The "seams" are rubber

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  1. troop231 macrumors 603

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    In nature, aka elastomeric. Still photograph here:

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  2. taran420 macrumors 6502a

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    raise your hand if you tried to press the play button:p
     
  3. troop231 thread starter macrumors 603

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    You may be thinking, "Oh but those are sensors" or something along the line. That could make sense, but there are no ribbon cables or anything to assume that from the Gizmodo pics even. I'm pretty sure it's rubber, the two holes are to mount the rubber piece securely while joining the aluminum sides together. Also these would act as shock absorbers.
     
  4. macfanboy macrumors 6502a

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    just curious, where was that video?
    link plz?
     
  5. calsci macrumors 6502

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    i tried to click the play button. I'm sad to admit that I did.
     
  6. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    I've seen some people around here scoff at this idea, but everyone I know who has broken their iPhone screen did so by dropping their phone on its edge. They don't tend to fall perfectly face down, after all. The glass breaks from the shock being transferred through the phone.

    So I'm inclined to think that 'shock absorbers' is the answer.
     
  7. troop231 thread starter macrumors 603

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  8. kyleb822 macrumors member

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    yep, that was the first thing I tried! haha
     
  9. troop231 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Yup, I originally proposed this theory here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=902729
     
  10. elephunkman macrumors 65816

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    *raises hand* oh man.
     
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Still trying and nothing is happening :D
     
  12. jeremiah239 macrumors 6502a

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    *raises hand*
     
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  14. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

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    sensors?? :p
     
  15. realeric macrumors 6502a

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    It looks like a passive shock absorber for dropping protection. :rolleyes:
     
  16. pellets007 macrumors 6502a

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    Perhaps, but I am still a bit skeptical. I would compare this to those 'shock absorbers' on cheap Walmart bicycles. Sure, they are put in place to reduce and absorb impacts, but the rest of the frame is rigid. So what's it going to do? But hey, I'm certainly not an expert on either bicycles or the upcoming phone.
    :)
     
  17. Espo macrumors 6502

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    I Agree. But with a glass back they had to find a way to give the phone more protection. I think Apple is so good at engineering their products that the rubber may be a huge saver for the phone. Perhaps they distributed the weight so the phone will fall/put most pressure on the rubber? I'm not a physicist but it seems logical.
     
  18. wikoogle macrumors 6502a

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    So if they're rubber, can't they paint the rubber silver/aluminum so that it looks flush with the rest of the phone, rather than pain it black so they look like seams?
     
  19. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816

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    I highly doubt it's a shock absorber because any give in the structure would cause the glass to bend or warp which in turn would cause it to shatter.
     
  20. senorhappy macrumors member

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    These are definitely shock dampers.... I respectfully disagree with your statement. Looking at the connectors that fasten the screen to the metal ring chassis (Gizmodo pics), the screen should "float", meaning, the screen (and maybe the back....haven't seen pics of it clearly enough) is allowed to travel ever so slightly parallel and perpendicular to the plane of the screen, fairly independent of the chassis. So if the chassis deforms due to an impact, the force of the impact will be transferred around chassis to the "rubber" seams, where the shock is dissipated enough to protect the screen and, presumably, the back of the phone. I would bet that the phone could take a fairly significant impact... maybe a 6 foot (~2 m) fall. Hard to say, though, without knowing exactly what that material is.

    In other words, the seams are just shock dampers. Ask any engineer...they should agree with my analysis.
     
  21. doubleatheman macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't, but I cheated, I already watched the video before I opened this thread.
     
  22. JoEw macrumors 65816

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    huh, clever, clever.

    Although i kinda wished there could be just one surprise at WWDC where SJ says but theirs one more thing and announces something that we completely were not thinking :apple:
     
  23. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000

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    I hope that the final product has no seams and it just has Gorilla Glass.
     
  24. shazzam macrumors regular

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    Exactly. The seams look horrible. If they gotta be there at least paint them.
     

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