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Your jet-black iPhone 7 might not look new for long

Daniel Howley
Technology Editor
The jet-black iPhone 7 picks up scratches easily.

Apple’s (APPL) iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are already selling like crazy and they’re not even on store shelves yet. In fact, preorders for the iPhone 7 Plus and the jet-black version of the iPhone 7 have already sold out. In fact, jet-black is easily the most popular finish for the new iPhones, which are also available in black, grey, gold and rose gold.

There’s good reason for those sales numbers, too. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are great phones thanks to their improved cameras, high-powered processors and water-resistant designs.

But if you’ve pre-ordered the jet black iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, you might want to get a case for before you take it out of the box. That’s because, as Apple points out on its site, the glossy phone’s back may “show fine micro-abrasions with use.”

Our own David Pogue has been using the iPhone 7 in jet black for about a week, and it’s already showing scratches on its rear panel.

In Apple’s defense, the company clearly warns the phones will show such marks, albeit in fine print at the bottom of the webpage for the handsets. What’s more, Apple points out that despite such superficial markings, the iPhone is just as hard as the company’s other anodized aluminum body devices.

The iPhone 7 in jet-black.

In other words, the fact that the jet black iPhone 7 scratches easily has nothing to do with how well constructed the phone is. A few scratches won’t ruin the handset, and they’re only visible under direct light. However, if you’re like me and super anal about your device looking perfect all the time, it’s a bit of a bummer.

Apple does, though, point out that if you’re concerned with such marks on your iPhone, you should consider getting a case. And that’s a fair point. In all likelihood, you’ll end up getting a case for your iPhone to keep it safe from shattering regardless of the style you end up getting.

It is, however, a bit disappointing that the version of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus everyone wants to get their hands on must be wrapped in a case to keep looking fresh.

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