When I first saw Apple’s iPhone 5 demo video, no doubt I was extremely impressed with the kind of engineering techniques they have used to achieve those shiny edges on the new iPhone. However, the thing that instantly came to mind after watching that video was the scratch prone nature of the new anodized aluminum. Looks like I was right to be worried as a new post by MacRumors seems to indicate some wear around the edges of the iPhone 5 after some early usage.
The source notes that many of its forum readers have shown concerns over how well the anodized aluminum back and edges of the black iPhone 5 would hold up over time. The same issue has also been highlighted by Pocket-lint in their iPhone 5 review.
Ditching the glass back and reducing the thickness of the glass panel on the front has affected the design of the metal band around the edge of the iPhone. It is now chamfered and while that looks pretty, 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.
One person has even posted a photo (shown above) after using keys and a SIM card tray pin to scratch the back and edges of an in-store iPhone 5 unit. What do you say guys, is this gonna be a big concern for iPhone 5 owners?