If you want the jet black iPhone, learn to love the scratches
As soon as Apple announced the new high-end jet black finish for the iPhone 7, the company warned that it’s more prone to scratching and scuffing than the alternative matte aluminum options. That warning’s even in the small print when you go to buy the phone from the Apple website, so we all knew, or should have known, to expect the extra glossiness to result in extra scratches.
Even so, seeing The Verge’s jet black review handset in person was surprising to me: the device had been used extensively for the review, but entirely conventionally. We didn’t throw it in a tumble dryer, we didn’t flush it down a toilet to test how water-resistant it is (as others have done) — we just used it like any other iPhone.
So you thought a jet black...