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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 Nov 9, 2012, 03:41 PM   #4401
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Been reading this thread since Scuffgate surfaced, and it kept me from buying one. Finally decided to get it, and I've been checking every night at 10 to see if the two stores close to me would get it in stock. They finally stocked up last night and we bought two, one's for my little sister.

Both are white, 16GB, week 43 and are completely flawless. Put a Bestskinsever protector as soon as I opened it. Bought a full body kit way back in September, lol. I'm using an SGP screen protector though. Would'nt want to hinder that screen's clarity.

One question though: Is anyone else's headphone jack slanted? Both our phones are. I Googled it, and others have it like that as well. I'm guessing it's normal.

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Old Nov 9, 2012, 05:35 PM   #4402
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Angry iPhone 5 Scuffs/scratches

Well I've had my iPhone 5 for 3.5 weeks now and it's only been in my pant pocket or inside jacket pocket with nothing else (keys, coins) and my roommate was looking at it and pointed out that the black metal band around the rim of the phone on both sides and parts of the blue/grey metal on the back side is chipping off. The only thing it's come in contact with is my hand, pocket or table top. A little dissappointed. You can see silver metal underneath the black and blue/grey parts where it's chipping/scuffing. For a phone I paid $450 for this should not be happing in the first month of it's use. I will get a case if they replace the phone but it's sad that you have to hide the design of the phone, it's part of the reason you buy it.
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 05:45 PM   #4403
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My phone had one scuff. I put skins around it, SP on front and back, wrapped it into a case. Then looked at my phone and realized it looked/felt even worse. Took every skin off, both SP , and the case and have been using it like that for a month. Yes my keys are in my pocket sometimes, even coins. Does not bother me in the slightest.
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 06:07 PM   #4404
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Got mine on launch day. Black. It has one tiny scuff on the chamfered edge. I'm not sure if it was there out of the box or not. Don't use a case, and I have no new scratches. I don't know how that's possible with all the issues out there, but I'm careful with it. I've lightly bumped it against a coffee mug handle a couple times but no damage.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 09:23 PM   #4405
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Been reading this thread since Scuffgate surfaced, and it kept me from buying one. Finally decided to get it, and I've been checking every night at 10 to see if the two stores close to me would get it in stock. They finally stocked up last night and we bought two, one's for my little sister.

Both are white, 16GB, week 43 and are completely flawless. Put a Bestskinsever protector as soon as I opened it. Bought a full body kit way back in September, lol. I'm using an SGP screen protector though. Would'nt want to hinder that screen's clarity.

One question though: Is anyone else's headphone jack slanted? Both our phones are. I Googled it, and others have it like that as well. I'm guessing it's normal.
1. I highly doubt your 2 iphones are flawless. You're likely one of those types of who need some friend to point out the flaws for you (like the other dude a few posts away).

2. Your jack is slanted. Flaw.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 09:53 PM   #4406
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rec'd my brand new retail box, white 16GB and out of box, damaged.....dings on 3 corners and some discoloration on one side

think it is a week 43, will double check

just can't believe it, well on second thought I can...

anyone know how the iPad mini is holding up? have not had a chance to check the forums - thx
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 06:32 PM   #4407
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1. I highly doubt your 2 iphones are flawless. You're likely one of those types of who need some friend to point out the flaws for you (like the other dude a few posts away).

2. Your jack is slanted. Flaw.
1. Nope. Checked it thoroughly for 10 minutes right after opening it. Nothing. Both are flawless, period.

2. Lots of people have the same thing. All friends who's got the 5 have it as well. Went to an ATT store and Walmart and all 4 iP5s I checked have slanted jacks as well. Coincidental? Highly unlikely. Hell if it's considered a flaw, it's one I ain't losing sleep over, since a sh*ton of 5s I've seen have the same issue. I use a bluetooth 95% of the time anyway.
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 06:44 PM   #4408
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1. Nope. Checked it thoroughly for 10 minutes right after opening it. Nothing. Both are flawless, period.

2. Lots of people have the same thing. All friends who's got the 5 have it as well. Went to an ATT store and Walmart and all 4 iP5s I checked have slanted jacks as well. Coincidental? Highly unlikely. Hell if it's considered a flaw, it's one I ain't losing sleep over, since a sh*ton of 5s I've seen have the same issue. I use a bluetooth 95% of the time anyway.
What's this slanted jack?

Picture?
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 06:46 PM   #4409
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so many people with scuffs. Thats really bad. Though hopefully no functionality errors were noticed.
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 06:48 PM   #4410
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 08:09 PM   #4411
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What's this slanted jack?

