Why Apple decided to paint the bezel of the black iphone 5

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  1. lke, Dec 18, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 18, 2012

    macrumors 6502a

    Jun 19, 2009
    I don't understand why Apple decided to paint the bezel of the black iphone 5.

    I am sure that someone at Apple decided to paint the bezel at the last minute of production and because of this it is almost impossible to have a perfect iphone 5 even if you take care of it like nothing else.

    On the iphone 5 website they write this:

    Look at iPhone 5 and you can’t help but notice the exquisite chamfer surrounding the display. A crystalline diamond cuts this beveled edge. It’s what gives iPhone 5 its distinctive lines. Fitting for a phone so brilliant.

    If you have seen a white iphone you will love that mirror finish on the bezel, but on the black iphone someone decided to paint it to black and because of this bad decision almost all iphone 5 have scuffs and scratches on the black bezel.

    In the video Jony Ive say this:

    We then use crystalline diamonds to cut the chamfers. it is so exact that you're left with a near mirror finish.

    Why Jony Ive or else decided on the last minute to paint the chamfers or bezel to black, the mirror finish is amazing I could still don't understandy why they decided to paint it to black.

    Maybe some day I will decide to polish the bezel to keep my iphone 5 looking good for years instead of only days.

    Here are some photos of the production of the iphone where the machine polish the chamfers.

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  2. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2012
    It might just be wise to stick with the white one then till next iPhone iteration
  3. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    I have to say, when Ive finally writes his memoirs, the i5 would not be his favorite.
  4. macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
    Best part of that post: the pics.

    Sent from my flawlessly chamfered and painted iphone 5
  5. vastoholic, Dec 18, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2012

    macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    You're generalizing too much. "Almost all iPhone 5 have scuffs on the black bezel." Show me how that statement is true. You can't. You only know what you see online.

    My black iP5 does because I've gone caseless and don't care if it gets a few scuffs. But my chamfered edge has an extreme mirror finish. Catching the reflection of the sun off of it sometimes is actually a pain and I sometimes wish it was the same finish as the back and sides. It's the most reflective part of my phone actually.

    I'm not sure from your post whether you have a white or black. It sounds like you currently have a white one. Have you owned the black one?
  6. macrumors 68040


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    The white phone looks great but I like the black phone alot better. The chamfered edges look great to me.
  7. macrumors 6502


    Jul 6, 2001
    Miami Beach
    The worst iPhone in durability...

    I've had all the previous iPhones since 2007... This one (iPhone 5 Black) is by far the worst as far as durability goes.
    First, the black sides are painted so dropping or scratching the sides is very noticeable. Also there are 2 pieces of glass in the back. Why? What for? I already cracked one of them! :mad:
    I must say the aluminum slate back is perfect No scratches and it seems to be more oleo-phobic than plastic...
    Still. I am glad i bought Apple Care, so for $50 i get a refurb iPhone.
    I will wait to drop it a couple more times and then get it changed.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    The glass is for reception. Signal can't pass through aluminum effectively. That's why they are there. You know, for someone who has had every single iPhone and been a member since 2001, I would expect you to know that by now.
  9. macrumors 68040


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    Maybe you shouldn't drop or scratch your sides and you wouldn't have anything to worry about.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    SnowLeopard OSX

    Dec 5, 2012
    The iPhone 4/4S' glass is a more elegant design, although they don't handle drops very well. iPhone 5 handles drops a lot better (doesn't shatter the entire phone, but tiny nicks and scratches are noticeable if and when you bump your phone around (which is bound to happen).

    Design-wise, iPhone 4/4S wins in my book.

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