iPhone 7 black matte chipping... let's do a research!

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  1. TreRep macrumors regular

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    Do you have the problem of the matt black chipping?

    yes or no?

    which week was your phone made? (check the serial number and it is the 5th letter o number)

    how long have you been using your phone? when it began to chip?

    let's try to understamd if it was a problem now solved....or if the new batches are still affected...
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    mine is 7 128 week W and no chip gate, using it since 20 days
     
  2. macfacts macrumors 68000

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    Why does this matter. It's not like you're going to not buy the iPhone. And Apple doesn't do exchanges for cosmetic damage
     
  3. Brandonjr36, Feb 12, 2017
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    No chipping at all here. The number on mine is 8. Oh and I've had mine since launch day.
     
  4. deano1972 macrumors 6502a

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    No chipping or marks after 2 months in a soft clear tpu case. The one it replaced had no chipping either after 3 months use from launch day.. again in the same tpu back cover.
    First one was manufactured end of August/start of September, this one was manufactured mid November
     
  5. AMTYVLE macrumors regular

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    I'm confused on the serial number and the date of manufacture....the 5th digit of my serial number is 'N'...so how do I figure that out?
     
  6. golfnut1982 macrumors regular

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    It's funny because the media is referring to the finish as "paint". AFAIK, it is an anodized coating, something completely different. If the coating is chipping, it "might be" the surface of the aluminum was not prepped correctly prior to finishing. Any metallurgist's out there?
     
  7. Shadowbech macrumors 68040

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    You can use Sndeep.info to find out when your phone is made. W is Week 51. T is week 49. V is week 50.
     
  8. borgsauce macrumors regular

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    1) No?
    2)T - Week 49
    3)Almost a month

    Could you please elaborate on the chipping? Only thing I notice when I hold my phone to the light at an angle, I see these tiny dot like markings that must've been caused by dust inside the case.
     
  9. deano1972 macrumors 6502a

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    Mines a P .. I can't remember what week that is, but when I checked the serial online a couple of months ago it was manufactured in mid November
     
  10. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    This is more accurate. It's a problem with the anodization process and it's not fully cured to the aluminum at the appropriate temperature. It's actually flaking, over chipping. Over time, handling the iPhone or cases can worsen the issue. There is no remedy for the situation. It's purely cosmetic.


    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/iphone-6s-plus-aluminium-chipping.1930678/

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anodizing
     
  11. deano1972 macrumors 6502a

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    I think it's certainly a manufacturing fault on certain batches.
     
  12. j3T macrumors member

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    I don't have any flakes or chips, but the backside shows very faint specks. Almost like the coating is thinner there. I'm certain it's not damage as it has always been used with a case. Is this something that's been reported before?
     
  13. Futhark macrumors 65816

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    [​IMG]

    This has only happened within the last few days on my Matte Black iPhone 7 Plus and it's bugging the life out of me as I'm so careful with all my devices.
     
  14. borgsauce macrumors regular

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    I know what you mean I noticed those tiny specks too. I don't think it's flaking, it looks more like dust particle rubbing in the same spot and sort of flattening the "Sand blasted" finishing which gives it that matte look.
     
  15. myrtlebee macrumors 68000

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    That's awful - it should not be doing that. I would try contacting Apple for a replacement, but not sure that would do much good because the next one may do the same thing. I guess it's silver for me when I upgrade - even though I want black. Hopefully you get it sorted out.
     
  16. Debel macrumors regular

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    Since launch. Pristine. But I have a otter and zagg glass
     
  17. Futhark macrumors 65816

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    This has also been in an Official Apple case from day one
     
  18. High Desert macrumors regular

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    No chipping, code G, 4 months old. Keep in a UAG case and Zagg glass.
     
  19. TreRep thread starter macrumors regular

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    which week was your phone made? (check the serial number and it is the 5th letter o number)

    how long have you been using your phone? when it began to chip?
     
  20. Futhark macrumors 65816

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    I have the letter F. I ordered my phone on launch day but it came about a week after launch and then I took it back and got a replacement after 9 days because of signal issues.

    The phone has ALWAYS been in an Official Apple case and I'm so particular with my phones. Every year I sell them on AS NEW because I don't even open up chargers or headphones and my devices are always immaculate apart from this one which I'm furious about. The marks have only appeared within the last week.
     
  21. mcdj macrumors 604

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    As with any other issue with a mass produced product, knowing the date and/or location of production is not a foolproof guide to avoiding the issue. All it amounts to is a waste of time and effort. Apple isn't going to let you sort through a dozen phones to find the one with the magical non-chipping serial number.
     
  22. Illumiiinati macrumors member

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    Code K. Week 42. 3 months now. Pristine condition. I didn't use case for 1 month but it was so slippery, now I'm using a clear coat ( it looks naked ) no regrets
     
  23. dlondon macrumors regular

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    Yes, my phone is chipping
    iPhone 7 Plus
    Code D
    Had device since October 2016

    Picture below shows the start of the coating chipping away. The coating is easily removed by finger nail.

    [​IMG]
     
  24. Stevessvt macrumors 6502

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    Man I was torn between getting jet black and matte black. I thought it would be hard to deal with the scratches of jet black, but got it anyways. I'm sorry for the people dealing with this on the matte black, but I'm happy I'm not dealing with it.
     
  25. noobinator macrumors 601

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    What will this look like if you scratch away all the coating?
     

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