Does the iPhone 5 suffer from light leakage?

Does the iPhone 5 suffer from light leakage?
Oh dear, after the reports of some iPhone 5 devices arriving with scratches on the metal framing and back out of the box (bonus feature?), it looks like some owners of the white version are now experiencing a little bit of light leakage from the top end of their brand new smartphones. The issue doesn't seem to be anything major, but if you are using your handset in complete darkness, with those units it's possible to see just a bit of light leaking between the phone's front glass panel and the metal frame somewhere near the top.

It's not completely sure if this is a widespread issue, but it has been confirmed by a number of sources, so it doesn't seem to be very isolated. Apple is yet to make any kind of statement regarding this problem (if it makes one at all), but we can't really think of too many ways to fix this one, except for replacing the faulty units with new ones. Well, maybe now's the right time to bring that iPhone 5 back to the store and ask for a new one.

Do you happen to experience this issue with your own iPhone 5?

via: BGR

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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Easy-to-scratch and now light-leakage, for me it looks like a bad build quality.

3. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

It's more of a result of trying to have beyond impossible build quality in such a massive production. This outcome is logical. It cannot be done yet. Apple overkilled themselves.

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

If it is only light-leakage through transparent field then it may be still livable but what if there is a gap and dust and moisture can also get in ? Then it should be sad news for iPhone lovers. :)

27. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Plus, if the light leaks don't affect functionality (like picture quality), I don't see it being a manufacturing defect. Absent a functional issue, it sounds like much ado about nothing.

72. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

when they bragg about "Excellent build quality" even this kind of blips are things to be noticed

45. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Foxconn Worker Claims New iPhone 5 is Poorly Made"

25. MeoCao unregistered

And Apple boast using high speed camera to control production quality.

94. amir1975

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

Ha ha ha ha! it reminisces FAKE CHINESE PHONES !!!

19. mayhem

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

dont worry soon they can buy Itape to cover light

23. MeoCao unregistered

Apple may sell that tape for $10 apiece, more business for Apple LOL.

51. mukrenol

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

more like $30 a piece... because it will be a 'case' -_-

38. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

so much for premium build quality lol. just joking but i love the build of my Gnexus which is plastic but does not get scratched easily. but its a personal choice i guess. btw has anyone noticed that now we can take back our thums up/down here on PA? if you thumb some one down by mistake just thumb down again and that comment will no longer have your red thumb. then you can also give it a thumb up. good job PA.

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

People are probably mishandling their phones.

41. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I dont think so and you also know it. ;)

43. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

"You're using your phone wrong." -Mxyz and Apple

68. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009


73. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

So when it's Apple its the users fault but when it was Samsung and the SGS III, Samsung to blame? Stupid troll.

80. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Funny, because that happened with the iPhone 4 too. It was most certainly not Apple's fault that the design caused crappy reception. The users were simply holding it wrong.

50. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012


65. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I'm not going to be hypocrite about it, I love my S3 but it also has light leakage worse than this. It's coming from the left and right capacitive touch buttons that stretches on the screen for up to a few centimeters in length. But I don't mind, because it's only noticeable when I view a pure black image on a very dark place. Doesn't bug me at all.

78. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

It just shows nothings perfect. And this is expected. There are numerous Android phones with similar issues also. HTC seems to be a main culprit. I think the iPad had leakage issues last year or the year before?

82. thelegend6657 unregistered

I have light leakage too at the side of my iPod touch 4

2. Ahsan

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Oops #iCheap

4. prakesh

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

of course they would suggest. buy a protective casing to cover those icheap happens to your ip5

5. StephenGalop

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Oops #lightgate

6. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

A lot of iPhone 5 Leaks proir to the release.. n now this... What a Shame... As usual.. iShame...

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol Yes I am starting to feel that iShame. That was so funny!

7. a1000smiles4u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 24, 2012

You are unboxing your iphone 5 in wrong way..... So its likely to get scratched You are looking at your iphone 5 in wrong way...... So its like to some light leakage

18. a1000smiles4u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 24, 2012

And you are in wrong world to use apple maps

85. Phonecall01 unregistered

I think Apple map is perfectly fine. Roads, lakes and ravines are in the wrong

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