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White iPhone is Thicker, Case Owners Upset

by Shane McGlaun

Apparently, the new white iPhones that are finally in stores after months and months of waiting are thicker than the black one. It was bad enough when the Verizon iPhone wouldn’t fit into cases made for the AT&T iPhone. People were confused and had to buy new cases.

Now the geeks who have been waiting for the white iPhone 4 and ran out to get the thing have found that the solution to the long-running manufacturing issues with the white iPhone appears to have been a thicker panel. Viewed up close, the white iPhone 4 is noticeably thicker than the black iPhone 4.


What that means is that cases that are really snug-fitting may not fit the white iPhone 4. I wonder if we will end up seeing cases that are designed for AT&T or Verizon and cases that are designed for the white or black iPhone. A MacRumors reader going by the handle Tipb notes the difference in thickness is 0.2mm, enough to prevent some slider cases from fitting and possibly keep designs other than some sliders from fitting too.

[via MacRumors]

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Comments (5):

  1. Technabob says:

    If I were a case manufacturer, I’d be really pissed. How many variants would you have to produce in order to support what really should be one device? There’s no GOOD excuse why the Verizon, AT&T, white or black iPhones shouldn’t be physically identical. It’s like Apple is iterating through its design issues with each release – which is fine with software, but I think really dangerous with hardware.

  2. Midway says:

    Geeks don’t buy iPhones.
    Geeks buy Android phones, because geeks like freedom and geeks like to mod and geeks like to tinker.

  3. LiberallyApplied says:

    Boo hoo. If this is the worst part of your week, congrats. Go find something real to worry about.

  4. Bearfoot says:

    @midway>> Because there’s no way you can jailbreak an iphone at all.

    It’s ok to be a nerd, but I’m willing to bet you think iphone users drink the coolaid and then turn around and do stuff like say stuff like that.

    @liberally>> Well said, if you can afford a new iphone I’m sure you can afford a new case.

    • Midway says:

      Nah man.
      I think iPhone users hopped onto a bandwagon without looking which direction the wagon was going.
      How’s that location tracking coming along? Those third-pary apps? Video calls off of Wi-Fi? Being able to do other things while taking a call? Call quality? Glass on the front AND the back that breaks from a 3 foot fall? Proprietary connectors for everything?
      Also I’m mad jealous that you guys have all the docking stations.

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