1. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    06-02-2008 12:21 AM
  2. marcol's Avatar
    FWIW, that's pretty much what I've been thinking the back will look like. If you're Apple and dump the aluminium (because it blocks radio waves) matte black is likely where you end up (IMO).
    06-02-2008 04:30 AM
  3. IrishJK09's Avatar
    I could dig that. While I love the appearance of the current iPhone, I definitely think ditching the current backside will not only lighten it up, but improve reception, like said above.
    06-02-2008 05:19 AM
  4. marcol's Avatar
    The current iphone looks great but I think a little faith is justified here. When did Apple last make an ugly product?
    06-02-2008 08:55 AM
  5. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    FWIW, that's pretty much what I've been thinking the back will look like. If you're Apple and dump the aluminium (because it blocks radio waves) matte black is likely where you end up (IMO).
    I kind of like the aluminum look and feel of it, I wonder if the plastic is going to have the same feel, guessing not. I don't have a problem with the signal at all. I'm sure with the plastic and all it will still look great.
    06-02-2008 11:21 AM
  6. marcol's Avatar
    I had *big* problems with signal (caused me to return the phone). Is it zirconia time?
    06-02-2008 11:46 AM
  7. WatersWest's Avatar
    This would seem to make sense in light of the whole "iPhone Black" appearance on AT&T's website several weeks back. Personally, I would like an all-black look even better than the current phone. I have the 1st-gen Samsung Blackjack with a matte black finish, and its great. It makes it very easy to hold for e-mailing, texting, etc.
    06-02-2008 12:18 PM
  8. deeznuts's Avatar
    I would prefer a kind of rubberized/textured finish, to help with grippy-ness.

    But Apple doesn't care what I think...
    06-02-2008 12:20 PM
  9. burnsaa's Avatar
    I totally agree some kind of textured gripyness would be perfect. Although apple likes to make things shiney and shiney things tend to be slippery so I dont really see that happening.
    06-02-2008 12:48 PM
  10. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    A 3G iPhone with a textured feel would be nice, but I agree, Apple likes shiny smooth things. I don't mind the non-gripyness. I have the iPhone with a rubber case. I can have the rubber feel and the shiny feel whenever I want.
    06-02-2008 01:02 PM
  11. Reaktor5's Avatar
    I'm going to call fake. Not to say that a black iPhone wouldn't look good, this is just a fake.

    JSN1 claims the photo was taken at the 5th Avenue Apple Store in Manhattan, where Apple was rumored to be shooting a commercial for the upcoming iPhone.

    Really...?
    The lines around the Apple logo look way too Photoshopped.
    Last edited by Reaktor5; 06-02-2008 at 06:29 PM.
    06-02-2008 05:34 PM
  12. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    I thought it looked fake as well. Look at the Apple logo, that was my clue to why it was fake. The color didn't look quite right.
    06-02-2008 06:13 PM
  13. carsly's Avatar
    This would seem to make sense in light of the whole "iPhone Black" appearance on AT&T's website several weeks back. Personally, I would like an all-black look even better than the current phone. I have the 1st-gen Samsung Blackjack with a matte black finish, and its great. It makes it very easy to hold for e-mailing, texting, etc.
    Agree. I also have a 1G Blackjack with the black rubberized finish and it is much easier to hold than my iphone. The slick aluminum skin of the iphone makes it prone to slipping and falling out of my hand - never a problem with the blackjack. The BJ has its own faults - terrible battery life, poor reception (thank you AT&T), micro-keys, and a very, very slow processor that can not keep up with my typing. Also the windows mobile fiasco is another joke - slow as all heck and suspect to freezing or interminable delays. That said, I do enjoy the laptop tethering with 3G data.
    06-03-2008 11:09 AM
  14. Madpod's Avatar
    Fake, but nice. Hopefully the recessed jack will be dropped for this next phone.
    06-04-2008 10:59 AM
  15. IndyJonez's Avatar
    The more I think about the more I believe I wouldn't so much mind having an iphone with a plastic back, as long as it was good thick durable plastic.

    When I first heard about the rumors of a possible plastic backing (still rumored) I immediately thought "oh HELL no!" until I took my 3rd gen ipod out of its rubber case its been in for over 2 years without a scratch and within a weeks time it slipped out of my hand and hit the ground twice leaving huge dents in the aluminum backing....not happy. =/

    I don't know what type of aluminum backing they used for THAT version but the newly aquired dents lead me to believe "cheap" type.

    So I would glady accept a nice durable plastic type backing on the next gen iphone, cause I'd rather come away from a drop with a slight scratch or scuff on my plastic rather than a indention on the phone itself!

    Just my 2 cents, and I'm diggin' the rumored black more and more everyday.

    =P
    06-04-2008 11:35 AM
  16. Galley's Avatar
    Rubbery devices are hard to slip in and out of your pocket.
    06-04-2008 11:36 AM
  17. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    Rubbery devices are hard to slip in and out of your pocket.
    Yup agreed. I have a rubber case around my iPhone and it is sometimes a pain when I want to quickly do something (e.g. check the time). This is especially true for jeans. I would rather trade that bit of inconvenience for the piece of mind that I won't scratch my phone.
    06-04-2008 12:30 PM
  18. HymerSchmidt's Avatar
    The photo you posted is of a custom made regular iPhone. It's completely bogus. I wish it was real though.

    If you follow the link you can see the entire phone(front, back, side): http://dvice.com/archives/2007/10/ci...ne_the_wol.php
    Last edited by HymerSchmidt; 06-05-2008 at 10:48 PM.
    06-04-2008 12:39 PM
  19. patcom8's Avatar
    I dont think its ugly at all. People love Black, its just one of those very sophisticated colors that goes with everything. Apple already did their white thigns and now their moving on to the black. its just their progression of colors. Likely they will lose attention to the black after a while and start doing everything in white like they used to. You have to mix things up.
    06-05-2008 09:12 PM
  20. emceechad's Avatar
    If the back is andonized like the iPod classic, then I'll be fine with it. Glossy black has always been an appeal to me.
    06-05-2008 09:16 PM
  21. inertialnav's Avatar
    I can hear the companies prepping those new cases now. The back of the phone doesn't hold my interest. I never look at the back of the phone because my hand is wrapped around it. Of course, you normally wouldn't put it face down for fear of scratching the glass screen, so the back is rarely noticed by me.
    06-05-2008 09:46 PM
  22. redsoxfan950's Avatar
    that looks very cool and i like it but some website said that that photo was fake. i hope they will come out with a new one like that.
    06-06-2008 10:02 AM
  23. cmaier's Avatar
    If the back is andonized like the iPod classic, then I'll be fine with it. Glossy black has always been an appeal to me.
    As it was an appeal to you, I assume you are appellate in some way?
    06-06-2008 10:14 AM
  24. marcol's Avatar
    If the back is andonized like the iPod classic, then I'll be fine with it. Glossy black has always been an appeal to me.
    Unfortunately, anodizing aluminium won't make it any more radio transparent.
    06-06-2008 10:24 AM
  25. NPR_Aficionado's Avatar
    I really hope they do not make it a glossy back. There is basically no way to make it glossy and fingerprint resistant, nothing kills good looks like a bunch of oil and grease smeared all over it. I really like to look of the matte pictured at the beginning of this thread, hopefully that is what we will see if we get away from aluminum.
    06-06-2008 07:38 PM
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