This wasn't an issue for the 7/7+ Black or Jet black or the 8/8+ Space gray. Even years ago with the 5- it wasn't a widespread issue. Typical defects based on the production run. MR just loves drama.Remember the chipped scratched bezels out of the box of the space grey iPhone 5? Yeah me too.
Same thing happened with the 8/8+, they were all silver and gold. Last year, they sent only black and jet black I believe. No conspiracy, they just choose a color and send it to everyone.Are Apple hiding something with the SG that they don't want exposed in reviews? Easily marked stainless steel coating maybe?
You can polish out the scratches tho...already have my polish readyzero to do with any gates guys...
The silver just photographs better and with no case and is less of a finger print magnet. The Space gray while nicer is just better in person vs the silver. Mark my words, a few days after the launch watch the posts of people with silver phones complaining about the scratches on the mirrored SS band around the phone.