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Real World Photos: Inside + Outside iPhone 3G’s New Shell

Over the past month or two, you’ve probably seen dozens of faked iPhone 3G images, but overseas, the true size, shape and dimensions of the device have been known with a far greater degree of certainty. Consequently, you’ll note that of the many recent images that purported to be of the iPhone 3G, the only details we published were ones that proved accurate: the tapering, the new holes on the bottom, the colors, and so on.

Now that the iPhone 3G has been officially unveiled, we’ve been seeing more pictures and hearing further details about the rear casing from developers who have spent hours with it, and the verdict is this: get ready to invest in protective film and/or a case. Unlike the original iPhone, which has proved much more resilient to the sorts of scratches and scuffs that plague iPods, the iPhone 3G’s shell is indeed just glossy plastic with a thin layer of clear coating. It’s not ceramic, as some might have guessed, and not covered in a magic material that won’t scuff: as a result, you can expect to see marks similar to the ones on first-generation iPod nanos and fifth-generation iPods, all over again. The black version, as shown here, picks up fingerprints and smudges at an impressive rate; we wish we’d been able to take some pictures without the smudges. Ironically, the white plastic color that Apple discontinued for iPods may wind up being the most attractive color for new iPhones, especially after spending a few days in a pocket or purse.

 

What about old iPhone-specific cases and Apple’s prior iPhone Docks? Don’t expect them to work. The new iPhone’s dimensions have changed enough, particularly in width, that you won’t be able to use most old iPhone-only products with iPhone 3G. Overseas manufacturers have been quietly working on iPhone 3G cases for nearly two months at this point, and though the first fruits of that labor won’t blow anyone away, we expect the second round of iPhone 3G cases to be much, much more interesting.

 

Some current iPod- and iPhone-agnostic case and electronic accessories will work fine with the new model. Now that the iPhone 3G’s width has shifted to 2.4 inches, the same as the iPod touch, you may find that armbands and other products designed to fit both the old iPhone and iPod touch will work with iPhone 3G. Universal Docks, including the ones found in many third-party iPhone accessories, will continue to work, assuming you insert Apple or third-party dock adapters, and in-car accessories—except mounts—developed for the iPhone will most likely work with the iPhone 3G as well.

 

Finally, there’s the subject of that red iPhone 3G color that was noted on our prior image with a question mark. From what we’ve heard, red shells are apparently already being tested, possibly for a late 2008 or early 2009 rollout as the first Product (RED) iPhone. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

 

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Guess the white casing it shall be then! 

A friend brought over his black Macbook after a couple months of use…I decided to buy the white version because of all the smudges and scratches.  At least with the white one, it’s less noticeable.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 10, 2008 at 1:46 PM (CDT)

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Just put an invisible shield on the back.  it will still make the back shiny, but scratch proof…

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 10, 2008 at 3:44 PM (CDT)

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Why does Apple insist on regressing? The back on the iPhone was perfect. It didn’t scratch and was very attractive. The only thing I think of is completely insidious. It’s that Apple is trying to protect against the reselling of its products on the used market. Which is a completely disgusting yet entirely plausible hypothesis.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 10, 2008 at 6:06 PM (CDT)

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The use of plastic is for GPS functionality, GPS and metal doesn’t like each other. Me, I prefer GPS than a metal back. And you?

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 10, 2008 at 6:38 PM (CDT)

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Is the front face the same as the old one? Wondering if the original Power Support crystal film will fit…

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 10, 2008 at 7:16 PM (CDT)

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Totally related to all the antennae in it. I think it’s also cost-cutting: cheaper material, one-piece design that requires less manufacturing and assembly

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 10, 2008 at 7:17 PM (CDT)

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The aluminum on the 1st gen. phone back is no prize in terms of durability. The metal is soft and scratches easily and the corners easily get dented by even small impacts. I say bring on the plastic.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 10, 2008 at 7:54 PM (CDT)

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is it just me or is there no camera circle in the first picture

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 10, 2008 at 10:18 PM (CDT)

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hey matt, i think the camera is the “o” in the ilounge.c"o"m ahahahhaha

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 11, 2008 at 1:01 AM (CDT)

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Is the grip any better than the original iPhone?  It tended to slip out of my hands, a little slippery.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 11, 2008 at 9:08 AM (CDT)

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krimpet I’ve had my 1st gen iPhone for 4 months and I don’t treat it super great.  And the back still looks brand new, so I’m wondering how terribly you treat your stuff.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 11, 2008 at 10:42 AM (CDT)

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I’m wondering if the Power Support and Martin Fields screen films will fit this too.

Want to get one of them on the front and an Invisible Shield on the back and hope for the best! :-s

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 11, 2008 at 10:55 AM (CDT)

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the reason its plastic is to subsidize costs. Being that Blackberry is dominating the market right now, for them to stand a chance they cut costs. i personally think it will sell either way (expensive or not)... i see where they’re going w it, but i prefer to have a phone that i can hold and get a good feel for. Plastic makes it like everything else… oh well

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 11, 2008 at 11:11 AM (CDT)

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not only does the material cut cost, but I’ve also learned that it is a more sustainable material.  Looks like Apple is actually working towards “greening” itself.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 11, 2008 at 11:54 AM (CDT)

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I want the camera lens on the face of the phone… VTC or Video Skype anyone???

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 11, 2008 at 12:26 PM (CDT)

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Hopefully more cases are produced before then. I may have to get the white iphone and Seidio will make a black case.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 11, 2008 at 12:30 PM (CDT)

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Why not have to cameras, a small one on the the front, for video, etc and a larger on on the back. Like the Nokia N95 series. Any news on the what the pixels of the camera will be anyway?? The current 2MB is pretty lame compared to others out there now.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 11, 2008 at 1:11 PM (CDT)

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Apple is too concerned with museum beauty at the expense of everyday durability. How many other phones (desk, cordless, mobile) use gloss plastics? That’s right, NONE. A quick acid wash of the tooling produces a quality matte finish that is both more attractive and longer lasting.

Idiots.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 11, 2008 at 4:05 PM (CDT)

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Not too rain on everyone’s the iPhone is teh sux parade but they may well have used a plastic back to get better reception for all the radios. I love my Mac Book Pro but the old iBook G4 I had could run circles around it for WiFi reception. I could walk into a room and find 10 different networks whereas my MBP gets two or three at best.

Just sayin’.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 11, 2008 at 9:17 PM (CDT)

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Sorry guys. I’ll try to read a few more posts next time.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 11, 2008 at 9:19 PM (CDT)

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