Space Gray Finish Rubbing Off?

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  1. MaxMike macrumors 6502

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    So I've had my iPhone 6 since launch day and since then have sometimes had it in a case, sometimes not. I noticed a small spot in the corner on the back that it seems like the finish has begun to rub off. I noticed this on my coworker's 5S in Space Gray as well, and it was actually much worse. Has anyone else noticed or would it be considered some kind of defect? I never noticed any problems with my white iPhone 5.
     

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  2. raccoonboy macrumors 6502a

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    I used my 5s naked and there is no color rub off.

    I used my 6 most of the time in apple case because of the camera. I see no rub off when i took it out.

    Both black/slate.
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    It isn't a defect, it is a sign of wear. If you're not using a case, that would be part of the reason.

    It's not that big of a deal but Apple doesn't make a black/slate iPhone 5s or 6.
     
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603

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  5. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    OP, ever hear of Scuffgate?

    Scuffgate is what happened when the iPhone 5 was released and all the black anodization kept wearing off very quickly as well as being scuffed and scratched very easily.

    Instead of improving the anodization for the 5s when it was launched Apple simply chose to lighten the color. Hence the 5s and the 6/6+ are Space Gray (and not black). This still happens, you just don't see it as much because with a lighter color you notice it less. One of the reasons Scuffgate was far less noticeable on the white iPhone 5s (5 plural, not the 5s).

    Note, T5BRICK is correct. Apple's last Black iPhone was the 5.
     
  6. raccoonboy macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, i mean space grey.
     
  7. ssl0408 macrumors 6502a

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    I have something similar on my space gray 6 as well. I noticed it after two weeks of owning the phone. It does bother me that it happened so soon. Nothing like that happened to my silver 5S.
     
  8. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    The anodized finish can and will wear with time.:cool:
     
  9. luckydcxx macrumors 65816

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    i think this is the reason that they stopped making black/slate grey ... i had the same problem.
     
  10. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    You need a case on these things. They're delicate in all respects.
     
  11. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020

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    Sidenote: I wish Apple focused more on the antenna bands and getting them to mesh with the aluminium better.

    Having those gaps seems strange considering how obsessed the company appeared about the glass panels on the back of the 5/5S.
     
  12. Draganime macrumors member

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    Ye I've got that, I've been wondering what it was except my rubbing off is a bit bigger and goes all the way along the bottom
     
  13. Zxxv macrumors 68040

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    then what would they have to sell you with the 6s model?

    apple knows the 6s is a paint job with internal tweaks. You will love it so much you will sell your perfectly working 6 just for the new paint job.
     
  14. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I agree.

    Rather than fixing the process they abandoned it altogether and went with a lighter color to hide the problem.
     
  15. newellj macrumors 601

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    Yes, at some point, it's just inevitable.
     
  16. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Fixed that for you.

    The official names for the iPhone 5 were as follows:

    Black and Slate
    White and Silver

    When the iPhone 5s debuted, Space Gray replaced Slate and they introduced a new color combination (White and Gold). However, to avoid wordiness in terms of colors, they officially shorted the names to:

    Space Gray (instead of Black and Space Gray, which is rather wordy)
    Silver (instead of White and Silver, which is exactly the same color combination)
    Gold (instead of White and Gold --> to avoid redundancy with "white" in the two white models)
     
  17. Zxxv macrumors 68040

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    its called space and grey but sounds too wordy so they reduced it to space grey

    :)
     
  18. lambertjohn macrumors 6502

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    I've got an Apple leather case on my i6 and so far, zero issues. Love the Apple leather case! Very minimal, yet very classy.
     
  19. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Thanks for straightening that out.
     
  20. yzjustdatguy macrumors regular

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    I've seen the color rubbing off on a friend of mines Gold iPhone 6 so its not just that Space grey model that seems to have this problem
     
  21. JoEw macrumors 65816

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    This is your answer right here, as a previous Owner of an iPhone 5 black - caseless.
     
  22. dk206 macrumors regular

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    Which case did you use?
     
  23. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, mine looks exactly like that, but I use a case.
     
  24. Visa Declined macrumors newbie

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    I think sliding it in and out of tight jeans will wear out the anodizing quicker.
     

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