Apple: white iPhone 4 is not thicker (despite the fact that it is)

By on May 2, 2011, 1:54 AM

Update: More disputed findings have been added to the 2 millimeter white iPhone controversy. I'll just say this is the last time you will hear something about this from us. Photos below: Consumer Reports using a caliper to measure thickness and Engadget's simple test showing the small size difference. In the end this would seem like a manufacturing issue and not an intentional design compromise:

Earlier this week, white iPhone 4 owners discovered that the device is slightly thicker than its black variant. This wasn't really something we thought was worth covering, but now, for whatever reason, Apple is claiming there is no discrepancy.

If this was a new device, it wouldn't be a big deal, but since this is just a white version of the iPhone 4, many expect it to fit in cases designed for the black version of the iPhone 4, which was released 10 month ago. Tipb quantified the difference at roughly 0.2mm: the black iPhone 4 is 9.3mm while the white iPhone 4 is 9.5mm. Apple's iPhone 4 Technical Specifications webpage lists 9.3mm as the depth for both. It's unknown whether the extra thickness has to do with opacity, a layer of UV protection, or something else entirely.

9to5Mac reader Ernesto Barron recently asked Apple Senior Vice President of Product Marketing Phil Schiller on Twitter if the news was true. Schiller responded to Barron via a Twitter direct message: "It is not thicker, don't believe all the junk that you read."

It's not clear why Schiller decided to answer through a direct message or why he is blatantly lying to Barron. It certainly would not be the first time Apple has tried to convince its customers and the general public of something that is completely false. Just last month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs decided to deny that Apple's 3G devices regularly record your position. Apple eventually ended up having to come clean on the details, but Jobs' original statement is still false.




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lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Prepare for fanboys to create some sort of otherworldly mathematical concept that would somehow explain how 9.3 and 9.5mm is exactly the same, in 3...2...1...

Proofix said:

\o/.....Yes the .2mm is a layer of shielding/reflector that reflects the sun to other plaints, doing this it will be able to bring stability and life to other cold plaints far far away in the galaxy due to the weather climate it creates. Also word has it that the "Zerg" race took life 2 clicks away from Planet earth....

Ps.. The shielding will protect you from alien invasion.

The wonders of .2mm thickness!!

Rasta211 said:

I think this is most likely a manufacturing mistake. It was intended to be the same size but someone obviously fell asleep at the quality control area.

flacoman3 said:

dude wtf is a plaint and/or wtf are you talking about

Proofix said:

Proofix said:

\o/.....Yes the .2mm is a layer of shielding/reflector that reflects the sun to other plaints, doing this it will be able to bring stability and life to other cold plaints far far away in the galaxy due to the weather climate it creates. Also word has it that the "Zerg" race took life 2 clicks away from Planet earth....

Ps.. The shielding will protect you from alien invasion.

The wonders of .2mm thickness!!

*planets *planets *planets... typo... What I meant by all that is why give a damm about .2mm!

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

flacoman3 said:

dude wtf is a plaint and/or wtf are you talking about

From context I'm guessing planets, although paint and plant are a close second.

As far as the denial goes, Apple is conducting research to see whether "old Jedi mind tricks" work across the internet. So far they're not successful.

A better answer would have been: "You're looking at it wrong."

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

These are not the specifications you're looking for. *waves hand slowly in front of monitor*

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

@gwail

I think he meant that 'because he says it is not thicker than the black iphone, therefore, it is', remember corporations are not democracies (well this is contentious even in real world) they are dictatorships; where well man at the top is always right.

Sarin myneni said:

Egad..We WONT be DOOMED now, because of this massive .2 mm difference Apple just might not be able to take over the world......

Cota Cota said:

Wendig0 said:

These are not the specifications you're looking for. *waves hand slowly in front of monitor*

Epic, now some one Photoshop it!

Staff
Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

"You are measuring it wrong"

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

You're all racists.

