This Horrible Picture Proves You Might Need An iPhone 5 Case After All

This Horrible Picture Proves You Might Need An iPhone 5 Case After All

There are many who will tell you that you don’t need a case for your iPhone 5. Heck, even Apple thinks that between the new aluminum back and the strengthened Gorilla Glass 2, there’s no point in a case.

But as this picture shows — taken by a store owner with access to some iPhone 5 display units — the new aluminum back scratches just as easily as it ever did if you attack it with a hard enough object. In this case, it’s the iPhone 5’s liquid metal SIM card tray pin, which to be fair, is one of the hardest metals out there. The edge, though, was scratched up using simple keys.

In other words, depending what kind of pocket you’ll be shoving your iPhone 5 into, you may well want to invest in a case after all, no matter what people say.

  • DanBennett

    “Phone scratched by keys and sharp object with force shocker”

    .. SERIOUSLY?!

  • JohnWilson

    lmao. Y’all are trolling hard.

  • LTMP

    I frequently have several cut diamonds in my pocket, so I guess I’ll have to get an Android :( /s

  • aardman

    ” . . . the new aluminum back scratches just as easily as it ever did if you attack them with a hard enough object.”

    C’mon, you and I know that this statement is a tautology.

  • FriarNurgle

    Glad I got the white one.

  • SupaMac

    a solid, reputable case costs around $40-50.

    Or, I could go caseless and spend $50 on the a brand new replacement phone thru AppleCare+ when I’m tired of the scratches or a cracked screen.

    I think i’ll go with the latter.

  • BryanElliott

    EVERYONE STOP FREAKING OUT !!! I just tested this in an iPhone 5. You can just lick your finger and rub the scratch away (Laugh out Loud). No big deal.

  • sault

    Never understtod what´s the point of making a phone that needs a case. It´s ridiculous.

  • RaptorOO7

    a solid, reputable case costs around $40-50.

    Or, I could go caseless and spend $50 on the a brand new replacement phone thru AppleCare+ when I’m tired of the scratches or a cracked screen.

    I think i’ll go with the latter.

    First, you won’t get a “brand new” iPhone you will get what’s in stock and that is likely a refurbished unit, but hey you get (2) shots at it so hopefully you don’t burn those up over scratches instead a dead device.

  • RaptorOO7

    This does fall under the no duh category. Apple designs beautiful hardware but they don’t always design it with real world use in mind (antenna gate), lack of Gorilla Glass on the back of the iP4/iP4S and now the aluminum back that is susceptible to scratches. But I will just put a screen protector on the back and not worry or put it in a case. For me it about the function and keep it from getting destroyed.

  • jrirish

    Meh, I still advocate no case, though to be fair it’s a recent development. You can read my thoughts on it here if you wish – http://bit.ly/UcFTgL

  • ddevito

    Pretty…but as always, fragile

    #iToys

  • vic

    There was a SIM Card Pin? Where did they hide it? I ordered the phone (AT&T) from Apple, so the SIM was pre-installed.

  • Tabarnouche

    “Or, I could go caseless and spend $50 on the a brand new replacement phone thru AppleCare+ when I’m tired of the scratches or a cracked screen.”

    How does this work? As far as I can tell, AppleCare+ is $99 plus a service fee of $49 when you have an incident requiring repair. Price aside, does AppleCare+ cover issues like minor scratches or just things that affect the functionality of the iPhone? Trying to decide if AppleCare+ is worth it…

  • Wackintosh

    Actually, you are completely wrong @RaptorOO7. I have asked both AppleCare over the phone and the Apple Geniuses and they both have confirmed that the replacement phone is a 100% brand new unit. Not a refurb. I also have a friend who is a sales rep for Apple who has confirmed this as well.

    So, in short, you are wrong.

    (But correct about not burning them over scratches. That’d be silly)

    a solid, reputable case costs around $40-50.

    Or, I could go caseless and spend $50 on the a brand new replacement phone thru AppleCare+ when I’m tired of the scratches or a cracked screen.

    I think i’ll go with the latter.

    First, you won’t get a “brand new” iPhone you will get what’s in stock and that is likely a refurbished unit, but hey you get (2) shots at it so hopefully you don’t burn those up over scratches instead a dead device.

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