Well, Apple just can’t seem to catch its breath this week. First, it feels like the whole world is dumping on the new Apple maps. Now that the hordes have finally got their grubby mitts on the iPhone 5, what do they discover?
Nicks! Cuts! (Cue wailing, curling up in fetal position.) According to CNET:
“If you bought Apple’s iPhone 5 today and noticed a ding on it, you’re not alone.
On message boards and social media, new iPhone 5 owners are complaining of small scratches and nicks on their new smartphones, purportedly located near the antenna markers on the side of the device or near the screen. The issues appear mostly limited to the black version of the iPhone 5. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
We spotted at least three dozen examples of consumers frustrated with small abrasions discovered after unboxing their shiny new iPhone.”
Indeed, one of our online producers emailed me to report:
“My iPhone 5 arrived today with some noticeable nicks on the side and back. I couldn’t accept it after paying $400 (after discount) for it. I brought it to the Apple Store and they swapped it.”
Naturally, as with any tech outrage, this one has a name and Twitter hashtag: #Scuffgate.
My iPhone5 is part of #scuffgate. An Apple product that isn't pristine? What happened to their QA? This whole situation is Kafkaesque— Daniel McNeely (@DanMcneely) September 21, 2012
First maps on iOS 6. Now this. We’ll have to wait till Monday to see whether any of this deflates Apples gravity-defying stock.