Staff
Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

Umm you realize there is a quite big chroma effect in that picture right?

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

spydercanopus said:

You're all racists.

I know, you would think the black iPhone would be thicker than the white iPhone.

PaulWuzHere PaulWuzHere said:

Its your router...

The picture was uploaded by a PC...

Your holding your camera as to block proper reception...

I wonder if the white humancentiPad will be .2mm thicker.

Guest said:

would not be news if it wasn't apple. haters gonna hate

QuaZulu QuaZulu said:

Why is it that when someone from Apple speaks (especially after touting their superior vision) I always feel as if I need to take a shower?

mosu said:

Another good example of "Apple Reality".Waiting for the red iPhone.

T77 T77 said:

"It is not thicker, don't believe all the junk that you read."

Yeah,don't believe all the junk that you read about apple,irrespective of the fact that it is true. :P

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Or may be we all are viewing it from wrong angles

Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

Wendig0 said:

These are not the specifications you're looking for. *waves hand slowly in front of monitor*

That about sums it up. Followed up with the standard response "Yes master".

Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

Guest said:

would not be news if it wasn't apple. haters gonna hate

Wouldn't be news if they didn't say the tech reports lied. They are feeding the hate.

backo said:

In related news:

Apple just announced the new iPad 3, when asked to comment why the specifications of the new device are exactly the same as the old one Mr. Jobs replied: Device specifications are to technical for most of our users and we decided not to change them to make the device more accessible for iPad 2 users. Still this is a whole new device because we called it iPad 3 and not iPad 2.

Declaimer: This is not a really news story although it does sound like something that Apple would do! :-)

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Reporter: Look, this iPhone 4 disconnects when you just touch this point right here.

Apple: No it doesn't, you're just holding it wrong.

Reporter: Look, all of this location tracking information is stored in the iPhone.

Apple: No it's not. But an update will take care of the thing it's not doing.

Reporter: Look, the new white iPhone 4 is obviously thicker than the original version.

Apple: Not it isn't, you're measuring it wrong or something.

Ever get the feeling that Apple thinks they are Jedi and can just mind trick the world into believing what they want us to, rather than believing actual physical evidence to the contrary?

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

That about sums it up. Followed up with the standard response "Yes master".

I liken it more to when Bobby Hill gets exposed to ant pheromones..."Yes, my queen"

HaMsTeYr HaMsTeYr said:

Nah guys, don't hate on apple, they probably needed space to now put in a physical tracking layer so that they can claim now that its not the software doing the tracking, its that silicon chip in that extra 2mm's sending your position to them while they sit back in their chairs fingers meetings Mr. Burns style.

Yess..... Exxceeelleenttt....

You can already imagine jobs doing it.

mario mario, Ex-TS Developer, said:

Despite the fact that it is not thicker: Consumer Reports, [link]

This article should be updated and corrected.

NeoFryBoy said:

I love how all the "proof that it's not thicker" pictures are taken at an angle.

Guest said:

Noobs, the white iPhone has a halo from the lighting in that photo making it look larger. Consumer reports did a test and found that they ARE the same size.

http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/white-and-black-iphones-a
e-the-same-thickness-2011052/

Zilpha Zilpha said:

neofryboy said:

I love how all the "proof that it's not thicker" pictures are taken at an angle.

And they aren't even the same side of the device. Looks to me like they are purposely taking a measurement on the white one across a raised area on the front, yet the black one seems to be measures across the camera lens side.

Good job! I believe the image where they are laying on the table more than these so-called caliper measurements.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Guest said:

Noobs, the white iPhone has a halo from the lighting in that photo making it look larger. Consumer reports did a test and found that they ARE the same size.

[link]

I don't quite see the halo in the pictures with him holding the calipers, can you point out where?

[link]

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

My GF works at AT&T, and the cases do seem to fit the white iPhones, however, there is an increasing report of customers who have started to get the antenna issue again, due to the fact that, its considerably tighter due to the increased (whether visibly negligible or not) thickness. It's more common with the the Otterbox cases...

