The much-hyped Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were hailed as one of a kind by Apple owing to its unique color.

The Jet Black iPhone color got so popular that at one point, all other versions of iPhone 7 were available for shipping barring this hue. Shipping time for the Jet Black color extended from 2 to 3 weeks for the iPhone 7 and 6 to 8 weeks for iPhone 7 Plus. 

Now, a few months after the handset has been with consumers, a couple of Reddit users recently published photos of their Jet Black iPhone 7 to show what it looks like after some months of use. Given that none of the users used a cover case to protect the phone, the pictures show various scratches and tiny scuffs all over the device's body.

However, Apple warned consumers that the Jet Black iPhone 7 option was prone to scratches and customers would do well to keep this aspect in mind before purchasing the device.

"The high-gloss finish of the Jet Black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use," cautioned Apple.

The company's assertions suggested that the anodization and polishing processes were not enough to safeguard the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7's Jet Black options from suffering minor abrasions.

The only solution Apple offered was that those worried about scratches could use a sturdy case to offset the damage.

That said, what is the point of buying a unique color if the users have to hide it behind fancy cases? Apple contradicts the branding of its own product by suggesting users deploy a protective case.

Not Just Scratches

Not only scratches, some Reddit users even complained of fingerprints being more noticeable on the body of Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus when compared to any other Apple Products.

"It has quite a few scratches. In normal lighting conditions and in everyday use the scratches are imperceptible. Shine a bright light directly on them and they can come into focus. They don't bother me at all," notes a user.

A user called Kate Wells also shared some images of her Jet Black iPhone 7.

"Mines only 2 weeks old but I at least have a decent camera that can show the scratches. Note: most of what's really visible are scratches to the plastic antenna bands. Damage to aluminum is a lot less noticeable," she noted.

The images posted by her on Imgur show the abrasions on the handset.

iPhone 7 And iPhone 7 Plus Holiday Favorites Of 2016

Despite all these bumps, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6 went on to become the holiday favorites of 2016. Three of Apple's smartphones — the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6 — earned a total of 31.3 percent market share followed by Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

The Samsung smartphones earned a total of 28.9 percent of sales in the smartphone market. Now, with the holiday season over and these hurdles coming in the path of Apple, it will be interesting to see how the devices perform this year.

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