Apple Bumper Alert-Not all the Same!

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by atomicbatteries, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. atomicbatteries macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2010
    In case people did not know this I thought it was worth mentioning that it appears that al the bumpers being manufactured are a little different.

    I received the orange one I ordered a few weeks ago and has a distinctly different feel to it than the black one I purchased at the apple store on launch day. The sides of the black one have on the outer edge a different constancy of rubber which is very easy to grip. Does not slide in your hands at all The orange one has very smooth sides on both the inner and outer bevel of the sides. This was noticeable as soon as I held it in my hand and I realized it would be harder to hold on to especially with the new instructions we have been given by Apple on how to hold the phone.

    The only case they had on launch was black so that's what I got and figured I would return it when the orange arrived. I for one thought this made a huge differance and will now be keeping my black one.
    The new bumpers also came win totally differant packaging so perhaps the first lot was rushed along so they wood be available for launch and for the issues they were no doubt aware of with reception and the need for customers to have them right away.

    So check it out and see if the smother ones work for ya or just get the black with no no slip border!
  2. Munitalp macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2007
    I just posted about this too. I have 3 black ones and all of them are shiny type plastic in the middle and a rubber with some grip on the outer edges... Whell I just got two orange ones in the mail and they are basically all smooth hard plastic... its very slick and nowhere near as much grip as the black ones.

    Maybe they had some manufacturing problems and had the change the material to a plastic instead of the rubber on the colored ones? I'm sending my colored back forsure.
  3. atomicbatteries thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2010
    Or maybe it's another example of Apple not watching their production manufacturing overseas. Too bad was looking forward to the orange but the slippery feel is not what I was looking for!
  4. jrbdmb macrumors 6502


    May 19, 2008
    My orange bumper is just fine. There is no issue with the orange bumper.

    You still must be holding it incorrectly.

    If you don't like it just return it and quit whining on these forums. Nobody wants to hear it.

    (/sarcasm off)
  5. Munitalp macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2007

    Is your orange bumper rubber on the outer edges? The two I got are just are just made of the same material thats on the inner strip of the bumper.
  6. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005

    they are probably changing the production quality in advance of having to give them away to every user.
  7. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    Or it could just be that the different colors need to be made from slightly different materials...nahhh that's way too obvious.
  8. b00st3d macrumors member


    Aug 16, 2008
    New Orleans
    im going to go with the obvious on this one...
  9. Blorzoga macrumors 68030


    May 21, 2010
    Why on earth do you have five bumpers? Do you have five iPhones?
  10. cirial macrumors regular

    May 2, 2010
    Pompano Beach, FL
    What are u doing with $150 worth of bumpers?
  11. Munitalp macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2007
    I have four iPhone 4's on my family plan, originally I bought all black bumpers with the intent of exchanging them out as my colored ones came in... Guess that won't be happening though, at least with the orange. From another thread here it seems the green has the original rubbery material still for anyone interested.
  12. WhyYouSoBlurry macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Occam's razor. Although I appreciate a good conspiracy myself.
  13. IrishTiger macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    I wish my black bumper was smooth all the way around like it is in the middle. I HATE rubbery cases because it's so difficult to get in (and more importantly) out of your pocket.
  14. atomicbatteries thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2010
    Agreed, looks like it has a grip like black one. I will try take a pix of the orange one if fed x has not picked it up. I called earlier and they sent me a return auth and label.
  15. atomicbatteries thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2010
    order one on line, it might be from the same plant but I would be surprised if you liked it, its not easy to get a good grip....

    don't want that device to fall out of your hands while trying to hold it in the regulation manner in order to get a good signal to make your call!
  16. truciet macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2008
    can anyone post pictures of the "all" shiny ones? I actually prefer those over rubber edges.
  17. KC2 macrumors regular

    Feb 29, 2008
    OP is absolutely correct. I picked up a blue and a black Bumper in store today because I couldn't make up my mind on a color.

    I put the blue on first - the rubber part of the Bumper definitely felt a lot like hard plastic. I actually dropped the phone back onto the table I was picking it up from twice because it was too slippery. Also, when looking at the screen from the front, the blue border was kind of throwing my eyes off a little with the other colors on screen.

    After reading a couple other people say the black rubber is definitely more "rubbery," I opened up the black - installed it - the rubber is absolutely more grippy and exactly what I need. Sure it's more boring, but it eases my mind a little knowing I'm a lot less likely to inadvertently throw the phone to the ground.

    I'll be returning my blue one back to the Apple store tonight.
  18. truciet macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2008

    Please post pictures?
  19. KC2 macrumors regular

    Feb 29, 2008

    You can't really tell anything visually (and I didn't really give the blue proper lighting in these pictures). They look the same, but the black's rubber is definitely more grippy.

    (Click for full size images)



  20. Bungleaio macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2008
    Don't you think this takes the piss a bit? Put yourself in the position of apple, why should you provide a new sealed product to a customer who intends to return it in a couple of weeks, this is retail not rental!
  21. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    How do people think it's OK to do this?
  22. amazingdm macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
    Because it's reasonable.

    From a math standpoint, Apple makes at least $20 on these Bumpers.. so if they have to lose $10 of cost on one they more than still made a profit overall.

    Second, they didn't provide all colors to begin with and people needed protection NOW
  23. falconeight Guest


    Apr 6, 2010
    Ya I know how you feel I married my wife with the intent of divorcing for a prettier one once they got one in. NO WONDER apple charges a 10% restocking fee.
  24. poetrydaze macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2010
    Love this comment. How ironic and sad for Apple.

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