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Can the Apple iPhone 5C be keyed?

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Can the Apple iPhone 5C be keyed?
A published report out of Taiwan on Wednesday included a video showing one of those alleged Apple iPhone 5C shells undergoing a damage test. In one test, the casing was placed into a bag containing a key and some coins. The phone, keys and bag were shaken up to see how the casing holds up after being in a pants pocket containing the same materials.

According to the report, the plastic shell gets passing marks and even scored a high "8H" on the surface hardness test. The dimensions of the Apple iPhone 5C casing used in the test were 124.55 mm tall x 59.13 mm wide x 8.98mm thick. The Apple iPhone 5 measures 7.6mm thick in comparison. But that can be blamed on the difference between using a premium aluminum material for the full-priced variant of the phone versus using a cheaper (albeit durable) plastic for the budget model.

Another picture in the report showed a blue shell for the Apple iPhone 5S. While the cover included the pill or lozenge shaped dual LED flash, it also appeared to have some sort of film over the part which gave it a grainy look.

Based on the video, it looks like the plastic Apple iPhone 5C will be durable and won't be easy to scratch up. We still have about three weeks left until the introduction of the Apple iPhone 5S and the Apple iPhone 5C, so we should expect more information to leak as we get closer to the big day. We wish that someone would drop a prototype of either model (we're not picky) in a bar somewhere in Silicon Valley so we can get a look at the finished product. But that kind of thing never happens, right?


source: AppleDaily (translated) via MacRumors, CNET

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posted on 21 Aug 2013, 13:31

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1288; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


There's no keyhole, so no.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 13:50 5

2. javac (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


When they start making phones out of titanium you can use the word premium. Until then at least give aluminum the respect it deserves as a cheap metal.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 14:23 9

5. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4010; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


It depends what kind of aluminum that's used. There's a big difference between an aluminum can and the aluminum used in aircraft.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 18:06 3

31. stealthd (Posts: 956; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Premium does not mean tough or durable. And anodized aluminum is in no way cheap, it's a pretty expensive process.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 13:54 6

3. zachattack (Posts: 565; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Better question... who cares?

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 14:05 12

4. bucky (Posts: 1403; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I'm guessing you, if you cared to comment.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 14:28 2

7. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


oh my goodness can we please stop these pointless comments commenting on someones pointless comment

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 18:12

32. stealthd (Posts: 956; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


The who cares posts aren't pointless, they're valuable dumbass detectors.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 14:33 5

10. zachattack (Posts: 565; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


I care about letting people know i don't care, touche

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 17:19 2

23. bucky (Posts: 1403; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I believe that's an insecurity.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 14:32 3

9. Ninetysix (Posts: 1586; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Looks like you care broseph.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 14:26 5

6. tedkord (Posts: 4739; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The aluminium iPhone 5 would have been scratched and dinged all to hell, but it's premium. The plastic has none of those issues, but it's cheap. BTW, aluminum goes for under a dollar per pound. The aluminum in the iPhone is worth about 25 cents.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 14:29

8. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


i would rather have painted carbon fiber/kevlar/fiber glass

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 15:21 1

13. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 402; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


How much does it cost to pour plastic into a mold to make a galaxy phone compared to bending,all kind of processes. and modifying aluminium to make a unibody iPhone? With your way of thinking a mercedes benz s class should cost few thousands of dollars since its aluminium and plastic and aluminium is so cheap and making something costs nothing according to you.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 15:48

15. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


Open Yours Pepsi and child out!!!!

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 16:25 1

18. tedkord (Posts: 4739; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Nice try at re-interpreting what I said. What about the labor that goes into making something makes the original material more premium? Every layer of labor that goes into something adds cost, that's obvious. A piece of canvas isn't a premium material, but if the right person brushes paint onto it, it can be worth thousands or more. That doesn't make canvas a premium material. It is an appropriate material for painting.

Aluminum isn't a premium material, it's a cheap material. Polycarbonate isn't a premium material either, but it's a material that is not only light and moldable (like aluminum), but is also scratch resistant, doesn't deform on bending and is radio invisible (all of which aluminum isn't). It's a material that makes more sense for a phone.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 17:52 1

29. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 928; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


You better alert the aviation industry. The $16 million Apache I was the crewchief on from 1988 to 1991 was mainly constructed of magnesium, kevlar, and, you guessed it, aluminum.

