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Full-Device Skins Causing 'iPhone' and Regulatory Labels to Peel Off Back of Jet Black iPhones

While full-device skins can be a good solution for iPhone owners looking for scratch protection without using a full case, those with Jet Black models should exercise caution when applying or removing the plastic wrap.

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A small number of iPhone 7 Plus owners with Jet Black models have noticed the text printed on the back of the device, such as "Designed by Apple in California," becomes transposed onto the skin upon being removed from the device.

MacRumors forum member ksyu found out the hard way when he removed a full-device skin from his iPhone 7 Plus and noticed the letters transferred onto the plastic. Under bright light, all of the rear markings, including "iPhone" and the required regulatory labels, are easily distinguishable.

"I had a normal protector on for about 1 minute and took it off," he said. "The writing peels right off."

MacRumors reader Keith experienced a similar situation when removing a Slickwraps from his iPhone 7 Plus:

The writing actually came off onto the clear Slickwraps just like pulling silly putty off of a newspaper comic strip. If you're one of the people hoping to keep their phone in brand new out of the box condition this might cause a problem for you. I don't know if the writing came off because the wrap is sticky or because it was a wet install meaning getting your phone wet then drying the phone could lead to the writing rubbing off.
The fine print does not completely come off the iPhone, but it does become faded. This type of issue has not affected previous iPhone models, nor does it appear to affect Black, Gold, Rose Gold, or Silver colors.

Apple says the high-gloss Jet Black finish is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process, but it remains unclear why the letters are rubbing off for some users. Fortunately, the problem does not appear to be widespread, but full-skin aficionados should be extra careful.

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13 weeks ago
I'd call that a feature.
Rating: 115 Votes
13 weeks ago
You're peeling it wrong!
Rating: 40 Votes
13 weeks ago
That's a feature, not a bug...
Rating: 34 Votes
13 weeks ago
That's... pretty cool, actually.
Rating: 33 Votes
13 weeks ago
I think that's actually really awesome! A cleaner non-branded iPhone looks much better. (My first comment on MR, woo!)
Rating: 29 Votes
13 weeks ago

Courageous. So courageous.

Inane. So inane.
Rating: 26 Votes
13 weeks ago
So, sounds pretty awesome? An even more clean looking jet black iPhone.
Rating: 20 Votes
13 weeks ago
Plastic Wrap Gate
Rating: 19 Votes
13 weeks ago
That's awesome! Now I know for sure which model I want. Hate the writing on the back of the phone
Rating: 16 Votes
13 weeks ago
Just another reason to avoid Jet Black. It was a marketing showpiece, not ideal for daily use.
Rating: 12 Votes

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