Less scratches in iPhone 5s as they metal and not painted

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  1. ohenriquez macrumors member

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    I read somewhere that the iPhone 5s is prone to less scratches as the silver, grey and gold versions are all colour metals not painted.
    I wonder whether this is the case
    I am quite interested on the Gold version but I am not sure whether the gold is painted like the previous iPhone 5 slate
    If that is the case I may choose the black one

    I wonder whether any of you can confirm whether the iPhone 5s are colour metals and not painted

    I apologise if this has been discussed before
     
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  3. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    LoL :p

    Sounds pretty silly when you put it that way ;)




    p.s. you've been here since 2002?! :eek:

    Respect!
     
  4. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

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    i think the only one that won't chip away is the white/silver one.
     
  5. voyagerd macrumors 65816

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    It looks like we need the key-brigade to take a crack at each color. I'm interested in knowing too.
     
  6. Radiating macrumors 65816

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    NONE of the iPhones were painted. ALL iPhones are coated in Corundum ( aluminum oxide) using a chemical process. Aluminium oxide is the same material that ruby's are made of, except without impurities that make it red, and it's hardness is second only to diamond.

    The problem was that Apple polished the Apple logo and the edges of the phone, to a mirror like finish meaning that the aluminum oxide had nothing to stick to. Usually you'll remove the metal before you remove the coating it's that strong of a bond. But the mirror finish removed the pores of the aluminium and also made the coating very thin so it easily chipped and was damaged.

    All 4 iPhones, gold, silver, slate and gray are coated in Aluminium oxide. In may of 2013 Apple added a step in the manufacturing where they sand blasted the phone before it was coated making the surface much more durable on the slate phone. The Silver phone has UNCOATED bare metal chamfers and logos so it never had an issue with a weak finish.

    The silver phone is still the most durable, and if the finish does get dinged it's silver all the way through so it's not easily visible while the other phones still can be dinged and show silver.

    Apple discontinued the slate iPhone because it was difficult getting the finish consistent so they moved to a cheaper process.
     
  7. orangebluedevil macrumors 6502

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    The problem is that chemical reaction only reacts with the surface metal - get a scratch or chip more than a few molecules deep and you can see the underlying metal that did not undergo chemical reaction.

    To me, these colors just look lighter and closer to original silver, so scratches won't be super obivous like they were on Slate.
     
  8. iPadPublisher macrumors 6502

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    The one thing I absolutely HATED about this black iPhone 5 is the scratched up edges. When I first saw the shiny black edges I thought it to be a rather sexy design feature, not knowing it was painted over the shiny silver edging.

    Going back to White... this time around. :)
     
  9. zamudiovsky macrumors regular

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    Agree, chips will be less visible..but the slate iPhone 5 was better looking than the "space grey" iPhone 5S :(
     
  10. iPadPublisher macrumors 6502

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    In theory, maybe... but my slate iPhone 5 is all chipped and scratched to hell. I'm one of the "naked" guys who doesn't much care for a case on my phone. I did have a Zagg on the front and back for 2-3 months, but that didn't save the edges from getting scuffed and showing silver through.
     
  11. henry72, Sep 11, 2013
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    Personally I like the space grey because of the contrast with grey and black. The slate looks way too dark, just my opinion though :) You might like it when you see the product in person.

    Funny thing is that few of my friends actually like the gold version a lot, in fact they might get the gold version. It's cool but not for me haha
     
  12. highertechnology macrumors 6502a

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    Ive had a black and a white i5 and the black showed much more rare around the edges.
     
  13. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    [​IMG]

    I agree with you though about the Grey being better than Slate :)

    Hopefully it's not painted on like Slate was so it won't look like trash the second you accidentally scuff your iPhone taking it out of its case.
     
  14. zamudiovsky macrumors regular

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    Hey, my iPhone 5 goes naked as well, I only have the armor protector on the front back and sides, but you can't see it and I have 0 scratches on my phone haha, I just can't put a case on this beauty, I bought it because I liked how it looked I'm not going to cover that hahaha

    I'm going to have to agree on that too, I can't judge it until I see it in person haha oh, and I hated the gold one hahaha
     
  15. adildacoolset macrumors 65816

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    It will chip away in almost the exact same fusion, but it will be harder to see.
     
  16. ohenriquez thread starter macrumors member

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    Dear Radiating

    Thank you very much for your informative and insightful response. Much more helpful than the online session with the "Apple specialist". He told me today that "all the iPhone models would be made to be equally durable" his responses were vague.
    I am now more inclined to choose the gold one, my second option would be the grey one as I already had a white one.
    I had few black iPhones in the past and while I still find them elegant, I may think that it would be good to change
    No matter which iPhone 5s I choose, I will look after it like the other iPhones I had before. I have sold them in mint condition. I wont let a single scratch to spoil a premium device. :apple:
     
  17. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    Still sporting an iPhone 5 Black, purchased on day one without a scratch. It's how you look after your stuff rather than how it's coated that's equally important. I'm sure mine will look this good when I'm querying up for my iPhone 6!
     
  18. kumquat macrumors regular

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    The word you meant to use is 'fewer' not 'less'.
     
  19. jamesapp macrumors 6502a

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    I really love my iPhone 5 black/slate. I use a case on mine but not always. Had my 5 replaced because of a volume button. My new iPhone 5 is in really good condition.

    The phone I exchanged had a couple of specks of silver showing. I think they should have had the black/slate as an option. I know I would have gotten it scuff or no scuffs. They could have had two white iPhones silver and gold and two black iPhones space grey and slate.

    Before the keynote I was tempted by the gold but had made my mind up to get black/slate. I was very disappointed they discontinued the black slate. Will be keeping my 5 as a backup, and will probably get space grey.

    As a side note, are there companies that could change the space grey to black slate? By either swapping iPhone 5 parts or painting the aluminum?

    Probably wouldn't have it done, just curious. I know I saw mock-ups of gold/black. I could definetly see me getting that.
     

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