Do you keep your iDevices long enough to develop "beautiful" wear?
But what stuck out at me the most in this piece was this quote from Steve Jobs:
“I think stainless steel looks beautiful when it wears.”
What Steve is referring to there is generally known as patina, which, while it commonly refers to the tarnish that accumulates on bronze and similar metals (think the green color on the Statue of Liberty), can also be used to describe the changes in texture and color that occur from physical wear-and-tear on an object—think of a set of silverware, which starts out shiny but eventually takes on a more muted texture, which some describe as a "warm glow." In antiques, patina is part of the value.
Thing is, it usually takes years for proper patina to develop. For something like a fork, that means years of being eaten with, washed, stored in a drawer, repeat the whole process daily. But while many of the chrome-backed Apple products can be used daily, people often don't keep them for years and years—they seem to be replaced annually, or biannually. Generally, not enough time to accumulate the proper wear-and-tear that looks "beautiful."
So my question is, are you inclined to agree with Steve? Do you appreciate the look of stainless steel as it wears, and do you keep your iDevice unprotected to achieve this look? And most importantly, do you keep your products long enough for it to happen?
There was an article about a month ago that showed a beautifully aged iPhone 1. Check it out: www.tuaw.com/2011/05/05/admiring-the-beauty-of-an-...
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I think the first gen iPhone is the best example of Steve's point. Chrome backed iPods don't look that great after being worn down but some people held on to first gen iPhones for long enough that the "matte" aluminum began to wear off and it ends up having a really distinctive appearance.
I have a back cover on my 3GS which so far has done a pretty good job to protect it from serious damage. However I intend to replace the 3GS as soon as the iPhone 5 is available.
In my opinion plastic does not age gracefully
Looks well loved, and in a way, I don't want to replace it, because of this. Much like an old friend
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