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MacRumors
Oct 21, 2011, 12:59 PM
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There have been a few slight changes in the iPhone 4S's external design, as compared to the original iPhone 4. The most noticeable is that the antennas have moved around the edge of the stainless steel band. But more importantly, at least for iPhone owners who put a case on their phone, is that the ambient light sensor or ALS has moved to the left several millimeters, according to CNET (http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-20122776-233/iphone-4s-sensor-move-forces-case-makers-to-scramble/).
But that was before someone noticed that Apple had made a small but somewhat crucial design change: it moved the ambient-light sensor a few millimeters to the left. That created a problem for many rugged cases that covered more of the front of the iPhone: instead of peeking out through a hole cut into the case, the sensor was now hidden behind the case.

With no light penetrating, the sensor thinks the phone is in a darkened room and automatically dims the screen to look less blinding and save battery life. In the settings menu, you can manually set the screen brightness, but when in "auto-brightness" mode, the ambient-light sensor adjusts the brightness on the fly according to the ambient lighting conditions.Case companies are adjusting their cases to suit the changes. Case manufacturer Otterbox told us that the main differences between the old and new cases "will be a larger cutout around the camera and proximity sensor, as well as a few minor adjustments to ensure the cases fit all versions of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S."

The CDMA iPhone 4 moved the mute switch slightly lower to make room for the upper left antenna. Some cases from the GSM iPhone 4 don't allow access to the moved mute switch. The iPhone 4S has the mute switch in the same location as the CDMA iPhone 4 and thus some early iPhone 4 cases prevent easy access to the mute switch as well.

Users having difficulties with screen brightness or dark pictures from the rear camera are encouraged to contact their case manufacturers for remedies.

Image courtesy iFixit (http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPhone-4S-Teardown/6610/1)

Article Link: Some iPhone 4 Cases May Not Work for iPhone 4S After Light Sensor Move (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/21/some-iphone-4-cases-may-not-work-for-iphone-4s-after-light-sensor-move/)



greytmom
Oct 21, 2011, 01:18 PM
I had one of the original cases made for the ATT iPhone 4. It slightly obscured the new larger rear camera and also covered half the mute button. Bought one that was made after Verizon iPhone came out and fortunately it fits well and doesn't obscure the ambient light sensor.

It's an Otterbox, but not one of the armor plated ones.

Edit: I found it (http://www.otterbox.com/iPhone-4-Impact-Series-Case/APL1-I4XXX,default,pd.html?dwvar_APL1-I4XXX_color=05&start=6&cgid=apple-iphone-4-cases) online (but bought it locally). Price is right as well.

shartypants
Oct 21, 2011, 01:23 PM
At least now we know how to tell them all apart. :D

parasitius
Oct 21, 2011, 01:24 PM
Lol I was so confused by "mute switch"... I have never heard anyone call the switch anything before, so I just assumed it was called "manner mode switch"

applesith
Oct 21, 2011, 01:27 PM
At least now we know how to tell them all apart. :D

That and the CDMA antenna seems with SIM card slot.

VenusianSky
Oct 21, 2011, 01:35 PM
I was wondering if they did anything about the proximity sensor, or ALS, in the new iPhone. I was one having an issue with my iPhone 4 when I got it. The screen was coming on while I was talking. An update came out and made it much, much better, but it still turns on once in a while. I guess they found a better position for it.

genkihito
Oct 21, 2011, 01:56 PM
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I haven't seen anybody talk about this, but the 4S edges are not as sharp as the 4. This makes the device more comfortable in your hand.

ZipZap
Oct 21, 2011, 04:43 PM
Many of my 4 cases dont fit the 4S as the mute button is lower.

haruhiko
Oct 21, 2011, 07:59 PM
Lol I was so confused by "mute switch"... I have never heard anyone call the switch anything before, so I just assumed it was called "manner mode switch"

Are you a Japanese? I know they call silent mode "manner mode" (mah-na moh-do)

yrsued
Oct 21, 2011, 08:28 PM
Magpul cases fit all IPhone 4's, they don't cover the sensor and they are very protective.

http://store.magpul.com/product/MAG451/125

http://store.magpul.com/product/MAG450/125

The Toddler
Oct 21, 2011, 08:30 PM
Do the new Powersupport films accomodate this moved sensor? They just started releasing their films with an extra cutout for the sesnor.

Sackvillenb
Oct 21, 2011, 10:04 PM
Good to know... I was thinking about buying a "4" case for a 4s...

brop52
Oct 21, 2011, 10:29 PM
That would explain why otterbox redesigned their commuter case and why I hung up on someone with my face on my 4S and the otter box commuter. I just ordered the new commuter. Hopefully it is less sharp! Anyone know?

neocerebrum
Oct 22, 2011, 03:58 AM
My iPhone 4S has the industrial-strength real rubber iPhone 3G case that I used an X-acto knife to cut a hole in for the light sensor on my iPhone 4, and cut a slightly larger opening for the camera. Everything else is the same. For my new iPhone 4S, I just cut an extra little hole. No problem. :)
(note the original real rubber Z-Cover brand cases from the original iPhone 3G were awesome before everyone started making these fake rubber "silicon" cases) I can drop my phone on the pavement and the rubber absorbs the shock much much better than a thin silicon case. :) :apple: :cool:

scpt
Oct 23, 2011, 08:35 PM
I bought the Griffin's Survivor case meant for iPhone 4. It works fine because of a larger opening on the front. Of course, I didn't know about this change when buying..just got lucky with my choice:).

DoofenshmirtzEI
Oct 24, 2011, 10:43 AM
So much for that guy in the iPhone forum who was screaming that Otterbox was running a scam claiming that 4 cases wouldn't work with a 4S.

EasyRyde
Oct 24, 2011, 11:59 AM
I have a Mopie Juice Pack Plus, it seems to fit and work well. Please let me know if anyones knows anything different.

mkjj
Nov 2, 2011, 05:30 AM
Do the new Powersupport films accomodate this moved sensor? They just started releasing their films with an extra cutout for the sesnor.

I have the 4S and have applied the normal 4 version film, works fine. I can see the additional cut out on the PS website but the advertised 4 version is the same and has the same upper cut out which actually is not there when you buy it

entatlrg
Nov 5, 2011, 09:20 AM
Case Mate - Barely There fits fine on 4 or 4S.