Yes, the jet black iPhone is one sexy piece of hardware and the finish looks stunning, but you may want to just admire it from a distance. It’s already been reported up and down that the new jet black iPhone is prone to scratching, even Apple acknowledges this.
The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many cases available to protect your iPhone.
Now at least one Reddit user has reported back a few months after using their jet black device without a case on it and it’s not surprising to see the condition the phone is in.
Yes this is the wear after a few months without a case and the user could have saved some damage by using a case, but cases don’t completely protect phones from fine dust. Most cases, aside from the dust-proof ones, actually let in a fair amount of dust that creeps around the back. This dust, dirt and debris can move back and forth acting like sandpaper which creates fine scratches in the finish of the phone.
This is probably happening to your matte black version as well, but it’s less noticeable because of the low-gloss finish and less polish. While having a case on the jet black version will certainly mitigate the severity of the damage, it will not completely protect it. We’re still not certain how these scratches will affect the resale value of these phones either. Considering the material and the Apple warning, you would think this would be considered normal wear for this particular finish but resale of these phones may prove difficult.
I wonder how Samsung’s glossy black S7 will fare…
Do you have a jet black iPhone? How’s yours holding up? Are you using a dust-proof case? Tell us your story in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.