iPhone 5 - gap between metal frame and glass?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by insimbi, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. insimbi macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2008
    I seem to have a slight gap at the top of my iPhone 5 between the glass and metal frame? I can slide a Post-It note in between them. Is this normal or am I looking at calling AppleCare? I do not have the gap at the bottom of my phone.


    Actually, there is the same gap all the way down the right side of the phone as well. Only the left side and bottom are tight together.
  2. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
    I have it too.

    send it back and roll the dice if you want. I would advise against it.


    ...in fact, I never noticed (my phone is black) until someone on here posted it. I took my incipio case off (it covers this part up) and slid a tiny corner of a piece of paper in there. It blew up.

    (just kidding)
  3. insimbi thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2008
    Haha. Ok good to know. I'm thinking they are all like this? Least I'm not the only one.
  4. ematsui macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2009
  5. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    As thin as a post-it note is normal for that gap.

    In fact, my iP5 arrived with adhesives stuck in the gap in a couple of places but they seem to have fallen out (or dried up) as I can't see them anymore.
  6. legreen macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2010
    Mine has a slight gap. A couple of iPhones I sent back had quite large gaps and you could wiggle the screen, just one reason why they were returned.
  7. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011

    This is not an *issue* it's obviously a design implication.

    "Oh no! My black iPhone came with the metal surrounding band black and the back is a black color. I've heard a lot of the black models have this issue"
  8. ProudLoz macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2012
    I have the same gap on my black iPhone 5, it's most noticeable on the top right hand corner when the front is facing towards you. I'm not bothered by it though, I was at first since some piece of dirt got caught in there, but I took it out and haven't notice it till now.
  9. Zac7 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2011
    Mine has this too. Kind of annoying cause dust gets in between and it's noticeable when the dust is white with the black iphone.
  10. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Same with the black earpiece on the front of the black iP5, on which white dust is very noticeable. Dust was far less noticeable on the black iPhone 4/4S's silver earpiece.
  11. AAPLinc macrumors 65816

    Jul 27, 2012
    Hollywood, CA
    But that black earpiece will probably hide more dirt/dust than anything.

    The bright shiny silver earpiece on the 4/4S really shows dirt/crud in there, and the junk usually looks black. Mine doesnt have it because I keep on it and keep it clean, but my friends iPhones have so much junk in there.
  12. Rocko1 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2011
    Hmmm. Wow. So you say there is a 0.09652 mm gap on your phone between the screen and metal body? I really feel for you. I wish there was something we could all do to help, but I am really busy spending my days helping hurricane Sandy victims locate family members, food and help rebuild their homes. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
  13. Tri-stan macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    I have got the same problem on my s3 but at the bottom of the phone. The gap is big enough to slide in some inkjet paper. The place just collects dust and to me is a design flaw. I don't know what it is but things like this really annoys me to the point that I tried to clean it out with a piece of tin foil until a bit broke off and got trapped behind the glass.

    The phone should really be a continuous piece of material all the way round the phone. To me it is a fault with the phone but it is a manufacturing tolerance. If these phones were not made in China I would expect better craftsmanship, more like a watch and less like a cheap plastic toy. Maybe a speak more about Samsung here but if it was built better maybe I would be tempted to keep it for longer instead of adhering to this consumerist nonsense.

    Look I would rather be out exploring and conserving the earth but given that 7 billion people have already spoilt that for me I am stuck complaining over trivial matters on my phone. It is the only space I have left which is new and undiscovered. Sad really but this is what has become of us.
  14. insimbi thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2008
    What are you doing wasting time on these forums then? Get back out there and help the victims!
  15. bushman4 macrumors 68020

    Mar 22, 2011
    Sending it back may result in one with Dings &scuffs. Put a case on it and it will be fine.
  16. antman2295 macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2010
    I've noticed a similar issue with my black 5. I can "squish" my glass back down on my phone every time I take my case off. It makes an "eeek" sound when I do. It is all the way across the top. They claim that it would have to cause the phone an issue to be covered as "defective".
  17. itsmemuffins macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2010
    Just checked my black one. I can insert a corner of a post it in the top right hand corner, just on the curve of the corner.
  18. dk206 macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2012
    I Had this on my white 32ip5. JUST ON THE RIGHT CORNER which also happened to have light leakage!
    Got it swapped and second one is fine. I advise you to get it swapped. If the gap is there it is almost certain it comes with light leakage just below the power button!!
  19. studio¹³¹ macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2009
    How are you guys cleaning the gunk in the crack? I've gotten dust in there and it's too solid to push out w/ the corner of paper...
  20. chumawumba macrumors 6502


    Aug 9, 2012
    Ask the NSA
    I was removing a case, and my fingernails slightly chipped, and the chipped flakes fell in that space, and it can never remove it. It is so frustrating!

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