G comes before S. Can't go downward in the minds of consumers.
Regarding the case's material, didn't I read on here that liquid metal would satisfy the antenna concerns, while offering the phone more durability? Why is everyone assuming this casing is aluminum?
I think that the presence of the milling machine lacing marks indicated that it was not molded and therefore not LM, probably aluminum.
Isn't that the idea? The only character I see in that is "bunch of plastic parts snapped together". That's what it evokes in my mind, at least, and that's probably because it's black. It just looks bad, you know? Two-tone black? Ugh. Black and silver are gorgeous together, which is why the first iPhone worked. But this looks like a panel that pops off. People are going to think they can take the battery out…
The idea behind Apple designs—take away the 'magical', take away the 'intuitive', even—is they're sexy. Their curves and lines and colors and overall shape evokes sex/want/desire.
I would sincerely hope they do a single panel back by the time this thing ships. If not, I doubt we'll see Jony in the video they put on the screen talking about it.
If they were just machining prototypes would they go to the trouble of anodizing it and putting on the logos and such?
Barring some scientific breakthrough I don't see them using liquid metal for the casing of the iPhone anytime soon.
It would be cool, but the things it would add are not really necessary (extra durability, bouncability, complicated shape mouldings), and the drawback is that it would add literally hundreds of dollars to the cost.
My grandparents have an 8 track player in the garage that I used to listen to the tapes my father sent back from the Vietnam war and it uses the same RCA connections that my record player used in the 80's and my receivers use today.
Connections aren't "technology" and there are more valid reasons to keep them around especially when there's no technical reason to get rid of them and tons of devices and peripherals by the same company still using them.
Except those same RCA connectors *have* been replaced in certain situations and on certain devices. Which devices?
Those that are physically too small to house them any more. That's the "technical reason to get rid of them."
That's exactly what's happening here. The devices are too small to house the giant connectors from the 80's and 90's so they are being replaced with smaller ones.
Perhaps, but it seems like that sort of prototyping would be done in the States closer to Cupertino. Not some place where these Chinese rumor providers would likely get access. Once the production line is being fitted together, that is when an early test part might be stolen.
I didn't stare at it. The lack of balance jumped out at me. I know that the top is asymmetrical. That's fine. The problem is that the bottom is close to symmetrical, and that just looks wrong.
I am not upset, by the way. I just notice these kinds of things. That's why I like Apple products, or have so far, anyway. I could tell that there was another maniac at the design end who was watching out for these things. So much industrial design is so careless in comparison. They let these little things slip through. One here, one there, and before you know it the device is no longer elegant; it's mediocre.