Is This the Back of the Next iPhone?

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iPod Observer and MacRumors are floating shots of what's supposedly the back of the next iPhone. It's a new case, with reflective metal etching, that's textured matte black and man, I want it.

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I really hate the greasy look and feeling of the glossy 3G back after you've used it for more than 30 seconds, so I'd really like a matte backing. Anyway, the images are supposedly from China, etched with a brand new model number.

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A few reasons to be skeptical: Crappy reception with metal is one of the reasons why Apple went to plastic in the first place (if there's really metal in it), and it's really early for a product likely on a June release cycle to already be exposed. And all the other usual possible fakery issues with Apple leaks.

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Why it's also at least partly believable: iPod Observer leaked the iPhone 3G's black glossy back months ahead of time last year (though not quite this early in the cycle).

Either way, I like it. [iPod Observer, Mac Rumors]

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DISCUSSION

kaisermachead
kaisermachead

The texture of the back panel of a Motorola Q is exactly what the iPhone needs. I liked the matte of the first version, and was not too thrilled with the glossy of the 3G, though it's still fairly durable. A texture similar to my black macbook would be great.

As for storage, this differential gap between this and the iPod touch are probably what's keeping the 32GB iPhone delayed. I don't suppose we'll see one until there's a 64GB iPod touch.