Apple’s white iPhone 4 officially went on sale yesterday. While Apple claimed that the white model was exactly the same as the black version, it seems there is a slight difference between the two color options.

White iPhone 4 owners are reporting that the new handset is slightly thicker than its black counterpart. Yesterday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs and SVP Phil Schiller opened up regarding the challenges faced when bringing the elusive white iPhone 4 to the market. 

According to a MacRumors forum member, he noticed the difference when his white iPhone 4 was tightly fitting into his case:

“Just picked up the white iPhone 4 and realized it doesn’t fit into my Incase slider case. It appears that Apple has increased the size of the plastic that borders the glass on both sides by about 1mm.”

Ryan Cash of MarketCircle claims that he noticed the difference right when he picked up the shiny new white iPhone 4:

“A colleague of mine just picked up a 16 GB iPhone 4 in white. I was a bit surprised when I picked it up off his desk (I had my black 32 GB in my other hand at the same time) – it immediately felt thicker.”

The fine folks over at TiPB did some real measurements to see exactly how much thicker then white iPhone 4 was. According to their measurements, the white iPhone 4 is 0.2mm thicker than the black iPhone 4. So, basically it’s around 9.5mm, compared to the black iPhone 4 which is 9.3mm.

Could the extra thickness have to do with the paint issues iPhone manufacturers were facing?

Check out TiPB’s gallery for more pics of the white iPhone 4.

If you purchased the white iPhone 4, have you noticed that it doesn’t fit in your old iPhone 4 case? Perhaps Apple will have to re-issue cases for the new white model.

Let us know in the comments!

  • Binary-Stalker

    Just another case where Apple is trying to cover up their actions.

    Who here is losing respect for Apple?

    • Precious

      It’s ridiculous. But at the end of the day you have to realize it’s a company. And all their after is $$$, never mind our satisfaction. Theyll offer a cheap flimsy case like the little ol bumpers they offered for the black one which did nothing for protection jus antenna issues. I’m pissed I have an otterbox and the backing doesn’t even close completely. $60 wasted ?

    • mripod64

      I already did along time ago….

  • Dre

    Exclusive* u made a mistake…
    It looks a bit like the verizon one

    • george

      it IS “elusive” U made a mistake. try and look it up in the dictionary. it makes sense.

  • DarkReaper

    I think Apple said the extra thickness was due to an extra UV layer to prevent the white paint from affecting the internals…..please find it out and correct kthxbai

  • DarkReaper

    Oh anyways now, the case manufacturers for iPhone 4 has problems, since the now 4 variants of the iPhone 4….hahaha what a joke!

  • Tony

    hah… the only time you’re gonna see White being thicker than Black… OOOHHHH…. ok ya it’s early.

    • mripod64

      Haha! lol

    • Jon Garrett

      are you talking about phones or asses? lol.

  • beautb

    I call total BS on this one. Picked up a 16 gig white for my wife yesterday. Just did some comparisons with photo evidence. It is exactly the same as my 32 gig black one. Also of note my case fits her’s perfectly, and her case fits mine perfectly. If there is a diff, anyone who says they can see or feel it is full of it. You’d need a micrometer to tell- even then I’d have to see it to believe it.

  • If you look at the pictures you can see the difference. Also depending on which case you have your White iPhone might fit.

  • Precious

    I noticed yesterday when the guy at AT&T went to put my otterbox on my white one from off my black one. He assumed it was because my otter box is fairly new. WRONG. paid nearly $60 for my otterbox defender now I’m not sure if it’ll pop open when I drop my phone or not. Because you can’t even hear it snapping into lock. It’s always a issue with apple stuff. I regret jumping into this, being greedy , should’ve kept my black one ! I also feel as though the proximity sensor is worst , just my opinion though. None the less, they ( Apple ) should offer cases for this white device. It’s only right !

  • miguel

    maybe apple is using stronger and thicker glass in the new iphone …. because of breakage of the black model ?

  • James

    Or maybe black iPhones are just worn down a bit from having them for almost a year now ad opposed to a brand new iphone

  • stfudvs

    Incipio feather case fits fine

  • qwertyu

    Yay! More free cases. Not because of antenna gate this time, but because of the size

  • Sage

    I don’t fucking understand you people. You buy a WHITE iphone and then put it an otterbox.

    Will some masking tape and cellophane do, you freaking retards?

    • Diva

      Bitch, stfu. Who woulnt buy an otterbox? Who would want to spend $199 or full retail value and destroy a phone. That was the dumbest statement on here. Not to mention my otterbox is white an you can see the white. Makes perfect sense. Idiot. Do your research before you decide to post stupid shit.

      • Sage

        Then buy a black iphone and put it in a white otterbox you mesuckyourdicklongtime ho

  • Érico

    Fake news That’s just a simple eye ilusion. No need to talk about it.

    • Madsam

      I agree 100%, all white items looks thicker than black ones, like cars for example.
      if you make a simple test for the second photo on this page, take a ruler and measure and compare on your screen, it is just 100% same, not even 99%.

      People who complains on white iphones, don’t go white, and people who don’t like iphones, don’t buy and don’t enter this page.

  • sas

    who gives a shit its just like 1mm thicker

  • @ernestobarron

    It’s not thicker!
    Look what Phill Schiller had to say on a direct message via Twitter…

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/62373269@N06/5673371301/in/photostream

    • rb19

      And you believe it just because he says so? I don’t know if it is thicker or not, but come on, do you believe companies are always telling the truth?…

  • khernden69

    I have an otter box case that I used for my black iphone 4. I just purchased the new iphone 4 white and used the case with it and it fits fine. Not sure why they are saying a case won’t fit or the phone is thicker than the black iphone. Just wanted to share my experience. Thank you.