Strange Cracks Appearing In iPhone 3G Plastic Back
The appearance of mysterious deformities on numerous iPhone 3Gs is bringing the durability of the plastic back plate into question. Owners of iPhone 3Gs worldwide have begun to notice small, mysterious, black cracks forming in the plastic of their iPhone. Hairline fractures have been forming, mostly near the volume and vibrate controls, but also elsewhere on the device. Most of the devices with the problem have been the white 16GB model, though at least one black model is displaying signs as well.
Both the media, users on the Apple Discussions boards, and even one of our very own forum members, report noticing the issue. The cause of the deformities are unknown, but Apple has so far been responsive to complaints and been replacing the units. Still, staff may begin to refuse to do so on the grounds that it is only a cosmetic issue, or that it has not yet been formally recognized.