Anyone Else Not Believing this Matte Casing Iteration?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Andrew K., May 29, 2009.

  1. Andrew K. macrumors 65816

    Jul 9, 2008
    Okay I'm gonna just say it, I think it's a horrible idea on so many levels here's why:

    The Material:

    Yes it's more durable, but look at The incase sliders or any other matte case you find, it holds up well, but gets scratches from even fingernails. It gouges and for those with sweaty hands ( not me ) it ends up looking smudged and dirty in a matter of weeks.


    What's the other color gonna be? WHITE? Have you seen what happens to white matte, a guy on here had bought a case in matte white and after only ONE DAY it had dirt smudges gathering all over, it looked like hell.


    Where is it? Apple's design team just doesn't take a year off and say,

    "Just go with Matte and a darker bezel, BAM we're done!"

    Forget the material for a second, it's the same contoured body as the 3G. Yes they subtly change design sometimes but this is just a bezel change and a material backing? Especially when the competition is just starting to get heated (Palm Pre, G2, and the Storm), Apple needs to SHOW us why they are different.

    Mass Consumer Attraction and Advertising:

    Besides us, how do you see this change in the eyes of the everyday consumer. Apple loves sexiness and attracting attention, you all know that. This sets them back quite a bit with the main audience no matter how much better it may be than the glossy plastic. As if that's hard enough how is Apple going to show everyone how different and new it is if it looks like a dull version of the 3G? I know WE know the specs, but they would be missing the audience in which they make the most money.


    Didn't we see these sold on eBay already? With the same pics and one with a 32gb tag? It would seem pretty easy for a foreign manufacturer to make these at a cheap price.


    What is the stamp doing on there already? We know when the FCC receives and reports a new product like this. Also someone pointed out the height of the matte looks shorter than the actual 3G.

    I know it's a dream for some of you guys here, but from a business standpoint and a consumer's, I don't think these pictures are the real iPhone.

    :rolleyes: or maybe I'm just talking out of my butt :rolleyes:

  2. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    I don't think they'll go with it and all your points are valid. A matte back is just not a reasonable evolution in terms of the device.
  3. robothero macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2009
    I like the matte much better than the shiny 3g crap.
  4. britboyj macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2009
    Has anyone considered that it might be matte black metal like the current 4GB Shuffle or black Nano?
  5. Andrew K. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 9, 2008
    YES and I am really hoping it is but we have the antenna issue to deal with ? Is the aluminum melded with a carbon fiber piece for the antenna to get through? That way it looks cohesive, useful and awesome? I like the way you think :D
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Doubtful because when it comes to apple there are many suffering from tunnel vision. I see matte black metal before I see rubbery matte.
  7. silentsal macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2009
    I was thinking the same thing. I have never liked the feel of matte and I know quite a few people that don't like it either. I don't think there is any way Apple would put it on a product when they should know that a lot of people don't like it.

    Also, it just wouldn't feel good on a phone. I used to have a matte case and it was extremely hard to get out of my pocket and scratched like no tomorrow.
  8. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
  9. Andrew K. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 9, 2008
    Hahaha :D to bad that's not my name ;)
  10. Dr. Cabrera macrumors 65816

    Aug 25, 2008
    Los Angeles
    Ok lets see if we can break down your argument one at a time

    Yeah and so does a gloss finish. The matte finish will actually hide smaller scracthes, where the gloss finish will hide ABSOLUTELY NONE.

    The matte finish will show grease and wear a lot easier ( I agree with you here)

    I'm sorry but I have a matte white keyboard, and it it is perfectly white. I don't know why your hands are so dirty, but this is obviously a per user opinion, and not fact. I do tend to use hand sanitizer about 3x a day so I'm pretty sure that's why my hands are always clean :D

    I'm sorry I guess they must have missed your application for hire at the Apple design team. Not every new device has to be a revolution, an evolution of an already succesful design is perfectly fine.

    Not everyone is so shallow that they care about looks. In fact I still think the original iPHone looks better than the 3G. SO WHAT !!
    To me the features of the iPhone 3G compared to the original made choosing the new one an easy choice

    Oh yeah apple has a serious problem here. It's not like any other phone has cheap chinese knockoff parts and accessories.:rolleyes: ( this is probably your worst point )

    Not true

    NO one has ever mentioned that these are the final pictures of the phone. Every single time, people have hinted ( and rumored) that this is what the iPhone will look like)

    Even the black bezel is up for debate. In the end Apple could always just add a chrome plating to it, we don't know what the final design will look like.

    Good post, but honestly It's all still speculation. I would reserve your public outcry until the phone is actually released.
  11. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    And Dr. Cabrera takes the rook and spoils the potential fun. :cool:
    I love you all the same Doogie.
  12. fishmoose macrumors 68000

    Jul 1, 2008
    How would you take the thing out of your pocket?
  13. =MuLti-CeLL= macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2009
    I agree. I would like a little more durability than what is currently offered.

    Havnt' considered that but sounds good to me!

    How YOU doin'..? :cool:

    :confused: uhhh.

    The Dr. has spoken.
  14. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    "Matte" doesn't mean "rubbery".

    You can't possibly know how it feels from a photo. Think about it.
  15. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    I have a SonyEricsson K810i in front of me, which has somekind of matte rubbery dark blue back casing.

    1. It's not hard to get out of your pocket at all, it's not that rubbery.
    2. It doesn't have a single scratch after more than one year of usage.
    3. It's not dirty at all, looks still new.

    If SonyEricsson can do it, then so can Apple. Chill out people.
  16. genmic macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2009
    Exactly! Anyways, I'm sure anything will be an upgrade from the current glossy plastic. At worst it will have the same fingerprint problem but improved durability. And I'm thinking that if Apple is going to introduce a new casing they will have spent the time to make sure it's balanced and much improved.
  17. Andrew K. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 9, 2008
  18. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2007
    das Fort
    Yep. I was always thinking it would be metal of some sort. I can't imagine Apple ever making an iPod/iPhone with a silicon/rubber back. That's what cases are for (and they surely don't want to cripple the case market).
  19. Luke1robb macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2008
    Cambridge, MA/Smithfield, RI
    I actually like the matte look a lot and I think Apple will design in such a way that it handles better than the incase slider.
  20. bjquach macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2008
    Closest matte case to this I have seen so far is the Power Support Air Jacket (BLK). It is resistant to scratches, has a nice feel to it, easy to take out of pocket, and has a good quality build to it. I bet Apple can increase the quality and durability of its case. They don't spend millions on their engineers and technicians to develop a case that'll crack or break. (minus 3g glossy case haha)
  21. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    Or they DO design cases that crack and scratch to give people incentive to upgrade when the next model comes out.
  22. coolant113 macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2007
    New Jersey
    At first when saw the Matte backing i thought it was pretty nice looking.. i mean it is... but now all these points you have made i think i have to agree with you on them:apple::apple:
  23. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    People are cheering no more cracks and scratches for the matte case, but in reality, the 3rd gen iPhone (matte or not) will have its own set of problems.

    1st gen: non-responsiveness screen
    2nd gen: cracks and defective slient switch
    3rd gen: ????????
  24. robothero macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2009
    You should follow engadget more. It happens all the time.
  25. Andrew K. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 9, 2008
    haha actually I do a lot :D , like every day, but most all those keepin' real fakes come out after the original product does.

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