So yeah, it is thicker.

princeton princeton said:

gwailo247 said:

Guest said:

Noobs, the white iPhone has a halo from the lighting in that photo making it look larger. Consumer reports did a test and found that they ARE the same size.

[link]

I don't quite see the halo in the pictures with him holding the calipers, can you point out where?

[link]

The top far left of the white model. It's very glowy and you can tell that it isn't actually part of the phone. The phones are identical in size.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

The top far left of the white model. It's very glowy and you can tell that it isn't actually part of the phone. The phones are identical in size.

You misunderstood which pictures I was pointing to.

Not the photo of them side by side, the 8 photos of him measuring both devices with calipers. My post was somewhat facetious. All we have now is two different sites using calipers to show that they are a) different or b) the same.

mario mario, Ex-TS Developer, said:

Who would have thought that actually a black iPhone is thicker than a black iPhone! [link]

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Who would have thought that actually a black iPhone is thicker than a black iPhone! [link]

Ah, I'm catching on. The white iPhone is actually the proper thickness, the year old iPhone is shrinking. In five more years it will be the size of an iPod Nano. =)

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

At least the article was updated. I bet a lot of people who commented above have no left the thread because its not a clear cut Apple bashing issue. Maybe if somebody's case didn't fit their White as good as it did the Black it was that the case manufacturer's tolerances also sucked?

Also: The article is updated on the main page, but the title still includes "(despite the fact that it is)" on the forum's page for news. Maybe this is an oversite, but it certainly caters to the majority of the readership here to leave that disputable "fact" in the headline.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Well, all I can Say is, "thank God the thickness issue has been cleared Up"! Now all the iPhone owners can go back to running their yaps while they try to drive their cars, without the extra burden of worrying about hand strain. Now they can affix their powers of concentration where it should be, on the pretty screen.

Guest said:

dude wtf is an iphone? :^)

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

"The world is coming to an end"! "The Apple white iPhone may or may not be thicker than the black iPhone"! When I first heard about this, I was so depressed, I could hardly get out of bed.

This should have been the lead story on the broadcast network news yesterday. Instead they had some superficial, really trivial s*** about Osama Bin Laden being killed.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

captaincranky:

1036136This should have been the lead story on the broadcast network news yesterday. Instead they had some superficial, really trivial s*** about Osama Bin Laden being killed.

Spot on, people just forget the fact that 'The Empire' itself created this menace in the first place; and yet when this person was no longer of any use to them, he turned against them and the rest is well history now. If it were a political discussion I could quote dozens of incidences when various agencies of Empire got involved in 'terrorist' acts in various countries in the last 50 years or so; killing countless people.

Guest said:

"Yes, but he's our bastard"

Until he isn't and then we discard him.

Guest said:

Techspot is really hurting for some worthwhile journalism. It seems to often attract the afflicted. I suppose that would make sense given the content.

Amazing y'all stick with it.

Guest said:

"(despite the fact that it is)"

Isn't actually. Very bad reporting. Apple could sue if Techspot actually mattered.

Techspot needs to clean up their act if they wish to be considered a source of tech news with any integrity.

This post will probably be erased - another example of Techspot's lack of integrity.

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

After I saw this back up again I checked the IPs of the last 3 guest posters and they were all from your IP. I'll bring them back because I think (especially your first one) doesn't seem to make any sense, which is why I deleted it. I deleted the one after that because it was inflammatory and had already been covered when this topic was still active, well over a month ago. Usually when there is a reply shortly after another (after a period of prolonged inactivity) it was posted only because the topic got bumped back to active.

Why did you seek out something a month and a half old just to complain?

Guest said:

Oops, you're right. This is plenty old and I thought it was new. My bad.

You can delete those posts and this if you prefer. I thought it was just some more all to typical Apple bashing.

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