I hope Apple doesn't move back to all glass on the back, anyone else agree?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Yogosans14, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. Yogosans14 macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2017
    North Carolina
    Glass is a huge fingerprint magnet and can easily shatter regardless of "gorilla glass".

    I much prefer the look and feel of the current metal iPhones. Am I the only one who feels this way?
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    I have to disagree. The 4/4s felt a lot like a premium device. Imho the 5/5s and later were steps backwards in the premium feel
  3. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    I agree. iPhones are expensive and Apple almost completely neglects physical durability for the price they ask.
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Apple is into sleek and thin and many would sacrifice durability for these virtues.

    I for one would be fine with less thin.
  5. Tom G., Jun 12, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2017

    Tom G. macrumors 68010

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    I disagree with the OP. I also liked the 4S and had no problem with it. Also a glass back will give Apple greater options to get rid of the "antenna bars" that everyone seems to dislike so much, while increasing signal strength.

    As far as durability goes - there will always be cases for it, and should I get one it will be in a case. All my iPhones have been and always will be, no matter what the case.

    Since Apple has come out with the ceramic Apple Watch I wonder how long it will be before they offer a ceramic iPhone? That could be awesome.
  6. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010

    Glass is less slippy than the current models and glass allows for wireless charging
  7. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    Metal back won't work on induction "wireless" changing, it has to be either glass or plastic.
  8. SparklyPickle macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2017
    I feel the same towards that.
  9. SparklyPickle macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2017
    Unless they make wireless charging possible via WiFi.
  10. oldmacs macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2010
    I hated glass backed iPhones. I mean they looked and felt great but they were a terrible idea durability wise. I had the 4 and was always nervous about smashing it. I thought moving to the little glass windows was a great idea.
  11. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    Sorry to burst your bubble but, OLED glass displays are thinner and more fragile than LCDs Apple uses. My iPhone 6 and 6s dropped on separate occasions and broke the inner LCD but not the exterior glass, just picture that. Awesomely they were fully replaced under Apple warranty since they showed NO physical damage. They could not figure out how the internal LCD was damaged but the outsides were ok. Other than a defect.

    Sometimes I feel that External glass on the back of Phones is there as a Damage indicator it's just supposed to break easily in order to alert technicians of user damage.

    And since the OLED IPhone will have no bezels it's gonna break easier.
  12. Perihelion macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2010
    I've always found the current aluminum back to be too slippery without a case. Actually made it easier to drop the phone. Looking forward to a glass back design!
  13. stphnthdr macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2013
    Yeah, i prefer the current aluminum too, they just feel more premium IMO and i hate to see fingerprint and grease on my phone (i like to use mine without case)
  14. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    Wireless charging. You need a glass back for this. I am OK with the glass back
  15. bufffilm, Jun 12, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2017

    bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    Can't beat a metal shell for durability, but wireless charging (which I don't give a hoot about) requires a glass back...so surprise, we will likely see a glass back on the redesign.

    This ain't rocket science...
  16. Newtons Apple, Jun 12, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2017

    Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I would think it just lacking "those ugly antenna lines" that many complained about would be a good reason for a glass back but with wireless charging . . . . not a choice here.
  17. cbreze macrumors 6502a


    Nov 26, 2014
    I need a sleek little case either way so I guess it doesn't matter that much to me, don't care about wireless charging. People drop their phones all the time and they're going to break some of them. I think glass backsides are slippery as the metal ones. The greasy finger smudges look terrible.
    So phone makers sit around at meetings trying to strum up new revenue streams all the time.
    "So how about we make our phones even more fragile and prone to shattering when dropped then we get to increase our repair revenue stream. Lets make them out of glass! Brilliant, and the consumer will think their phones are even more beautiful and we also will have reason to charge more up front. Win/Win."
    Think about it, all around the various phone forums people are talking about shattering their backsides. A case can help alot but "naked" seems to be the "in" thing.
  18. off_piste macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2015
    I hate the "wireless" charging being bandied about as some kind of magical progression of technology and convenience. It's not wireless as you're still tethered to a cable. The difference is that you don't have to plug something in. Big deal. If I need to use it and it needs to charge I'm holding the phone and mat or hockey puck, etc.
  19. Relentless Power, Jun 12, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2017

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Well said. And you're correct. True wireless charging is not here yet. The current standard while a device is charging still requires a stationary Mat or dock that needs direct placement for the device to be secured to charge. Until then, I have no issue using inductive charging for my Apple Watch or a lightning cable for my iPhone/other Apple devices.
  20. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida

    It is just a term we and the industry uses so you are going to have to continue to hate. You are in good company.

    Just not worth getting upset over, the term wireless is here to stay.
  21. elev8d macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2008
    But this looks so nice... iphone-8-concept2.jpg
    --- Post Merged, Jun 13, 2017 ---
    Is the front of your phone covered in fingerprint grease? Mine personally never looks that bad.
  22. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    I carried a 4 series phone for over 3 years and never had a problem. It was the most durable phone I've owned.
  23. TMRJIJ macrumors 68030


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    Looks nice and easily breakable too.
  24. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Almost everything they use is fingerprint prone.
    I wouldn't mind glass, it will bring back memories from the i4 days :)
  25. Harmonious Zen macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2013
    If glass enables wireless charging, I'm all for it. I've got a case on my phone regardless.

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