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Sure, the titanium frames of the iPhone 15 Pro models look stunning, but they come with one issue: temporary discoloration.

One of the key highlights (and probably a selling point) of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max is their titanium frames. The new material is supposed to lessen the weight of the units and, more importantly, to bring a more premium look to them. The latter seems to be the main reason for this change for Apple, but it comes with an ugly side: discoloration.

Apple itself has confirmed this in a new document instructing new iPhone 15 users on how they should clean their iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max phones. Users online who already have their iPhone 15 Pro units are sharing images of the discoloration, noting how your fingers can easily and clearly leave fingerprints on the frames.

According to the giant, “the oil from your skin might temporarily alter the color of the outside band.” The Cupertino giant, nonetheless, notes that “wiping your iPhone with a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth will restore the original look.” And while this is a relief, it ironically contradicts Apple’s vision for the iPhone 15 Pro models to be that gorgeous-looking unit. Without the protective cases, the frames will persistently be plagued with fingerprints and discoloration. And with the cases on, the material’s purpose to add aesthetic value to the units is pointless.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 11 aluminum chassis color fading
iPhone 12 aluminum chassis color fading

Some might argue that the issue is not new to iPhones and just to use clear cases. While those things are true, the presence of this same issue in the iPhone 15 series means Apple still hasn’t found the right formula for its iPhone’s looks and still opts to sacrifice some sections in favor of temporary glamour.

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