It's not OCD - iPhone 5

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bjcskier, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2012
    It's not OCD. It's the fact that Apple apparently has little to no quality control checks with the iPhone 5. Imperfect products absolutely shouldn't be delivered to customers. If you disagree, you're clueless.

    The reason you, me and everyone else buys Apple products is because they are a step above the rest. And don't forget, we all pay a premium price for these devices because of their (usually) superior quality.

    Apple should be embarrassed that even today, more than two months after the debut of the iPhone 5, it's still delivering new and replacement iPhone 5 devices that are marked/scratched up in some way - or even have other issues like dead pixels, clicking screens, and home button variation.

    Apple made three big missteps with the iPhone 5 hardware:

    1. Materials choice - the aluminum choices made for the iPhone 5 are simply poor. Figure out a way to better coat/color the aluminum and most of the discussion on imperfections would go away because it wouldn't be an issue.

    2. Assembly / training for assembly: Workers feel that the device is incredibly difficult to assemble - but more importantly, they don't feel they were trained adequately on how to put it together. This shows in how things aren't perfectly delivered.

    3. Quality control: How are phones that aren't perfect even making it through this stage?!? Does it not exist? Is it too lax?

    They have an opportunity to really step up their game and get back to perfection with the next iteration (and hopefully with the help of some other fixes like software innovation for iOS and a more refined Maps product). Let's hope they do it.

    But let's really hope at the very least that Apple stops delivering imperfect/cosmetically flawed iPhone devices. Now.

    It's not OCD. It's asking for a perfect product - what customers deserve.
  2. macrumors G3


    Jun 12, 2012
    The thing is, I have only seen the issue on the forums. In real life I know over a dozen people with the iphone 5 and zero have nicks, scratches, or defects. I really think the forums make it seem way more of an issue than it really is. You will find this with any launch of this magnitude.
  3. macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Buy something else then.
  4. macrumors 68020


    May 31, 2010
    Austin TX
    why do you feel the need to justify yourself?
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2012
    Agreed that people on the forums make it more of an issue than the general population does. But - I've probably seen about a dozen iPhone 5 devices that are owned by friends/family and each really does have some sort of imperfection. Many don't care or notice, but those that do notice aren't thrilled.

    Similarly, I've seen about a dozen replacement phones (between myself, friends, etc.) and each has something cosmetically flawed. It's hard to believe that Apple has gotten to this point...


    It's not justifying myself - it's hoping to get other people on board with the fact that Apple is delivering imperfect products. Maybe if they hear the message enough something will change.

    Do you think that delivering cosmetically flawed products out of the box is acceptable?
  6. macrumors 68000


    Jul 22, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Apple created phones that are desirable and cost a premium to boot. Years ago when I had my Nokia 5110, I did not care if I dropped it so long as it worked. Now I have an iPhone I don't want to drop / scratch / damage as it ruins the look. Also by making it easy to swap the phones for minor complaints it feeds the OCD compulsions of people.

    My last point really makes any OCD issue irrelevant as Apple seem to allow almost unlimited swaps in the quest for perfection. I do not see them changing this philosophy as it clearly is not harming profits! Another thing to take in to consideration is case manufacturers. If Apple made an almost indestructible iPhone, then the bottom would drop out of the market and the manufacturers do not want that. Therefore the status quo remains, Apple make beautiful products that the public desire and the case manufacturers continue to flourish.
  7. macrumors G4

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    This is simply false. My black iPhone 5 still looks the same as it did on day one, with nary a scratch despite being naked. My mother's black iP5, which came out of the box with a couple of nicks and scuffs, also got no additional scratches despite being in a case. This rules out defective anodized coating seen on some members' iP5 whose black seems to rub off prematurely with normal wiping. So it's very possible to get nicks and scuffs during manufacturing even on normal anodized coating that will withstand normal wear and tear over a two month period.

    The biggest factors are #2 and 3. The idiots at Foxconn are allowing predamaged iPhones to make their way into retail boxes in order to meet Apple's demand and don't give a *****.
  8. macrumors demi-god


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    Well, that certainly puts me in my place. It also demonstrates an openness to discussion and genuine reasoned disagreement.

    Lucky thing it doesn't sound too arrogant.

    I, the clueless, bow low before your superior knowledge and dare not disagree.

  9. lke
    macrumors 6502a

    Jun 19, 2009
    I hope that Apple is listening about this issues instead of thinking that everything is ok.

    If they think that everything is ok and don't do nothing about the bend and scratch issues sooner or later they are going to be affected because people want almost perfect products from Apple.

    Steve Jobs always say that Apple products were the best and because of that we want that Apple products are almost perfect.

    Who wants to buy an iphone 5 that if drop it bends, or who wants to buy an iphone 5 that after some months it looks terrible.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2012
    To be honest, I am kind of nutty myself about this sort of thing. My wife is more even keeled. I got my iPhone 5 and there is a nick in it. To make sure I was not imagining this, I showed it to my wife. I plan to switch it out, but I have to say the way the shipping was done, the phone box was sliding around. So I still will have faith.

