Culprit in iPhone Shortage: It Scratches Too Easily
Quality control crackdown slows production at Foxconn
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2012 12:36 PM CDT
People queue outside the Apple Store as the iPhone 5 mobile phones went on sale in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday Sept. 28, 2012.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

(Newser) – IPhone 5's shortages are due to a quality control crackdown aimed at reducing the number of handsets shipped with scratches, an insider tells Bloomberg. The special aluminum used to make the shell of the phone is lighter and thinner, but also softer and easier to scratch—though officially Apple says any scratching is "normal." IPhone aficionados, however, aren't buying it amid reports of phones emerging from the box with existing scratches. Chinese workers on the assembly line say the increased pressure to avoid scratches during production is what prompted the recent protests at Foxconn, though the manufacturer denies that claim. Click to read Apple's response to another iPhone 5 issue.

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Oct 10, 2012 4:38 PM CDT
The iPhone 5 may have some quality control issues in the manufacturing process, but it is not a "fragile" device as some flamers on this thread have suggested. Need evidence? Watch the Samsung Galaxy S3 FALL APART during this drop test while the iPhone 5 takes the drops in stride.
Oct 10, 2012 1:34 PM CDT
And yet another reason to not upgrade.
Oct 10, 2012 1:01 PM CDT
I wish there was someone i knew who worked at apple, I tell them to "make the iphones in America dammit !"