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Displays on White iPhone 5’s Reportedly Leaking Light

Displays on White iPhone 5’s Reportedly Leaking Light

We reported last week about some users having issues with their iPhone 5 screens. Now we have reports about another problem plaguing Apple’s latest and greatest: light leakage.


According to MacRumors forum member “Leotno,” some white iPhone 5 models are showing slight light leakage between device’s glass display and chamfered aluminum antenna. BGR has confirmed on one of its own units (see photo above) that there is indeed a small crack on some new iPhone 5 units located just below the power button. It’s uncertain at this point if the issue is an isolated one that affects only some iPhone 5 models or if it’s actually a widespread defect.

BGR’s iPhone 5 was a 64GB white and silver model running on AT&T. The light leak is not noticeable unless the iPhone 5 is used in a low-light or completely dark environment.

Various members on the MacRumors forums have reported the same problem, some reporting that they have received new (not refurbished) units as replacements from the Apple Store they went to. One member reported his replacement unit still had the same issue.


  1. I guess my white iPhone 5 is of the good batch. No problems hardware wise yet.

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    This doesnt really mean anything, the iPhone 4 on AT&T that i had did that too on all of its open ports, it never bothered the functionality.

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