iPhone 7 jet black back camera

Apple’s new Jet Black finish for the iPhone 7 looks breathtaking, but here comes the bad news: it could scratch all too easily though not on the #Scuffgate level. According to Apple itself, the highly glossy back of your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus may show “fine micro-abrasions” with use.

In fact, the company is recommending that would-be shoppers buy a case to help keep their handset in pristine condition.

According to a notice on the iPhone 7 Tech Specs page (emphasis mine):

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 same advisory appears as fine print at the bottom of the Buy iPhone 7 page.

To be honest with you, I’m torn on this issue. On one hand, I’m a huge sucker for that glossy black look—I think it looks fantastic—but I’d be very saddened to see it lose some of its sheen to cosmetic damage.

I certainly don’t anticipate iPhone 5-like scuffs, mind you.

That said, and given that I’m planning on picking up a 256GB iPhone 7 Plus in Jet Black, I think there’s no point hiding that gorgeous industrial design inside a bulky case. Exquisitely designed devices like the iPhone 7 want to be touched and felt, not hidden in some case, no matter how attractively designed it may be.

Speaking of design, Apple has said that the new Jet Black color option will be exclusively available in 128GB and 256GB iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models. The “regular” Black (matte) finish will be available across all storage options.

That’s another thing to factor in, especially if you’re considering picking up an entry-level 32GB iPhone 7 in Jet Black—you’ll either need to spend $100 more to get a 128GB model in Jet Black or, if your budget doesn’t allow for that, opt for a regular matte Black model which is available in the 16GB version.

Are you going to buy a Jet Black iPhone 7 and risk the scuffs?

Will you protect it with a case?

  • lekwame

    the matte black version is in 32gb not 16.

    • Lipkiss

      Jet Black comes in 128 & 256gb only.

      • lekwame

        Ok. That’s not what I said. The matte black version he said was 16gb and it’s not. I didn’t even mention the jet black version.

      • lekwame

        Where did I mention jet black ?

  • Bugs Bunnay

    F it i’m all in! Dat jet black will be mine!

  • Guilherme 

    What’s the point of having a Gorgeous Jet Black iPhone if you’re going ended up putting a case on it?!

    • askep3

      Most people put a case on their phones anyways, so I’m thinking I can just take out my phone when at home or when showing someone

    • Smegmatron

      I fell the same every time i have to wear a condom…

      • amithiel

        i don’t know why, but there’s something about your comment that is magical! xD

    • Zaw Win Htun

      we can use a clear case ?

  • Phil Randle

    I think I prefer the Matt Black iPhone, pretty keen to grab one.

  • nova voter

    I kind of have to use a case. I like using a magnetic mount in my car.

  • Fevostone

    Base model in the glossy jet black is 128gb what a joke 700 notes for a base model iPhone. REALLY..!!!!!

    • askep3

      What are you talking about, the base model jet black (128GB) is the same as the other colors 128 gigabyte model. It’s just that if you want the lowest priced iPhone available you can’t get this color

      • Fevostone

        Still 128gb base model in this colour..! Donut.

  • OneBigInFiniteJoinT

    Jet Black the Magnificent !!

  • Feivl

    It only looks amazing when you can’t look at it ;P

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  • gary

    Why is that video unlisted? lol

  • I guess I’ll wait to see how users complain about it first. If it’s easy enough that Apple is warning us all right now I have the feeling it could be fairly bad. Plus I want to see how much of a fingerprint magnet it is and how the color compares to my Apple watch. Fortunately this time around I don’t feel the need to pre-order and get it rushed to me asap so I’m happy to take my time and get the right one for me.

  • eXoguti097

    A thin “screen” protector will take care of that. A thin and clear case would look good too.

  • Alberto Espinal

    Here is the cure from Spigen

    • DT

      I have one very similar for my 6S and it’s perfect. You can barely tell it’s there, gives just the right amount of extra thickness and looks good

  • Okky Angga

    will the Jet Black be the same as iPhone 3GS back?

  • Greensprout

    Matte black for me, I remember the glossy iPhone 3GS.. That didn’t last long before it scratched and the gloss started to come off.

    • Firedomain

      That was plastic though… Hopefully the aluminium can hold up a little better. Sadly I don’t have the $ to upgrade from my aging 5S at the moment, but at least that gives me a chance to see how the jet black holds up before I upgrade.

  • mrgerbik

    I GUARANTEE it will be scratched to hell in at least 6 months of normal use.

    Silver is the only option with aluminum.

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    I’ll clear tape it if I buy that.

  • Furrnace

    I love my iPhone 6s Plus. I will probably only upgrade if T-Mobile does some sort of trade-in deal for my 6s that’s worth it for me. I really do like the look of the Jet Black and I’d love to have it in 128GB or 256GB. I would probably go back to the 4.7″ size. I love my 5.5″ size screen, but the question I always ask myself, does the phone sit in my pocket or in my hand more? Got to make a sacrifice somehow. 1st world problem.

  • you can put a condom on it: still visible, touchscreen works, win-win

  • Kayla

    How about this protector from Gadgetshieldz. Never slam a case on Jet black. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e6453eccc06e8f0b53834519995de1b8722da66cbb14a7d496658f555459f329.jpg