Unibody iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MonkeySee...., Oct 12, 2012.

  1. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040

    MonkeySee....

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    I know the 5 has just come out and I love the design but do you think we will ever see a Unibody Design on the iPhone?

    The only negative I could see from it would be anttena issues?

    What do you guys think?

    Obviously this image is old but a slimmer version of this would be very nice and dare I say it they could add colours to suit the younger generation.

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  2. Nykwil macrumors 65816

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    the current iPhone 5 IS already a unibody design. One block of aluminum milled out with all the busses for screws set in already. The glass on the back are just inlays that let radio signals through the aluminum.
     
  3. MonkeySee.... thread starter macrumors 68040

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    ahh ok so it won't be a fully enclosed aluminum back then?
     
  4. jeremiah239 macrumors 6502a

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    The one you posted a picture of has an antenna bar at the top. The iPhone 5 has an antenna bar at the top and the bottom for better signal. The iPhone 5 is unibody.
     
  5. Nykwil macrumors 65816

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    Correct, with cellular radio signals you need those openings.

    You can look to the current ipod touch line to imagine what a fully enclosed aluminum back COULD look like, but the iPod touch is designed with no cellular radios in mind, only wifi, and you can see they left a small black opening for that as well.
     
  6. MonkeySee.... thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I see. I did wonder what the black bit was. I didn't come into the iPhone game until the 3GS and don't have the 3G iPad.

    Thanks for your reply :)
     
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  8. Menel macrumors 603

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    Not entirely. The top and bottom peices of aluminum of the outher edge are not one piece with the rear. They are separate, the two pieces of the dynamic diversity antenna system.

    The rear and sides is one peice.
    Top antenna is another.
    Bottom antenna is another.

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    Here you go

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    http://mashable.com/2012/09/15/iphone-5-bumper/
     

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