High quality pics of a new iPhone dummy leak ahead of tomorrow's unveiling
1. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Glass stripes must be used to protect the flat metal back from scratching.
Previous iPhone was all-glass, the sturdiest material after diamond, so it wasn't a problem.
Now, if they want flat back again but made out of metal, they need something to minimize the friction, and so they put two stripes of glass on top and the bottom which are slightly elevated.
And, I think that this design intervention has a symbolic meaning - to symbolize the two empty sreen bars when we are using old apps on a taller screen.
11. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2232; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Wait a minute, ,,,, thats the GooPhone 5,, lawsuit! !!! Lol
23. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Glass is a liquid, so it's not at all sturdy.
Don't believe me? Look at old glass windows (at least 30 or more years old). Take a level to it. Notice how the bottom is slightly thicker than the rest of the pane? That it has a slight upside-down T shape? Guess what that is: it's a very slow-moving liquid being affected by gravity, causing it to pool at the bottom. This is also why really old glass is wavy.
25. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I'm not from english-speaking country, but when I said sturdy, I mean hard - as hardness, the material characteristic that makes it resistive to scratching, surface damaging.
Glass is the hardest material after diamond (only diamond can cut it). So it was used for iPhone 4/S back, that's why it could be flat. Other manufactureres use curved surfaces to minimize contact points.
For new iPhone to have metal back - it should also have glass surface to minimize contact and it looks like it has it.
28. bbblader (Posts: 588; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
''Glass is the hardest material after diamond (only diamond can cut it)'' are you that dumb?
29. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
OK, some other advanced materials can also cut glass (like special kinds of steel alloys) and other crystals other than diamond, but any regular material, including most metals, are insufficient to cut glass.
Glass is easy to break, melt or shatter, but cutting it and scratching it is extremely difficult. That's why it is used on iPhone 4/S.
33. fernsruben (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 May 2012)
lol...dude...lol...u dnt need special alloys to cut glass...u can even take a sharp knife...draw a straight line on any glass sheet...and snap it in perfection...i think uve twisted the statement...its diamond that needs titanium to cut it...not glass...glass is just a plain silicate composed element created from sand...(silicate)...tempered glass is stronger cause it has layers of pressurised flattned glass attached together...(car windows...gorilla corning....)
30. buccob (Posts: 2481; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
That does not make glass a liquid. And that believe apparently is incorrect
"The observation that old windows are sometimes found to be thicker at the bottom than at the top is often offered as supporting evidence for the view that glass flows over a timescale of centuries. The assumption being that the glass was once uniform, but has flowed to its new shape, which is a property of liquid. However, this assumption is incorrect; once solidified, glass does not flow anymore."
Behavior of antique glass.
Glass is only liquid in temperatures of over 1500°C
2. wendygarett (unregistered)
Yummy!!! I'm waiting for the 'will it blend' shows also :D
Can't wait to drink that
7. wendygarett (unregistered)
My favourite show :D
14. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
People, stop thumbing the woman down. She stated her opinion. End of story
22. wendygarett (unregistered)
Yes!! yes i did :D
3. phljcnth (Posts: 479; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Funny how things that look exactly the same can make hundreds of PhoneArena articles. Seriously, is there still a much much clearer image leak of that object after this?
5. andro. (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
At least this year with so many leaks the disappointment of minimal changes again from apple has been seen in articles for months rather than fans getting totally excited and get a critical let down tomorrow night. There will still be those who will view the launch a success and a 4 inch screen revolutionary
9. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Why does everyone wants radical change?
Is radical change of design something - even if it's a succesful and almost flawless design - inherently better, or is it that people just want to see the change because they don't know why they want it, just took over the ideology and dogma of "change for the change's sake", without questioning why change is needed actually?
So, I ask you: what purpose of the radical change would actually be?
12. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)
We need changes
If there are no changes, then everything just stays the same for all eternity.
Who would want that ?
26. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Why do you need rapid change every second?
Why not logical change for sake of improving something, not for the sake of change?
34. fernsruben (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 May 2012)
everything needs change...science...medicine...tech...or if u didnt want change...we would still be chipping off stones in the stone age
35. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Change is not needed as it is expected in this consumer world. Change should be here only if it is for something better, but today everyone want change just because it is change. It's basically a change of design just to differentiate itself from past product on superficial level. It's essential that we see this difference.
15. andro. (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Most people don't want to buy the same product over and over again each year,you wouldn't buy the exact same shirt 3 years running would you? You wouldn't but the exact same car or shoes 3 years running would you? Day in day out the vast majority of people instore looking for an upgrade are doing so generally as they want a change and something new in their handsets. Most see technology changing so fast and phones becoming available with huge new features and designs and want one. Ifans unfortunately are being fed the same pie each year by apple. Many stay with apple because of the apple cult effect but we see it so often instore that a huge lot of people would change but are too locked into itunes for their stuff to change
17. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
There is a good reason why iPhone deisgn somewhat changes every 2 years, and that's because of contracts. Apple doens't want for their customers to feel outdated every 6 months.
