Apple to Launch White iPhone 4 Thursday

iphone-4-whiteAfter production delays and several broken promises, Apple‘s white iPhone will finally hit stores worldwide on April 28, Thursday, the company announced Wednesday.

“The white iPhone 4 has finally arrived and it’s beautiful,” Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, said in a statement. “We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we’ve worked to get every detail right.”

The white iPhone will initially be available in 28 countries, including the U.K. and U.S., where both AT&T and Verizon Wireless customers can get the gadget. The new iPhone 4 version was initially announced as an AT&T exclusive, but Apple apparently backtracked on the plan. A 16 gigabyte white iPhone will sell for $199 while the 32 GB version can be had for $299.

The white iPhone was initially slated to launch along with the black version in June 2010, but production problems forced Apple to delay the smartphone’s release.

Meanwhile, Apple also announced on Wednesday that its iPad 2 will be launched in Japan on April 28, before arriving in the Philippines, Malaysia, India, South Korea, among other countries the next day.