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Old Nov 13, 2012, 08:22 PM   #4412
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Scuffed out of box. Put a case on it and I really don't care.
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 08:24 PM   #4413
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1. Nope. Checked it thoroughly for 10 minutes right after opening it. Nothing. Both are flawless, period.

2. Lots of people have the same thing. All friends who's got the 5 have it as well. Went to an ATT store and Walmart and all 4 iP5s I checked have slanted jacks as well. Coincidental? Highly unlikely. Hell if it's considered a flaw, it's one I ain't losing sleep over, since a sh*ton of 5s I've seen have the same issue. I use a bluetooth 95% of the time anyway.
I don't see any slant on mine. Pictures please, so we can see what you're referring to.
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 08:33 PM   #4414
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You should not need to put a case on your phone. I got a white one and no issues.

Black bezels will be gone on the 5s
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 08:46 PM   #4415
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You should not need to put a case on your phone. I got a white one and no issues.

Black bezels will be gone on the 5s
Pretty sure the models are going to look exactly the same as the 5.
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 11:34 PM   #4416
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Pretty sure the models are going to look exactly the same as the 5.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 04:33 AM   #4417
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iPhone Black Anodizing flaking off

I've had the phone a couple of days. I really take care of it. One minute the phone is fine, next minute I look down and the black anodizing has flaked off on the corners of the phone.

Anyone else had this happen yet? I'm taking it back for a replacement.

On the same day I found my Retina Macbook Pro has monitor burn in and will need to be replaced as well
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 04:42 AM   #4418
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I've had the phone a couple of days. I really take care of it. One minute the phone is fine, next minute I look down and the black anodizing has flaked off on the corners of the phone.


Anyone else had this happen yet? I'm taking it back for a replacement.

On the same day I found my Retina Macbook Pro has monitor burn in and will need to be replaced as well
Anodizing doesn't "flake" off, it's impossible. Anodizing is a chemical change in the surface of the aluminum, there is nothing to flake. Friction caused your issues so you weren't as careful as you thought you were. We can discuss (as has been in tons of other threads you should of added to instead of starting another) the decision of apple to offer black anodizing with such a thin anodizing layer so it is scraped easily, but add yourself to the list of people complaining about something that's impossible to happen (flaking of the color).
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 06:20 AM   #4419
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Well I was expecting an answer like this so it's no surprise but - No. I've mollycoddled that thing.

As for your knowledge of anodising well it appears you assume much and know not a great deal. There are many possible anodising production failures, they appear on the magic mouse also. Flaking is one of them. I suggest you check facts before spreading misinformation.

I just rubbed it with my finger. It is INDEED flaking off as a small piece came off just from rubbing it.

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Old Nov 14, 2012, 06:53 AM   #4420
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Regardless of how the finish is coming off, it really is immaterial whether you want to call it flaking or rubbing it off.

If you feel the wear and tear is abnormal, then contact apple for a replacement. Please note though its a manufacturing issue and your next iPhone 5 will exhibit the same thing. I recommend a case or skin to protect the finish, or if you're unwilling to do that, then live with the finish coming off or use a different phone.

I'm not trying to sound harsh but those are your options.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 06:55 AM   #4421
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Looks like flaking to me. Form over function and presence over quality rears its ugly head once more. Apple could use better materials, but that would stop you from shelling out cash for the upcoming 5S, now wouldn't it.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 06:58 AM   #4422
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I've had the phone a couple of days. I really take care of it. One minute the phone is fine, next minute I look down and the black anodizing has flaked off on the corners of the phone.

Anyone else had this happen yet? I'm taking it back for a replacement.

On the same day I found my Retina Macbook Pro has monitor burn in and will need to be replaced as well
A couple of days? That's a guaranteed warranty replacement no questions asked.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 07:06 AM   #4423
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Thanks everyone for your constructive and helpful replies.

On the matter of the case, if it really is an issue then Apple should issue a case with the phone or be prepared to replace the it as it happens.

The phone as an object is a beautiful piece of design and it feels wonderful to hold it. I don't actually want to use a case and I take care of it really very well. My last iPhone 4 is still like new despite having no case.

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Old Nov 14, 2012, 10:28 AM   #4424
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Man I am ready to buy one of these but I am really thinking about just getting white and not having to deal with the headache because I don't want to use a case. It's a shame there was not better build quality on these.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 11:49 AM   #4425
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Looks like flaking to me. Form over function and presence over quality rears its ugly head once more. Apple could use better materials, but that would stop you from shelling out cash for the upcoming 5S, now wouldn't it.
Think about it. Apple could probably knock $100 off the cost of the phone by simply using the crappiest finished metal/plastic available and not concern themselves with look or finish at all since the pat answer from all the fan-boys is to cover it up with a case and don't worry about what it looks like.
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