Painted plastic? You are right, it's cheap as hell.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 19:43 1

34. tedkord (Posts: 4739; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Aluminum is appropriate for aircraft design. Your Apache wasn't "premium" because of the aluminum.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 06:59

41. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 402; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


So you are telling me it costs the same to use plastic the kind of galaxy s4 uses compared of using aluminium and glass that iPhone 5 uses? Aluminium isn't nowhere near a premium material. Carbon fiber is, titanium alloys are too. But if aluminium is used the way apple, HTC, and many other use it, it gives you the FEELING of premium. Thats the key difference here. You think its a coincidence or hate from apple fans that EVERYONE beside Samsung hardcore fanboys believe that galaxy s line feels cheap? P.S. for using plastic you just need to pour it into a pre made mold. To make unibody aluminium case for iphones, htc;s etc you need s**t loads of processes cutting and bending to achieve same thing that plastic does. All that makes the phone FEEL premium. Have you ever seen a plastic watch that's considered premium?

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 19:48 1

36. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Shhh, someone might bring up how much the iPhone components actually cost compared to what Apple charges you for them.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 18:29 1

33. stealthd (Posts: 956; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Raw aluminum might be cheap, but getting it anodized certainly isn't.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 19:46 1

35. tedkord (Posts: 4739; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Please, I've anodized aluminum in my home for telescope parts. It's not expensive, nor does it make the aluminum a premium material.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 15:18 1

11. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


The article should say "Can the apple iphone 5c be keyed with a CAR key?"

there are different type of keys that have a different level of sharpness to them.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 15:19 5

12. xmusicianguy (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)


Can It Blend!?

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 15:32

14. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1083; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


yo Apple make the colors of your Iphone 5C richer. they look too faint too pastel in color.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 16:02

16. Topcat488 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Too "bubble gum", too gay... Why is it that Nokia or Motorola or even Samsung can pick rich shades of colours.?. And the "glossy" shine didn't help the Galaxy S Brand so why do you put it on the iPhone 5Cheap.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 16:28

19. tedkord (Posts: 4739; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It didn't hurt the Galaxy S brand, either.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 16:14 2

17. tacarat (Posts: 141; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


Am I the only one worried that the phone might scratch my keys?

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 16:28 2

20. tedkord (Posts: 4739; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


You should get keys made of a premium material, then.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 17:41

26. tacarat (Posts: 141; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


Maybe when my contract is up.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 17:46

27. tedkord (Posts: 4739; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Hey, if you want to keep your cheap, laggy keys, that's no skin off my nose. But there's nothing like the premium feel of BMW keys.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 20:52

39. tacarat (Posts: 141; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


I know, but most keys are locked to specific cars and thus contracts. Must be nice having so much disposable income to get whatever's new
#1stworldproblems

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 16:33

21. PK1983 (Posts: 172; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


The real question is does it have the same magical coating that causes almost everyone to drop their iphone at least twice a month. I mean what is the ratio of prestine iphones vs ones with cracked screens? Has to be 50/50. Rarely seen any other smartphone that is cracked so often.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 16:53

22. Ninetysix (Posts: 1586; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


You seem to be under the impression the the iPhones break/shatter easier vs other smartphones. Is that correct? Have you seen all of the drop tests out there?

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 17:21

24. tedkord (Posts: 4739; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Any glass can shatter, and the bigger the piece of glass, the more forces will act on it from an equal impact. Assuming the same thickness and glass type, a 5 inch piece of glass is more likely to shatter than a 4 inch piece from the exact same drop.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 17:37

25. Ninetysix (Posts: 1586; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Thank you. You just proved PK1983 wrong.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 17:49

28. tedkord (Posts: 4739; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I didn't prove anyone wrong. I just stated facts. Since no two impacts are ever the same, drop tests are useless. You'd need to repeat it on so many of the same handset just to get any useful data, it'd cost tens of thousands of dollars for each device.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 17:59 1

30. Ninetysix (Posts: 1586; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Thanks. We both agree the iPhones doesn't shatter any easier vs other devices.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 20:32 2

38. Doakie (Posts: 1251; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Where are all the iPhone fans that were calling the Galaxy S cheap shiny plastic? I hear no more complaining about plastic......

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 21:48

40. Trismegistus (Posts: 32; Member since: 21 Aug 2013)


We have an update to this story: This was a slow news day.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 13:38

42. poping (unregistered)


premium watches are made of...

stainless steel...
platinum...
titanium...
rose gold...

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