All those ceiling cats have been jealous of their basement buddies!!
The long-delayed white iPhone is back on the road map, scheduled for Spring next year, according to shop signage spotted by 9to5 Mac. The angelic iPhone 4 will be available next year, according to the small print on the bottom of signs now going up in the Apple stores. So anyone hoping for a white (iPhone) Christmas is going …
Every IT project involves some sort of pushy boss/customer that necessitates right-to-left planning to meet the arbitrary deadline, followed by the realisation it'll never work as the required start date turns out to be 6 months ago.
So we spend time figuring out what corners can be cut and if we can get resources to work overtime, ignoring the cost implications, and still end up late. Bust a nut/ovary to do it under pressure, and end up delivering to your initial estimate that was ignored/rejected by management. So we end up "on-time" by our first schedule, "late" by management's expected schedule, and massively over budget due to working overtime to fix all the design errors that cropped up due to missing out the quality gates in the earlier phase of the project to save time.
Or is that just where I work?...
A/C, for hopefully obvious reasons..
@AC: You're right about IT projects.
But in what sense is putting a phone in a white case an IT project?
I don't know what iPhones are made of, but unless it's something intrinsically black (ebony? jet? coal?), it's presumably just a matter of turning a different knob when the stuff's being made. Not something that requires months of planning, I should have thought.
@ Kubla Cant: the hardware design is an IT project, after all. One problem I could imagine is, e.g., a white coating on the glass surfaces of the phone leading to unwanted reflections from the sides of the screen. Wouldn't fit Apple's quality standards and would have to be redesigned. Another possibility is that the manufacturer couldn't get the white coating sufficiently opaque. *shrug* Just speculating here. The rear lid has a mirror coating on at least part of its area; no idea how well that would work with white paint around it either. Or how well the white paint would work.
Still, one would probably have expected the manufacturer to figure that out before announcing the product...
So, the new must have iPhone out in the spring. So when is the Apple developer conference where they launch new products? Summer 2011? Where presumably they'll launch the iPhone 4GS.
I'm glad i'm merely an observer, and not a participant in Job's perpetual motion machine.
a) coz my 3G - scratched, scuffed and not anywhere near pristine still does the job that I want
b) coz I reckon the white 4 will have tweaks not mentioned - as is the Apple Way
c) coz T-Mobile here in the Netherlands have had an 8 week waiting list for the black one which just puts me off.