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Isn't it amazing how the lack of a white iPhone generated so much hype? I mean, can you name a specific gadget that attracted so much discussion for over a year because of the availability or the lack of a specific color? Only the iPhone 4 can manage this feat. For more than a year now, many have been waiting for Apple to release the iPhone 4 in white. And so a couple of days ago, it was released amidst high expectations and much anticipation. We're not only talking here of the US market but worldwide.
So what is all the fuss about? In short, what's in the white iPhone 4 that the black iPhone 4 doesn't have? When it comes to features, there is practically no difference between the two. In fact, the official press release issued by Apple announcing the availability of the white iPhone 4 was too short because Apple does not have anything new to say about this iPhone 4 except for its white color.
Let me just reprint the official Apple PR:
April 27, 2011—Apple today announced that the white iPhone 4 will be available beginning tomorrow. White iPhone 4 models will be available from Apple’s online store (www.apple.com), at Apple’s retail stores, AT&T and Verizon Wireless stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
“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.”
iPhone 4 is the most innovative phone in the world, featuring Apple’s stunning Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone resulting in super crisp text, images and video, and FaceTime®, which makes video calling a reality.
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Improved Proximity Sensor, Reception and a Thicker White iPhone 4
Before Apple officially announced the availability of the white iPhone 4, some retailers in Europe managed to start selling some white iPhone 4 handsets one day ahead of the official release. An Italian site called iSpazio did a quick test on whether the new release has the proximity sensor issues, as well as the death grip issues, found on the black iPhone 4. Their findings showed that the white iPhone 4 has excellent proximity sensor performance and that the "death grip", although still there, was now having a very minimal effect on the iPhone's connectivity.
Another difference that sets the white iPhone 4 apart from its black sibling cropped up a couple of days ago. This time it's about the fact that the iPhone 4 in white is slightly thicker than the black iPhone 4. The difference in thickness between the two was measured at around 0.22mm - that is 9.5mm as compared to the black iPhone 4's 9.3mm thickness. The issue here is whether those who previously owned the black iPhone 4 and disposed of their unit after getting the white iPhone 4 will still be able to use their iPhone 4 cases. The answer depends on the type of cases they are using. While the new model will fit in most iPhone 4 cases for the black models, some may not fit at all or may be too tight. Apparently the difference relates to UV protection for the phone.
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So there you go. To wrap up, there is really not much difference between the white and the black iPhone 4. In fact, if you're after specs and technical features, you won't find any difference at all. It's really just a matter of aesthetics and preferences. The black and the white iPhone 4 are basically the same smartphones.
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- Apple: http://apple.com
- MacRumors: http://www.macrumors.com/2011/04/27/white-iphone-4-proximity-sensor-and-death-grip-tested
- The iPhone Blog: http://www.tipb.com/2011/04/28/white-iphone-4-roughly-02mm-thicker-black-iphone
- Image credit: Apple.com. and Tipb.