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  • Rumor: Apple Considering Aluminum Back for iPhone 5


    Apple is believed to be weighing its options with regard to dumping the present iPhone 4 glass back design in favor of an aluminum back reminiscent of the very first iPhone that debuted almost four years ago. If the change takes place, it will likely happen ahead of the anticipated iPhone 5 launch this summer.

    Based on the information possessed by the folks at Taiwan's Economic Daily News, Apple is pushing ahead with an iPhone 5 design that is remarkably similar to the iPod touch. Rumors aside, logic would suggest that Apple may dump their use of glass in favor of aluminum to reduce both the weight of the iPhone 5 and to increase its resistance to scratches. As we've been reading extensively in recent weeks, Apple is apparently taking "scratch resistant" surfaces and coatings very seriously. Consequently, the iPhone 5 will probably be the most scratch-proof handset in the five generation existence of the iPhone.

    Although the Taiwanese report is - for some reason - generating hype primarily for the handset's rumored aluminum backing, the same report also dishes on something that - if true - would seemingly be of much greater interest to the majority of iPhone fans and users. According to Taiwan's Economic Daily News, the iPhone 5 will deliver the same A5 processor as the iPad 2, a development that will deliver an entirely new capacity for speed to the handset.

    Source: Taiwan's Economic Daily News (from Macotakara and Apple Insider).
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Rumor: Apple Considering Aluminum Back for iPhone 5 started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 88 Comments
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Aluminum unibody like the iPad or MacBook pro my bad needed to specify.
    1. saunupe1911's Avatar
      saunupe1911 -
      I added an aluminum back to my iPhone 4. It looks so much better and it gives me much more confidence and protection against drops. It looks really good with the aluminum antenna.
    1. johnr9412's Avatar
      johnr9412 -
      I think the whole A5 thing was looked over because everyone was already assuming it's happening
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      YEah a5 is a gimme
    1. that_girl's Avatar
      that_girl -
      I personally want a gold metal back and a white front. Delicious.
    1. carbeto's Avatar
      carbeto -
      Im hoping for a 64gb iPhone!
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by carbeto View Post
      Im hoping for a 64gb iPhone!
      64 would Be amazing
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Yeah 64gb and A5 that would be great
    1. that_girl's Avatar
      that_girl -
      64 gb yes please!
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      I was rocking a Alum Back on my i4 for months ... It's not that bad !!!

      The Picture above is HORRIBLE !!! Does no justice to what it can look like
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by carbeto View Post
      Im hoping for a 64gb iPhone!
      haaaa!..that's funny to me.
    1. kingosama's Avatar
      kingosama -
      Quote Originally Posted by delusion950 View Post
      I kind of like it except Apple wouldnt go back to the same design they once made.

      From 2G to 3G big difference. From 3G and 3GS, 4G looked nothing like the two.
      This doesn't look as classy as the iPhone 4. I like the current flat, black iPhone I am not using any protection apart from some protection film.
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by delusion950 View Post
      Didnt iPhone 2G have Aluminun back? So whenever you put your phone down on the table scratches are all over the phone. After a month phone looked like you went skiing with it.
      I went skiing with my i4, and it is still in pristine condition.
    1. saunupe1911's Avatar
      saunupe1911 -
      Yeah I've got the raised aluminum back as well. It looks like its OEM next to the aluminum antenna. Very beautiful setup. I have a feeling Apple will create something similar with a more uni-body approach like they do with iPod Touches. Its probably going to a be a pain to remove it. I don't think Apple likes that fact that 3rd party companies are developing so many custom iPhone 4 back covers.
    1. justinclark's Avatar
      justinclark -
      Quote Originally Posted by delusion950 View Post
      Didnt iPhone 2G have Aluminun back? So whenever you put your phone down on the table scratches are all over the phone. After a month phone looked like you went skiing with it.
      Not even close dude. I owned the first get iPhone and the aluminum back was extremely resilient. More so than any plastic or glass that they have used since. I'm quite fond of the current design but I've been hoping for an aluminum version for a while now.
    1. reppin4you's Avatar
      reppin4you -
      Am I the only one who actually liked the first gen iPhone design.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by reppin4you View Post
      Am I the only one who actually liked the first gen iPhone design.
      No i love that design and actually i still have one
    1. Tfost's Avatar
      Tfost -
      Blue steel! That's what they need it to be
    1. Amadomon's Avatar
      Amadomon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Westerman View Post
      No i love that design and actually i still have one
      +1
    1. XFaega's Avatar
      XFaega -
      The first Gen iPhone was great but hated working on them because the back was so hard to get off without bending it.