First White iPhone 4 Teardowns Reveal Modified Proximity Sensor, Camera Lens

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As with any new Apple product, shortly after its release the white iPhone 4 received a customary teardown to see what’s inside. You’d be forgiven for thinking the internals for the white device are exactly the same as those featured within its black counterpart, but surely Apple changed something while it was delayed for all those months?

Well, the first teardowns for the new device reveal changes to both the proximity sensor and the rear-facing camera lens. One of the rumored issues which caused the white handset’s delay was light leakage into the camera; it seems Apple has rectified this issue with a more recessed camera lens.

As you can see in the comparison photo (top), the camera lens on the white device on the right is embedded much deeper into its surround, when compared to the lens featured on the black device on the left.

As for the proximity sensor, these are also different on each device, however, it’s currently unclear how the two components differ. Its obvious from recent images of the white iPhone 4 that Apple has modified the design of the proximity sensor externally: what was once tiny little holes above the device’s speaker is now a much more pronounced opening.

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These changes have obviously been made to tackle the issues with the device that caused Apple a 10-month delay in bringing it to market. Issues with both the camera and proximity sensor were rumored long before the device’s release.

  • Cody

    I would think it would be easier for apple to just make 2 different cases only different on the out side, and a different digitizer thats white not black. but apparently they didn’t go for simple.

  • Kuberscorpio

    u see its much more complicated…

  • iphoneglance

    Seriously what is the huge issue with the White iPhone 4, it does the same thing has the black one.

  • besweeet

    I honestly have no clue. All of my white iPhone 4 parts from eBay worked perfectly. No issues with any of the sensors or the camera.

  • besweeet

    I wish this guy took more pictures… I want to see the actual parts.

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