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iPhone 5C Rear Shell Subjected to Scratch Tests, Caliper Measurements

Taiwan's Apple Daily has posted a new video [Google translation, via iPhone Hacks] showing a hands-on overview of the plastic rear shell of Apple's "iPhone 5C". While the shell has been seen a number of times in photos and a few videos, Apple Daily highlights the durability of the shell while also taking measurements of the part with a digital caliper. Assuming the part is a legitimate back shell sourced from Apple's supply chain, the report offers a few additional details about what to expect from the iPhone 5C.

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In the durability tests, Apple Daily placed the shell in a plastic bag with a key and some coins before shaking the bag vigorously, then removing the items and attempting to directly scratch the shell with the key. While the video is somewhat blurry at times, the accompanying article notes that there were no visible scratches on the shell. According to sources, the shell scores a high "8H" rating on the pencil hardness test.

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Based on caliper measurements, the iPhone 5C measures 124.55 mm tall x 59.13 mm wide, in line with case makers' design drawings showing it slightly larger than the iPhone 5/5S due to the thicker plastic shell. Apple Daily measure the thickness of the device at 8.98 mm compared to 8.50 mm in the design drawings, but Apple Daily has paired the shell with a front panel that sticks out somewhat from the rear shell and it is unclear if that panel is seated correctly to provide accurate measurements.

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The report also includes an image of an iPhone 5S rear shell showing the pill-shaped window for the rear camera's dual-LED flash. The shell is blue in color, but appears to have some sort of coating applied to it. Another blue iPhone 5S shell also appeared in photos today, although its authenticity is also very questionable.

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14 months ago
I liked that iPhone 5C "Fridge Blue".

Rating: 45 Votes
14 months ago
the 5C looks worse and worse every time i see more photos of it.
Rating: 30 Votes
14 months ago
I'm actually more interested in the 5C than the 5S.
Rating: 22 Votes
14 months ago
I honestly think most people don't mind plastic; it's just the posters who have taken such a hardline "OMG Samesung uses plastic lolllllllllllllllllllll" stance that convincing them that there are benefits, which include reduced cost and increased durability, is virtually impossible.
Rating: 16 Votes
14 months ago

Shame on you apple...you can not go from to expensive to too cheap don´t you?

Forgive them Steve...they do no to what they are doing....

lets hope this rumors are not true


Yet, iPhone 1 to iPhone 3G/3GS went from aluminum to plastic under Steve's watch.

Rating: 14 Votes
14 months ago
I guess they didn't perform these tests on the iPhone 5...

Save the durability for the cheap plastic phone?
Rating: 12 Votes
14 months ago
Japanese ads are close to seizure endusing
Rating: 12 Votes
14 months ago
Apple would do well to make the 5S come in some of those 5C colors, rather than just black and white (and champagne).

I don't understand the marketing behind offering the 5C in red, blue, etc. and not the 5S. Do you WANT people to forgo your more expensive device even though they can afford it because they just really want a blue iPhone? Because I can see that happening. Maybe not often, but it'll happen.
Rating: 11 Votes
14 months ago

Great. So now when I make fun of my Android using friend's cheap plastic casing (all I have left in my arsenal) they can just point to Apple's new Easter color plastic phones and laugh:(


Is that really something you/they do?
Rating: 10 Votes
14 months ago

Does this mean that the number of forum users crying over a small knick on their device will reduce? I hope so!


Not if they buy the 5S. Apple doesn't perform scratch tests on the flagship phones. They skip antenna testing as well.
Rating: 9 Votes

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