iPhone 4 Scratched

Since Ryan Block, formerly editor-in-chief of Engadget and current co-founder of GDGT, reported Apple was in a secret lock-down over slide-on cases and particulate causing iPhone 4 glass backplates to scratch and break, there's been a lot of debate as to the merit and credibility of the charges.

The Macalope takes particular issue with it in Macworld:

This piece is a hopeless mess of unsourced accusations blended with inflammatory rhetoric and vomited onto the Internet like an Apple rumor ipecac.

Marc Flores of Intomobile points out that, while anything is possible, it certainly doesn't seem widespread like Antennagate:

The reason that the GDGT article is shocking isn’t because it’s another potential scandal, but that it’s the first any of us has heard of the issue. Why is that? The iPhone 4 has been on the market for four months now and several folks have been using slider cases on it since day one. Where is the angry mob?

Our own editor-in-chief, Dieter Bohn, did get a scratch on his iPhone 4 back the day it came out, but that was as a result -- he thinks -- of particulate on a table. And he wasn't using a slider case but Apple's own bumper.

Like I said before though, no one else at TiPb has had a problem and we used all sorts of cases all the time.

Still, Block's reputation and credibility in the industry makes the story impossible to ignore, so we'll be following it to see what, if anything, happens next.