The next iPhone could feature aluminum back instead of glass, and have the antenna move in
posted by Daniel P. / Mar 07, 2011, 6:25 AM
The reasons cited are the weight of the glass, its tendency to scratch and crack easily, as well as the enormous difficulties Apple encountered in painting it reliably in white. Another change in store for the next iPhone is said to be the antenna steel band surrounding the current iPhone 4, which might be moved back inside now, considering all the issues Cupertino had with the "death grip" and reception.
All valid points, although it will be a shame to bail on such a unique steel-and-glass design. Furthermore, considering the number of rumors about both a cheaper iPhone, and one with a larger screen, it is not entirely clear which one the source is referring to.
The Japanese Mac blog that spread the word links to a supply chain analysis they have cited before, which refers to the next iPhone, but it's not the one that mentions the back panel swap and antenna redesign, so the original source is still to be excavated, if you know Chinese. The Japanese from Macotakara have also sketched up a pretty weak mock-up of what such an iPhone might look like.
What do you think, just another unsubstantiated rumor, wishful thinking, or laws of physics?
source: EDN (translated) & Macotakara via MacRumors
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No offence but Looks similar to a 3G/3GS buts really thin i still like the IP4 shape
posted on Mar 07, 2011, 6:33 AM 3
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The original iPhone had metal backing... you are right, looks like a 3G mixed with the original...
posted on Mar 07, 2011, 12:02 PM 1
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if its true, it just proves how much of a real life fail the iphone4 really was that they went backwards in design. What a bunch of panzies. They get bruised by a bad design choice and run back to the original. BLAAAH. "Iphone5, just like the iphone 3, exept now with aluminum!" wooo hooo!!!
posted on Mar 07, 2011, 12:44 PM 1
...I doubt that's going to happen. We've seen these mock ups before. Hell, we saw a mockup just a few days before the iPad 2 came out that was completely wrong. I could see the aluminum back happening. They seem to be moving away from the plastic shell in most of their products. Plus, I still think making the back glass was a mistake on something as mobile as a cell phone. Just more chances for cracks.
posted on Mar 07, 2011, 1:41 PM 1
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I think you will see something more like the iPhone 4 form factor (square edges) with everything metal behind the screen. Remember, Apple has an exclusive for the consumer electronics market for the LiquidMetal patents (http://www.crunchgear.com/2010
/08/09/apple-buys-out-liquidmetal-patents-to-stay-one-step-ahead-in-ma terials-game/ )....
posted on Mar 07, 2011, 6:06 PM 1
No flash on camera? Did they try to make this look legitimate?
posted on Mar 07, 2011, 7:43 AM 1
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They should attach a dildo on the back so you can get it up the ass while dropping calls!
posted on Mar 07, 2011, 11:17 AM 2
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i would prefer the phone for gaming instead of ataching a dildo =P
posted on Mar 07, 2011, 11:35 AM 1
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For those criticizing the pic, I doubt that's the real prototype. You know how secret Apple is, they're not going to allow the iPhone 5 to be pictured on the net. This is just a sample of what it MAY look like.
posted on Mar 07, 2011, 12:53 PM 0
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i loved the design of the iphone 5. this sucks. I have the atrix right now and im returning it it sucks, so im waiting for the next iphone with all the rumors about it going to have a bigger screen. If it looks like this, im not buying it.
posted on Mar 07, 2011, 4:14 PM 0
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-__- thats a fake picture!!! thats just a white iphone 3gs with iphone4 menu/user Interface (?) and it cant be an iphone5...wheres the front facing cam, the promised bigger screen, buttonless face, 16 mp cam and flash???
posted on Mar 07, 2011, 7:47 PM 1
its actually the back of the ipad 2 just re-sized, and locations of buttons changed.
posted on Mar 07, 2011, 8:32 PM 0
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