Story updated with information on AT&T and Apple Web sites.
CUPERTINO, Calif. (
opened its retail and online stores for pre-orders of the
today, although it is doubtful that the white iPhone 4 of the phone is available.
Neither Apple nor its telco partner
are accepting pre-orders for the white iPhone 4 -- only the black model is available, which is prompting chatter in the blogosphere about supply issues.
A note on the Apple Web site explained that the white iPhone 4 is "currently unavailable for pre-order or in-store pickup." Similarly,
Web site lists the white iPhone as "coming soon."
Earlier this week the
Web site reported that
. Citing unnamed sources and a memo it claims was sent to AT&T employees,
reports that the white iPhone will be "available later in the summer."
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A spokesman for AT&T referred
to Apple for any questions related to the device, but Apple has not yet responded about when the white iPhone 4 will be available.
Earlier today, the section of the AT&T Web site devoted to sales of the new iPhone was down. A note on the Web site informed visitors that the telco was performing maintenance, presumably in preparation for a flood of orders from eager iPhone 4 customers. A portion of Apple's Web site devoted to the iPhone 4 was also down for a spell earlier, according to news reports, allowing the tech giant to update the site ahead of pre-ordering.
Priced at $199 for 16-Gbytes and $299 for 32-Gbytes, the new iPhone 4 will be available in the U.S., France, Germany and the U.K. on June 24. In addition to Apple and AT&T,
will also sell the phone in the U.S.
before market open on Tuesday. Despite weak TV sales and a slump in demand for games, video and music, the retailer's results could spell good news for Apple.
Best Buy reported strength in notebook computers, mobile phones and appliances, which bodes well for Apple's iPhone 4 debut.
Apple shares rose $3.56, or 1.4%, to $257.84 on Tuesday, mirroring the broader advance in tech stocks that saw the Nasdaq rise 1.31%
-- Reported by James Rogers in New York
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