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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. zeroskater61's Avatar
      zeroskater61 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CynicalDriver View Post
      They'll never do this. They would not be able to prevent aftermarket companies from making different backs, which would change the look/feel of the phone. Apple hates customization. They're ok with "bumpers" or cases, but with a replaceable back-panel, they'd lose revenue from people who have to come in for repairs on them.


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      There's already after market back panels for the iPhone 4.... I have an aluminum light green back panel for my iPhone 4 and it looks pretty nice and I got my girl friend a hot pink back panel for her iPhone 4.... There's a few colors which you can find on eBay. And it's easy to replace so if anything ever happens to the phone just put the original part back on and take it back to apple and they'll never know.


      http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b44/ZEROSKATER61/be033f97.jpg
    1. HeavyD4's Avatar
      HeavyD4 -
      Thats the one problem i have with apple they have to much contol over something u bought,after u buy a TV does the company u got it from tell u what channels u can watch,once u buy it its urs not a rental,if they gave me a free one every time a newer version came out i wouldnt have a problem with it,we know thats never happening!!!
    1. delizaza23's Avatar
      delizaza23 -
      I am very happy with glass it looks classy so no thanks I do not want aluminium.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      The reason apple doesn't have removable backs and batteries is so they can pack a better battery into a smaller space because they don't have to make it "user replaceable", even though many of us have to know-how and could do it anyway.
    1. HeavyD4's Avatar
      HeavyD4 -
      C this is my point everyone has there own style or preference that's y we should have a choice, I like change so I would like the option to switch when ever I felt like it.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by zeroskater61 View Post
      There's already after market back panels for the iPhone 4.... I have an aluminum light green back panel for my iPhone 4 and it looks pretty nice and I got my girl friend a hot pink back panel for her iPhone 4.... There's a few colors which you can find on eBay. And it's easy to replace so if anything ever happens to the phone just put the original part back on and take it back to apple and they'll never know.


      http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b4...1/be033f97.jpg
      I knew someone was going to say something like this.

      It's not an "accepted" product. Technically, you void the warranty by doing this. You don't void the warranty on a BB by replacing the battery cover.

      Also, those companies are committing a crime. By putting the Apple logo on their product, they can be sued by Apple.

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    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by HeavyD4 View Post
      C this is my point everyone has there own style or preference that's y we should have a choice, I like change so I would like the option to switch when ever I felt like it.
      And I like a more durable phone with a battery better than pretty much every other phone.
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      pretty nice, i like it.