What the point of making the back glass?

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I removed the cover just to see inside. I noticed a little metal clip that touches the back cover snapped open when I removed the cover. I am wondering if that's some kind of alert system telling the software that the phone has been opened, therefore voiding warranty.

However I can't find the piece in the ifixit teardown. I want to look again, but am wary now.
 

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I removed the cover just to see inside. I noticed a little metal clip that touches the back cover snapped open when I removed the cover. I am wondering if that's some kind of alert system telling the software that the phone has been opened, therefore voiding warranty.

However I can't find the piece in the ifixit teardown. I want to look again, but am wary now.

Thats interesting, let us know if you find something.
 

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Easy repair. I no longer have to worry about sitting on it or using a case. I do use the invisible shield though. I see myself one day taking it off and not worrying about the backside scratching because it's so easy to replace.
So for Apple, it's easy repair, compared to the old not so easy to take apart and put back together 3GS. Plus they used it because they knew that's what people wanted and that they would sell like crazy. I just wish they had steel around the edges of the front and back screen, because that's the only plastic left on the iPhone 4, except the home button I think.
 

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my take on the back being glass... it's a forecaster for a rear digitizer... ie. rear touch screen in addition to the front one... will allow for more complex 'gestures' in the future... there was a story on this a while back, dunno if it was a patent from microsoft or whatnot... but basically had to do with using the back of the screen/bottom of the device, to provide additional touch inputs... would be sweet if it came to that... multi-touch taken to the next level... think about it... touching from underneath, for times where maybe you don't want to obstruct the screen, but need to do a touch input, a drag, pinch/spread... etc...
 

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Here's a simple idea... manufacturing costs. The front and back aren't completely identical, the holes are in different places, but the outside shape is identical, and made from the same material, so maybe they get bulk discounts instead of buying multiple materials.

Aluminum was okay, and I prefer it, but perhaps it still interfered with the antenna? Black and which phones proved popular, in that people liked the color choice, so being able to provide black and white behind a durable glass makes it cheaper and easier to provide the different colors? A white iPhone with bumper is pretty stylish and it's the same glass.

Then again they are having problems making the white one.
 

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@ghostface147

I removed the cover just to see inside. I noticed a little metal clip that touches the back cover snapped open when I removed the cover. I am wondering if that's some kind of alert system telling the software that the phone has been opened, therefore voiding warranty.

However I can't find the piece in the ifixit teardown. I want to look again, but am wary now.

Is this it (from step 5): You can also see pressure contact on the inner face of the rear panel for what appears to be an antenna.
 

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Looks Nice, Breaks Easier

Glass on Front and back with no protective ridge just means you have twice as much of a chance to shatter it. Cha ching... $199. So you get a case and the fact that the back is black is irrelevant.

The glass shatters from a 2 foot drop onto a hard surfuce.
 

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thats just stupid... more hassle then anything, I'm totally turned off by glass front and glass back... an aluminum unibody case like the mac book pro woulda been 10000x better... IMO.
 

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glass back

this phone is a prototype of the Iphone 5, glass back was used to test durability from mass users in everyday life.. something "apple" cannot do them selfs. Iphone 5 will have the glass back supporting the duel layer solar panels used for charging and and boosting signal amps! also : they will be installing inductive charging and file sync that will be placed behind the glass!
 

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Dropped my iPhone4 from about 40cm height onto asphalt and the glass edges (close the the metal frame) chipped off. Sure glass looks nice, but it's not very durable.

Sure hope Apple will sell glass back covers as replacement parts as they are very easy to replace.
 

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I believe from what i saw in complete breakdown of the phone, that if you remove the two screws at the bottom beside the mic and speaker the back glass comes right off and the battery is easily accessible as well for anyone who has a gripe about an unremovable battery lol
 

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I love the iPhone 4. It's built like a fine watch. Very solid. Only drawback is that it feels like it wants to slide out of your hand. IMHO, it needs a case. I'm getting a PixelSkin HD for it...looks like a perfect fit.
 

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I feel like my 3GS fit "better" in my hand. Probably because when I hold a phone my hand isn't flat, it's curved. It does look better, but I agree, an aluminum or one like the original iPhone woulda made me happier.
 

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I like the idea of an aluminum unibody cellphone, that would be totally sexy! I do, however, also like this current design. As for why the front and back is glass, I think the answer is more than like because that is how Steve wanted it to be.....
 

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