What are the seams for?

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  1. MikeyTree macrumors 6502

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    The confirmation that the leaked iPhone is real makes me really curious what the seams on it are for. They seem to go against every Apple aesthetic, so I'm guessing that they're there for a functional reason. I just can't figure out what that function might be.

    Any guesses?
     
  2. ukwildcat macrumors 6502

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    My guess is that since the phone is a prototype, the seams are there for easy dis-assembly. I don't think they will be there when the final product is released.

    Maybe they were there for the covering that was supposedly around it to make it look like the 3gs?

    Just guesses.
     
  3. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    The thing you're missing is that designing a device and mass producing a device are two totally different things.

    Mr. Ives probably makes dozens of iPhones in his lab, using the tools he has available to him. Once they get it the way they like it THEN they work out how to manufacture it in a factory on a massive scale.

    That's the point when issues like seams and screws come into play. So you'll have a lot of test devices made before it ever gets to that point.
     
  4. Carniphage macrumors 68000

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    The new phone is the first (to my knowledge) with an external enclosure made entirely of glass - and quite thick aluminum.

    [​IMG]


    There is no plastic anywhere. Here's a guess. If you dropped it on a tiled floor, the 4th Gen phone is so rigid it would practically explode. Plastic would deform and absorb the energy of the fall.

    If you look at the case component, these gaps in the case are filled with a black material. I think it is a rubber-like compound. The gaps serve to absorb energy on impact.

    It seems like the seams are shock absorbers

    C.
     
  5. Nykwil macrumors 65816

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    The seams are the pleats to your flat front khakis
     
  6. doubleatheman macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know what the seems are for, but I am realizing the holes in the metal plate between the battery and the screen is for battery ventilation. The holes are in the side for the battery. I don't think its an antenna as previously thought.
     
  7. Revelation78 macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, no....
     
  8. gloss macrumors 601

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    Why, exactly? Can you disprove anything he said?

    He's right, you know. A totally rigid device with brittle substances forming the front AND the back allows nowhere for the force to go but in. You'd risk shattering the phone every time you dropped it.
     
  9. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    Was it you who suggested this last night in another thread? I actually tend to agree. A rigid aluminum case would/will transfer nearly all the energy of an edge-on impact to the glass front and back. The current plastic case absorbs the shock, deforms, and releases the energy back into the surface it strikes. I personally have dropped my 3GS on its edge and seen (in that sickening second of impact that I relived for days) the phone literally bounce off the concrete...indicating some sort of elastic rebound. If the same had happened with an aluminum case like this, I imagine the glass would take the brunt of the impact and might easily shatter.
     
  10. STEVESKI07 macrumors 68000

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    The seams are there to suck up some of the lint in your pocket so the dock connector doesn't get all the lint to itself.
     
  11. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    How often do folks drop their iPhones?? I've had mine for nearly 18 months and maybe dropped it once.
     
  12. mcdj macrumors G3

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    Shock absorbers on a phone? Lol ok.
     
  13. ouimetnick macrumors 68020

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    What a nice innovation.
     
  14. Revelation78 macrumors 68000

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    So I should disprove his assumtion? Yeah, no....

    For there to be "shock" absorbers it would need to be placed better and more frequently than what you see in the images. That's like saying a car only needs to have crumple zones on one corner of the vehicle to absorb damage from all angles/sides.

    The plastic backing does not flex to provide "shock" absorbtion. The chrome bezel does not flex to provide "shock" absrobtion. If your or his theory were correct, my iPhone should have shattered months ago.

    The back is not glass, if it were glass, no "shock" absorbtion would prevent it from being shattered on the first drop. Remember phones are not only dropped on their corners.

    If you want a more thorough response just let me know that you are still unsure how the basic laws of gravity work and basic structural engineering.
     
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  16. mcruzader macrumors regular

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    Why not, Mac Laptops have them on the harddrives....
     
  17. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

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    idk what they are but i think they look nice there im 50/50 with them there design wis but if they are in fact shock absorbers then thats great:D
     
  18. gloss macrumors 601

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    Because three seams are plenty to allow for the necessary flex to absorb a shock.

    The plastic backing on the 3G and 3GS does indeed flex when the phone is dropped, which is the reason the device bounces the way it does on impact. If the plastic had absolutely no give, it would simply crack and shatter. I'm not saying it's easily deformed by a fingertip, but when handling the concentrated forces of a drop, yes, the casing is elastic.

    It's been widely posited that the backing on this new device is made of zirconium, which, being a ceramic, is hard but brittle. Thus, it makes sense that the surrounding frame would be constructed to protect it as much as possible in the case of an edge-on impact, which are most common on these phones. The reason they're most common on these phones is because they tend to take a vertical orientation when dropped due to air resistance. The thing is not going to fall flat unless it's carefully dropped flat from a short distance. Given any time or height, it'll straighten out.

    But thanks for your condescension.
     
  19. Carniphage macrumors 68000

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    When you drop a cuboid, it always lands on one corner.
    In terms of impact, the most damaging corners would be if the phone landed vertically. By being able to compress, the energy could be absorbed.

    The two seams on the verticals could allow the case to deform by a good millimeter in the case of a vertical impact.

    Such measures are not needed in a plastic case, because a plastic case would deform in a similar impact.

    That's my theory. But it would be good to hear some more!

    C.
     
  20. gloss macrumors 601

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    Clearly, you also have a tenuous grasp of the laws of gravity and basic structural engineering. Welcome to the club. :D
     
  21. Carniphage macrumors 68000

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    I know enough to know that kinetic energy that gets turned quickly into heat, by means of deformation is going to reduce the deceleration shock on internal components. It's not tough physics.

    You do realise that at some point we will get the real answer?

    If you look at the large image of the case component - you can see the gaps are filled with a black non-metal rubber-looking material - which extends out to wrap around some internal components.

    If that's not for shock absorption - what is it for?

    C.
     
  22. Revelation78 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, the iPhone is a cuboid.... I also acknowledge it is more likely to land on a corner - point taken.

    When I saw a better picture that displayed more than a black spacer, I now believe the idea is plausible, yet I'm not entirely sold.
     
  23. mcdj macrumors G3

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    yeah because the iPhone is chock full of moving parts like a hard drive.

    ???
     
  24. ipedro macrumors 68040

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    I'm not sure I buy this. Proponents of this theory, please address the following points:

    1 - iPad is equally as likely to be dropped (maybe even more so because of its size) and it has a unibody frame without any seams. In fact, not only are the sides one piece of metal, the entire back is as well.

    2 - Why 3 seams and not 2 or 1? Why is the top seam placed off to the side?

    3 - The dock connector provides a point of shock absorption where vibrations resultant from a drop would dissipate to. No need for seams to accomplish this. If anything, if Apple wanted to create a shock absorption area, the bottom would be the best place as it would result in much less visible seams, keeping with Apple's clean designs.
     
  25. mcruzader macrumors regular

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    Yeah so are ssd, thats why apple dosen't remove the shocks when customers buy an ssd. It could still be a shock absorber, have you ever gotten a case for a phone that acts as a shock absorber?
     

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