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Early teardown images of Apple's white iPhone 4 appear to show a more recessed rear-facing camera lens and a slightly modified proximity sensor.

After a 10-month delay, Apple launched the white iPhone 4 around the world last week. As noted by Japanese Apple blog MacOtakara (via Google Translate), teardown photos of the white iPhone 4 suggest that Apple has changed both the camera lens and proximity sensor on the white version of its bestselling smartphone.

According to the report, which drew its information from various Twitter posts, the sensor remains the same, but the "magnitude of the incident light" between the black and white iPhone 4 models is a different size.

Photo comparisons of the two devices seem to indicate that the rear-facing camera lens on the white iPhone 4 has been set farther back than its black counterpart.

Comparison between cameras on white and black iPhone 4 models | Source: MacOtakara

Additionally, when compared to teardown photos of last year's iPhone 4 model, the internal proximity sensor on the white model appears to have been changed as well, though the exact nature of the change remains unclear.

White iPhone 4 proximity sensor | Source: MacOtakara

It should also be noted that, as evidenced by Apple's own promotional materials for the smartphone, the front face of the white iPhone 4 has been modified to include a more pronounced slit for the new proximity sensor.



It's possible the changes made to the lens were intended to prevent the light leakage issues that reportedly affected prototype versions of the smartphone.

Reports emerged last year that repeated delays to the white iPhone 4 were potentially caused by light leaks from the semi-translucent glass case. The proximity sensor had also been suggested as an issue that Apple faced in bringing the device to market.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak confirmed that issue did occur with a white iPhone 4 that he had modified using supposed legitimate parts from Apple supplier Foxconn that he had purchased on the Internet. According to Wozniak, photos taken using the flash with his modded white iPhone 4 appeared as if they were "taken through cellophane."

Early comparisons of the white iPhone 4 have also revealed that the device is 0.2mm thicker than the black version.

In January, AppleInsider revealed that Apple had arrived at a workable paint mix for the white model of the iPhone 4 via a partnership with a Japanese company.

Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller explained last week during an interview that the white iPhone 4 had presented several design and manufacturing problems, including the need for more protection from the sun's ultraviolet rays.

One analyst believes the Cupertino, Calif., iPhone maker will sell between 1 to 1.5 million units of the white iPhone 4 each quarter until the iPhone 5 goes on sale, presumably in the fourth quarter of this year. The device is already a hit in Asia, where it reportedly sold out in Hong Kong in just one hour and quickly sold out in mainland China.
post #2 of 28
LOL I am waiting outside for Apple to open right now to get my hands on one of these for the wife for mothers day.
post #3 of 28
1) No complete change of the antenna ye again¡

2) I like that Josh keeps up with the weekend news.
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post #4 of 28
The first thing that got scratched on my ip4 was the glass in front of the lens. It actually stand slightly proud of the rest of the glass. I always thought it should be slightly recessed.
post #5 of 28
"Early comparisons of the white iPhone 4 have also revealed that the device is 0.2mm thicker than the black version."

Please! Enough with the fake rumors!!! No difference in thickness!




http://blogdoiphone.com/2011/04/mata...a-que-a-preta/
post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by DaffyDuc View Post

"Early comparisons of the white iPhone 4 have also revealed that the device is 0.2mm thicker than the black version."

Please! Enough with the fake rumors!!! No difference in thickness!

image: http://blogdoiphone.com/wp-content/u...1/04/ip4b4.jpg

http://blogdoiphone.com/2011/04/mata...a-que-a-preta/

I did my own tests in a store yesterday. I couldnt perceive a difference when they were side-by-sideand my eyes were at table level. That doesnt mean there isnt a difference. As noted its 0.2mm (0.00787) which is, as Ive been informed, less than 2 sheets of notebook paper in thickness. I dont that would be measurable without a micrometer and that difference does make sense considering the issues they had with the white paint.
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post #7 of 28
Every dimension on every product ever produced has a manufacturing tolerance. Apple sells over a million phones a month. There is going to be variance. Whether or not it is as much as 0.2mm, any two iphones compared may or may not be different.

All things being equal, a given number of white iPhones may be actually thicker than a given black iPhone. And the opposite is also true.
post #8 of 28
Well Apple does have a disclaimer on their site specifying that actual size and weight may vary due to manufacturing processes. Also, I think this link brings an argument to the size questions:

http://mobilesyrup.com/2011/05/01/ap...that-you-read/

Of course Schiller says it's not true, but the pictures shows differently. Also, plenty of people are stating their already tight cases don't fit the white iPhone 4. Also, I want a white iPhone 4.
post #9 of 28
So the white iPhone sold out instantly in Korea and China.....

Such racists...
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Originally Posted by ghostface147 View Post

... Of course Schiller says it's not true, but the pictures shows differently.
Also, plenty of people are stating their already tight cases don't fit the white iPhone 4.
Also, I want a white iPhone 4.

That picture appears to show a gap that's closer to a millimetre than two tenths of one, so it obviously isn't that objectively done.

The whole phone is only 9.3 mm thick.
post #11 of 28
Hopefully the new proximity sensor won't suck as bad as the ones in my (now second) iPhone4. It's so bad, that I have taken to using calllock so I don't mute, or cheek dial.

Sheldon
post #12 of 28
Looks like it was more than just a new paint color...thankfully, Apple sweats the details. All things considered, I'll take mine in black.

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post #13 of 28
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That picture appears to show a gap that's closer to a millimetre than two tenths of one, so it obviously isn't that objectively done.

The whole phone is only 9.3 mm thick.

With more important things to worry about in the world, I'm really surprised about there being such a dialogue regarding the thickness of a cell phone.

