Redesigned iPhone 5: what ever happened to the "metal/polycarbonate back" rumour?

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  1. Goldfrapp macrumors 601

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    I remember some time ago there were rumors of the fifth iPhone featuring a new metal or polycarbonate back. Is there a chance of it happening come June/July? What do you think?
     
  2. Eldiablojoe macrumors 6502a

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    Didn't they buy that liquid metal company?
     
  3. pezcore350 macrumors newbie

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    Cyberdyne?
     
  4. Knowimagination macrumors 68000

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    Ummm... Wow... You're kidding right...
     
  6. Goldfrapp thread starter macrumors 601

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    I really hope that's how the fifth iPhone will be redesigned. :eek:
     
  7. Eso macrumors 68000

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    It was a design for the back of the iPhone 3GS, but they didn't end up using it.
     
  8. RebeccaL macrumors 6502a

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    LOL


    I think this metal back rumor was born from the pics of the replacement aluminum back covers available for the iPhone 4.
     
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  11. iPhysicist macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly - and other complex shapes. But never they will use it for a simple backplate.

    Liquid metal is not new, it is more of an advanced cast iron with special alloys.
     
  12. itsmemuffins macrumors 68030

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    No, only stabbing weapons.
     
  13. redbeard331 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm hoping they give us a liquid metal case in black, looking something halfway between a 3G and a 4. And then with a cut out for the Apple logo made of plastic for the antenna to hide behind, which could also hide a notification light.
     
  14. Stealthipad macrumors 68040

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    If they move the antenna back inside the phone, where it belongs, I can't see a metal back. It would be degrading to the RF.

    I would rather a high end plastic like maybe what a Glock is made of.:eek: Durable with the same color all the way through so if it gets scratched it remains the same color.;)

    There is nothing wrong with plastic if it is the right plastic.:)
     
  15. Sedrick macrumors 68030

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    Exactly. And there's everything wrong with a glass back. Slippery, shatter-prone, scratches easily. Bad choice that. It's a crime to design a phone that almost requires you to put a case on it.
     
  16. duction macrumors 6502a

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    Enjoy the phone, sod the case! Unless it's going to be an antique you don't need to keep it pristine lols
     
  17. Stealthipad macrumors 68040

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    Some people want "pretty".

    I think rugged would be much better. With high quality plastics you could get pretty and rugged. No case would be required. I have never had a case that did not degrade access to the buttons/controls.
     

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