Black Coating May Wear Easily on iPhone 5
Well folks, we may have another antennagate-esque situation on our hands, ironically so from a company that values intricate product design to the degree that Apple does. Stemming from observations in an early review of iPhone 5 comes worry over just how durable Cupertino’s latest-and-greatest is. This is shaping up to be story that does not look like it will have a very pretty ending.
As the iPhone is being offered with colored metal (albeit with the option of one color choice – black, or raw aluminum in the case of the white model) for the first time in its lifetime, it seems that the black coating may not be as wear-resistant as could be hoped for. It has been noted how on the precisely-chamfered edges that the black coating can become visibly worn-down to the point of making the silver aluminum underneath visible.
For those that have decided on the black slate model, expect to treat it with extra care if you put emphasis on keeping it as pristine-looking as possible. At the very least, do take note until this issue develops further so we can pinpoint specifically how durable the black-colored coating on iPhone 5 is. Perhaps only the precision-machined edges are susceptible to the damage.
“We’ve already noticed that on the black model the edge has started to wear, revealing the shiny silver aluminium metal underneath the “slate” coloured coating and, indeed, we’ve witnessed it on two separate models, ruling out a fluke manufacturing error.
These small scuffs will catch the light and make the phone look visibly worn.” - Pocket-lint
Of course, there are two paths that this issue could head down: it will either blow up as a complaint that is much less problematic than it is made out to be (although this could become justifiably significant over time) or users will not notice the same idiosyncrasy as some early reviewers have. In the world of Apple, we would expect the former so be warned now: be prepared for the outpouring of news regarding this.