Despite several hands on tests that found that the white iPhone 4 is slightly thicker than its black counterpart, Apple maintains that there is no difference in size or thickness between the two models.
On Sunday, May 1, Apple’s VP of worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller responded to a direct message sent by iOS developer, Ernesto Barron via Twitter claiming that the white iPhone 4 is in fact thicker. “Don’t believe all the junk you read,” Schiller said.
Owners of the white iPhone have made side-by-side comparisons that clearly show that the white design is thicker and subsequently problematic for iPhone cases with little flexibility, like some silicone cases.
Macrumors recently published a photo of the iPhone 4 comparison, sent in by a reader who claimed the white model did not fit in his Incase ‘slider’ style of case.
(Image via Mac Rumors)
Online blog, TiPb later quantified the difference in measurements, reporting that the white iPhone 4 is 0.2mmm thicker than the black.
So what is the explanation for the thicker design? Speculation suggests that the white iPhone requires a thicker layer to protect against UV damage, but with no official answer from Apple addressing the issue, the difference in design remains unconfirmed.
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