Okay, so it’s not exactly a national scandal on the scale of Watergate, but there’s a kerfuffle all across the web over the reputed inadequacy of the new iPhone 5’s aluminum back.
The fact that the aluminum is prone to scratching has users and tech sites shouting Scratchgate and Scuffgate, and even led to cries of «oh, the humanity!» Proud new owners of the iPhone 5 have already been complaining of unsightly scratches and scuffs on the black-coated aluminum of their new prized possession.
And, as 9to5 Mac reported, one such user actually garnered a response from Apple’s Senior VP of Marketing, Phil Schiller, who told him: “Any aluminum product may scratch or chip with use, exposing its natural silver color. That is normal.”
Fair enough. The aluminum backing of the iPhone 5 may be prone to wear, but it is actually less fragile than the glass backing of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. And even in a Gizmodo video where one user is determined to “scratch the hell” out of the new device within store, the iPhone 5 holds up pretty well, though it’s never rubbed against sharp metal objects like keys or rings.
Still, all of this brings us to an important, if awkward, discussion:
It’s fun to have the latest smartphone. You love Apple ever so much, and you and your new iPhone are planning to make a life together – at least until the next model comes out, that is.
But the fact is, just because you trust your smartphone, there’s no reason not to use protection. It’s for your iPhone’s good as much as your own. So glove the love.
Yes, we’re talking about cases and covers. In the case of the iPhone 4 and 4S, a rugged case is best (we’ve all seen those tragic shots of shattered glass.) But for the iPhone 5, a simple skin just to protect the black finish may be enough to do the trick.
Meanwhile, the moral of this story extends beyond Apple’s products, to any smartphone you want to keep in good shape. To paraphrase Beyoncé, if you liked it then you should have put a skin on it.