iPhone 5 Antenna Damage

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TaylorWright619, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Hi all,

    I bought my iPhone 5 on the release day and as a result of having it without a case the entire time, from a few drops etc, there is a bit of damage.

    I was just wondering if the damage to the outside case which include a few minor scratches and also a few dints, does this effect the iPhone signal in anyway? Or any other features of the phone for that matter? Or is it purely cosmetic?

  2. macrumors 603


    Apr 6, 2007
    It's purely cosmetic. Unless the drops were so hard that there was internal damage, there should be no change to signal reception.
  3. macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    I've owned 4 iPhones, never had a case on any of them and all have been dropped. I've never experienced hardware failure, but it's not impossible to happen.
  4. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    You'd be the best one to answer that. What have you experienced? It's possible but unlikely. There's no way for any of us to definitively answer your question for you since we have no clue what your drops were like.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    Jersey, Channel Islands
    I think you'd need a pretty massive impact to one of the antenna bands (top and bottom sections of the phone) to affect the signal in any way. A very large chunk of metal would need to be displaced or removed, or some sort of damage would need to happen to the internal contacts.

    Light scratches and dents won't affect it noticeably.
  6. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    If you haven't noticed the signal strength has dropped and/or more dropped calls, furgitaboutit.
  7. thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2012
    I haven't noticed anything too bad or whatever, I was just wondering.

    I will get some photos up later for some examples...

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