Apple finally listened to its fan base and launched black version of iPhones, which went missing post iPhone 4S. Nothing made the super premium handset look royal than the all black shroud. This year Apple has launched two new color variants viz. Jet Black and Matte Black, both of which look extremely royal at first glance. Jet Black more so because of its glossy sheen and ability to completely hide the ugly antenna bands, which are still present on top and bottom edges of rear panel. Such is the popularity of these two models that they went out of stock on most stores as soon as they were launched. But it seems that the irony is wasted on fanboys since as good as it might look, the glossy finish on iPhone 7 is a massive fingerprint magnet. And guess what, you cannot wipe it clean as apparently even the gentlest of wipe might end up leaving a mark on your beloved acquisition. It is pretty evident that it takes very less for the new variant to go from eye-candy to eyesore.
A number of reviewers on Youtube have pointed out the fact that even trying to wipe the Jet Black device on your t-shirt might leave a scratch or two on it. The official website of Apple India too has a footnote saying, “The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodisation and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodised 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.” Apparently, these micro abrasions, as Apple likes to call them, are hairline scratches, which look hideous.
There was a time when the same glossy finish was offered on iPhone 3G and 3Gs, which ended up having a nice weathered look to them upon years of usage. However, the same cannot be said for the new Jet Black version as the slightest rub with anything remotely metal will leave its mark. For most users, this is too much of maintenance and as these scratches accumulate, the resale value goes down by the same rate. However, you can still get decent cash for your used iPhone 7 using Cashify. On the contrary, it would be better if you opt for the matte black variant, which looks equally royal if not more.
And the irony is that Apple is suggesting a case to preserve the pristine condition. What is the point of getting the best looking iPhone till date at a premium, only to shroud it? Let us know your views in the comment box below; would you buy the new Jet Black version?