It’s no secret that the iPhone 5 has a bit of an issue when it comes to scratches and scuffs because of its anodized aluminum design compared to that of the iPhone 4/4S. For this reason it comes as no surprise that there has been a huge percentage of iPhone 5s being returned by Apple to the manufacturer because of quality issues.
According to a report this number was said to be 8 million iPhone 5 units returned, but we have a hard job believing this figure. Having said that, it’s clear the quality of these latest Apple smartphones is not as good as its predecessor.
Okay, even if the figure is not 8 million, we still know the iPhone 5 is very fragile, and would not take much for them to get damaged while in production. It’s for this reason why the iPhone 6 robustness needs to be considered when Jony Ive designs the thing.
We don’t expect to see this model in 2013, as the iPhone 5S is more than likely the next update, which means we may have to put up with the anodized aluminum design once again.
I’ve been very careful with my iPhone 5, it’s never been dropped, but the constant use and being taken in and out of my pocket has resulted in the black paint being rubbed off the bottom of the phone.
We’ve seen the likes of the Sony Xperia Z being much tougher than rival devices, along with being waterproof at the same time, so maybe this is something you would like to see Apple taking into consideration when designing the iPhone 6?
Maybe this is the very reason why Samsung sticks with the polycarbonate casing, it’s far more robust when it comes to resisting scratches. However, the device doesn’t look as premium as the iPhone 5 or the HTC One for that matter.
What material would you like to see the iPhone 6 made from?