White iPhone 4 Thicker than Black; not just an optical illusion

White iPhone 4 Thicker than Black; not just an optical illusion

It looks like the delayed white iPhone 4 is indeed thicker than its black counterpart. I noticed on a lot of unboxing videos online that people were commenting on how the white iPhone looks bigger than the black; partly, this is down to an optical illusion. Because the white iPhone, funnily enough, is white on both front and back (the two pieces still separated by the metal band, containing the antennae), one’s eye notices the ‘boundaries’ or edges of the phone more. In short, white things look bigger than things that are black, or any other darker colour. What’s interesting though, is that the white iPhone is actually a couple of millimetres thicker than the black version, which is causing a few problems for case manufacturers, not to mention consumers. If you’re after a bumper-style case, then you shouldn’t have a problem, but people using cases that cover the entire device are finding that getting the phone in can be a literal squeeze.


It has been stated that the white iPhone has some extra protective layers, such as an anti-UV layer, as the white coating will be more susceptible to damage by exposure to sunlight, as one would imagine. Is this a catastrophic problem? No. Owners of the black iPhone 4 who use a full-body protection kit, such as InvisibleSHIELD’s Full Body Protector, face similar issues when trying to fit a body hugging case on.

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  • iPhone fan

    “a couple of millimetres” – that’s being a bit harsh! Other websites who have measured it make it 0.2mm bigger (9.5mm compared to 9.3mm for the black version) – hardly an issue to most people. Personally I still prefer the black version and always have with the other iPhone models. What does everyone else think?

    • Anonymous

      Oh really? Sorry my mistake. :)

    • Awweawq

      i just waited for it, yes! I want the white iPhone and do prefer it. But wait a minute, it’s not like the black one. What is that thing on the top front camera?

      • iPhone fan

        I think it’s one of the sensors.

        • Awweawq

          I appreciate your reply :)
          But I’m asking myself why Apple didn’t mention it? Why most of the reviews on the Internet didn’t mention it?
          And what’s about the light “leak”? What does this mean exactly? Is it so bad so I shouldn’t buy it? Or it’s OK?
          And what’s about the camera, I’ve found a review comparing both of Black and White iPhone 4, it’s obvious that the cameras are not the same. I want to decide which one is better.
          I want to know these details so I can really decide where to spend my money :)

          • Anonymous

            Apple have a disclaimer which states that the size of each iPhone may vary depending on manufacturing process (or something to that effect); they didn’t directly say that the white one is 0.2mm (or whatever it is) thicker.

    • 1st, yes, most people prefer the black iphone than the white iphone
      2nd, hardly an issue? No, iphone casing have a hard time to deal with these white iphone users.
      manufacturer of these iphone casing might have redesign some of its casing for the white iphone.
      troublesome to those sellers and also to white iphone users to find the suitable casing.

      • iPhone fan

        Yes, I see your point. In terms of manufacturing/buying a case it is a problem – although bumper cases seem to be fine. I’m sure it won’t be long until the manufacturers catch up.