    Some of these issues are magnified and exaggerated as a form of attention or agenda. I have no negative experiences with Apple's customer service so I am going to assume that case will continue when I go in to swap my iPhone.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2011
    Prince Edward Island, Canada
    I have yet to see an iPhone 5 in person that has any of these so called issues. What you read on the internet =/= what everyone experiences. Usually only the bad experiences get posted because people feel the need to rant.

    Seems like most of the responses to these threads are people like me replying that they don't have any issues with their product.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2012
    I somewhat agree in terms of having a perfect phone out of the box. Brand new things should be flawless when bought new but after that I don't expect my phone to be flawless after a month of use, surely that would be hard coz i am using it.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Jul 22, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Nail, head, hit.
  14. macrumors G4

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    You mean like that one iPhone that got bent because someone dropped a 25 lb dumbbell on it?

    The only iPhone 5 that look terrible after some months are those with defective anodized coating, which is a QC issue and should be swapped. The rest of us have iP5 that are still flawless to this day. At least they don't get scratched to hell like the mirror iPod Touch.

    The biggest problem lies with the QC issues, period.
  15. macrumors P6


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Love my iPhone 5
    Keep it naked and never bother to check it for scratches, I just use it

    That frees me up to focus my outrage on other things :)
  16. macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    Sounds like you are just playing the apple bashing game. Why does it seem like everyone who had an issue claims to see some crazy number of scuffed iPhones.

    I don't spend time checking out everyone's iPhone (non OCD), but the ones that I have seen haven't had any scuffing out of the box.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN, USA, Urth

    Mine were perfect.

    However, a friends 64GB he scratched to hell by accidentally putting it in his coat pocket with his car keys for a day while running around town.

    OUCH. The back looks terrible now.
  18. macrumors 68020


    May 31, 2010
    Austin TX
    i disagree.. apple is accepting returns on the FEW products that are damaged.

    I know 10+ people with iphone5s and they are all pristine including myself. This problem seems bigger on the internet because only people who are upset are going to take the time to complain.. if everyone with a good device came on here to " complain "there would be an insanely larger amount of those treads.
    yes some have defects coming from manufacturing, but apple is handling the issues correctly.

    get real.
  19. macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2012
    Everything thing you can buy in this world will have units that come off the line damaged. Cars, phones everything.

    Fact of life. Whining on these forums will never change that.

    Unless your buying full price the subsidized cost for the iPhone is the same as most other top smart phones with the exception of the 64 gb so I wouldn't call it a premium.

    Most people post are on forums when they have issues or problems. Most people don't not say "wow I love this phone so much and it is so perfect I better join a forum to tell everyone in thread format".

    If you get a defection product exchange it period. Don't whine don't complain unless the company will not help you which apple clearly helps everyone so there's no problem. If its such a problem for you that you have to open a thread to complain and attempt to justify yourself then guess what buy something else and move on. Simple.

    But I have seen more "perfect" phones than not so I would say their quality control is just fine. Stop whining,stop opening threads to complain on issues others have done already. Your not telling us something others have not already stated.
  20. macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    You're right, it's not OCD. OCD is a medical condition, what you have here is petulant whining by spoiled people who should open a window a window once in a while and realize that a cell phone is a tool, not a piece of priceless art that needs to wrapped in rubber and covered in plastic to use.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Loved your little rant till you repeated repeated "a window". Lol see what I did there?
  22. macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2012
    You should have said... "You don't deserve ****..." lol jk
  23. macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2012
    It's Not? Apple just made ****-**** TON of $$. LMAO @you if you think they care.

    No. You want to justify your whiney, woe is me attitude.

    THIS. Every damn one of them is THE authority on how damaged the production line is. They've all got a warehouse full of defect phones, and a class action suit just WAITING. Never once mentioning that the device(s) work flawlessly, and that case they're about to slap on, hides that scratch anyway.

    I spend a lot of time inspecting other peoples phones however. In fact, I personally handled an easy hundred or so until just a few days ago, while working for AT&T. I've yet to see one of these "faulty coatings" or more than a crumb sized speck. Lot of "vocal minority" when you hang out online.

    (you know why carriers open the product for you? It ISN'T to activate it. it so you don't break it when taking it out of the box.)
  24. macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2011
    Oh just stop it.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Nov 20, 2012
    Apple's biggest selling point has always been QUALITY.

    If they cannot maintain that, they have nothing.

    Your paying over the odds for a dual core clocked phone with 1gb ram and the competition are churning out quad cores with 2GB ram and comparable screens.

    I have one very very tiny nick on the bottom of mine, but it's miniscule so i'm not bothered about it.

    What concerns me is how easy further nicks and scratches will appear on the frame work.

    This isn't a phone I would dare use naked, unlike most others I've owned.

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