Iphone 5 - Whats the new back panel for?

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  1. MacDK86, Jul 29, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2012

    MacDK86 macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2010
    A lot of the latest Iphone 5 mockups shows a new back panel.

    Im pretty sure this panel is added for a reason.
    It can´t be a visual one, while the panel makes it
    less solid casted than the iPhone 4(s)...IMO

    I have tried to come up with some ideas:

    o Extra Touch-panel. Could be used for scrolling web pages and games with no interference from hands in front of the screen.

    o A better feature would be an energy panel, which can suck energy from its surroundings:
    -power from the sun
    -power from heat -body heat, heat from the sun and what not..
    -electricity from a special charger without a cable (like the one for the magic mouse)

    o Signal improvement, 3g, 4g, NFC

    o Fingerprint recognition

    o Any suggestions?

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  2. Doctorsti macrumors regular

    May 30, 2006
    if anything it is "power mat" like device compatible. Highly doubt the touch pad or other ideas. Turning body heat into power would be a game changer however and not likely to be seen in a phone for some time now.
  3. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    I think the two most likely explanations are inductive charging and NFC.

    I'm not a big fan of inductive charging. The option is cool, but I will often use my phone while it is plugged in. Inductive charging limits you're use of the device to a flat surface while charging. Like I said, I don't mind the option because I know a lot of people will use it and I won't have to.

    NFC has serious potential but I doubt we will see it this year in the iPhone. I don't know- like others have said it may take Apple implementing NFC to generate enough hype for the merchants and banks to get on board and begin a widespread roll out. Right now, in my area, NFC is virtually non-existant.

    I think a touch panal would be cool and like you said it would open up a range of possibilities for gaming and browsing. Almost like having a touchpad mouse back there- I can see some devs making good use of that. But I don't think it's likely.

    That back pannel has me totally stumped. I agree it must serve a purpose, but I can't imagine what.
  4. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Hartford, CT
    Apple has plenty of patents for touch sensitive backings, probably laying the groundwork for the next iPhone after that rolled with some of the newly aquired Authentec fingerprint reading abilities ;)
  5. chrf097 macrumors 68040


    Dec 16, 2011
  6. Carl Sagan macrumors 6502a

    Carl Sagan

    May 31, 2011
    The Universe
    Wouldn't glass be better than any other material for NFC? I reckon it's just an ariel...
  7. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Inductive charging wouldn't necessarly have to exclude tethered charging.
    The same device could support both.
  8. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    yeah that's what I said... if it's an option than I don't mind.
  9. Sedrick macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
  10. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    The new back provides an (almost) unibody design.
    It eliminates the fragile glass.
    It avoids the signal opacity that an all-metal back would produce.
    It might allow for NFC or inductive charging but honestly, the unibody strength, and the elimination of the glass are reason enough for Apple to have made the change.
  11. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    I really really want inductive charging. It was an awesome feature on my old palm pré and I have wanted it on my iPhone for years. I have been hoping since these leaks first surfaced a few weeks back that the new design was for inductive charging. I'm not sure if apple will do it but I sure hope so.
  12. AAPLinc macrumors 65816

    Jul 27, 2012
    Hollywood, CA
    I think they simply stopped using glass because many people have problems with it breaking from drops.

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