updated 07:15 am EDT, Wed August 28, 2013
iPhone 5S in gold comes through scratch test well overall
A prototype case of the forthcoming iPhone 5S in the widely expected gold cold color has been given an early scratch test by the team at Jailbreak Nation. On the whole, the anodizing on the gold prototype seems to be more resistant to damage that black iPhone 5 that it is being compared with. The gold casing on the iPhone 5S prototype is shown to be able to resist marks that are more likely to result in the silver aluminum showing through on the black iPhone 5.
However, when the gold colored case gets subjected to a black colored knife, it leaves black colored marks on it that are, naturally, not as visible on the black casing. What is noticeable, again, from the video even after the more extreme knife treatment, is that there is no obvious sign of the natural silver color of the aluminum coming through behind the gold color. The black casing, does, however, show the silver aluminum peaking through.
The iPhone 5 launch was marred by users complaining that some of their black and slate iPhone 5 devices were being shipped out of Chinese factories with the black anodized casing already damaged showing signs of scuffs, scratches and nicks. Apple was reportedly dispatched senior executives to Foxconn's Chinese operations to get to the bottom of the issue. Although Foxconn was eventually able to improve its quality control for devices leaving the factory, the iPhone 5 in black and slate continues to be less hard-wearing and durable than the white and silver model.
While it seems as though the iPhone 5S in gold may be at least as durable as the white iPhone 5, it is yet to be determined whether Apple has been able to make the next-generation black and slate iPhone 5S as durable and less prone to showing signs of wear and tear.