4 and 4S cases compatibility

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4 and 4S cases compatibility

I'm trying to get to the bottom of whether cases for the iphone4 are fully compatible with the 4S. I am particularly interested in the otterbox Defender series. According to otterbox technical support, the electronics of the 4S are different so as to require a different case than the Defender series for the regular 4. Even on their web site they list their cases separately for the 4 and 4S. According to people I talked with at an Apple retail store and AT&T store, there's no difference requiring different cases and cases for the 4 are fully compatible for the 4S. I don't know who to believe. Is Apple and AT&T trying to move old inventory? Is otterbox trying to get people to buy new cases that they don't need?  TIA.

 

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I was told the same thing in an Apple retail store.  I always use iSkin (no longer carried in Apple stores here), but iSkin's site makes it very plain that their cases will fit both models.

 

Maybe an Otterbox case owner can chime in here?

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Take a look in THIS post, he says the case fits perfectly!

 


davidsf wrote:

I'm trying to get to the bottom of whether cases for the iphone4 are fully compatible with the 4S. I am particularly interested in the otterbox Defender series. According to otterbox technical support, the electronics of the 4S are different so as to require a different case than the Defender series for the regular 4. Even on their web site they list their cases separately for the 4 and 4S. According to people I talked with at an Apple retail store and AT&T store, there's no difference requiring different cases and cases for the 4 are fully compatible for the 4S. I don't know who to believe. Is Apple and AT&T trying to move old inventory? Is otterbox trying to get people to buy new cases that they don't need?  TIA.

 




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My black bumper which housed an iPhone 4 on AT&T no longer fits perfectly on the iPhone 4S. The mute switch and volume up/down bottums have been moved down slightly to make room for the antenna on the left top side. This small change makes it difficult to mute the phone and unmute, it also makes it odd changing the volume. So no, not every case will fit perfectly, certainly not the bumpers. I don't know if Apple will make new bumpers, I called them and they "noted" my concerns.

 

EDIT: So I found out that the new bumpers will fit the 4S with no problem. It was only the bumpers made as the iPhone 4 on AT&T was introduced that wont fit. However, a week or so before the Verizon model was announced, they made a bigger cutout of the bumper to work for both GSM and CDMA models. So, you can go a head and order the bumper now and it should work on all iPhone 4's and iPhond 4S's

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If you hold a 4 up to a 4S, the switch and volume buttons are slightly different.  In the case of Otterbox, they claim they are different enough that only their reflex series case fits both phones.  I would go what each particular manufacturer says especialy from the reputable ones such as Otterbox.

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I was referencing (earlier post) what another Otterbox case user relayed here:

http://forums.att.com/t5/Apple-iPhone/4s-Otter-Box-Defender/m-p/2912973#M175510

 

I guess there is more than one TYPE of Otterbox Defender? Smiley Sad

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spd2demun wrote:

I was referencing (earlier post) what another Otterbox case user relayed here:

http://forums.att.com/t5/Apple-iPhone/4s-Otter-Box-Defender/m-p/2912973#M175510

 

I guess there is more than one TYPE of Otterbox Defender? Smiley Sad


I wonder if that Defender case was purchased after it was modifed for the new Verizon iPhone earlier this year?  If that is the case, I would think it would work with the new iPhone......  If I recall correctly, Otterbox modified their defender cases to fit both the ATT and Verizon versions?

 

You can always try it out and if it does not work, place an order for a new case?

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Interesting. otterbox.com web site says flat out, under cases for the regular iphone4, the Defender will NOT fit the 4S.

 

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I guess at this point if you can try one in-store, or borrow a 4 case and see if it fits?

 

Apple or ATT should let you try in the store before you buy?

 

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For folks buying the Otterboxes in the store, examine the camera opening on the rear. The one that fits the 4S has an oval opening for the camera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ones intended for the 4 have a smaller, odd shaped opening that slants up towards the LED. These will NOT work for the 4S or, I believe, the white iPhone 4.

 

 

 

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Nice examples!  So the camera/flash is really in a different place now?

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Not being able to compare the two models directly side by side, I would ponder as to why Otterbox couldn't have simply made a "universal" cutout/opening for the camera/flash area.  I mean, is there any functional reason as to why the camera/flash cutout opening on the iPhone 4 case needed to be sized exactly the way it is, and why now the iPhone 4s case cutout is a bit larger in size and shaped quite differently? 

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Inventory of old cases? Since the iPhone 4 is still being sold as an option you would not want that inventory to go to waste.
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