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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. iSteed's Avatar
      iSteed -
      Quote Originally Posted by romeo_herman View Post

      Better mine..ha...
      I really hope it will look something like this. That other thing looks like an ipod touch. Not that it's terrible but I don't like it more then the current design
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zplit View Post
      I like that!! where did you get this? thanks in advanve
      Thanks! Check out CNN.cn

      Lots of accessories. Probably pick on up on eBay ad well.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      The brushed metal look is fantastic, I'll say. Don't know how likely Apple will do that but it sure would be sleek.
    1. iPittsburgh's Avatar
      iPittsburgh -
      I hope the picture originally posted by zinjen is not any sign of what the iphone 5 would look like. It looks like an iPod Touch and I personally do not like the feel of an iPod Touch because it is too thin for my hand and I feel like I'm going to break it every time I pick one up. I however like the feel of an iPhone 4 a lot and the glass looks great, but the metal back looks pretty good too. I don't know about you guys but I think I have droppen my iPhone a total of 3 times since I got it, so no scratches or cracks here.
    1. VinDawg's Avatar
      VinDawg -
      Why not just make it Gold? We all love our Apple products, and we all talk about them like there Gold.
    1. smooth22's Avatar
      smooth22 -
      If they gave it a wider thinner smooth medal look it would look better but medal dose scratch, iPhone 4 is very scratch proof I haven't any problems with scratches.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I would love the next iPhone to be as thin as the iPad 2 I think Apple will always try to make the next generation of any product more scratch resistant.
    1. sucram6791's Avatar
      sucram6791 -
      i definitely am in favor of this idea but not if its gonna look like the pix above
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Quote Originally Posted by pacmac View Post
      ^^ eeeekk yuck

      Just make the iPhone 5 same as 4 just thinner and antenna inside..the iPhone 4 glass front/back is sexy unlike other smart phones.
      There is such a thing as TOO thin, and that would be an example. Especially if both sides are glass.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      They need to bring the metal back. It was the sexiest. Oddly enough I never had reception issues with it either.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Apple wouldn't shame themselves like that. They would have a better design. I agree with black metal. That would be pretty sweet.
    1. ufcsean's Avatar
      ufcsean -
      How can some of you people possibly think that picture is an actual leaked photo?

      Get the mods to make an article about this one and you'd probably believe it.

    1. atorres062's Avatar
      atorres062 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ufcsean View Post
      How can some of you people possibly think that picture is an actual leaked photo?

      Get the mods to make an article about this one and you'd probably believe it.

      They probably would but I actually kind of like this one. Thinner, bigger screen...
    1. Ryry506's Avatar
      Ryry506 -
      I would like that design honestly looks nice love the shrinked icons looks a small version of a ipad
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I dig it
    1. Mateor's Avatar
      Mateor -
      man i hope that this is true. i really liked the look of the aluminum back.
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      I like the look of it also, very cool. We can only hope...........
    1. Turnamental's Avatar
      Turnamental -
      Quote Originally Posted by x98car View Post
      I dunno, I kind of like the look of that.
      I tend to agree. I would love to see the rounder back return and it looks good.
    1. HeavyD4's Avatar
      HeavyD4 -
      Apple should have removable batteries and give u a choice of the backing
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by HeavyD4 View Post
      Apple should have removable batteries and give u a choice of the backing
      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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