Did the original iPhone have a glass face at first?

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  1. MyJelleo macrumors 6502

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    I was just thinking -- when the iPhone first was announced, there were a number of people who had hands on with the device. Now,a little before the actual release of the iPhone, apple announced that the phone's front would be glass and not plastic. What I'm wondering is whether the original demonstration model had a plastic face?
     
  2. tsice19 macrumors 6502a

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    Woah...

    I'm pretty sure the 1st gen iPhones and iPod touches both had glass faces.

    I'm wonder if the iPhone 3G is like a bastard child of the 1st gen iPhone. It's cheap partly because it's made with plastic instead of high quality parts.

    I smell it going the way of the Razr.
     
  3. kkat69 macrumors 68020

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    where did you read about the plastic?
     
  4. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Probably on Macrumors… ;) :p
     
  5. Luigi239 macrumors 6502a

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    When Apple first announced the iPhone at Macworld '07, they said that it would have a durable plastic screen. However, about 2 weeks before the launch, Apple posted updated specs on their website, giving it glass screen and better battery life.

    All iPhones that were manufactured and for sale have had a glass screen, including first generation.
     
  6. yode macrumors 6502

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    the screen will be the same...it will NOT be plastic
     
  7. kkat69 macrumors 68020

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    That I knew, I thought the OP was referring to the 3g. It should also be glass. I was curious what 'apple announcement' regarding the 3g talked about changing back to plastic front. I know of none.
     
  8. MyJelleo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    http://db.tidbits.com/article/9045

    Does no one else remember this? If they announced these changes 2 weeks before the actual release, what was the front of the original floor model during its announcement made out of?
     
  9. s8film40 macrumors 6502

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    I've always assumed that the original demonstration prototypes had a plastic screen since the impression I got was that switching to glass was a last minute decision. But I suppose its possible that the demo ones had glass and it had been planed for production models to be plastic and possibly when they saw the plastic having already used the glass decided to switch. Either way I also would be interested to know.
     
  10. Luigi239 macrumors 6502a

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    Well, according to Apple it was plastic, but we don't really know for sure because nobody really got to do a scratch or durability test on it when it was first announced.
     
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    HA HA ! Thats awesome the bastard child! I love it! YES the 3G is BUDGET! ! !

    X-
     
  13. MyJelleo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Okay, I guess I wasn't too clear with my opening post: I'm talking about the first generation iPhone, not the 3G revision.

    O, someone already answered my question. NM, thank you.
     
  14. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    I'm hoping for a one-inch thick bulletproof-shatterproof-safety glass! You know, the kind they put on the bank teller's cages now-a-days. LOL :D
     
  15. s8film40 macrumors 6502

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    The thing that most people don't realize is that the iPhone glass is actually plastic. Its an "optical quality" glass made from polymers so it it is technicly a plastic. I discovered this when I was trying to decide wether to use a screen protector or not,I really liked the feel of the smooth glass and didnt want to compromise that. I then discovered that the screen protector was made of the exact same material.
     
  16. kkat69 macrumors 68020

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    Similar to the iMac. The iMac front technically is and is not glass. If you thump it, it sounds a lot like plastic. But optical quality also being very recylcable would still produce a 'shatter' effect when smashed as some have seen destroyed iPhones.

    Provided it IS a silica polymer.
     
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  18. brandonzar macrumors regular

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    Irregardless of the process use to manufacture the glass if it is SiO2 then it is glass, not plastic. ;)

    I don't know why some people are so against the plastic back I look at it as one of the improvements. Not only do I find it more aesthetically pleasing than the previous two piece back, it is also more functional due to increased signal reception. If it made the phone cost less then that is just an added bonus. I'm not sure why anyone would pay more money for crappier reception and an uglier phone but if you prefer this just buy the original.
     
  19. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Wow. The old reading-comprehension score is pretty low on this thread. It looks like less than half the posters understood the question.

    The problem in answering it is that so few people got to touch that prototype. Only top-level Apple employees and some very select members of the media. (And even then, only for a minute or so.) I'm sure someone knows the answer to this but it's not going to be anyone who posts here.
     
  20. s8film40 macrumors 6502

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    Any transparent material falls under the definition of glass. You can have plastic glass. Glass can be made of many different materials for that matter.
     
  21. brandonzar macrumors regular

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    I suppose you are partially right as the broad definition of glass does include other inorganic and organic glasses like acrylic glass, but traditional glasses are made of silica dioxide doped with various other materials to impart certain desirable properties. In the original iphone keynote Steve Jobs got up and specifically said that the glass was silica dioxide, this is an inorganic glass and to the best of my knowledge inorganic glasses don't typically include organic components like polyacrylate except in laminated layers (like car windshields). This isn't my field of expertise though so if you have a source detailing the composition of the glass Apple uses post it cause I'd love to take a look.
     
  22. voicegy macrumors 65816

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    Huh?!

    Why is this thread even in existence?

    Who cares what the floor model had / had not. It's a well known fact that iPhone has glass, and they'll never waiver from that - why would they? It's easy to clean and stays looking brand new.

    End of story.
     
  23. Andronicus macrumors 6502a

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    I always wanted to ask this question too, but I was just too afraid. So, I for one am glad this thread exist :apple:
     
  24. randomusername macrumors 6502

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    Xploit? What BUDGET phone have you seen that has a great, responsive touch screen, 8GB and 16GB of internal memory, a durable screen, 3G, GPS, a great battery life, great reception (the plastic back helps, deal with it), and more? So stop making up random sh*t about this be a BUDGET! BUDGET! BUDGET! phone and leave the forums.
     
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    Show us the formula! I'll let you use my Macintosh Plus :)
     

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