Have you ever had a magician stand right before your eyes and tell you that he has nothing up his sleeve? Have you ever seen a card sharp on a busy street turn up the card you thought of when you know it can't be possible?
And have you ever seen a white iPhone that is exactly the same thickness as a black iPhone?
I ask because I read a curious report in 9 To 5 Mac. It relays details of a Twitter exchange between a reader, Ernesto Barron and Apple SVP of Product Marketing Phil Schiller-- who has a very sweet profile picture.
Schiller doesn't tweet very often. Indeed, he has offered not one peep since April 14. Yet he is said to have replied, by direct message, to a public tweet by Barron.
In it, Barron wondered why the white iPhone was thicker than the black one. He helpfully enclosed a little picture that seemed to offer sound visual evidence.
Schiller's reported reply was curious: "It's not thicker. Don't believe all the junk that you read."
Certainly this is sound advice. I only believe certain elements of the junk I read--principally, carefully selected sections of the National Enquirer, TMZ, and The Wall Street Journal.
However, there appears to bethat the white iPhone is, indeed, thicker than the traditional black version.
I am not sure how much this really matters. The reported difference was only 0.2mm, which, I imagine, is less than the diameter of much of the world's pocket fluff. Still, I know there will be some who will continue to be disturbed by this phenomenon.
Might I therefore ask any highly committed Apple-user, collector or mere eccentric who happens to have both models, to contact us and express their most scientific appraisal of the two versions' relative thickness?
Is this truly a mere touch of David Copperfield? Or are our eyes being surreptitiously covered in wool in some distortion field of perception? Did Apple really have to put in a little more of the white stuff so that the camera worked properly--or, for some other technically beautiful reason?