Photo: Why We Should Be Glad Apple Delayed The White iPhone 4

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(Unreleased white iPhone 4 on left; released model on right)

At this point, your white iPhone 4 probably looks pretty nasty — at least, it will if you’re one of the few who have been walking around for months with a pre-release prototype.

The New York Times‘ Nick Bilton managed to track down someone who nabbed a white iPhone 4 from one of the first, unreleased batches, and put it side by side with one just released last week. Outside of a few minor aesthetics tweaks (modified proximity sensor and camera lens), there’s one key difference: that old one looks gnarly. The white has faded to a greyish-yellow, while the edge of the face seems particularly attracted to dirt and grime.

We’ll have to check back in a few months to see how the officially-released white iPhone 4 is fairing in its battle against pocket dirt and sunlight.