Apple Says New 'Jet Black' Color May Show 'Fine Micro-Abrasions' With Use

The iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus come in a new "Jet Black" color that features a gorgeous high-gloss shine and nearly invisible antenna bands, but that glossiness comes with a caveat -- it's going to scratch.

On all of the iPhone 7 pages that mention the new Jet Black device, Apple has a small footnote that says that while the surface of the device is as hard as other Apple products, the shine may show micro-abrasions. Apple recommends customers who are concerned about the abrasions protect their Jet Black iPhones with an iPhone case.

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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.
The disclaimer about scratching on the Jet Black iPhone suggests Apple will not be replacing Jet Black iPhones that become marred with abrasions, as it is a known side effect of the glossy finish.

Alongside Jet Black, Apple is offering the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in a matte "Black" shade that replaces Space Gray, so customers looking for a darker shade who don't want to worry about scratches should consider that device.

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8 months ago
You're scratching it wrong.
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8 months ago
3G and 3GS owners will surely remember what a "jet black" iPhone looks like

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8 months ago
"This, is our new iPhone 7S! We have now fixed the Abrasiongate issue!"
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8 months ago
Abrasiongate!
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8 months ago
There's little reason to get Jet Black over matte black if you're going to be using a case anyway.
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8 months ago
I'm still buying it. I don't know about you guys, but that jet black looks sexy!
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8 months ago
Black abrasions matter!
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8 months ago
This one, in white next time please... = no visible abrasions and would look killer I think...
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8 months ago
I prefer function before form.
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8 months ago

Of course it will, perhaps if people treated it with respect, it wouldn't happen as often.

Problem solved; buy a TRANSPARENT case.

If you use a transparent case with the regular black, it will probly look just as shiny as the jet black. BOOM! a two-fer!
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