What came of the hidden barcode on the iPhone 3G

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  1. bananabar macrumors regular

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    I remember seeing infra-red photos of the back of an iPhone 3G and, very clearly, there was a hidden barcode. But I never heard any more...
     
  2. JML42691 macrumors 68020

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    This is the first that I have heard of this, and I am interested as to if it is actually there and what it would stand for.

    My guess, probably a link to the serial number to save the Geniuses at the Genius Bar time when dealing with one, by just scanning it instead of entering the numbers...
     
  3. bananabar thread starter macrumors regular

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    Here are some photos.
     

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  4. Gizmotoy macrumors 65816

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    Interested me too. I have a near-infrared filter for my camera, so out of curiosity I took a shot of the back of my white 3G. I saw nothing unusual. While, as the name implies, near-infrared is not exactly infrared, I would have expected something out of the ordinary there.

    Anyone have an infrared cam? I wonder what it's for.
     
  5. JML42691 macrumors 68020

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    Still not really sure, it might also be something that tracks the phones while being assembled. Making sure that the serial numbers printed on the casing match those assigned to the phone and the ones printed on the box. It is probably some form of identification to the phone, which would most likely be the phone's serial number.

    EDIT: It may also have just rubbed off of something onto that phone. But I have no real clue on this, nothing but speculation.
     
  6. Gizmotoy macrumors 65816

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    Too bad there isn't a better straight-on shot so we could run it through a barcode-reader.
     
  7. Clete2 macrumors 65816

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    It's clearly visible. You could:
    a) Rotate that picture and use a perspective tool in Photoshop
    b) Look at the picture and recreate it in Photoshop

    Also, the resulting code will be nonsense without the decoding key for it. Oh, and I must add: It will still be senseless because it will be an internal code that means nothing to use.

    Honestly, it's an identification barcode. There isn't any big deal here..
     
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  9. RoboCop001 macrumors 65816

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    I've scanned the image and done the calculations to decode it!!!!!

    You guys are not going to believe this, but it's the number 42!!!!

    My God, do you know what this means???
     
  10. twist2b macrumors regular

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    That it reads the number 42?
    That does NOT mean it was the 42nd made EVER. Sorry.
     
  11. RoboCop001 macrumors 65816

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    No nooooo, 42 is an obscure reference to a book! :D

    Who will recognize it? Who, I say??

    It's only the most important answer in the universe!
     
  12. Eric Isaacson macrumors 6502

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    Hitch-hikers guide to the Universe
     
  13. twist2b macrumors regular

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    OH OH OH OOOOOOOOOOOOH
    HAHA, I am too tired :p
    Yeah I get it now :)
     
  14. bananabar thread starter macrumors regular

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    Isn't it a guide to the galaxy?
     
  15. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Don't worry. I got it.
     
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    01001001 00100000 01101100 01101111 01101100 00100000 01100001 01110100 00100000 01110100 01101000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01110100 01101000 01110010 01100101 01100001 01100100
     

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