The iPhone 8, 8 Plus & X Have a Glass Back & We're Here for It

Before the iPhone 5, all iPhones had a glass back. But that also made them more likely to crack or shatter. However, Apple has improved the glass back game by adding a reinforced aluminum band around the edge of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and a surgical-grade stainless steel band to the iPhone X. Apple also used a special compound within the glass to provide added strength. It probably took more courage to reinstate the glass back than it did to remove the headphone jack last year, but we’re ready to give it a try. One thing is for sure, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X glass back looks stunning. And overall, it goes well with the new iPhone design. Let’s jump into some quick pros and cons of the glass-back iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X and see what you think.

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The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X have the new glass back. Apple listed a number of things it did to make sure the glass is strong and that the color is consistent, including reinforcing the glass with steel and using a seven-layer process to color the iPhones. Overall, the design looks beautiful. 

While you may wonder why Apple would return to a glass back when there were so many durability issues in the past, the reason is apparently to make iPhone wireless charging possible. Let's hope the strength of this reinforced glass lives up to Apple's hype.

Apple has done its due diligence to make sure it’s significantly stronger than the glass backs of the iPhone 4 and before. But we won’t really know until someone drops their fancy new device. 

What do you think of the glass back?


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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or lifting weights. Her personal blog is currently under construction, but you can follow her on Instagram @connerleecarey.