Apple’s long-delayed white iPhone 4 thicker than black version

“After 10 months of delays, the white iPhone 4 has arrived, and at closer inspection it turns out it’s not only late, but also thicker than its black sibling,” Daniel Ionescu reports for PCWorld. “The difference is very small, 0.2 millimeters to be more precise, but it’s enough to give headaches to some users who would find their cases wouldn’t fit on the white iPhone 4.”

“The difference, from roughly 9.3mm thickness of the black iPhone to 9.5mm of the white model, doesn’t come from the steel frame of the device, but from the white glass part on the front of the device,” Ionescu reports. “Apple doesn’t list any difference in thickness on its website between the white and black iPhone 4.”

Ionescu reports, “Initial tests indicate that Apple’s bumper cases, and most cases that aren’t subject to depth will still fit the thicker white iPhone 4, but if you plan on buying a case for your shiny new white iPhone 4, it would be best to check if it fits first.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Kludgetastic!


  1. Watch franken, schumer, markey and the repuke from Texas take apple to task over this. Of course the millions affected by Sony credit card fiasco are not worth their esteemed representatives time. Wonder which lobbyists have spread their dollars at these esteemed cretins offices.

  2. Ok after patiently waiting since day one of last year announcement, I just got a White baby at a local AT&T store half hour ago, it’s a beauty, a big upgrade from my 3G in terms of performance. Inclined to skip for iPhone 5… & was to wait to see if Radioshack gonna offer any trade-in like last time but 10 months has been too loooong already I guess… Now wilt try to shoot some photos & video & see any differences with a black one; I haven’t decided on a case yet, might forgo it altogether to showcase the pure/unique Apple color. And yes I’m a guy.

  3. Actually, it makes sense that it’s thicker. Didn’t Apple state the other day that the problems they were having with it were with UV light damaging it and such? It only makes sense then that in order to help stop this, thicker coats of paint were required… and thus, thicker iPhone!

  4. “Kludgetastic!” MDN? Are you being sarcastic? Or are you seriously dissing Apple for an *alleged* 0.2mm, which is approximately 0.0079″ or equivalent to about two sheets of typical copy paper?

    I can only wish that more consumer products were within 0.008″ of their specifications. It would have saved me a lot of headaches over the years.

    I look forward to hearing that this “white iPhone 4 thickness-gate” is just another bogus complaint against Apple.

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