Are your pockets staining the plastic strips on the new iPhone?

Are your pockets staining the plastic strips on the new iPhone?
The plastic spacers on the back of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been a sore point with some owners. They are a functional necessity though, barring a complete redesign of how to integrate the antennas on the iPhone.

The new iPhone has the same high-quality build we have come to expect from Apple, but it looks like these plastic spacers may ruin the fun a bit if you like to keep your phone unprotected in your pocket.

For those that do not keep their phone in a case, but pocket it while wearing jeans, there may be an emerging issue with the plastic strips getting discolored through the repetitive action of sliding the phones in or out of the pocket. The dye from the denim rubs on the plastic strips and makes the device look dirty.

Some folks have apparently tried to use some traditional methods to clean the plastic (without dunking the whole thing in bleach) to no avail. In some photos a user sent to BGR, you can clearly see the discoloration on the white strips found on a gold iPhone 6. User inquiries to Apple received instructions to “carefully scrub their iPhones” with a variety of cleaning products. Beyond that however, no solutions were forthcoming.

We imagine that this issue is not as evident on the space gray, or silver iPhone, whose plastic spacers are not white, but they are certainly light enough that they might stain coloration from outside elements.

Have you noticed this on your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? Were you able to clean it off using something like Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, or are you just letting your clothes set the mood on your un-cased device?  Is this the beginning of "dye-gate?"

source: BGR



1. Rager722 unregistered

iPhone 6 & 6+ will probably be the downfall of the iPhone. First the #bendgate issue now this and also the 2012 software of the iPhone 6.

3. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

And that protruding camera...

40. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

To be fair, the Galaxy s3, s4, HTC One X, Nokia Lumia 1020, iPod touch 5g, and a few other phones all have protruding cameras.

45. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Most of those are far better integrated into the design of the phone, whereas the iPhone 6's protruding camera looks much more awkward and out-of-place...

46. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

Fair enough. The 6's does kind of look just pasted on. So does my 1020's, but once you see the pictures it takes, you forgive it.

98. vinnyb4202

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Ehh I'll see to each their own on this one. The 6 and 6+ will be fine still, there were much worse issues with older devices and older iPhones even. Only difference between then and now, someone put a hash tag on the device problem.

99. vinnyb4202

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

*say not see

56. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

@nwright94 Including Sony XPERIA Z3, Z3C?

110. shadad

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

yeah..but none of the bove phones or copmanes claim its on the on the same level with the phone back side. only apple faked its iPhone6 photos. Even Apple’s own official iPhone 6 press images have been altered.​ssing-bulge

104. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012


5. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Yeah, it's really hurting the record breaking sales and all time high of all iPhone's.

13. Rager722 unregistered

Well they have amazing marketing skills to hype things up but soon enough people will realize. No company reins forever. Same with Google.

42. CellPhonesExpert

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 10, 2014

definitely soon!!! ANY DAY NOW. Hows was samsung's quarter?

55. Rager722 unregistered

I'm personally not a Samsung fan...

60. euklidis

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

dropped but still on 60+% of the market. How is apple market share?

54. acrord32

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

they also make wolderful smartphones

61. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

And Samsung don't? Marketing alone doesn't make record breaking sales. And 2012 software is quite funny. Looking at Android still struggling with optimization, where iOS has never that problem even since iOS 1.0. Well, Android hasn't catch up yet to iOS.

70. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Lol..Like the optimized as well as buggy ios 8,8.0.1,8.0.2 huh????

71. Rager722 unregistered

Does Samsung have its own show like Apples Keynote to boast about? Even if they do, its no where as highly publicized as Apples is with the medias support to back it.

78. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Your asking if Samsung has a highly publicized release event? Really?

87. Rager722 unregistered

Well I wouldn't know because I'm not a fan of Samsungs products. Besides the point, do you think the average consumer pays attention to Samsung and it's events as much as it does the Apple? No.

85. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

I think Android Optimization is poor in OEMs Skin and not in Stock Android. My T2 Ultra has better spec than my brother's Moto-E. But Since Moto's UI is nearly close to Stock Android, The lag is very less. But here my T2 is lagging badly because of the poor optimization of Sony. That is not Google's fault.

96. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

If OEM's skin is the case, no it's not, my nexus 4 is quite well in handling UI navigation, but when it comes to gaming/heavy app, it's really bad, even the oldest iPhone 4S do better. It's a shame Nexus 4 has 2x iPhone 4S spec. Well, i'm having fun with 8.1, it's blazing fast.

92. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

LOL, nice joke!

65. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Sadly true; makes you wonder about the intelligence of the human race...

21. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

#paintgate may be??

34. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

COME ON . SHUT UP! Everybody knows , that iPhone6/6+, are not meant to be carried in pockets. Right? Those ignorant ppl that carry them in the pockets, instead in purses or briefcases, should blame themselves, NOT APPLE.

38. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012


58. ldpantoja

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I don't know about other people here by I do not have money to blow. When my iPhone 6+ comes in I plan on getting the best phone case possible. Why won't these fools complaining about the little BS issues and start learning how to protect their devices be it an iPhone or Galaxy series phone.

66. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Because the iPhone is the only phone that needs protection...?

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