There's still no official word either way, but it's starting to look like the white iPhone 4 will never see the light of day after all.
Apple has systematically removed almost all mention of the white iPhone from its various sites around the globe, a sign that surely leaves room for no other conclusion: the white iPhone 4 is officially dead.
The white version of Apple's latest iPhone was all set to launch alongside the black variant last year, but unnamed production issues held it back. Months down the line, however, it started to look like the problems had been resolved, and references to the troubled handset started appearing on inventory lists and store signage, leading to predictions of a launch sometime in the spring.
However, Italian site Apple Rumors.it reports a widespread removal of nearly all mention of the white iPhone 4 from Apple websites, suggesting an internal decision has been made to scrap the handset altogether.
If that is indeed the case, it would hardly come as a surprise. Apple likes to keep its product lines clean and synchronised, and releasing a white version of the iPhone 4 just a couple of months before the iPhone 5 is set to be announced makes little sense no matter how you look at it.