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View Poll Results: Is your black iPhone 5 scuffed, chipped or scratched?
Flawless 1,155 46.24%
Flawless because I put a case on it. 198 7.93%
Scuffed out of the box 816 32.67%
Scuffed/scratched shortly after 329 13.17%
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 04:47 PM   #1
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iPhone 5 - black version scuffs (merged)

Do you think the black bezel, when scratched will show silver or is it black all the way through?
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 04:48 PM   #2
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buy a case

lol no idea hopefully it wont scratch easy
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 04:57 PM   #3
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is it black all the way through?
No metal is black all the way through.
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 05:05 PM   #4
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The video looks like it is dyed throughout.

I prefer the black this time round but it could look really naff if it gets covered in silver scratches.*

I don't want a case and always look after my phones but occasional bumps are inevitable.*
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 05:10 PM   #5
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No metal is black all the way through.
Anadizing does this if I'm not mistaken.

Should be similar to the iPods anodizing. Anybody have any pictures of ipods scratched?
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 05:11 PM   #6
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Hmm. Maybe it doesn't look dyed all the way through after all.....
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 05:15 PM   #7
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No it will show silver. Anodizing does not go through metal its just a coating or a built up surface done by electrically charging particles. Taken with iphone 4. Hopefully my iphone 5 will take better macro .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anodizing
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 05:23 PM   #8
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No it will show silver. Anodizing does not go through metal its just a coating or a built up surface done by electrically charging particles. Taken with iphone 4. Hopefully my iphone 5 will take better macro .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anodizing Image
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 05:26 PM   #9
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All Military M16's and M4's are anodized aluminum. When they are scratched or dinged, it is bare metal underneath.

Anodizing is only a few mils thick.
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 05:29 PM   #10
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Hmm. Not what I wanted to hear.
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 05:47 PM   #11
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Hmm. Not what I wanted to hear.
Same thought here. The black looks slick, but once it gets scratched I don't want a speckled raw aluminum showing. Not that my 4s has anything after almost a year, but still, that one scratch I'll get on the 5 will hurt.
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 05:49 PM   #12
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lol no idea hopefully it wont scratch easy
It always is funny how people brag about how thin a product is and then cover it with a case.

As for not scratching easy... based on Apples track record then you wont last an hour without a mystery scuff mark.
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 05:55 PM   #13
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Hard anodizing typically doesn't penetrate more than .1mm down, so any scratch deeper than that will show the raw aluminum color underneath.
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 06:02 PM   #14
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I think Apple screwed up anodizing the bezel black and I prefer all black devices. And if I have to use a case to protect the black bezel from showing scratches, then what's the point. Not sure Apple was thinking clearly on this one, considering the iPhone is a device that gets used daily and doesn't just sit on a shelf.
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 06:20 PM   #15
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Is it anodised though?
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 06:24 PM   #16
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I'm also worried about this, and its one reason I'm considering white again.
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 06:43 PM   #17
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Is it anodised though?
If is wasn't anodized, then it would have to be painted and that would just be lame and make no sense.
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 06:57 PM   #18
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This is funny. I thought the exact same thing once I saw photos. I really prefer the look of the all black with black buttons. It's a shame it's just going to scratch and show metal. Apple should have thought or this! Almost makes me want to get the white now. Those scratches are really going to annoy me. Even a cover won't help.

The buttons will still be exposed! Grrr!
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 07:09 PM   #19
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Anodizing varies. Hopefully Apple will do a good job. I have several black anodized fly reels that have seen a lot of action, drops, etc., and have no exposed metal. I was leaning towards a white one, but wow, the black looks nice.
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 09:01 PM   #20
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My 5 will be wrapped in a case asap...so I am not worried about scratches.
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 09:15 PM   #21
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I think we should give Apple a little credit... I'm sure they thought about this when designing the iPhone 5. Hopefully it won't scratch.
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Old Sep 13, 2012, 01:23 AM   #22
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I think we should give Apple a little credit... I'm sure they thought about this when designing the iPhone 5. Hopefully it won't scratch.
The iPod in the pic above is scratched...
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Old Sep 13, 2012, 02:19 AM   #23
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This is disappointing. If it does indeed scratch there is also no easy swap in removing the back and replacing it with a new fresh unscathed back.

Will have to find an excuse to get it replaced at the Apple store free of charge
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Old Sep 13, 2012, 04:36 AM   #24
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It looks like it is raw aluminum under. If you watch the iPhone 5 promotional video around the 5 minute mark, you can see the silver flakes from the aluminum when they machine the bezel.
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Old Sep 13, 2012, 06:18 AM   #25
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With anodising, if you get scratches like on that iPod nano above, can you 'sand' down the rest so that the whole bezel goes all silver? Or is it physically impossible?
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