Will new black 5s be 'Scuff Gate' 2?

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  1. Gix1k macrumors 68030

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    I have to get a few of these for work. Wondering if I should go with white and gold models, since the black 5 scuffed like crazy. These current models look like hell now.
     
  2. creativedogmedia macrumors 65816

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    My understanding is that they have changed the manufacturing process to eliminate that flaking/chipping from the 5.
     
  3. the8thark macrumors 68040

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    Yep just like antennagate.
    A non existant issue that the vocal minority made up to get money out of Apple.
     
  4. racer1441 macrumors 68000

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    Bingo. You attach the word 'gate' to something I automatically assume you have the mental ability of a young marsupial.
     
  5. Mrg02d macrumors 65816

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    Except, the chipping of the anodizing WAS damn unsightly and annoying...
     
  6. fark macrumors regular

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    You're too generous comparing them to marsupials. Single cell life form would be more accurate. :D
     
  7. irDigital0l Guest

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    Except it was actually a problem...

    That Apple fixed by the time I got my Verizon iPhone 4.
     
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  9. Gix1k thread starter macrumors 68030

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    That problem was real....I don't care who you are.
     
  10. the8thark macrumors 68040

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    And that's the thing, people believed it was a problem.
     
  11. Gix1k thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Do you have a black iPhone 5 that didn't scuff at all w/out it hitting the ground?
     
  12. the8thark macrumors 68040

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    Not me personally, I'm on iPhone 1 still. But many people I know have yes. They all used phone cases though. I can't answer for people who use their phone nude for a majority of the time though.
     
  13. Mrg02d macrumors 65816

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    Lol, IP1.
     
  14. the8thark macrumors 68040

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    So? I make my Apple products last the distance. Value for money.
     
  15. bigjim83 macrumors 6502

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    People like this blow my mind. How was it not a problem? If there were phones coming scuffed up from the factory then that's an issue.
     
  16. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    That's astounding. My wife has the black phone and has always had a case on it. She has scratches and scuffs just from it being in her purse where lint, dust, etc gets in. She recently got a lifeproof case (lol its huge and ugly) just to try and minimize the scuffs.

    I think you are generalizing a bit, especially as a person who doesn't have the device. "Everyone who thinks this is a problem is wrong" is a pretty bold statement, and you have all but made it.
     
  17. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    Heyyy give some more credit to marsupials
     
  18. Gix1k thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I agree...especially since he doesn't even have one. Day 1 of iPhone 5 release was a mess with scuffs. It was so bad that I was reading the threads before FedEx arrived with my personal black one. As soon as it was delivered, I drove to Apple store and exchanged, unopened, for a white one. The work office models I have here look years old and they've never left the building.
     
  19. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    It was an issue for me. I returned my second iPhone 4 and went back to my 3GS. I then got a 4S that didn't have a problem.
     
  20. applesith macrumors 68020

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    scuff gate 2012. Never forget. Never again.
     
  21. ToddH macrumors 6502a

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    They all will scuff if you use them without a case. Just don't be that guy who puts his phone in a pocket full of change and keys. If you don't want a case, then use a leather pouch.

    I will always use a case / pouch combo (pouch when I want to change it up) so the phone stays looking new. To this day, mine does not have a scratch on it!!!
     
  22. deadstockmarket macrumors regular

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    It wasn't really a problem for me. Would get black again any day.
     
  23. pmau macrumors 65816

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    I own a flawless iPhone5 and an iPhone4 with Apple's bumper.
    None of them had any problems.

    My assumption is that the Space Gray uses a different way of anodizing or the material is different, leading to a lighter coloration that Apple called "Space Gray" instead of "****! It's not black!"

    I indeed have seen iPhone5 models from friends and colleagues that had scratches, but honesty I attribute them to car keys or cables bundled with the phone.

    As a sidenote, the original 30 PIN adapter has some really sharp edges that can easily scratch anything...

    (I also own a 3GS, but that's not the point here)

    PS: Why no "****" in quotes... What the "****"? I don't mean it, it's in quotes :) ;)
     
  24. Gix1k thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Has there been any clear, real world pics of the new models?
     
  25. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    I have a black iPhone 5 purchased on launch day. Never used a case or screen protector. Not a single scratch or scuff. Those that claim they all scuff don't know what they are talking about.

    Now of course there will be a scuff gate 2. People have to complain, even when they don't own the product.
     

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