that it may simply never show up, for their part Apple has pegged early 2011 as the next release window:

We're sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone yet again, but we've decided to delay its release until this Spring.

Apple is usually so on the ball when it comes to managing production and release of their consumer electronics -- "great artists ship" is a favorite quote of Apple CEO Steve Jobs -- that on the rare occasions when something like the white iPhone 4 fails to materialize it becomes a big story.

And it's not one that will end for the better in 2010.

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Rene Ritchie

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2010 TiPb Award for Favorite #Fail of the Year goes to...!


I really wanted the unicorn...er white iPhone on preorder day but wanted to be an early adoptor more so I jumped and ordered black on opening day. I have no regrets about that decision and I'm completely happy with the one i have till the white iPhone 5 arrives !!!

I think the biggest fail is the poor antenna issue. I don't really care about the colors. I just want it to work.