Just how durable is the soon to be announced gold iPhone 5S? Apparently durable enough to hold its own against coins in your pocket, but watch out for knives. Jailbreak Nation got its hands on what appears to be a legit gold iPhone back and captured their abuse on video.
Using the edge of a coin to bang on both a black and gold iPhone for comparison, it looks like the gold model will keep its good looks fairly well when put up against normal daily use. When you get more aggressive, like when you jab and scratch it with a knife blade, the gold model doesn't hold up quite as well.
Apple is expected to introduce gold as a new color option at an iPhone media event on September 10. The event hasn't been officially announced yet, but reliable sources say it's a sure thing.
The JBN video shows the gold iPhone's finish is pretty durable. Since it was compared to a current iPhone 5, we don't know yet if the white and black models will get a more durable finish, or if that's just a trait of the gold version.
The iPhone 5S isn't the only new model to undergo a scratch test ahead of its official announcement. The iPhone 5C, Apple's new lower priced model with a colored plastic back, was also the target of a scratch test video where it held its own against coins, keys and screws.
With the amount of information that's leaked out so far, we already know quite a bit about what Apple will introduce on September 10. What we're missing right now is the date the new iPhone models will hit store shelves, details about processor and camera performance, and whether or not Apple plans to include a knife disclaimer.