After almost a year of stuttering promises, Apple announced that it will finally launch a white version of the iPhone 4 on Thursday, April 28.

A white version of the device was originally announced last June, but the phone was plagued with production issues resulting in a slew of delays. The wait is finally over.

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

The phone was initially slated to be an AT&T exclusive in the U.S., but Apple noted Wednesday that the new white iPhone will be available for Verizon Wireless customers as well.

The company said 28 countries including the U.S. and the U.K. will be part of the initial rollout, with more to follow. Apple added that it will launch the iPad 2 in Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and eight other countries Thursday.

Japan was originally targeted for launch in late March, but the company delayed the move after the devastating earthquake and tsunami earlier in the month.

The white iPhone will retail for $199 and $299 for the 16GB and 32GB models, respectively.

NewsCore contributed to this report