White iPhone 4 Thicker Than Black, Causing Case Problems

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Unsurprisingly, the newly-released white iPhone 4 is largely the same as the familiar black model. We’ve been told that, besides the obvious color change, the only real difference was in the deployment of the phone’s sensors (proximity, in particular) to accommodate for the new shell. It turns out that the Apple smartphone also managed to put on a little girth as it donned its new white clothes, making the phone slightly thicker than the black version, and leading to problems with tight-fitting cases.

While we don’t have measurements to back up the claim (doesn’t everyone keep calipers on-hand?), it’s clear from comparison pictures that the front face of the white iPhone 4 is thicker than the black’s. Presumably, this increase is a result of the process Apple’s needed to employ to keep excess light from leaking into the phone.

On Apple’s site, the company provides only one figure for the iPhone’s dimensions, with a depth of 0.37 inches (9.3 millimeters). There is the disclaimer, however, that “actual size and weight vary by configuration and manufacturing process”. If this change really is consistent across all white iPhone 4s, we’d think it deserves to be mentioned as something more concrete than a difference in “configuration”.

Source: Ryan Cash

Via: MacRumors

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!