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One Mistake of the iPhone HD

by Travis Harvey | April 19, 2010April 19, 2010 3:42 am PDT

The hardware isn’t official, but it looks as though the thing has officially leaked.  The next gen hardware has been hiding under our noses since the iPad leak on January 26th but the newest details set off by a prototype found in a San Jose bar have become top news as of late.  Whether you love or hate the device that leaked, here’s one thing users are going to hate: the fragile back.

It hasn’t been confirmed if the back of the leaked device is 100% glass but from the pictures and Engadget’s sources, it looks like we’ve got a fingerprint magnet on our hands.  Not only that, a glass rear will no doubt be prone to more cracks as the devices suffer their normal wear and tear.  When you drop your next iPhone, prepare to repair more than just that cracked screen.

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John Gruber of Daring Fireball points to a patent granted in 2006 for a ceramic enclosure that’s radio transparent. Apple may be torn between ceramic, glass, or a combination of the two but you can bet Apple won’t be bragging about how light the iPhone HD is.  Instead, expect a device that feels solid in the hand with some heft that’ll surely make it feel expensive.

What do you think?  Is a glass or ceramic enclosure the way to go?  Are you worried about the potential durability of the case?  Let us know what you think of all this craziness in the comments.

[Via Engadget]


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