Already at the sales start of the iPhone 7 pointed Diamond black out in the small print to the special edition in diamond black on the evidently not insignificant sensitivity of the surface against mechanical damage.
Let me sum up: the jet black version of the iPhone 7, the one we the people wanted, scratches. So if you don’t like a scratched iPhone, you’re going to need to invest in a case. People probably won’t be able to see your jet black iPhone 7 through that case. Do you love your phone’s color enough to let it be scratched?
Apple doesn’t have the same footnote for its simply “black” color. It comes in a matte finish and might be more on the gray side, but I think it’s the color we have to go with to avoid scratches. Embrace the black iPhone 7; it’s what we the people wanted:
iPhone 7 After Diamond black with color problems
Although the high-gloss diamond black surface Apple would be achieved by an “innovative, nine-step process of anodizing and polishing”, the use of a protective sleeve is nevertheless recommended.
The company said at the time :
The glossy finish of the iPhone 7 in diamond black is the result of a process that is anodized and polished in nine steps. The surface is just as hard as with other anodized Apple products. Nevertheless, tiny wear phenomena can become visible over time. To prevent this, we recommend using one of the many available cases to protect the iPhone.
A protection note, which apparently also the iPhone 7 in mat black had earned. This conclusion can be attributed to the numerous user reports in Apple’s official support forum.
Under the heading “iPhone 7 Plus Matte Black Paint Chipped” have here a number of iPhone users come together to report on from flying paint coatings and partial filename to be affected despite a very careful handling of their equipment from the color separations. Mechanical damage could be excluded.
An unsightly feature, even if the photos published to date fortunately only represent marginal damage on the surface. Since the problems are cosmetic defects, the warranty exchange of affected devices by Apple is probably for the time being excluded.
While Apple has warned that the high-gloss surface of the Jet Black iPhone 7 is easily scratched, we’ve heard nothing yet about the scratch-resistance of the matte black finish. YouTuber JerryRigEverythingset out to correct that by putting an iPhone through a series of torture tests.
The tests revealed a mix of good news and bad. All four surfaces tested – back, screen, Home key and camera lens – resisted scratches from both coins and keys, suggesting that the iPhone should be reasonably safe in a pocket. Not that we’d recommend conducting your own practical tests.
But scratch tests of the camera lens raised questions about Apple’s claims for the device …
Scratch-resistance is tested on the Mohs Scale, a hardness scale where minerals of increasing hardness are used to find the point at which scratching occurs. Glass, for example, scratches at level 6.
Apple’s website says that the iPhone 7 has a ‘Sapphire crystal lens cover,’ which means that it should survive up to level 9. In this test, however, it scratched deeply at level 6, suggesting that it is actually just glass. We’ve reached out to Apple for a comment, and will update with any response.