U.S. to Officially Be Ablaze (Or Not…) By the White iPhone 4 on April 28

The white iPhone 4 officially has a release date! (Oh, that exclamation point isn’t there for the release, it’s there because there won’t be any more delays or rumors about a new color of the same iPhone that we’ve had for ten months.) In a press release today, Apple announced that the launch date for U.S. Apple, AT&T, and Verizon retail stores is April 28. Last time we checked the calendar, that’s tomorrow.

“The white iPhone 4 has finally arrived and it’s beautiful,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we’ve worked to get every detail right.”

There is one minor difference compared to the black iPhone 4. (Other than a suave new white glass front and back.) Thanks to a revised shape for the proximity sensor cut-out,┬áthe sensor’s ability to detect light is improved.

If Apple follows its usual iPhone release schedule, then we would see a fifth-generation iPhone in both black and white varieties in a mere two months from now.┬áThis launch could be a telling sign that the release cycle will be disrupted, but the impending release of an upgraded model should be enough to keep buyers weary of purchasing last year’s iPhone in white.

It is a better idea to wait for iPhone 5, especially if you already have its predecessor. After all, white isn’t “in” until after Memorial Day anyway.