With the indignity of “bendgate” having already faded into the background of smartphone news, it was only a matter of time before some new issue (however minor) popped up with Apple’s latest smartphones. Would the camera spontaneously catch on fire? The entire phone start reeking of sulfur two months into ownership? You laugh, but the truth isn’t much further off, as word of the latest iPhone 6 “controversy” hits our desk, with users reporting handsets picking up discoloration from their blue jeans.

The problem seems to be the plastic piping running along the iPhone 6’s edges and along the back. As if these lines hadn’t attracted enough criticism due to their aesthetics, now owners are claiming that as they carry the phone in their pockets (again with the pockets!) the dye in their jeans is transferring over to these plastic bits, staining the phone off-blue in the process.

Accounts of attempts to get Apple to help with this situation have reportedly been met with advice to carefully try scrubbing the bluish stain away, but that doesn’t seem to get all the color off. The discoloration, at least in the pics we’ve seen, appears to be minor, but try telling that to someone who just dropped $650 on a new phone.

Who’s to blame here? Jean makers for not making their products color-fast? Apple for using a plastic on the iPhone 6 that’s permeable enough to let jeans’ indigo dye affect it in this manner? In Apple’s defense, it’s not the first smartphone maker to have its products unintentionally pick up some errant dye like this, but we’re not sure that explanation’s going to cut it for owners of suddenly-blue-accented iPhones.

Source: BGR

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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