Apple has removed all mention of the white iPhone from its website, scant hours since some reports claimed the company may have dismissed the product completely.

The company has seen production of the white models delayed, due to light leakage through the case which affected the camera lens.

Now the smart money says the device may be delayed until spring next year — meaning a white model iPhone 4 may never ship. These ruminations got a boost overnight with Apple’s removal of mention of the product from its online store.