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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. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      If the next iPhone doesn't have more than 512MB of RAM I won't be upgrading. Instead I'll be an additional year of coverage and keeping the one I have!
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      Quote Originally Posted by k1653d View Post
      Picture is misleading. Those stainless steal backs have been available for the iphone 4 for months now.
      True!! There are also pwnapple logo available too
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      As long as it looks/feels good and doesn't have the same antenna issue then we're good to go.
    1. macimaster's Avatar
      macimaster -
      Lol you can purchase these things online...loving my red iPhone 4 atm was White now I've ordered a bright yellow,

      With the iphone 5 I don't see there being much different in design tbh they are going to want to make a point to people about the 'antennagate' if they change the design now it will look like they have given in..do u agree?
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by macimaster View Post
      Lol you can purchase these things online...loving my red iPhone 4 atm was White now I've ordered a bright yellow,

      With the iphone 5 I don't see there being much different in design tbh they are going to want to make a point to people about the 'antennagate' if they change the design now it will look like they have given in..do u agree?
      They already changed the antenna design, look at VeriPhone.

      I do agree though, it will not be much different at all.


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    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by twndad View Post
      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.
      Uhh... no, or else the story would read "Pictures of iPhone 5 leaked! Metal back CONFIRMED!"

      Everyone knows about the replacement backs for the iPhone 4 and anyone who doesn't know who jumps to the conclusion that this is supposed to represent an iPhone 5 is just being stupid.