the glass back

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by fadij, May 29, 2010.

  1. fadij macrumors newbie

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    whats the deal with the glass back on the new iPhone? why do you guys think its there for? :confused: lets hear your thoughts...
     
  2. NorrisKillsKids macrumors 6502a

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    The glass/ceramic back is to improve signal quality (including radio I think) and prevent scratches I believe. I remember reading about it somewhere a while ago so I'm not 100% sure but that's the basics of it.
     
  3. tuna macrumors 6502

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    They wanted a material that wouldn't block RF like metal, but that would feel more solid/expensive/"premium" than plastic?

    That would be my best guess. Unless there's going to be some sort of touch interface on the back as well, I don't know what it could be used for.
     
  4. elephunkman macrumors 65816

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    The touch interface has me thinking about something like the Moto Backflip.
     
  5. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Ceramic-based materials are highly scratch-proof. So this is a change for good. Regardless though, I will still get some nice (probably silicon) skin for it.
     
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  7. JosephBergdoll macrumors 6502

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    So when you drop your phone, both sides shatter instead of just one!
     
  8. fadij thread starter macrumors newbie

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    touch interface? how would anything like that work?
     
  9. doubleatheman macrumors 6502a

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    Moto BackFlip?
     
  10. elephunkman macrumors 65816

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    I'm wondering what do we possibly need the touch sensitive back for? Maybe finger swipes to open multitasking or change songs?
     
  11. cobie454 macrumors regular

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    i think its gonna be some kind of hybrid material, i hope it improves cell signal but still protects the phone
     
  12. Irish Rose macrumors 65816

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    I believe as others have said, that it was made this way, to improve the signal quality.
     
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  14. VulchR macrumors 68020

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    No doubt it strengthens signal reception, which hopefully will decrease the load on the battery.
     
  15. Jinkst macrumors 6502

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    I doubt the rumors of the back being touch sensitive are true, although it is highly possible.

    If they make the back casing touch sensitive for anything important then they will be potentially killing the iPhone case market as a case would then cover some of the controls. Having said that, the reason I still think it's possible, although highly doubtful, is they could always make it touch sensitive, but the controls are not for necessarily important tasks, ie finger swipe to change tracks etc, and hence only people that want to use them need to.
     
  16. Blueline29 macrumors 68020

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    If the back does anything to improve the cell signal I've been having to deal with at home for the last few months, it could be made out of buffalo dung and I'd be happy. :)
     
  17. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Well now I sure hope it is made just out of that. ;)
     

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