Sep 26

iPhone 5 Scratches, Glitches, and Twitches

iPhone 5 owners complain of scratches and nicks after excitedly unboxing their new toy.

iPhone 5 Scratches

After waking up in the wee hours of the morning to queue on the Apple line for the iPhone 5, many customers were disappointed to discover that their unit was not flawless off the box.  Several consumers claim that their iPhone 5 had scratches on the aluminum back plate and the sides right out of the box.  On the other many more discovered that the aluminum back plate was indeed easily scuffed and scratched.  Apple SVP of marketing Phil Schiller responded by saying that any aluminum product will normally scratch and chip with use.

Aside from the aesthetic flaws, many users found out that their iPhone 5s were unlocked and can be used both for Verizon and AT & T.   Apple did admit that the phone was unlocked, but it could not be used overseas.  This meant that users can actually switch to the other network without buying a new phone once their contract expires.

Other complaints included problems with the Wi-Fi transmission and light that appears to be leaking out of the white iPhone 5’s power connector.  Of course, the biggest glitch that has already been reported way before the launch is the flawed mapping software of the iOS 6.  When Apple switched into their own mapping software instead of Google Maps, users have reported geographic errors and even towns that were not in their right locations.

Despite the glitches and scratches, there is still no denying the power of the iPhone over consumers.  It is still the most widely-anticipated smartphone in the world that has been talked about and rumored even years before launch.  Another gift that many users are still hoping to get from Cupertino is the rumored iPad Mini.  Whether Apple plans to give consumers a cool holidays remains to be seen.  For now, many are still content eyeing and fondling their new iPhone 5 to wonder what’s next.

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