I'm wondering about the plastic back

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by macflurry, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. macflurry macrumors member

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    I've been wondering about the Iphone's redesign an want to ask;
    is the reason behind the Iphones plastic back was to
    a)save costs
    b)accomodate the 3g chipset in the event that the metal back would interfere with the chips
    c)just the mood Jobs was in

    Along with that, do you think we'll ever see a metal behinded iphone again?
    discuss?
     
  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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  4. wako macrumors 65816

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    yeah i think it was really dumb of apple to go plastic on the back... they been preaching of how great their company is for their lines of computer going aluminum, and now they took a step back with one of their products...


    either way, i think it was to cut costs, doubt it to accomodate space. You can make a aluminum backing to fit the dimension it needs.


    either way though, despite my huge disappointment, ill be in line to get a new iPhone regardless of whats on the back
     
  5. firewood macrumors 604

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    laws of physics

    The 3G radio uses more of the lower (under 1 GHz) frequency bands, requiring a bigger antenna that's farther away from any metal shielding than do the 1.8/1.9/2.4 GHz antennas, for the same antenna gain. (Antenna size is related to the reciprocal of the frequency.) The higher 3G data rates may also work more reliably with a less shielded antenna, and a bigger antenna may also allow using less transmit power. Thus a big plastic back instead of a little plastic cover over a small hole in a metal back.

    It's physics. Can't do too much about that (except maybe require more battery power for worse data rates at a higher manufacturing cost...)
     
  6. yode macrumors 6502

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    wow you really don't know what you are talking about.
     
  7. Van Wildonher macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah man that aluminum plastic back on the first iPhone is the *****.
     
  8. wako macrumors 65816

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    well thanks for clarifying things for me... oh wait you didnt, so back to what i was saying then...
     
  9. MacsAttack macrumors 6502a

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    Always wondered why they didn't run the antennas around the edge of the phone and keep a glass front and metal back.

    Also wonder why they don't do this with the MacBooks - which reportedly suffer poor WiFi reception
     
  10. yode macrumors 6502

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    Ok. The reason for the plastic back is not only to cut costs (although it probably did a bit) but because of the 10 antennas it houses. It needs a bigger 'plastic' area for better reception and for everything like GPS and the 3G chip to operate correctly. The half aluminum half plastic would not work very well.
     
  11. yode macrumors 6502

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    They DID keep a glass front for the 3G.
     
  12. wako macrumors 65816

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    well thanks for summarizing what you learned from the above post
     
  13. yode macrumors 6502

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    All that person said was the 3G antenna was bigger. That's it.
     

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