iPhone 4S Won't Fit iPhone 4 Cases

iPhone 4S Won't Fit iPhone 4 Cases

Despite looking pretty much the same as the past generation, the new iPhone is just different enough to need its own accessories


In today's first world problems, if you're planning on upgrading from the iPhone 4 to the 4S and have a snug-fitting case you'd like to keep using, you're probably not going to be able to. Cue the despair.

New photos of the device side-by-side with its predecessor suggest that the volume buttons and mute switch located along the side of the phone are now positioned just a few millimeters off from where they used to be. So if you've got a case that caps those buttons precisely, it won't offer the same usability as it did with the 4. You'll still be able to fit the phone in there, but the buttons will be scrunched in all funny. 

This seems, well, a little petty. Why shift buttons around ever so slightly on an otherwise identical chassis? Is Apple in cahoots with the manufacturers of iPhone accessories? Did they have an agreement that something had to be different enough to warrant the purchase of a new case? Who knows? 

Luckily, most of us probably aren't going to be facing this lack of backwards compatibility problem. I'd guess most folks upgrading to the 4S will be iPhone 3 users or those who've never had an iPhone at all. Those who actually do upgrade from the 4 to the 4S are probably the type who just have to have the newest thing all the time no matter what--and they most likely won't mind the burden of having to buy a shiny new case for their shiny new toy.