Why your iPhone 4 case won’t work on your new 4S

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    Why your iPhone 4 case won’t work on your new 4S


    Even though they are the same size, iPhone 4S phones can’t be “dressed” in the same clothes as the iPhone 4 can so you’ll most likely need to go out and get another protector for your phone. Unless your cover comes from one of the producers mentioned lower, that is. The biggest change seems to be the ambient light sensor that the iPhone 4S sports a little more to the left, which makes most cases become incompatible

    While it doesn’t affect most standard cases like the ones produces by Speck and Casemate, it does become a concern with cases that come with a partial screen protector. If the light sensor is hidden behind the case, the iPhone 4S will think it’s in a dark area and will, automatically, dim the screen to conserve battery. While it will work fine with white or pink LifeProof iPhone cases, the darker hues are a problem.

    OtterBox doesn’t even try to play around the bush and says that the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S cases are incompatible and recommend customers to buy one of the Defender of Impact series designed for the 4S, which have a larger opening around the camera and proximity sensors.

    The Magpul Field Case and the Griffin Surviror case for the iPhone 4 work just fine because of the larger front cutout, as reported by most users. According to Gizmodo, the most compatible iPhone 4/4S cases are Griggin FlexGrip, Griffin Elan Form Graphite, Padacs Breeze and Griffin Elan Form.

    Source: PCMag

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