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”.