Jet Black is prone to scratches (Apple warns)

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  1. techiebug macrumors 6502a

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    Kinda a bummer. I really hate if there's any scratch on the phone. This hot new color is prone to scratches, according to Apple. :( I don't think a case can even prevent this as it can trap dust inside and scratch it ;(
     
  2. bchreng macrumors 65816

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    Apple's website. There's a blurb about it way on the bottom of the iPhone page in the fine print.
     
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  4. smacrumon macrumors 68030

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    This is pretty disappointing. A device upwards of $1000 shouldn't be easily scratched. What was Apple thinking? People don't keep these devices in a glass case on a shelf, they use and interest with them every day. I do commend Apple though on disclosing this info so customers can make an informed purchase decision.
     
  5. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Micro scratches.

    If you're worrying over a scratch you can only see when you hold the phone up to strong light in a certain way I don't know what to tell you.
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    They are thinking people wanted black.

    And since Neucase can do black without scratching (for more than two years now) Apple finally decided to do it. I don't consider microscratches to be the type of scratch we are speaking of here.

    Compared to the iPhone 5 you're going to find it's lightyears better.
     
  6. bchreng macrumors 65816

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    I do. Skip it and get the matte black. I'm doing it for that very reason.
     
  7. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    I'm skipping the 7 entirely. But not because of color or scratching.
     
  8. smacrumon macrumors 68030

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    In my opinion this is iPhone 6 series 3. I imagine the next all new iPhone maybe next year will have a ceramic body like the new Apple Watch edition in white. Scratched resistant strong and just pure clean design.
     
  9. garyleecn macrumors 6502a

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    it's aluminum. it will get scratched.
    it's high glossy, the scratch will show.
     
  10. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Yeah, it's my own opinion but I just don't see very much here. I buy based on aesthetics and not features and the 7/7+ just look very ugly to me - even with black reintroduced.

    I'll wait until next year's redesign. My wife and I keep our phones for multiple years so it becomes a matter of wanting to like the phone we are handling all the time. Features really don't matter to us as long as we can talk, text, email and browse sufficiently.
     
  11. Lunfai macrumors 65816

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    Doubt that since the ceramic watch is like 1200 dollars...
     
  12. smacrumon macrumors 68030

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    That's this year. Next year it's a whole different situation. It will be some kind of ceramic-glass, I'm convinced. That Apple Watch is artificially inflated, ceramic, ceramic/glass cookware has been around for many many years and at much much lower pricing.
     
  13. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    #MicroscratchGate

    Sorry @eyoungren couldn't help myself.

    ;)
     
  14. flyinmac macrumors 68040

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    Reminds me of the first iPod Nanos. Instant scratching the first time you touched it with your fingers. I had hoped polycarbonate was gone forever.
     
  15. virginblue4 macrumors 68000

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    Uhhh, it's aluminium not polycarbonate?
     
  16. pika2000 macrumors 601

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    Isn't this obvious? It's a glossy surface. We already learned that glossy surfaces show "scratches" easier, simply because it's glossy. It's not more "prone" to scratches, it just more recognizable. Just look at the iPod classic with its shiny back.
     
  17. flyinmac macrumors 68040

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    Would appear that you are correct, and the prior information I read was incorrect.

    However, it is unfortunate that Apple has returned to more delicate surfaces.

    The iPod Nano was so bad that it was pretty until you touched it, then it's surface was permanently scarred. Looked great in the box, and like crap the second it came out of the box.

    Apple went through numerous easily scratched surface computers, iPods, etc. until they finally listened to their customers and switched back to more durable surfaces. For a long time, the first question about any product, was how easy does it scratch. Would appear that Apple likes reliving history. Too bad it's the wrong history that they like to repeat.
     
  18. pdxmatts macrumors 68000

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    Are you talking about the iPod Nano with the stainless steel back?
     
  19. Bhs1975 macrumors 6502

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    And no more antenna bands.
     
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    And no protruding camera.
     
  22. flyinmac macrumors 68040

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    Yes, the ones pictured below. Mine was pristine in the box. I took it out, and the second I held it in my hand, the whole thing was covered in scratches. Just from my skin touching it.

    I called Apple to request a refund less than 5 minutes after I opened the box. They told me that I couldn't return it for cosmetic problems. So I gave it away. It was obvious that it would never survive my work environment at the time if it was that delicate.

    The ones pictured below are not the one I had. But similar.

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  23. x-evil-x macrumors 68040

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    I don't think the new phone will be anything to that extent ^
     
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