Many people were drawn to the newest color offering of Apple for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus because of its sleek and stylish jet black finish so it was no wonder that some of the users felt bad about hiding away its beauty by sealing it in a case.
The problem is, like everything else in life, not everything stays beautiful no matter how hard one tries and it is the same with the iPhone 7 Plus.
Released in September, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are the first iPhone models to sport the exquisite jet black finish that pretty much wowed many users — except maybe the loyal Samsung Galaxy Note 7 users who were not too amazed by the new iPhone 7.
Now, three months later, Reddit user robhue, who did not use a case for his Jet Black iPhone 7 uploaded recent photos after other users asked about its condition.
So how did the nine step anodization and polishing process keep the unit from major and minor damage? We will let you be the judge of that.
The photo above shows the iPhone under a warm, orange light but, despite the dim lighting, scratches can be seen at the bottom of the unit. In fact, the huge number of scratches practically removed the polish and gave the mobile phone a matte finish.
The second photo is a close up of the top right portion of the back of the iPhone but it does not do anything to lessen the cringe we are sure you felt when you saw the first photo. There are fewer scratches in the top-right section but the high gloss finish is, nevertheless, gone forever.
The third photo is just a close up of the first photo and in landscape profile. We already knew the scratches are there but we can't help but internally suffer at the state the iPhone is in.
The last photo is basically a slightly zoomed out version of the previous one.
Back in September, Zach Epstein shared a photo of a very dirty jet black iPhone 7 in an Apple store and it is already obvious that the unit is prone to dirt and grime. Just take a look at the photo below.
The iPhone 7's stunning jet black finish goes through a nine-step process of anodization and polishing before being slathered with courage pic.twitter.com/7iaH86fi9T
— Zach Epstein (@zacharye) September 20, 2016
That is neither pretty nor sanitary.
Still, Apple did not lie to its consumers when it came to the scratches. After all, the company's disclaimer did note these things in the website.
"iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are splash, water, and dust resistant and were tested under controlled laboratory conditions [...] Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear [...] The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 [...] is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use," the Apple website reminds.
Note that Apple did not promise an above average protection. Rather, it noted that all of its promised protections for its products decrease over time and under normal conditions-note the phrase "with use," which basically means that it will get scratches no matter how careful you are. Apple even suggests using a case for their products.
So did the jet black Apple iPhone 7 Plus fail the scratch test? Based on what Apple promised, it did not. Still, it is hard to please all consumers so it is probably at a 50-50 at this point.