The iPhone 4 white edition has been postponed due to issues with its onboard five megapixel HD camera, reports suggest.
Yesterday, Apple officially confirmed that the phone will now not appear until the spring, having originally been scheduled to hit stores back in June.
Rumours of the cause of the delay included problems with flimsy frames, as well as slighty less credible speculation that Apple is struggling to find the ‘right’ shade of white paint.
However, according to a “source with connections at Apple” cited by cultofmac.com, the real reason is none of the above, and in fact lies with light leakage through the semi translucent white case that results in lower quality snaps.
Image quality is reportedly especially affected when the built-in flash is in use.
The Apple insider stated: “You don’t get accurate pictures on the white iPhone because of the color of the glass back. It washes out the pictures.”
News of developments comes as fresh rumours have surfaced today suggesting that Apple could be planning to phase in built-in SIM cards with the next iteration of its best-selling smartphone.