By Stephen Schenck | May 25, 2012 3:21 PM
Remember back when the iPhone 4 first arrived, and we were expecting the white version to be available shortly after the black version hit retail? Then we learned of a short delay due to manufacturing issues, which then became a longer delay, which then became ten months. The latest smartphone to be hit with similar news of production problems with certain color options may not be from Apple, but it’s definitely another high-profile model; reports indicate that Samsung is having some troubles of its own getting the Pebble Blue version of the Galaxy S III out to retailers.
At first, this rumor was fueled by reports from carriers and retailers part of the GS3′s global launch. Some who will sell the phone next week expect only to have the GS3 in white available, despite earlier indications that the phone in blue would come out at the same time. In markets where the GS3 is already out, apparently only the white phone is anywhere to be found.
Now, Samsung representatives are starting to respond to some of this news, confirming that some sort of production issue has delayed the blue GS3′s arrival. We’re not sure just when it will be available everywhere, but at least some markets should hope to see its arrive in early June.
We can’t help but be a little curious as to just what might have went wrong here. The problem was apparently with the phone’s rear cover, and 600,000 that had already been manufactured reportedly had to be destroyed. Is Samsung being a perfectionist like Apple, or might there have been a more glaring production error necessitating this action?