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Submission + - Black iPhone 5 Anodized Aluminum Susceptible to Scratching? (macrumors.com)

An anonymous reader writes: What would an iPhone launch be without controversy? MacRumors is reporting that in addition to the Maps app debacle that many people receiving their iPhones today are noticing them scuffed straight out of the box or easily scuffed and scratched when handled:

After the original announcement of the iPhone 5, one early concern amongst readers was how well the anodized aluminum back and edges of the black iPhone 5 would hold up over time.

One lengthy thread on our forums has been actively discussing the potential issue and Pocket-Lint in their review did note some wear around the edges after some early usage.

"Ditching the glass back and reducing the thickness of the glass panel on the front has affected the design of the metal band around the edge of the iPhone. It is now chamfered and while that looks pretty, we've already noticed that on the black model the edge has started to wear, revealing the shiny silver aluminium metal underneath the "slate" coloured coating and, indeed, we've witnessed it on two separate models, ruling out a fluke manufacturing error."


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Submission + - Court filings reveal iPhone twice as profitable as iPad (appleinsider.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Recent court filings from Apple intheir case against Samsung has revealed interesting details about the margins on iDevices:

Though Apple is tight-lipped about the profitability of its individual products, a court filing in the company's ongoing lawsuit with Samsung has revealed that the carrier-subsidized iPhone has margins north of 50 percent, nearly twice as high as the iPad.
For iPhones sold between April of 2010 and March of 2012, Apple's gross margins were between 49 and 58 percent, according to filings dug through by Reuters. In comparison, margins on the iPad were between 23 and 32 percent during the same span.
The numbers reveal more clearly how important the iPhone is to Apple's business. iPhone sales last quarter were up 28 percent, a number lower than investors had anticipated, while the lower-margin iPad reached record sales of 17 million units.

one wonders if the carriers will use this data to renegotiate for better deals for the next generation iPhone.

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