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White iPhone 4 slightly thicker than black model

updated 11:00 pm EDT, Thu April 28, 2011

Could be a factor for tight-fitting skins, cases

The extra UV coating -- or possibly other factors -- have made the white model of the iPhone 4 ever so slightly thicker than the black model, several sources have found. Both MacRumors and TiPB tested the two models and discovered that the white model was approximately 0.2mm (eight one-thousandths of an inch) thicker, raising the possibility that a few of the most form-fitting cases designed for the black iPhone 4 will be too tight for the white model.

Both sites report that this should be a non-issue for the vast majority of cases out there, as most are made of flexible material with slight amounts of "give" or not manufactured to such fine tolerances in the first place. Almost all the cases tested seemed to work fine with both models, but both sites found at least one that wouldn't work with the thicker white model: an Incase "slider" style case wouldn't fit, while a Mobi Metal Back was described as "too tight." [photo via TiPB]

by MacNN Staff




  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Someone will figure out a way to file a class action over this and 500,000 people will get a coupon for a $6 screen protector, and two lawyers will walk away with $1M.

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  1. imNat-imadouche

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Good so they should. They're just fighting the good fight against an evil, deceptive corporation

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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I knew they woud s**** it somehow....

    your comment

  1. burger

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I like how this photo it blurry on only the top of the white version to exaggerate any possible difference. I'm not seeing any difference when looking at the metal portion.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yes. Nothing shows

    minute differences better than a blurry comparison photo. :P

  1. Pilsner6910

    Joined: Dec 1969



    maybe the glass is lightly thicker. i would be happy about that since i laid my black iPhone 4 face down by accident on the table just yesterday and there must have been a grain of sand and it cracked my screen. i didn't even set it down hard.

    couple that with my iMac 21.5" screen thats yellowed and blurred which apple refused to fix in warranty.

    Ive been a Mac user since 96 and Im starting to lose confidence in their products and service, as Ive read that to replace the iPhone screen it will cost me $199 even though their claims to this glass to be so much stronger then plastic.....BULLS**T

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