Some iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 Models Losing Color From Aluminum Body

Some iPhone 12 models have been losing color from their aluminum chassis, according to a new report from Svetapple.sk, which includes photos of a PRODUCT(RED) ‌iPhone 12‌ model that has been noticeably leached of color.

iphone 12 red color fading
The side of the ‌iPhone 12‌ near the power button has faded to an orange shade and there's a clear delineation where the red coloring has worn off.

Svetapple.sk says that the iPhone has been used in a transparent case, so friction from a hand has not been a factor, though it's not clear if the case itself may have caused the issue.

There have been similar reports of fading from iPhone 11 and iPhone SE 2 users. MacRumors reader t101, for example, shared photos of an ‌iPhone 11‌ with a dramatic loss of color on the edges. That ‌iPhone‌ model had also been in a transparent case. While many of the reports have focused on the Red ‌iPhone‌ models, the fading has been seen less frequently on ‌iPhone 11‌ models in different colors.

Some MacRumors readers speculated that the color fading is due to UV exposure enabled by the clear case, but the problem would likely be more widespread if it was a UV exposure issue. There has also been speculation that the issue could be caused by a chemical reaction with a case, but there's no clear cut explanation.

There are a limited number of reports about color fading, but this is a problem that seems to have persisted for years as there are complaints about the ‌iPhone‌ XR, too. Aside from the ‌iPhone 12‌ photos shared by Svetapple.sk, we have not seen similar reports about color loss on other ‌iPhone 12‌ devices, and this could be a manufacturing defect that's not widespread.

Apple likely considers the color fading to be a cosmetic issue, so it's not known if devices that are suffering from color loss will be replaced.

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Top Rated Comments

litmag01 Avatar
11 months ago
Based on the photo it is clear the customers are holding the telephone incorrectly.
Score: 51 Votes (Like | Disagree)
robjulo Avatar
11 months ago

Who can defend this? Gross, Apple.
Oh, no worries. The usual suspects will be here any second to do just that.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fabian90 Avatar
11 months ago
Tequila Sunrise Edition
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BarredOwl Avatar
11 months ago
Who can defend this? Gross, Apple.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NotTooLate Avatar
11 months ago
so we are at 200,000,000 devices sold between 11 and 12 , and we get some random guy posting a pic of discoloring and this goes straight to the main page and ppl are reacting to this like its a known , wide spread issue with the phone?
Slow day today I guess.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kevinpdoyle Avatar
11 months ago
I think that makes this particular unit look better IMO. But I like my stuff to have a lived in look. ?‍♂️
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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