iPhone 7 flaking?

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  1. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

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    image.jpeg image.jpeg So i've had my 7 since launch day. I noticed while cleaning it today that there are several flecks on the anodized backing where it looks like the finish is flaking. See what you guys think
     
  2. Pez555 macrumors 68020

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    looks like dings or scratch marks that you can get on these surfaces. I had a few that developed over time on my 6/6S.
     
  3. aPple nErd thread starter macrumors 68030

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    hmmmm... it's been in a case almost constantly while I've had it. Weird
     
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    Possibly debris was inside the case and was rubbing against it? It looks minimal, but if it worsens, it could be cause for concern. The aluminum shouldn't flake. Although, Black will show more damage then the other colors.
     
  5. aPple nErd thread starter macrumors 68030

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    well, it isn't a big deal to me i was just curious if it was widespread or just an issue i have
     
  6. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    I don't believe it's widespread. It may very well be your iPhone.
     
  7. DaIfoneboss macrumors regular

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    Debris in your case honestly most likely caused it... This black anodization on phones was never really exactly strong in the first place and grit/debris in your case built up over time can defitnetly do this.

    I typically clean my phone and case once a week and it has been serving me well for a while now
     
  8. Zenithal macrumors 601

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    Anodized material doesn't rub off easily unless it's being rubbed off with something stronger such as grit. Pockets are known to have grit in them for some reason.

    Ideally, you'll want to seek the opinions of owners who don't use a case with theirs and ask to see their phone backs. Provided I'm correct in my assessment, there shouldn't be any textural changes to the phone's back where skin meets metal.
     
  9. AppleB macrumors 6502

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    What kind of case?
     
  10. Subwaymac macrumors regular

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    Anodized finish will take damage and can get worn to the metal but that's just cosmetic.

    Apple should move to carbon fiber chassis with different finishes like matte, glossy or raw
     
  11. aPple nErd thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It's been in an insignia clear tpu case becauase i havent bothered to get a decent one yet. It may be time now...
     
  12. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000

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    Could be the aluminum oxidizing
    It's all over my 6s ($850 phone)

    Which will be replaced by Apple for free
     
  13. bushman4 macrumors 68000

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    Looks like dings or coin marks. Keep your iPhone in a case ro see if it's really flaking
     
  14. Stephen.Trae macrumors newbie

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    As you guys can see from the title above, I noticed that my matte black iPhone 7 has speckles all over the back of it which is weird given the fact that I always have a case on it. Did or does anyone else have this same problem? I read few posts about the oxidation of the aluminium but I just think it's odd that it's happening so quickly I just received this on launch day. I contacted Apple but they told me it would be best to go to my carrier first so I'm going to Verizon tomorrow morning and I'll keep you guys posted.
     
  15. Aneef macrumors regular

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    I have my matte black iPhone 7 plus with me for the last 2 weeks and so far there is nothing like that you mentioned at its back. I guess your cover case is causing those speckles.
     
  16. HankHowdy macrumors 68040

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    Pics?
     
  17. Stephen.Trae macrumors newbie

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    My case has a soft like linen on the inside of it so I don't think that's it...
    --- Post Merged, Nov 26, 2016 ---
    I'll try taking pictures of it once I get home.
     
  18. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    Perhaps the case you're using? I know you mentioned you will post pictures to another user, that might help for others to help assist you.
     
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  21. NovemberWhiskey, Nov 26, 2016
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    NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    Don't.

    The 6S Plus had aluminum anodization problems. There is a long thread on this forum that I can't find at the moment. It is the 7000 series aluminum. I don't know if that is the same series they use for the 7.

    http://www.pfonline.com/articles/pitting-on-7000-series-al-alloy

    User HEK provided a good explanation for why this was happening.

    That said, TPU cases can cause, or accelerate this type of damage.
     
  22. aPple nErd, Nov 26, 2016
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    no i made a misspost. was trying to reply to another users thread on the same issue but replied to my own
     
  23. Stephen.Trae macrumors newbie

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    Yes! That is exactly what I'm talking about! It's good to know that I'm not the only one but you're probably right about us getting a bad batch. If Verizon allows me to exchange it,I'm just going to ask for the Jet black. I'm pretty sure it won't have this issue.
     
  24. Will22 macrumors 65816

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    Anyone else notice dark marks on their hand after using their black iP7 for a couple of hours? It washes off and there doesn't seem to be any discolouration on the phone.

    IMG_0478.JPG
     
  25. Newtons Apple, Nov 27, 2016
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    the anodized surface does wear and I have seen dark marks on my damp white micro fiber cloth after wiping my 7S when removing it from the case. so I would guess the oils from your hands are picking up a little of your devices finish.

    using caps is for the weak.
     

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