However, this photo does bring up an interesting thing. From this photo, it's obvious that the white phone is thicker. But the stainless steel band/antenna seems to be at the same level as the black phone. This would tell me that one side of the white iPhone is thicker, and that the other side is the same thickness as the black iPhone.

It could also possibly be that after seeing so many comparison photos, I'm just going fruity.
post #14 of 28
May I be the first to offer a free kick to the nuts to anyone who is concerned about a 0.2mm difference in phone thickness.

So much facepalm...
post #15 of 28
Why do people even care how thick it is? Seriously, its just a phone. No matter what, its going to be small enough to fit in your hand and pocket.
post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by muffinss View Post

Why do people even care how thick it is? Seriously, its just a phone. No matter what, its going to be small enough to fit in your hand and pocket.

Right?! It’s not about how thick your iPhone is, it’s about how you’re holding it wrong.
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post #17 of 28
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Apple sells over a million phones a month.

Waaay more than a million a month...

Apple was selling an average of over 200,000 iPhones every day last quarter.
post #18 of 28
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Why do people even care how thick it is? Seriously, its just a phone. No matter what, its going to be small enough to fit in your hand and pocket.

But we all know that size really does matter.
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by sflocal View Post

However, this photo does bring up an interesting thing. From this photo, it's obvious that the white phone is thicker. But the stainless steel band/antenna seems to be at the same level as the black phone. This would tell me that one side of the white iPhone is thicker, and that the other side is the same thickness as the black iPhone.

It could also possibly be that after seeing so many comparison photos, I'm just going fruity.

Not necessarily fruity. Reports have said the camera is inset more so that side may in fact be slightly thicker to accommodate.

Plus there isn't a single comparison I've seen that first shows me that the surface the two phones are lying on are perfectly flat and debris free.
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by GregoriusM View Post

Not necessarily fruity. Reports have said the camera is inset more so that side may in fact be slightly thicker to accommodate.
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There is zero chance Apple would produce a phone that is thicker on one side than the other. Also, while manufacturing tolerances are not zero, it is also typically better than 0.2mm.

There's something fishy about all this. Surely, there are enough white phones already out there for an honest assessment?
post #21 of 28
I would be interested in swapping my iPhone 4 for a white one. But seeing how my local telco sucks so badly (1 month wait before they will even *look* at the hardware to service it), I think I'll skip on the white, and skip the next gen iPhone too...

The local telcos here just can't be trusted to act in a reliable fashion with regard to the iPhone. Take note that this situation is what has also lead to the proliferation of Android globally. Telcos getting frustrated with stock issues or telcos not getting their way, so they push Android to continue to have the "latest and greatest" to get user contracts.

Until countries get official Apple Stores, relying on telcos for iPhone service will continue to be dicey. In my situation which is not uncommon, many would simply pick up a spare cheaper Android phone to tie them through months of waiting for an iPhone replacement.

Tim Cook mentioned supply-demand balance in most countries for iPhone 4... I don't think that is the case. There is still a lot more demand should the telcos be willing to properly place large, consistent orders and suitable orders for servicing replacements.

BTW I bet you 99% of those Hong Kong white iPhones are now on the grey market.
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With more important things to worry about in the world...

Indeed! *sigh* I'm spending way too much time on AppleInsider.
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by DaffyDuc View Post

"Early comparisons of the white iPhone 4 have also revealed that the device is 0.2mm thicker than the black version."

Please! Enough with the fake rumors!!! No difference in thickness!




http://blogdoiphone.com/2011/04/mata...a-que-a-preta/

It is thicker. I was at the Apple Store yesterday and was talking with one of the Genius Bar staff. He's seen them in person and say it's every so slightly thicker.
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post #24 of 28
Incidentally, I was at the store to have my black iPhone 4 replaced under warranty. The rear camera crapped out (technical term). Over the past week I started getting red and blue lines in the image, particularly in lower light. Then on Saturday, those lines filled the screen, along with random flashing. Front camera was OK. They swapped it out, no questions asked. New one is great and is running better than original. Calls are more clear and it seems more responsive. I even think the screen looks bette,r though perhaps mine had some micro-scratches.
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post #25 of 28
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Hopefully the new proximity sensor won't suck as bad as the ones in my (now second) iPhone4. It's so bad, that I have taken to using calllock so I don't mute, or cheek dial.

Sheldon

I know this was supposed to have been a bug that had been fixed, but I have been having this problem since I bought the phone. People have hung up on me because they thought I had hung up on them or the call had been dropped but in all times, I've hit the mute button with my face. It is aggravating.
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by GregoriusM View Post

Not necessarily fruity. Reports have said the camera is inset more so that side may in fact be slightly thicker to accommodate.

Actually from the photo (which is admittedly not that clear), it appears to me that all they've done with the "new" camera lens assembly is added/molded a piece on top of the "old" camera assembly. I'm guessing that this modified portion sits flush against the rear glass. This should help to block most of the light reflecting from the flash back towards the lens assembly - I've noticed this problem with the black iP4.
post #27 of 28
Toooooo much time spent on White iPhone 4 thickness........

What about the White iPhone 4 camera, is it as good as the Black iPhone 4? I thought I saw something, somewhere that said 'White iPhone 4 camera took pictures like the camera was looking through cellophane'.

Ok, White iPhone 4 owners. How's the camera compared to the Black iPhone 4?
post #28 of 28
I wish ATT could manage to keep shipments on the way to the stores instead of making people wait weeks at a time.

I swear they only sell a certain quantity then make everyone sweat cuz they cant get their hands on one. Then out of nowhere someone you know goes to the store and gets one and tells everyone they know then before you know it everyone they told is at the store hoping to get their hands on a white iphone 4 and they all do because its a sales plot from good old Steve! lol or maybe im just crazy
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