Last week information on the new iPhone 7 was finally released and Apple fans all over the world practically went into a mad frenzy over the new features. While fans seem to be divided over the non-existent headphone jack, there’s one thing that everybody agrees on – the new high-gloss jet black iPhone finish is niceeeeee.
“The high-gloss jet black finish was achieved through a new feat of design engineering — a remarkably precise, nine-step process of anodization and polishing,” reads the description on Apple.
“The end result is so purely and continuously black, you can’t tell where the aluminum ends and the glass begins. The dark side, indeed.”
Despite our love of the new black finish, a writer at The Verge has spotted a major flaw. “The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process,” says the fine print.
“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 issue? The jet black finish may look mighty fine, but if you actually want to enjoy your shiny new iPhone without a bulky case, you will risk damaging the shiny surface very quickly and the phone is likely to scratch all too easily.
So while the jet black iPhone may look great, if you actually want the finish to last you will have to invest in a case… meaning that you won’t actually be able to see the jet black finish anyway. Ummmmm? Thanks Apple, that’s super useful to all of our lives.