Does your iPhone 5 scratch easily? Apple says it’s normal

September 25, 2012

The first major complaint is in: Apple’s new iPhone 5 has an aluminum chassis that scratches easily.

Apple’s response? That’s completely normal.

According to a report from 9to5 Mac, Apple Senior Vice President of Marketing Phil Schiller said, “Any aluminum product may scratch or chip with use, exposing its natural silver color. That is normal.”

Scratched aluminum isn’t new for Apple products. The original iPods with all aluminum backs scratched quite easily. Since they felt quite durable, it wasn’t uncommon to just throw an iPod in your backpack, allowing it to be scratched.

It gets worse.

The iPhone 5 — specifically the black model — has a polished bezel and anodized back shows that wear and tear more noticeably. According to iMore, you can use your fingernail, draw a little doodle and then tilt the iPhone into the light and see what you drew.

For the record, I wasn’t willing test that claim on my new iPhone.

Now this isn’t at the same level as the iPhone 4′s Antennagate. Don’t expect Apple to hand out complimentary protective skins or cases.

But buying a case is always a good idea. The only problem is that there aren’t a lot of cases available right now. Many are coming out in October, while others are just labeled as coming soon.

Some of the top case manufacturers include:

While the iPhone 5 might be prone to scratches, there’s also a common sense factor that must come into play. If you’re a notorious butter fingers, buy a case. If you drop your iPhone without a case, it’s going to get scratched up.

That’s nothing new.

If you treat your iPhone with some care, you’ll have nothing to worry about. If you can make it last two years, you’re in better shape, because you’ll then upgrade to the iPhone 6.

Has your iPhone 5 gotten scuffed up yet?

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