For someone that don’t even know what PVD is. Does these findings, or other findings, suggest that any 12 (not the pro) color is harder to scratch? Or harder to notice scratches?
I wanted the white 12, but if any color is better scratch wise I’ll change my mind
If I answer your question directly it probably won’t make proper sense, so I’m going to answer it a bit differently.
Most likely, anodized aluminum (12) will be the most scratch resistant. We have already seen some 12 Pro users with scratched sides. Of the anodized options, the silver will show the least amount of scratches because silver scratches to silver and the lighter color disguises any discoloration from scratches.
It sounds like Apple has made the gold color the hardest to scratch; it may even be harder than anodized aluminum. Blue and graphite should be about equal in scratch resistance and silver should be the easiest to scratch of the entire 2020 iPhone lineup. A few moments ago I actually noticed a couple small, light scuffs on my silver Pro from going in and out of my car’s cup holder.
The one and only model from the 12 line that can be polished to remove scratches is the silver 12 Pro because it is raw stainless steel. Polishing takes so little material off the top that for all intents and purposes, it can be polished infinite times through the device’s usable life.