Ipad Air aluminum back dissolving?

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  1. fappple, Jan 20, 2014
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    fappple macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2014
    I recently bought the new iPad Air, to be exact, on black friday from apple.com, where i had it sent to Denmark.
    I've been babying this iPad since day 1, it never left my office, haven't eaten or done anything harmful near it.
    However yesterday i realized something wrong with the back aluminum surface, it had started dissolving and turned white..
    Im baffled with how this was caused, since I've never had it near any liquids or something that could cause it, it realized it after i got home from work when i picked it up, also i always leave it resting on my macbook cables, that way it wouldn't scratch from the table and possible dust etc. etc.


    Hope someone have any helpful clues on what to do!
    perhaps how to prevent from further damage, or any tips on wether i should contact apple?
    Thanks in advance :)
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Your attached image isn't working. Nevermind you fixed it :)

    What do yo mean dissolving, aluminum is a solid so it does not dissolve unless it comes into contact with a very powerful acid.

    Do you mean its corroding? I believe when aluminum corrodes it produces a white powdery substance


    Did you try cleaning it with some mild detergent and a cloth?
  3. fappple thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2014
    I fixed the picture although its hard to get any decent lightning since its already dark in Denmark.
    I don't think it would corrode just over night, and really no idea what could have caused it, only thing i can come up with would be my regular hand wash soap, although I'm pretty sure it was washed off, and wouldn't cause this much damage :(

    So far only tried with water and cloth, but feels as if the aluminum coating is gone where the white spots are and haven't changed anything, furthermore, it feels as if i could scratch even more coating off, near the white spots :s
  4. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    The body is solid aluminum, it's not a coating. See http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPad+Air+Teardown/18907

    It does seem like corrosion of some sort. Anodized aluminum is pretty resistant to such, as mentioned you'd need a very strong acid (as in burn-through-your-skin strong) though. I've only seen non-anodized aluminum corrode like that from prolonged exposure to roadsalt / brine. So if this showed up suddenly as you say, best bet is contact Apple Support.
  5. loganfrye macrumors newbie


    Jan 19, 2014
    hmm.. are you sure it's not something that's rubbing on the iPad's aluminum, instead of rubbing off? Usually when I see spots like that on something I can just clean it off :p
  6. fappple thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2014
    Haha yeah I wish! :p
    At first i thought it was some kind of diary product, but since it has never been near anything like that, and its not possible to clean off I'm pretty sure its not that!
    I've just cleaned it again with a cloth, can be hard to tell from the picture, but it is in fact the aluminum thats possible to scrap off, even with a nail, if you attempt from the spots that affected, hmm I'm gonna contact apple, but i won't be able to prove it wasn't me just pouring acid over it :(
    thanks guys
  7. DaBossIsHere macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2012
  8. hamxa macrumors newbie


    Mar 22, 2018
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    hey i just bought ipad 5 gold..facing same issue i kept in laboratory for a while and it got white marks damed feeling so bad about it ..really hurts!

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