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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:19 AM   #1
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Black iPhone 5 Anodized Aluminum Susceptible to Scratching?




After the original announcement of the iPhone 5, one early concern amongst readers was how well the anodized aluminum back and edges of the black iPhone 5 would hold up over time.

One lengthy thread on our forums has been actively discussing the potential issue and Pocket-Lint in their review did note some wear around the edges after some early usage.
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Ditching the glass back and reducing the thickness of the glass panel on the front has affected the design of the metal band around the edge of the iPhone. It is now chamfered and while that looks pretty, we've already noticed that on the black model the edge has started to wear, revealing the shiny silver aluminium metal underneath the "slate" coloured coating and, indeed, we've witnessed it on two separate models, ruling out a fluke manufacturing error.
One person on another forum got straight to the matter and took keys and a SIM card tray pin to the back and edges of an in-store iPhone 5 unit with these results.




Of course, purposefully scratching a device is a bit extreme, but daily usage of any phone will generate some wear and tear. This may be a concern if you are particularly sensitive to the issue.

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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:19 AM   #2
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:20 AM   #3
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It scratches when you take keys to it?!

That's it, I'm getting a refund!
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:20 AM   #4
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Guess what happens when you itch poison ivy?
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:20 AM   #5
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Metal scratches, even anodized. Not sure why this is even worthy of mention.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:20 AM   #6
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Something had to replace the yellow screen drama.

First maps, now this.

And the guy who scratched the in-store iPhone should be made to pay for it. He should've scratched his own phone.

EDIT: UPS just delivered my phone no more than two minutes ago and I can confirm that there are no scratches on mine out of the box (as others have reported to be the case with theirs).

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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:21 AM   #7
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Yet another thread about it
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:21 AM   #8
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WTF metal scratches if you take hard sharp objects to it? God forbid the glass screen cracks if you drop it too!
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:22 AM   #9
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A few people complained when they got their iPhone this morning. I'm assuming they read the forums and knew to examine their phone after they got it. Seriously Apple, some people are paying $600 plus for these people. We want HIGH quality devices. Get it together! It was scuffed up right out the box. It wasn't major but still...
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:22 AM   #10
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If that's true they screwed up big time!
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:22 AM   #11
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That's pretty disrespectful of the store display unit to start scratching it up like that.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:22 AM   #12
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What a surprise metal scratches. I think plastic, glass and just about every other material also scratches.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:22 AM   #13
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meh, in other news....
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:22 AM   #14
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Nice way to condone the vandalism of someone else's property, wonder if that person will be conducting the same special 'tests' on their own $700 piece of equipment?
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:22 AM   #15
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That dude who scratched it in the store should be forced to pay full price for it.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:22 AM   #16
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Let me take a metal key to any other product scratch it and see what happens...really?
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:22 AM   #17
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As someone who preordered a black iPhone 5, this concerns me.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:22 AM   #18
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So you're saying that if I buy one I won't be able to attack it with keys and expect to see no damage afterwards?

Thanks for the heads up.
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So it will scratch when someone tries to scratch it? Seriously?

I have two pockets for a reason. iPhone in one, everything else in the other.
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I am anxious to see Apple's response to this.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:23 AM   #21
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So kills this story of the iPhone 5 needing projection

http://www.cultofmac.com/190499/why-...your-iphone-5/

suit up people!
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:23 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by jabingla2810 View Post
It scratches when you take keys to it?!

That's it, I'm getting a refund!
WTF. That is my first test for any phone I get. Apple rushed this phone out too fast.



/sarcasm - for those that missed it.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:23 AM   #23
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"particularly sensitive"

I'd cry if iPhone got scratched up like that on day one.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:23 AM   #24
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iPod Mini/Nano/Shuffle and all recent Macs have anodized aluminum shells. Other than being black, there's nothing new about this surface treatment. My 6 year old Motorola Razr has a black anodized aluminum case and it looks fine.
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Old Sep 21, 2012, 08:23 AM   #25
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I don't understand why this issue is such a surprise to people.. A classic example of anodisation are bicycle rims, with brake pads they'll always turn to the true colour.
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