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Leaked Images Show ‘iPhone 7s’ Dummy Model with Glass Back

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Apple is expected to debut three new iPhone models in the fall, with most of the attention sure to be on the new iPhone 8. However, the company is also rumoured to release two new models called the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus.

These models are thought to be based on the iPhone 7, and will likely be iterative updates to last yearโ€™s iPhone model.
9to5Mac received a couple images from leak specialist Sonny Dickson that depict next iteration of iPhones with a glass backing. This means that these models could also see the inclusion of wireless charging.
Wireless charging is already expected for the overhauled iPhone 8, however, previous rumours claimed that the 7s models would have an aluminum unibody design that wouldn’t allow for wireless charging.

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  • Aleks Oniszczak

    I hope they go back to glass like on the iPhone 4. Why people insist their phones be made out of the same material as a coke can and call that premium baffles me. Gorilla glass is scratch resistant, glossy and doesn’t require antenna bands.

  • xxxJDxxx

    It’s more durable

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Depends. Plastic is more durable for drops – bounces back into shape instead of denting like aluminum. Gorilla glass is more durable than aluminum against scratching. Plastic and glass don’t require antenna bands. In my opinion aluminum’s only advantage is that it looks nicer. But then you need a non-aluminum case to put over it – because aluminum is bad for a phone case for all the same reasons it’s bad as something to make a phone out of.

  • xxxJDxxx

    The aluminium on my 6S is still scratch free after years and many drops. Compared to the glass front on this or any other iPhone I’ve owned its no contest. Aluminium doesn’t scratch like glass. Nor does it shatter and crack like glass.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Do you use a case? My 6S has a scratch-free screen as did my 6 as did my 5 as did my 4 (both sides) as did my 3GS as did my 3G. No dents on my 3 or 3GS,of course, since they were made of plastic. Lots of dents and scratches on all my metal-bodied phones. Have you never placed your phone down on a table with some salt or something under it? Just a little slide and you get a scratch.

  • xxxJDxxx

    No, no case. Odd, as my experience has been the exact opposite. I find the screen extremely prone to scratching. I’ve dropped my phone many times, including on pavement and similar hard surfaces and had it slide across the ground. The aluminium is still scratch free. Much like the aluminium on my macbook, its taken years of abuse and still looks new. My phone has visible scratches on the highly reflective apple logo on the back but the rest of the aluminum looks mint.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Well on the mohs scale aluminum scores 2-3 (soft) while Gorilla Glass scores 5-6 (hard). You can easily scratch aluminum with a piece of glass, but you will never scratch glass with a piece of aluminum. Lots of things are harder than aluminum – like keys, coins etc and so will scratch aluminum. I believe you, but I think your experience is atypical. Now shattering is a different story.

  • xxxJDxxx

    Right, but the iphone uses an anodizing process on the aluminium. What is the mohs rating for aluminium oxide?

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Apple says “we created a new alloy of 7000 Series aluminum that’s 60 percent stronger than standard alloys.” So in other words, still way softer than glass. Not even close.

  • xxxJDxxx

    That’s still not addressing the anodization process. Stronger aluminium, sure, but still an anodized finish.

  • xxxJDxxx

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Well show me a link and I’ll read it on my crystal clear scratch-free iPhone screen ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • xxxJDxxx

    Posted a video explaining anodizing for you above.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    So he says on an iPod they use “soft anodizing” which is “more durable than paint.” He also mentions ruby and sapphire being an aluminum oxide (9 on the mohs scale) which would be great if they used that – but they apparently don’t. So all we know is that it’s a bit more scratch resistant than painted aluminum, but that’s not saying much. Send me another video ๐Ÿ™‚

  • xxxJDxxx

    Watch it again. He says aluminium oxide is a 9 on the mohs scale and compares it to ruby and sapphire. Whether its soft anodizing or not its still creating an aluminum oxide protective layer on the surface, which as he said is a very hard material. Either way you never addressed the inaccuracy of your earlier comments about it being a soft material. The numbers you were claiming clearly are not accurate.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Wikipedia says “Anodized aluminium surfaces, for example, are harder than aluminium but have low to moderate wear resistance” Does that sound rugged? Look, it’s a really simple test to perform – get a key and try to scratch a sapphire screen like an Apple Watch (rated a 9). You can’t. Try scratching a jet black anodized iPhone 7. You can. Quite easily. You can scratch it just by putting it in your pocket. This is what Apple says about the scratch resistance of their phone: “The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many cases available to protect your iPhone.”

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