The mystery of the iPhone black bottom

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MikeDTyke, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. MikeDTyke macrumors 6502a

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    I've seen a lot of chat about the software announced or rumored to be on the iphone, but very little on the styling and design.

    One thing that piques my curiosity is the black (plastic) panel at the base of the phone. Is it purely for the antennas for gsm/wifi? Or is there another purpose?

    I mean has apple stated categorically that the battery is fixed, like the ipod? I don't remember the battery other than it's lifespan ever being mentioned in the Jobs keynote. I also thought it was a likely location for the sim card, but then images and keynote also refer to a tray at the top of the phone for a sim. Not to mention it's quite a large panel if it were just for a sim card.

    Couple this with the fact that the ipod and apple's designs in general like whole surfaces to be made of one material. This brushed aluminium/black plastic combo is so very unlike them, i feel there's gotta be something more to it.

    Removable battery, great, memory expansion, awesome.

    Here's a photo, does anyone have a hi-res image of the back, so we can look for friction ridges, to see if it's removable?

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    Cheers M.
     
  2. Cybix macrumors 6502a

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    who cares? really? cant we just wait until the device is released? instead of speculating what 'xyz' might be on the phone?

    oh crap, just realised I'm on a rumors forum.... my bad. :rolleyes:
     
  3. spencecb macrumors 6502a

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    This is very interesting, as I don't recall ever seeing an image of the back of the iPhone, except for maybe in Jobs keynote. Maybe there is something they have been hiding?
     
  4. Jebaloo macrumors 6502

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    Surely it's for the aerial/wifi/bluetooth etc... that work best when not trying to communicating through metal?
     
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    im so happy someone

    brings this up. I was wondering the samething like what is that? Not very Apple-esque ? Its not a clean design at all ?
     
  7. aricher macrumors 68020

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    Seems to work fine on my aluminum PowerBook.
     
  8. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Don't they have rubber "soft spots" that the Wifi & BT seeps through?
     
  9. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Yes, they do.
     
  10. aricher macrumors 68020

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    Oh yeah - forgot about that part. maybe the bottom is just for signal transmission/reception.
     
  11. MikeDTyke thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You're right, doesn't look very removable. :mad:

    Maybe it is just to ensure the antenna's aren't encumbered by an aluminium shell.

    M.
     
  12. Cepe Indicum macrumors regular

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    I've never really thought about this too much... I just thought the layout of the iPhone would be similar to that of my current phone - the Motorola SLVR.

    This pic shows the SLVR with the back cover removed... you can see how the bottom sixth-ish, remains in place, but the top section allows you access to the battery, under which is the SIM card.

    People here are always talking about the SIM card slot not being visible on the Keynote slide, even though there is an arrow pointing at something on one of the slides... an arrangement similar to that of the SLVR might explain this also.

    Obviously, I could easily be wrong; particularly as the iPhone doesn't look as though it comes apart easily. I think we should just wait and see!
     
  13. Hemingray macrumors 68030

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    Given Apple's history of "uber-user-friendy" accessibility with the iPod?

    Get your can openers ready...
     
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    How can you tell anything from that blurry photo? Oh wait, the guys behind the display case have Canon cameras! :D
     
  15. Vinnie_vw macrumors 6502

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    I know that some independent reporters like David Pogue, NYT, were given hands-on access to the phone. Wouldn't they have checked for and reported such a possibility?
     
  16. Finnxeon macrumors regular

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    it actually might be really nice because it wont get scratched on the bottom from the dock....we all know how scratched up that shiny aluminum can get on our ipods....maybe.....idk just a thought

    Edit- I guess it isn't shiny aluminum......but still
     
  17. sk3pt1c macrumors 6502a

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    if what you guys say is true, couldn't they have just used silver coloured plastic for that part of the phone rather than make it black?
    it looks odd to me as well, what with apple's history of uber cool styling and all.
    and you can't really tell if it opens or not.
    sim card has to go in from somewhere, right?
    my guess is that it will open for the sim card and/or battery, i don't see another reason for it to exist and to be as unstylish as it is
    take this as an example
    i have the sony ericsson w810i
    the bottom part opens to give you access to the battery and sim car compartment (can't really tell if it opens or if it just a design thingy)
    take a look at www.sonyericsson.com
    i think that's what'll happen with the iphone, hopefully at least, cause that black "thing" really put me off the first time i saw it.
     
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    Yeah...

    You do know where the antennas for all your wireless stuff is located, right? See the area around the screen.

    The titanium G4 tried to broadcast through metal and it had some of the worst WiFi reception ever.
     
  20. aricher macrumors 68020

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    Um - yes, which is why my second posting said "Oh yeah - forgot about that part. maybe the bottom is just for signal transmission/reception.

    Geeze, I'm surrounded by idiots :D
     
  21. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    Sir Mixalot expected more from this thread title.

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  22. robPOD macrumors 6502

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    Lol. I dont think the iphone will have a removeable battery
     
  23. neven macrumors 6502a

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    In the iPhone Keynote, Steve talks about the design of iPhone, and as he's showing each side of the device, he shows the top and says,

    "We've got a place, a little tray for your SIMM card."

    Prior to this, he shows the back and only points out the camera lens.

    I've wondered about this - why is it on "top"? I didn't see any trays, doors, or slits there.
     
  24. TimmyDee macrumors member

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    The antenna lies beneath the black part. I asked one of the Apple reps at MWSF.
     
  25. The Tuck macrumors 6502

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    SIM card is a good point. It must open somewhere so you can put one in.

    EDIT: Ah, yeah. That's right. I forgot that Steve already told us where the SIM card goes. Never mind.
     

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