Since their release in 2007, iPhones’ side rails were almost exclusively made out of aluminum or stainless steel. A few models featured plastic sides, but that was about it. There were a few reservations, but generally, this was the norm for most phones out there.
Then after the iPhone 5‘s release in 2013, Apple decided to stick their design guns into the same old squarish design in 2020’s iPhone 12 (despite it having a lot of downsides). After that, the first major sign of a change in overall feel came this year, in the form of iPhone 15 Pros.
Apple decided to switch things up a bit, going with the Titanium alloy for the rails, with subtle curves on the sides. However, that was noticed quickly – like Apple wanted, and people started nitpicking, since after all, the design changes were aimed at people using their phones without a case.
We reported on how Titanium rails on the iPhone 15 were a fingerprint magnet, and had the problem of discoloration around the areas most frequently touched. Not to mention how darker colors were susceptible to scratches and whatnot.
Well, all of that might have varied according to people’s use of their phones, however we never would have imagined issues coming from Apple themselves.
Apple’s Surprising Lack of Quality Control
Now, on the day of release – September 22, when most people bought the phone, they were surprised to see how, out of the box, some phones had paint scratches and dents on the rails. Now, aluminum used on iPhone’s vanilla models is also prone to scratches on darker shades, but we never saw such serious reports for them.
Almost everyone who reviewed the phone before its launch commented on the potential downsides of this design choice. However, for something like this to occur out of the box, it may have absolutely nothing to do with the design itself. Instead, questions should be raised about the quality control in manufacturing.
Apple takes pride in how their phones strike a perfect balance between perfection and necessity. But, something like this to happen is concerning, not only because the design choice itself wasn’t as big of an issue, but also because looking at bent edges and peeling paint straight out of the box is – in now way excusable.
This is all we know for now, but rest assured that we will keep you updated as new information becomes available.