And also, this imperative for rapid change for every next model is exaggeration because society is mad and obsessed with change for the change's sake.
The problem is not when we want change for something better, but that we now want the change just to be change.
Apple seems is the only one who understands that the change is good only when we are doing something better with it. And if they think that it is stupid to make enromous screen, that's their opinion and it obviously works for them. But nooo, there are milions of Apple haters who are mad at Apple for not listening the madness of obsessive screen size enlargement, like that's the thing Apple should do.
At last, iPhone is iconic precisely bacuse it doens't drastically change its design. Can we say iPhone's current design is outdated? No, it isn't, it's still far more superior than most of the competition. As a industrial designer, I know what I'm saying.
They will most certainly change their design when the time comes.
24. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Bull. If apple didn't want their customers to feel their stuff was outdated, they wouldn't release new versions of their computers bi-annually.
As the iphone shape and design are well known, it would be foolish to design something radically different (someone mentioned star-shaped, which made me smile), but that doesn't make it a /good/ design. The iphone 4 and 4S were aesthetically OK and had a modern feel with the glass and metal, but the edges were sharp, they're darn near impossible to pick up off a flat surface without dragging it to the edge or lifting straight up (no natural swing to the motion), and they're a sign of form over function, as the metal band prevents the antennas from working at their peak efficiency (though improved with the 4S, I'll admit). While known designs aren't bad (there is a running joke that Porsche has the laziest designers in the world for the 911 sports car), if the design itself isn't good, it should change.
31. ph00ny (Posts: 1096; Member since: 26 May 2011)
1. iphone designs have changed internally and externally every year.
2. Why does contract even matter when a decent chunk of those iphones are bought without a contract and contract itself is different carrier to carrier/country to country
3. So what are you going to say if apple did "listen" to people and went against the one hand rule of 3.5" screen size? Are you going to herald it as the most revolutionary product in the world
4. Apple is "iconic" because no one else before them have marketed as good/much as apple has. None. Perception of the smartphone has changed post iphone as a consumer device and that's the only thing that apple has changed.
32. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
1. yes, but not fundamentally. Only incrementaly in perception of market.
2. Apple's main business is actually the deals with carriers, however even this is not of some special significance. Rather, Apple wants every customer in two years span feel "contemporary" and not "obsolete", because their main target aren't enthusiasts but "average users". It is the technique of *one* sign of identification, that all iPhone users are using basically the same product, although different devices. There's very strong psychology in that.
3. One hand rule never existed. It was a story for critics. The usage system that iPhone introduced is practically based on two hand usage. They actually didn't want to increase the screen because they felt that it was unneccesary until two years ago. Later they calculated that it wasn't worth it considering technical issues arising from keeping same pixel density and changing resolution and/or aspect ratio. This year they came up with some compromise solution, but I'm wondering how are they gonna make it elegant, because if they don't, it means it's not real Apple anymore.
4. Actually, iPhone and Apple are very weak in marketing. At least conventional marketing. They use other, more "godly" methods that are difficult to understand.
And yes, the only thing that's changed, and only true innovation of Apple, is perception of mobile platform. And that's big enough for itself, because it changed the technological industry from the ground.
16. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
All this hype is why. People will act like this "New iPhone" is the best thing in the world just like they did with the others before it. The thing that is annoying is the iPhone is not the best, in many departments but, the marketing behind the phone gives is this false "aura". The iPhone always gets treated like some sort or divine and revolutionary device when really it the exact opposite. Apple never
revolutionizes anything. Instead, Apple makes minor updates (many of which are borrowed from the competition) and markets the iPhone like some sort of great human achievement.
8. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4270; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Come on PA, we've seen dozens of articles on here saying almost the same thing with that same design shown as the main image. We get it.
10. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Im still proudly running my sgs2 on 4.1 unofficially OC'd to 1.8 ghz
13. sp3llv3xit (Posts: 20; Member since: 15 Sep 2011)
This is crap software installed in a marvelous piece of hardware. Brainless iPhone die-hards and loyal adherents will be lining up to worship this piece of hardware in the days to come. This is what the Bible foretells as the new religion of the masses. From this will rise the new anti-Christ! Hahahaha!
19. milohogan (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
Looks like you need new accessories because the charge connection is different. Apple up to tricks to make a buck on suckers.
21. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
when the event begin....tim cook will say "because of you guys just ruined everything...i don't have anything for you, you've already know how the iphone 5 looks like don't you ?"