White iPhone 4 is Slightly Thicker – May Not Fit Some Cases

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As we are all well aware by now, yesterday saw the launch of the white iPhone 4 in 29 countries around the world. What you may not be aware of, however, is that the white iPhone is ever so slightly thicker than the black model, as discovered by some early adopters of the device.

A MacRumors reader was one of the first to discover the difference, and emailed the site to let them know:

Just picked up the white iPhone 4 and realized it doesn’t fit into my Incase slider case. It appears that Apple has increased the size of the plastic that borders the glass on both sides by about 1mm

Ryan Cash of Marketcircle also discovered the difference, but it didn’t take an ill-fitting case for him to realize: Cash claims to have noticed simply by picking the device up:

A colleague of mine just picked up a 16 GB iPhone 4 in white. I was a bit surprised when I picked it up off his desk (I had my black 32 GB in my other hand at the same time) – it immediately felt thicker. We placed them side-by-side on his desk, and sure enough, the white iPhone was a hair thicker.

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Comparison photos taken by Cash demonstrate the slight difference, but it’s not as much as the MacRumors reader had suggested. In fact, the white iPhone 4 is thicker than the black model by just 0.2mm.

After closer inspection, Cash has revealed that the difference is in the iPhone’s stainless steel surround, which is obviously thicker on the white device.

A difference of 0.2mm is never going to cause too many issues, but it’s worth remembering when shopping for a case that some may be a tight fit.

  • Itsmej

    Someone sue Apple, the Apple Store says of no such size differences.

  • Kamuro

    There exists something called tolerance. In this spectrum you can produce a product without problems.

    I guess they had to make it thicker to get rid of the light problem.

  • Connor O’Neill

    The white iPhone is 0.2mm thicker than the black one!!! OH MY GOD THE WORLD IS GOINT TO END!!!

  • Connor O’Neill

    The white iPhone is 0.2mm thicker than the black one!!! OH MY GOD THE WORLD IS GOINT TO END!!!

  • Gjrpa1

    Totally unacceptable for a company known to produce products with tight tolerances, especially after this long of a wait.

  • LDMartin1959

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say the difference is designed in, not a tolerance issue, which leads me to wonder the reasons for the difference. Some difference in the internals, or dictated by the needs of the materials used to make the front/back pieces?

  • Ali Khallad

    So it is true, black makes everything slimmer.


  • Carlos Francisco Suarez Doriga

    What the hell is the second hole near the speaker?

  • Carlos Francisco Suarez Doriga

    I mean on the top of the iPhone

  • fredt

    if you look at the bottom plate the height is equal, if you look at aerial band the height is also not different, if you look at the back plate shown on top it looks like a different material to the plate on sitting on the table… there is something fishy about this image…

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