iPhones with Glass Back

There are numerous Apple fans out there that want to know which iPhones have a Glass back. In this write-up, I will be listing out all iPhones with glass back and what it means for them.

iPhones with Glass Back

  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone SE (2022)
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPhone 4

Why Glass Back?

iPhone 4 and 4s announced in 2010 were the first iPhones to have a glass back but Apple didn’t continue the tradition with their successor until the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus was announced in 2017.

So, we can only question ourselves why that is. Why did Apple resume the use of glass on the back of their smartphones and finally bid farewell to aluminum? Well, there are three things.

1.) Aesthetic: Most people agree that smartphones with a glass back look and feel more premium than ones with a plastic or aluminum back.

But that comes at a cost, in the sense that glass is heavy and fragile compared to plastic but is light and durable. Glass can also be slippery if you hold it with a wet palm and it is sort of not worth fixing a broken glass back because it cost a lot to do so.

What this means is that you will have to do more to protect it than say plastic or aluminum back.

One thing most people do is cover the back of their device with a case and that just takes away the stunning aesthetic that the glass gives the device. Which is another reason why most people question the need for a glass back.

2.) Better Cellular Signals: Glass material is more friendly to Radio Frequency transmission which means it is capable of a better and faster cellular reception than aluminum.

Wireless technologies such as WiFi, 4G, 5G, and Bluetooth works better on an all-glass smartphone than one that is not, because of this basic fact.

This means that you have a better data transfer and this can be easily noticed while streaming movies, playing online games, or just surfing the internet.

3.) Wireless Charging: While the first two points are valid, you can still use other materials without any issues. When it comes to wireless charging, you kind of need a glass back to achieve the needed result.

Metal is not a good material to be used on a smartphone that you want to ship with a wireless charging feature because it is not easy to transfer electricity through it unlike glass and smartphone manufacturers know this.

So, because of glass electromagnetic properties, it is a better material for wireless charging and this is the reason for the recent surge in the use of glass back on flagship phones.

The question is, do you really need wireless charging as it is today?

Final Thought

With the exception of the iPhone 4s and iPhone 4, all Apple iPhones announced before the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus used either a plastic or aluminum back. Meaning, that iPhone 7 series phones were the last iPhones to use aluminum or metal back.

It is safe to assume that this tradition will continue at least for now until it doesn’t and new material becomes the standard for smartphone flagships. Until then, I will continue to update this page as new iPhones with Glass back are announced to keep it fresh and you up to date.

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