Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Consumer Reports, a pair of calipers, and 'Thickness-gate' is no more

Consumer Reports has (unexpectedly) come to Apple's rescue in the so-called "Thickness-gate" issue. Blogs and sites, including CNN, had been reporting that the white iPhone 4 was 0.2mm thicker than the black version, which isn't really an issue, unless the case you were using was a particularly form fitting one.

Meanwhile, Phil Schiller, in a direct message on Twitter, told an end user the two versions were the exact same size.

Consumer Reports, while loving the iPhone 4, hasn't "recommended" it because of its Antenna-gate issues. In terms of Thickness-gate, though, they came to the rescue with a set of calipers. According to their measurements, both were 0.37 inches in thickness, or 9.398mm. That's slightly thicker than the advertised specs of 9.3mm, but they were, at least, the same thickness.

Consumer Reports also tried a number of cases on the differing versions, and saw no differences in fit.

So why did others earlier reports note a definite size difference, enough so that it could be felt in a user's hand? Manufacturing tolerances could be an answer, but 0.2 mm on a 9.3mm device could keep a case from fitting. BGR went so far as to note Apple's "increasingly poor quality control."



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