Would you get bad reception with a gold Iphone?

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  1. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    It's a question of permittivity:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permitivity

    Since gold has a better relative permittivity, so it is less likely to inhibit incident EM waves. So, if there is any difference, it should be better, not worse.
     
  2. RoboCop001 macrumors 65816

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    You wouldn't get better reception from a gold iPhone BECAUSE I'LL TAKE IT FROM YOUR HANDS AND SMASH IT INTO YOUR STOMACH!






    :)
     
  3. queshy macrumors 68040

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    If you buy a gold iphone you have way more to worry about than reception...hehe.
     
  4. kleo macrumors regular

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    This is totally false. I am an electrical engineer and gold plating the back of the iPhone will eliminate any radio transmutation through the gold plated reign. What it comes down to is radio waves will hit the gold plate, some will bounce off and the rest will create an electric field within the gold film. This absorption would be fine if the gold plate WAS the antenna but its not. So the gold plate will absorb the radio waves destined for your internal antenna. Epic fail I mean come on its on egay...
     
  5. TSX thread starter macrumors 68030

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    is it just me or..

    would anyone rather see this in silver or white gold?
     
  8. arkitect macrumors 601

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    I would worry less about the reception than I would about the perception…
     
  9. Auzburner macrumors 65816

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    Is there a metallic material, something that would make the iPhone look good that would amplify the antennae or function as a signal amplifier and still look good. Why could Apple not just use the aluminum back on the first gen. iPhone as an antennae? Or Gold?...
     
  10. aluren macrumors 65816

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    well gold is not cheap nowadays! :) (and so is an unlocked iPhone 3G)
     
  11. neesh0 macrumors 6502a

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    I cant believe 56 people (the number of bids) are willing to buy a phone made of gold that will probably be outdated in about 2-3 years
     
  12. littlewaywelt macrumors regular

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    You'd only get (a) bad reception from people that have taste.
     
  13. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    Oh yeah, oops. The back is not the antenna. :(

    This is the equivalent of a faraday cage, but only half of it. There's nothing stopping the waves from going through the other parts of the phone, which is why the first gen iphone worked (and aluminum would be less inhibiting than gold).

    However, the prohibitive effect would depend on the actual antenna's proximity to the gold plating. Put it close enough (unrealistically close) and get the thickness right, and the effect would become near negligible.
     
  14. wilmer007 macrumors member

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    the people that bought it will probably keep it for collection because they won't even make it out of the house with that iPhone without getting mugged. :D
     

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