White iPhone 4 Slightly Thicker Than Black iPhone 4

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    Earlier today, a MacRumors reader notified us that the white iPhone 4 is ever so slightly larger than the black iPhone 4. It's a small difference, but enough that the white iPhone 4 wouldn't fit in his Incase slider case:
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    Ryan Cash of Marketcircle noticed the same and noticed it just by picking it up.
    Cash offers some comparison photos between the white and black iPhone 4 showing the slight difference. The small different may be enough to affect tight fitting slider cases as evidenced by our reader's experience.

    Article Link: White iPhone 4 Slightly Thicker Than Black iPhone 4
     
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    Does Apple's website specs show this?

    EDIT. Nope. Still 9.3 mm thin
     
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    If I can't get my hand around it, then it's a deal breaker for me.... :rolleyes:
     
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    Sounds like a "who cares?" kind of thing, but that's actually kind of a big deal if it creates case fragmentation. Not good. Hopefully inaccurate.
     
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    ten-oak-druid

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    They look the same to me in the picture. The white one is tipped slightly so that you see the front face surface a little. I think this makes the difference in appearance.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    I held one earlier today and it felt .0001 oz. heavier. Perhaps it is just my super human ability to weigh things instantly that told me this....but still....:cool:
     
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    We'll just have to grind it... :D

    maybe it has something to do with the antennagate issue
     
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    stukick

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    Well, us Apple folk have to find something to bitch about don't we?
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    Ditto. And if they are different, it's definitely NOT 2mm (1mm per side) like the post says. If anything, it's a quarter of a mm each side MAX.
     
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    I'm guessing that extra millimeter is what was needed to give the right amount of opaqueness to the white face.
     
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    So you actually get MORE iPhone in the white model.

    intradestings
     
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    If this is true, I'll be highly disappointed. I wonder how long till case makers respond or if they will even bother?

    I'll take photos as soon as my verizon shipment comes in. (Most likely by Monday).
     
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    How on earth could you feel the difference in your hand? I'd like to see a photo with calipers.
     
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    First, the volume switch issue, then this. I feel sorry for case manufacturers. What a nightmare.
     
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    So you don't think it's a problem that a regular iPhone 4 case doesn't fit the white model. Ok.
     
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    Case Fragmentation? HAAA! The funniest thing I have read all day.
     
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    That actually isn't surprising. I've noticed that all of the aftermarket "OEM" white based replacement backplates (any using the white housing for colored glass...yellow, all the whites, green) are always just slightly thicker and can prevent tighter fitting cases from going on the phone. I always just chalked it up to aftermarket parts not being as exact as genuine Apple parts, but now it seems like it's actually a legitimate difference.
     
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    Someone get a micrometer or vernier caliper and check this, looks the same size on the photos to me.
     
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    Uh no. This is a good thing for manufacturers. This means you have to buy another case. The last thing they want is for you to use the old one.
     
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    Highly doubt it. Might just be an issue that a few devices are having but not across the board.
     
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    The white is definitely a little bit thicker than the black. I managed to get it in my Incase Slider (snuggly) that I used with my black, but it is next to impossible to get it out. This post explains why...
     
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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8H7 Safari/6533.18.5)

    I thought it was thicker after I just bought... Guess I was right! but it fits in all the cases I have just fine. The white bumper plus the white iPhone looks AMAZING
     
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    I'm pretty sure it's just an illusion because of the color difference and the angle of the shot. Makes no sense why Apple would need to or want to do that.
     
  25. macrumors 6502

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    I have both the white and black 32gb iPhone 4's next to me now. How anyone can say one feels immediately thicker than the other is beyond me lol.
     

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