White iphone 5s no proximity sensor?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jimnguyen07, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. jimnguyen07 macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2013
    So I just purchased both a grey and silver 5s and noticed that the black one has what I assume is a proximity sensor right next to the FaceTime camera and the silver one doesn't. Any ideas to why that is?

  2. syd430, Oct 2, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 2, 2013

    syd430 Guest

    From my understanding, the proximity sensor is the one next to earpiece. As for the other sensor next to facetime camera, I too have this on my Space Grey 5s however it looks much smaller than the one in your picture, and is certainty smaller than the other sensor next to the earpiece (which again, I assume is the proximity sensor). It might just be the way it turned out in the picture, but it looks huge there, it looks around the same size and the facetime camera, whereas on mine it's about 1/4 of that.
  3. 3lite macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2011
    Can you just take a regular picture and not an angled one? The holes on that black iPhone looks ridiculously huge.
  4. WilliamG macrumors 604

    Mar 29, 2008
    I'd been wondering what that sensor is to the left of the FaceTime camera, too. I feel like I should known, but just don't...:confused:
  5. sundog925 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 19, 2011
    That's so weird. Wonder what the third sensor is.
  6. dazedxar macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Bay Area, California
    The mafia uses space grey phones, so that sensor is for NSA purposes.
  7. AboutThisMac macrumors member

    May 2, 2013
    London UK
  8. GoofyCyborg macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2013
    Wales, UK
    You sure you not gone and bought a Goophone i5 by mistake lol :D
  9. jimnguyen07 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2013
    Sorry I failed to mention that the black iphone does have a full face screen protector and has cut outs for all the sensors...nonetheless there is that extra sensor next to the earpiece that my white iphone doesn't.
  10. ABC5S macrumors 68040

    Sep 10, 2013
    Official photo of iphone 5s (Champagne)

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  11. orangezorki macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    Perhaps the white glass is transparent enough to allow the ambient light sensor to work without a window?
  12. Jordan921 macrumors 68040


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    That is the proximity sensor next to the ear piece.
  13. Charadis macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2010
    I dont know about the 5s, but on my white 5, I just noticed there is what's appears to be a sensor at the same location as on you're space grey 5s. It is extremely faint though, and I've never noticed it before.

    On my white 5, it sort of looks like the microphone on my MacBook Pro, or the microphone on the 2012 MacBook Air where is is not a "solid" hole, but rather "dotted" in a round formation. Sent from my iPhone 5.
  14. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    Both phones are identical with the same sensors. It is just more noticable on one than the other.
  15. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2010
    That's the one the NSA uses to implant pure thoughts in your mind.
  16. Ann P macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2009
    The same sensor is there on the white model, just not very noticeable.
  17. Ingster macrumors 6502


    Apr 2, 2007
    Leeds, UK
    Yes it's the ambient light sensor, there's one on my ipad 4 white and it is hardly noticeable but on my father's black ipad 4 it does seem more prominent
  18. Irock619 macrumors 68000


    Sep 16, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    New backside illumination sensor

    It's a new illumination sensor for the FaceTime camera as indicated on Apple's website. My wife's 5c has the same sensor and the screen protector is specifically cut out for it.

    Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 8.10.51 AM.png
  19. Scrub175 macrumors 6502


    Apr 25, 2012
    Port St Lucie FL
    I'm making a guess here, but the sensor appears to be covered on the white phone as a fix to the issues Apple had when developing the new white iPhone color. There was a delay of the the white 4 based on some issue with the sensor and the white color. I would have to assume it was the brighter color and better/brighter light transmission.
  20. BHP41 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    United States of America
    That's not what that means.

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