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  • More Rumors Suggest Metal Back for iPhone 5


    According to a story in the Economic Daily News of Taiwan, Apple will be using aluminum rather than glass for the back material in the iPhone 5's case. This report is being echoed by a source at Foxconn, who is telling 9to5Mac that the iPhone 5 prototype has already been seen at their factory and is very similar in shape to the iPhone 4. Signal problems that would be caused by a metal case are said to be avoided by essentially putting the antenna in the Apple logo on the back.

    The Japanese blog Macotakara reports on a story in the Economic Daily News purportedly claiming that Apple has abandoned the Gorilla Glass back for the next generation iPhone. (Unintelligible googletrans here: it says nothing about metal but does contain a reference to the "Taiwan factory fun," which is awesome.) According to Macokatara, the switch to an aluminum case back was driven by problems with painting the glass back, weight and undesirable wear and scratching. 9to5Mac notes that despite reports of a curved back like the iPad's, the iPhone 5 will have a flat back like the iPhone 4.

    9to5Mac's report also says that their source did not specify the kind of metal to be used, but nevertheless speculates that the back will be made of Liquidmetal rather than aluminum. The original iPhone had an aluminum case back, but with a little plastic cap on the bottom to avoid blocking the antenna. This problem would be avoided if Apple keeps the stainless steel edge antenna of the iPhone 4, but the EDN report claims that Apple will abandon it in response to the "death grip" issue. Instead, the Apple logo on the back of the iPhone 5 will be made of a resin that is transparent to radio waves.

    There has been growing concern that the new A5 system on a chip - twice as big as the A4 - might not fit in the iPhone. However, the Economic Daily News report flatly asserts that there is "no doubt" that the iPhone 5 will have the A5. The release date is expected to be in June or July, in line with previous models.

    Source: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: More Rumors Suggest Metal Back for iPhone 5 started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. iphone?3gs's Avatar
      iphone?3gs -
      Quote Originally Posted by mw_w View Post
      I wish they had a picture of the front while it's powered up so we could see the screen size.
      That is not an actual picture of a prototype, it's a stainless steel back replacement.
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      I think that when mobile devices are too light it actually makes them feel cheap. Same thing with them being too thin. The iPhone 4 shape, size and weight are perfect. They just need to alter the materials and how it's put together.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Can I start camping out now for the iPhone 5 launch? Maybe I'll set a record!
    1. twndad's Avatar
      twndad -
      Is the photo suppose to be of a prototype Iphone 5?
      My Iphone 4 looks exactly like the one pictured.
      The brushed backplate is available on ebay for aprox $20 including shipping.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Agreed....APPLE please don't use aluminum, as my iPhone 1g always slipped out of my hands hahahaha!
    1. twitchthecat's Avatar
      twitchthecat -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheDirtyDiddler View Post
      I think that when mobile devices are too light it actually makes them feel cheap. Same thing with them being too thin. The iPhone 4 shape, size and weight are perfect. They just need to alter the materials and how it's put together.
      I concur. I would add an edge to edge screen and eliminate the home button for more screen. Put the home button on the side or top.
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      What I really want is a liquidmetal front. That would be BA. Who cares if I can't see.
    1. AfterMercyFM's Avatar
      AfterMercyFM -
      Quote Originally Posted by twitchthecat View Post
      I concur. I would add an edge to edge screen and eliminate the home button for more screen. Put the home button on the side or top.
      That's exactly what I said yesterday or a couple days ago. I completely agree; the entire front of the phone should be real estate for nothing but screen. I'm not entirely too sure if it would be, but it could be another stamp for Apple being "First" on something and then all others would follow suit removing the black bars above and below the screen.
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      lets face it: if apple tries to pull the "no improved batter life" trick again, a lot of people will be disappointed. I sincerely hope that Apple increases battery life, because the chances are next to none that apple will not include the A5.

      Tricky business here.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Hopefully putting antenna in back behind the logo won't make my hand interfere with the signal


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    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Eh.....looks neat but it isn't as sleek as the iPhone 4. The first iPhone back was ok.
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      Lol, removing the antenna from the sides which my hand interfered with when talk, to put it on the back of the phone. Cool, Apple, my hand doesn't often grace the back of the iphone when i use it. Are you serious???
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      Quote Originally Posted by k1653d View Post
      Picture is misleading. Those stainless steal backs have been available for the iphone 4 for months now.
      And PS: Don't but it, it's cheaply made.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Can I start camping out now for the iPhone 5 launch? Maybe I'll set a record!
      hmm thats an idea. Perhaps you would be interested in a corporate sponsor?
    1. xgus69's Avatar
      xgus69 -
      i have that iphone 4 back metal case.. its pretty legit.. i havent scratched it because i havent dropped my phone yet.. its easy to replace by the way.. just buy it on amazon
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      Quote Originally Posted by xgus69 View Post
      i have that iphone 4 back metal case.. its pretty legit.. i havent scratched it because i havent dropped my phone yet.. its easy to replace by the way.. just buy it on amazon
      I don't know if it's any better now but I got it right when it was released and the writing on the back started to get worn pretty fast. Besides that the part that the screws at the bottom screw into is plastic so it tends to get lose or break.
    1. purplemonkeyspank's Avatar
      purplemonkeyspank -
      The antenna will go in the back? bbbut what about their fancypants revolutionary iPhone 4 antenna design? Say it ain't so, Joe!
    1. Darksecrets's Avatar
      Darksecrets -
      I wonder if the Iphone 5 will be 4G compatible. I live in a area in which ATT has the 4g network or the H network.
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      whatever it looks like, i'll be getting 2. I can't wait 'til WWDC '11
    1. eddietah's Avatar
      eddietah -
      nice