iPhone 5 Industrial Design

Postby slippyfish » September 12th, 2012, 1:53 pm

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At 7.6mm in thickness and 112 grams in weight, its the thinnest and lightest phone Apple has made. The case is entirely glass and aluminum, with a much different looking back side all in metal, and a wider metal ring around the perimeter.

Choosing perhaps not to mess too much with 'perfection' (in terms of impact on the smartphone market), Ive & co. have not substantially changed the physical interaction and touch points. The perimeter ring could be about the same thickness as the iPhone4, its hard to tell from photos.

Personally I'm not in favor of the new design, although on the interface side having the wider/taller screen and more apps will be interesting to experience. There are probably tiny details that reveal themselves once in the hand of the user that make it better than 4.

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Postby Cyberdemon » September 12th, 2012, 2:27 pm

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Whole lot of technology in an even smaller form factor with a continued OCD approach to quality and precision is getting pretty impressive.

7.6mm for a device is getting to be absurd. Even the Droid Razr "Cheats" by measuring the overall thickness and including the Camera bulge to fit the thick components.

Do I love the graphical breakup of the rear? No. Am I going to buy one and put a case on it anyways? Yup.

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Postby Cameron » September 12th, 2012, 4:29 pm

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I like it.

The bottom details feel higher resolution, definitely more comparable to the Lumia 800/900 top/bottom details now.
I think that this has to be experience in person to really judge.

Also, more props to Apple for not being afraid to stay evolutionary on this pass.

On a side note, I'm really interested in the earpods. Those look very cool.
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Postby slippyfish » September 12th, 2012, 4:37 pm

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Ditto on the ear pods. Finally. But how will I fit a fuzzy foam thingie on them? :)

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Postby scrotum » September 12th, 2012, 4:58 pm

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1136-by-640 display resolution, that's probably what you get these days in a low-end 15.6" laptop.

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I'm looking forward to checking one out in person. Very curious about the updates to the iOS coming.... and yes, mmmm, EarPods....

What are their best competitors in your opinion? Nokia Lumia?
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Postby Azrehan » September 12th, 2012, 7:23 pm

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There's a lot of hate being directed at this over on the whirlpool forums (Australian tech forums).

I think a lot of people have too high expectations. I'll be upgrading from the 3Gs which is 3 years old and can't keep up with high res apps, so I will be choosing between this and maybe a Samsung, but have an iPad so will probably be going for this.

It was probably always going to be a 'sensible' redesign, however a lot of people are attributing the lack of wow factor to the absence of Steve Jobs. I wonder if it would be any different is he was still around. Could he have pulled another huge innovation out of the air? We had retina display on the 4 and siri on the 4s. I think they both set the bar really high.

In regards to the ID, the headphones are cool, so is the reversible connector. A lot of moaning about compatibility but I don't see people whinging that hard about other cables.

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Postby IDiot » September 12th, 2012, 8:07 pm

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I love how they embrace the variation (we're talking mircons though) in parts between the case and glass and optimize their assembly and part handling robots to get the best (of 750 parts) fit for each case...that part made me giggle. The images look SO tight on the parts, it's crazy, can't wait to hold one. I will be preordering ASAP. I can't believe people are complaining about the connector, it's obviously meant to be the new standard, gotta make the jump sometime.

The earbuds are interesting, the overall form is very organic, but the pill shaped details are so rational in comparison, it's a little bit of a weird juxtaposition to me. We'll see how they feel, sound, and look in person I guess.

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Postby rkuchinsky » September 12th, 2012, 8:11 pm

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Looks great. All black version is killer.

What I find however ( and may be more technology than design) over last few versions (4-4s-5) is a lacking compelling reason to upgrade. I'm not moaning that it doesn't have whatever latest tech per se, and I'm certainly an early adopter but seems they only really having something "I have to have" every 3 gen or so. Maybe that's the business model to coincide with contracts. Dunno. I had first gen, 3GS , 4s. iPad first gen. Hard to justify new hardware where there is little change, though I respect the evolutionary process and not change for changes sake. Just saying, I would love a new iPhone, but don't feel lacking in speed, screen rez, and 4s is hardly a brick so will wait for a bit. I could see something functional in design adding to the momentum. Kickstand, faceplates,etc. not that apple , I know but when to most people specs and processors is irrelevant would help in differentiation.



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Fwiw, new connector sounds great. Have to move forward sometime. Though was a bitch when I had the first iPod on FireWire and the moved to USB.

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Re: iPhone 5 Industrial Design

Postby nxakt » September 12th, 2012, 9:33 pm

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I am fascinated that they are able to generate such excitement over such tiny incremental details. Conversely, I don't think the details are generating the excitement. The industrial design is the same as the previous version.

They have successfully engineered cyclical excitement and desire to consume and reconsume. That is the insanely great part.
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I couldn't get over how beautiful apples communication is. This page here: http://www.apple.com/iphone/design/ is just designer porn. Industry leading sh*t right there.

I can't get that excited over the phone - a BBC article likened it to a Toyota Camary. Great car, but everyone has one and they're a little boring now... I tend to agree.

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tbaker wrote:I couldn't get over how beautiful apples communication is. This page here: http://www.apple.com/iphone/design/ is just


INDEED
First time I looked at that page, I was in AWE...just drooling

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All black is gorgeaus, i want a retuna mbp to match.

Am i the only one who was a bit baffled about the amount of leaked info and images that turned out to be true?
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superb precision...great chamfer ...impressive detailing...
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