Surprise, surprise, iPhone 5’s “slow production” blamed on aluminum chassis

The iPhone 5’s sales figures so far show nothing but record numbers, and yet “sources from the supply chain” and “respected analysts” are all singing from the same hymn sheet regarding slow production rates. We’ve heard reports of unrest in Foxconn’s factories in China as production and quality control staff get antsy with each other over Apple’s high standards. We’ve also heard senior execs at the manufacturing firm debunk these as just rumors and untrue. So, who knows what’s really going on. All I know is that 2 million pre-orders in the first 24 hours and 5 million units sold in stores over the launch weekend makes a whole load of iPhone 5s that could not have been handed over to customers if production rates were really that slow.

That said, it does make sense that following complaints of pre-scratched aluminum chassis that Apple would re-enforce its strict quality expectations. But, with people still ordering and receiving iPhones with little issue (as far as I’m aware) there’s definitely more being made of this scratching aluminum issue than needs to be.

Did you receive a scratched unit out-of-box, or find that yours was blemished easily once you started using it? Let us know in the comments, or tweet: @TiP_Cam

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  • Qtkidz

    I’ve had mine since Sept 26th with no case on (its too pretty to cover) it and have zero scratches. I have the white one if that makes a difference.

  • bsmooth2003

    Out of the box my Black IPhone was scratched and had a blemished issue out of the Box. So I had to get a Speck case for it.