Ryan Cash noticed that the white iPhone 4 is slightly thicker than its black counterpart. In the image above you can see that the white plastic is slightly thicker. Apple lists the depth of both devices as 0.37 inch (9.3 mm).
I wonder if this will affect the fit of existing cases. I’ve noticed that the DODOcase BOOKback, as thin as it is, prevents my black iPhone 4 from fitting inside a Mophie Juicepack Plus. If you can test a white iPhone with an iPhone 4 case, please let me know (especially if you’ve got a micrometer or a vernier caliper lying around).
Update: TiPB confirms that the white iPhone is 0.2mm thicker than the black iPhone.
“White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have proven more challenging to manufacture than expected, and as a result they will not be available until the second half of July. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.”
I knew something was up when leaked Best Buy inventory reports showed not one single white iPhone. Apple has produced white iPhones in the past, of course, but never white glass. The rear cases have always been plastic. It will be interesting to see where the manufacturing glitch is.
I’m reminded of Henry Ford: “The public can have any color it wants, as long as it’s black.”