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tl01

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Has anyone had this issue? This is my son’s phone. Both of my boys have red 11s. Only this one has changed colors. It has been in a case.
 

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Relentless Power

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Has anyone had this issue? This is my son’s phone. Both of my boys have red 11s. Only this one has changed colors. It has been in a case.

It’s possible the case had a chemical reaction with the anodized aluminum,[This has happened multiple times to other members with various model iPhones]. I’m not sure if they’re both using the same cases, but that would be my Educated guess. If it concerns you, You’re looking at a warranty exchange at best.
 
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The-Real-Deal82

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Coloured aluminium will fade unfortunately and as we know even with a red car, it starts changing colour the moment it is exposed to UV light. Red is perhaps the worst colour for pigment change in just about any format from printing ink to coloured dyes.

In regards to an iPhone the colours aren’t present due to anodising. Anodising is very restricted to silvers, golds and down to dark bronze. The colours Apple use are from chemical colouring which is a similar process but allows a much wider colour variation. The downside of this is that they are not quite a stable in terms of resisting the elements.

I would definitely get that phone swapped and not use a case with clear sides going forward. I am very surprised you are seeing this fading after such a short space of time too.
 
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firedept

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Coloured aluminium will fade unfortunately and as we know even with a red car, it starts changing colour the moment it is exposed to UV light. Red is perhaps the worst colour for pigment change in just about any format from printing ink to coloured dyes.

In regards to an iPhone the colours aren’t present due to anodising. Anodising is very restricted to silvers, golds and down to dark bronze. The colours Apple use are from chemical colouring which is a similar process but allows a much wider colour variation. The downside of this is that they are not quite a stable in terms of resisting the elements.

I would definitely get that phone swapped and not use a case with clear sides going forward. I am very surprised you are seeing this fading after such a short space of time too.

You are spot on. I am in the printing industry and colorfast inks are not common. Even the few colors we use will only last longer, not forever. UV light will fade things really fast especially if you live in a southern climate where you get a lot of sunlight. I'm in southern California and you see sunlight damage to cars all the time.
 
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primarycolors

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You are spot on. I am in the printing industry and colorfast inks are not common. Even the few colors we use it will only last longer not forever. UV light will fade things really fast especially if you live in a southern climate where you get a lot of sunlight. I'm in southern California and you see sunlight damage to cars all the time.
Same here. Warm colors, especially reds and pinks are most vulnerable. The reason poorly preserved Ms. Pac-Man cabinets have white where there used to be intense magenta.

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The situation with that iPhone is insane though, and I wonder if there's something else at play. I can't imagine how much UV exposure it would take to fade it that badly in less than a year.
 

Ladybug

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While it looks funky, I kind of like it. However I'd be upset and probably exchange it if possible. Has this phone been wiped down with some kind of chemical?
 
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