On June 24 2010, the world was introduced to the iPhone 4. And now, 10 months later, the white iPhone is finally available for purchase.
“The white iPhone 4 has finally arrived and it’s beautiful,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we’ve worked to get every detail right.”
Unfortunately, they didn’t get it completely right. While the device is finally available to consumers, Engadget reports that the white iPhone 4 is thicker than its black brethren.
Unfortunately, the larger plastic border seems to create enough of a size difference (TiPb measures it at roughly 0.2mm thicker) that users are reportedly having trouble fitting some cases on the device. It might not seem like a notable difference, but case makers have been building cases to Apple’s specs in order to get a snug fit.
Engadget’s test revealed “an Incase slider that fits a black iPhone 4 just fine has to be forced into place on the new white model,” and TiPb found some cases that fit perfectly on the black iPhone 4 were “just a tiny bit too tight” on the white one.
Engadget’s Thomas Ricker explains the problem consumers and case manufacturers face with a thicker device:
In the end, we have what looks to be four different size / button configurations that must be considered when purchasing a shrink-wrapped case for your white iPhone 4, black iPhone 4, white Verizon iPhone 4, or black Verizon iPhone 4.
Guess no one in QA ever tried putting the phone in a protective case. DOH!