Home Button glows in the dark!

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  1. gregbenj macrumors member

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    When I put my iphone under UV light at a store's display, I saw that the home button glowed [under the UV light] -- like those little stars I had (okay...still have) in my room to make it easier to fall asleep. Interesting optical property...

    EDIT:
    It does glow when a light is on it and it happens to be in the dark too :) I understand the criticism for the thread title and am sorry so many people got worked up about it -- missed out somewhere on the lingo. Just reporting an observation. But The interesting thing is that all the other surfaces on the phone are under the same light, yet there is a contrast.

    As coldplay would say: Lights will guide you home

    G.B.:apple:
     

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  2. gilkisson macrumors 65816

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    So, Timothy Leary would have owned an iPhone? :D
     
  3. Etnies419 macrumors 6502

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    I tried it, and I got it to work a little, but it didn't really glow, you just saw the light. I think it's because of the way that the button is curved, that it's refracting the light in a certain way to give the effect that it's glowing.
     
  4. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Care to change the thread title? Your phone doesn't glow in the dark, it reacts to UV light. There's a difference....
     
  5. eplchamps0304 macrumors 6502a

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    A lot of things will look different in the same situation. Why would apple spend time and money just to do this, what would be the point?
     
  6. gregbenj thread starter macrumors member

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    inter'stella'... tried to clarify title, but cannot edit it.

    But:
    you think it 'reacts' to UV light meaning that there is a chemical reaction with the UV frequency?

    or did you mean that the surface of the home button has optical properties that allows it to illuminate (glow??)

    G.B.:apple:
     
  7. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    He means that it doesn't "glow in the dark," but rather it "glows when you shine a light on it."

    Ok, that's cool, but not really the same thing! Love the picture, though!
     
  8. CarlsonCustoms macrumors 6502

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    hmm trippy.. what does the display look like when its on under the UV light?

    Who still uses blacklights anyways?

    Zack
     
  9. svndmvn Guest

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    Same goes for my black plastic iPod nano and for the back of the 3g iPhone,guess you had a cover,take it off next time
     
  10. sandman42 macrumors 6502a

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    Don't mean to be pedantic, but what it's really doing is fluorescing: absorbing the UV energy and re-emiting it at another frequency in the visible range. The home button must be made of a material that has this property, where the glass screen that surrounds it doesn't. Just happenstance, rather than design, I'm sure.
     
  11. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    DId you buy your phone from a legit source? Maybe its stolen and someone has used UV marker to help ID it.

    I have UV'd mine incase it gets nicked and recovered (unlikely I know). :rolleyes:
     
  12. gilkisson macrumors 65816

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    Thank you! I've been wanting to say the same thing, and didn't want to pontificate.

    It's the little things that bug me....:confused:
     
  13. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    Please do elaborate... I am a college student and have no qualms about taking excessive measures incase my stuff is stolen. :)
     
  14. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    I have marked my iPhone with my signature with a UV marker. In normal light you can't see it but under a UV light you can. that way if my phone gets nicked and is recovered by the police but all my data is gone I can still prove its mine as I know where and what is invisibly marked on the phone.
     
  15. deorg macrumors 6502

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    sorry man , but I dont notice any glow in that button...:(
     
  16. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    And where would one obtain said UV marker... :cool:
     
  17. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    I got mine from the UV marker fairy. It came through the post as part of a crime awareness thing launched by the local Police.

    Maybe contact your local police station and you might get a few for free or failing that try a hardware or stationery store.
     
  18. gregbenj thread starter macrumors member

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    The display is under the UV light
     
  19. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    I think you missed the key word...

     
  20. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

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    Amazon has a few different ones.
     
  21. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    Don't know if it's so much glowing but could be that because it's concave it reflects it differently than the rest of the phone.
     
  22. svndmvn Guest

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    no,as I was saying earlier, same thing happens to 1st gen black iPod Nanos, white as well,I guess..and the back of the iPhone 3g too
     
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    this is one place
     

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