We’ve heard the rumors that the new iPhone will be 7.6mm thick, but what does that actually mean? Obviously, it will be thinner than the outgoing iPhone 4S, but exactly how thin will it be?

Is there anything that we can use to get a good picture of how thin the new iPhone will be, before it’s officially unveiled in September? Well, actually, yes. And the good news is that you probably already have one in your possession.

The iPhone 4, without its back cover, just happens to be really close to 7.6mm. I removed the back cover of my iPhone 4 and compared it with the current-gen iPhone, tested how it felt in my hand, and measured it with a tape measure.

You might be surprised, but shaving off the back cover makes a significant difference when it comes to thinness. The iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S are already really thin devices, but this is on a whole new level. Couple this in with the fact that the new iPhone will have a 4″ screen, and you have a device that’s bound to feel quite different than its predecessor.

If the 7.6mm rumors prove to be true, then we can all once again marvel at Apple’s engineering efforts. The way they’re able to include even more features like an LTE radio, all while making it thinner and presumably preserving similar battery life, is some accomplishment.

If you have an iPhone 4 handy, then I advise you to look at the device and just imagine it without its back cover. If these rumors are true, then that’s a decent indication as to how thin the device will be.

If you want to go the extra mile and remove your back cover, then you’ll also be able to tell how the device might feel in hand. Granted, the missing back cover does make the iPhone 4 a smidgen lighter, but the removed width makes an obvious difference that you can feel for yourself.

What do you think about the rumors surrounding a thinner phone? It’s pretty much a given that the device will be thinner, but having actual numbers gives us a better indication as to what we can expect prior to its unveiling.

  • Zorvage

    I’d rather have a thicker iPhone with a better battery life than a thinner iPhone with the same/worse battery as the 4(S).

    • Daniel Levi


    • Just like the iPad 😛

      • The new iPad has the same battery life as the iPad 2

      • Yes, same battery life. But about a 2x capacity battery.

      • If apple increase screen size to 4″, we get extra room for battery (compare to iPhone 4S). However, that extra battery might be just enough to power the extra pixels in 4″ display. So I wont expect any battery life increase in iPhone 5, unless Apple make the board smaller, or make the iPhone thicker (might be not thicker, but as thick as iPhone 4S by removing remove back glass cover => more room or by using in-cell display technology => more room)

      • The in cell display also uses less battery tha the current displays so that helps too. I just hope it will actually have in cell display lol.

      • Yeah and your point is?

    • This, I think, will be the deal breaker for people on the new iPhone. 4G and a bigger screen is going to kill the battery.

      • Manuel Molina

        If the Razor MBax HD can get a 4 inch screen with 4.0 Android, have LTE, and max out 27.5 hours of battery life, then Apple has to find a way or I’ll hop on Android again.

    • tim


    • The only reason the battery life isn’t so great is iOS 5. On iOS 4 it was perfect.

    • Jay

      Then get a battery case! I want a thin phone that’s charge once over night not a fat phone that can last me three days!

  • Very nice presentation. But I have to agree with others, hopefully they can pack a better battery in the small device.

  • Zorvage

    By the way, I instantly looked at my iPhone sideways in the middle of the video 😛

  • Alec Vanek

    The picture shown about is just a iPhone 4 GSM without the back glass. Not believing any of this.

    • That’s because this whole article’s about Jeff taking the back cover off his iPhone 4

    • Ronald Weaver

      Your joking right? I thought the first coment was funny but this is epic!

    • @dongiuj

      Come on now. Enough’s enough.
      I used big letters because i’m guessing you have bad eyesight.

  • I don’t hope it will be that thin, I mean too thin isn’t something I’d want.. the iPhone 4/S size is perfect in my opinion.

  • Alec Vanek

    this is completely fake. you can tell by the bands that its just an iPhone 4 GSM without the back glass.

    • Are you serious?

      • Alec Vanek

        yeah. thats what my iphone 4 looks like when i take off the back for a different color.

      • That’s because this whole article is about Jeff taking the back off his iPhone 4 and taking pictures of it

      • Alec Vanek

        Sorry but im just telling the truth…

      • Ronald Weaver


      • @dongiuj

        Ahh, bless. You’re so honest.

      • Yes, and so was Jeff when he said it was an iPhone 4 missing the backplate a few times

      • tim

        DUDE. read the article? he says ‘I removed the back cover of my iPhone 4’. he is giving us a idea of what a 7.6mm iphone will be like. read article –> THEN comment. not the other way around. youre worse than some of the people on modmyi!

      • TeachMeHowToDougie

        hes priceless ROFL!!

    • Dude the title clearly says; “This is how thin the new iPhone might be” – Hint: “might be”

    • The video clearly shows that he removed the black plate off of an iPhone 4…

    • TeachMeHowToDougie

      This guy is funny LMFAO!!!

    • aajaas

      OMG !!

    • mrdrewstone

      did you even read the article?

    • Impeach Obama

      i think you’re on to something. maybe it is just an iphone 4 with the back taken off. good eye Inspector Gadget.

      yes that was sarcasm.

    • SimonReidy

      I can’t tell whether you’re sarcastically trolling, or whether that’s a genuine CommentFail of the year! How could you have honestly thought that? LMAO

    • Lach Murimi

      LMAO!! Dude you can’t be serious!! Which article were you reading?? Are you sure you’re commenting on the right page?

    • Hahahahahahaha!!! You idiot.

  • The thinner design fits the unibody design of the iPhone 4 better. I would love a 7.6 mm iPhone.

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    Looks beautiful. Foolz

  • DarekSlaby

    Okay I’ll ask the tough question. How much longer till we get a paper-thin iPhone? With the way we are downsizing our gadgets, it shouldn’t be too far off, right?

    • SimonReidy

      Thin as paper is nothing. Wait until it’s measured in nanometres and is so thin its invisible when held sideways 😉

  • Never laughed so hard about comments! Haha

  • Don’t lose faith people apple doesnt like to dissapoint you too much. I thiink they got it right this time. Longer battery means same or more power