Black iPhone 5 Anodized Aluminum Susceptible to Scratching?

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    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.
    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.

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    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.

    Article Link: Black iPhone 5 Anodized Aluminum Susceptible to Scratching?
     
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    It's always something

    Thankfully mines good
     
  3. macrumors 68000

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    It scratches when you take keys to it?!

    That's it, I'm getting a refund!
     
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    Guess what happens when you itch poison ivy?
     
  5. GLS
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    Metal scratches, even anodized. Not sure why this is even worthy of mention.
     
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    Something had to replace the yellow screen drama.

    First maps, now this. :rolleyes:

    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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    Yet another thread about it :(
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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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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    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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    If that's true they screwed up big time!
     
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    That's pretty disrespectful of the store display unit to start scratching it up like that.
     
  12. macrumors 6502a

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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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    meh, in other news....
     
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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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    That dude who scratched it in the store should be forced to pay full price for it.
     
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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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    Dwalls90

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    As someone who preordered a black iPhone 5, this concerns me.
     
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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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    KdParker

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    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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    "particularly sensitive"

    I'd cry if iPhone got scratched up like that on day one.
     
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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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    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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