Apple enthusiasts hoping to get their hands on a white iPhone 4 in time for Christmas have been handed a lifeline thanks to Orange.
The operator sent an email to customers who had registered interest in a white iPhone 4 stating that it will be available before the year is out.
"To clarify, we will be making the device available to our UK customers when it's launched later this year," an Orange spokesperson said in a rather cryptic statement that does not really clarify all that much.
Apple admitted in June that it was having trouble manufacturing the white iPhone. Reports suggested that the heat produced from the device was turning the handsets a shade of yellow.
V3.co.uk contacted Apple asking about its plans to ship the device, but the company declined to comment.
T-Mobile continues to indicate on its site that the white iPhone 4 is "coming soon", but a spokesperson said the firm has yet to confirm any dates.
Three could not confirm when it would have the handset in stock while O2 and Vodafone had not responded at the time of writing.
For those who can't wait to get a white iPhone, DIY kits have started popping up on the internet. They are far from cheap, however. A kit from WhiteiPhone4Now.com is priced at whopping $295 (£189).
It seems logical that at least some white devices will be shipped by Apple and carrier networks to capitalise on the Christmas season.
Apple has already had a mixed year, raking in record profits but suffering harsh criticism in the process.
Steve Jobs was forced to defend the working conditions of Chinese workers in a Foxconn factory after a series of suicides.
Meanwhile, buyers of the iPhone 4 complained of poor reception issues. The 'antennagate' saga has died down, but it will exist in the background until the iPhone 5 is released.
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