iPhone 5 coating report, mine is nearly scratch proof.

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  1. Radiating, Sep 23, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2012

    macrumors 65816

    Dec 29, 2011
    So I got an iPhone 5 with a rear camera defect and I'm set up to receive a warranty replacement. In the mean time I thought I'd investigate all the rumors of scratching the coating off the aluminium as my phone will be replaced with a perfectly new one anyways.

    I've pretty much done everything possible to scratch the phone within reason:

    - carried it in a pocket with a ring of sharp keys every day (which scratched my iPhone 4 in the first 2 days fyi)
    - dropped it onto the floor a few times
    - physically hit it against countertops
    - dragged the side against a peice of plywood
    - dragged the metal tip of a pen across the side
    - played hockey with it on a wood floor
    - dropped it 3 feet onto marble floors repeatedly
    - thrown it across counters at every opportunity
    - dragged a penny across the edge HARD

    And my report is that there are no scratches or paint peeling off at all. Apple did a very good job.

    I looked through a few threads and saw the pictures of the coating coming off. My theory is that if the coating does come off, it's a deffective phone. Several of the phones have shipped with partially applied coatings brand new, so if it does come off it's probably on a thin spot.

    Just thought I'd contribute. Anyone else finding the coating especially durable?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2011
    You're pretty hard on your mobile electronics. I'm honestly having trouble figuring out if you're serious or just trolling.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    I've seen a couple of people drag x-acto knives, keys, etc across the back of their black iPhone 5s and it's done nothing to the coating. It's anodized aluminum, so if applied properly it should be nearly indestructible.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2011
    Good to hear. I got a white one that is in pristine condition but I've been paranoid as hell and super protective of it while waiting for my case to come in so reading this thread makes me feel a bit better.
  5. macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2010
    Hamilton, New Zealand
  6. macrumors 603


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    I totally ran a big diamond all over the back of my new iPhone and it didn't scratch at all!
  7. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 29, 2011
    Read the thread again. Jesus. The phone is being replaced under warranty. I wouldn't do this to a phone that I'm going to keep.

    I'm actually trying to put it through a stress test to see if I can go without the screen protector and bumper combo I had to use on the 4/4S to keep them scratch free.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2011
    There are differing degrees of anodization. I have a bunch of Surefire flashlights that are Type III hard anodized aluminum. You can drive over them with a car without a problem. That doesn't mean the iPhone's anodized aluminum is the same type.

    Regardless, I was referring to the fact that the OP claimed to be repeatedly dropping his iPhone onto a marble floor from 3 feet up and throwing it around.


    OK, calm down. I just found it somewhat illogical that you'd beat up a device that's slated for warranty replacement, especially when Apple might accuse you of abusing the device.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    I have no way of knowing if the OP is legit or not, which is why I was just recounting what I've seen either live on TWiT or live in person.
  10. macrumors 68000

    Jun 8, 2011
    This is reassuring and disappointing, all at the same time. I'm happy that some devices are properly anodized, but it seems like the amount of these pristine devices is proportionally quite low.

    As they say though, the squeaky wheel gets the grease- it's difficult to quantify how many people have flawless outer coatings due the decreased likelihood of them actually reporting it.
  11. macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2012
    The one's with the scuffs are defects, there's a video on YouTube about a Foxconn worker who said 90 out of 100 iPhones are defected atm. It's not supposed to scratch that easy.
  12. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 29, 2011
    The defect is already noted with the manager. Apple doesn't care if you turn in a scratched phone for warranty replacement and I confirmed this with the manager.

    Don't get me wrong. I'm not going to break it beyond repair, but in the past I've accidentally droped my phone at least once a week from a small height and if it's going to go without protection I need to know it will last. All the electronics are solid state and the only risk is the screen cracking which won't happen from a short height. I'm not willing to risk really breaking it.

    Link? I've been a little worried about getting a deffective replacement, would like to see this.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2012
    Why did you do this?

    :apple: thank you, if true (I kinda believed you)

    Are you rich? You bought at least 2?

  14. macrumors G4

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    I hope they don't care about shattered iPhones either, as you could've done that by dropping it 3 feet on marble floor or throwing it around.
  15. macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Show us with a video, anyone can make a post, video removes speculation...
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2008
    Valencia, California
    the OP got a display/dummy iPhone 5.:D
    That will explain the non-working camera and the rest of the stress test:D
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2009
    Pics or it didn't happen. :rolleyes:
  18. macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2012
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2012

    Call billshit on dropping it on a marble floor several times with no dents or damage. My wife bounced hers off the couch cushion onto a wood floor and it dented pretty good.

    Video of all of the above or it didn't happen.
  20. macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    I was swimming in my vault, like so much Scrooge McDuck, and my iPhone got a scratch :(
  21. macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2011
    I dropped mine from about 5 feet on asphalt and it didn't nick or scratch

    luckiest day of my life I was freaking out
  22. macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    This is really good to know!

    Hi there! I'm really glad that I came across this forum. When I bought my brand new iPhone 5 on Saturday, I was really concerned that the back if my iPhone would scratch.

    I have not put a case on my phone. My view is that the phone was made to be used, and it should be used without restriction. However, that doesn't mean that I'm going to abuse it, in fact, quite the contrary! I'm going to do all I can to try and keep my phone safe, but again, it's made to be used.

    I really hope that the back of the phone doesn't scratch, and by the looks of it, the aluminum back looks quite strong.
  23. macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2011
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2012
    OP, can you post pics of the phone after this abuse?
  25. macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2010
    If you say you did all that I believe you but post some pics.

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