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Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 10:45 pm PT (01:45 am ET)

Purported quality control QR code left behind in new iPhone 5's camera roll [u]

A never before seen image of what looks to be a QR code generated after some type of test was found in the camera roll of a straight-from-the-factory iPhone 5, possibly offering a rare glimpse at one of the final steps an Apple device passes through before being shipped out to consumers.

QR Code

Purported factory-generated QR code (sensitive information redacted).


Update: A number of AppleInsider readers are reporting seeing identical test images on their delivered units (see below), however unlike the article's original example, the tests show a "Pass" rating. Also, according to the EXIF data taken from Brent's image, the screenshot was taken one day prior to the unit being shipped out.

AppleInsider reader Brent reports that he found the above image in the camera roll of his brand new iPhone 5 upon taking delivery of the unit on Wednesday, noting the device was sent directly from China.

It should be noted that AppleInsider cannot confirm the validity of the image as QR codes are relatively easy to generate, and offers the following information solely for purposes of discussion.

At the top of the image is a representation of China's red octagonal stop sign with the Chinese symbol "停" or "ting," meaning stop or halt. It is speculated that the sign signifies a warning for a factory worker to recheck a parameter that does not meet required standards, or is perhaps the result of an in-factory quality control test.

A quick scan of the QR code itself revealed a string of numbers and letters which turned out to contain the device's model number, IMEI, serial number and supplied nano-SIM card number, each separated by colons. At the end of the contiguous character string was an unknown "65%" designation which appears to relate to the "65% Fail/不良" line highlighted in red. Just above the percentage are the characters "LL/A," most likely referring to the last three identifying digits of the iPhone 5's MD63XLL/A order number.

It is not yet known what the "65% Fail" notice is in reference to, however the unit itself is reported to be in functioning order and was delivered with a full battery charge.

Finally, the purported test result is seemingly a carryover from the iPhone 4 or 4S as evidence by the two black bars positioned at the top and bottom image.

Brent contacted Apple support about the image and was escalated to a senior staff member who suggested to "delete the picture and don't worry about it" if the phone was operational, declining to offer any further information. The issue was noted in the attached support ticket if any future problems were to arise.

AppleInsider has contacted Apple regarding the matter and will update this article when an official reply is received.

Pass Code 1

From AppleInsider reader Robert


Pass Code 2

From AppleInsider reader Jeff