Resolved The thinnest microfiber cloth scratched my Jet Black iPhone

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  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Im not surprised, the Jet black finish seems like it gets hairline scratches even if you look at it the wrong way.
    Beautiful finish but not durable at all.
    And with the daily usage a cellphone gets its only a matter of time.
     
  3. adamneer macrumors 6502

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    Why would the thickness of the cloth make a difference? If anything, a thinner cloth would provide less cushioning in case a particle gets trapped between the cloth and phone. The trouble with many microfiber cloths is that they are highly susceptible to trapping small particles, either by snagging between the fibers or static electricity which has a tendency to build within certain synthetic fibers like polyester.
     
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    I think what you're going to find out regardless of what you use to clean the iPhone Jet black with, is that particular model will scratch regardless with micro abrasions. Even if it's not technically deeply scratched, it's still will show swirls or slight abrasion's from contact with cloths or cases. It's just how that iPhone was designed with that specific anozidation process.

    Apple even notated the iPhone jet black model to show Micro abrasions due to the shine, scratches will show more.
     
  6. adamneer macrumors 6502

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    It's not so much in the design or anodization process, the simple fact is that a glossy surface is achieved only by the absence of visible scratches. So the sustainability of a gloss surface is entirely dependent on its resistance to abrasion. The hard anodized surface of a Jet Black iPhone is exceptional in terms of a coated aluminum, but even stainless steel and many much harder steels will inevitably scratch. Glass is currently the only material common to cell phones that has the strength to withstand abrasion without damaging the "gloss" of it. I've had my JB 7 in a case since I got it, but the few times I've removed it, I've actually been pleasantly surprised at how scratch-free it has remained. Even the bottom of it that isn't covered by the case has remained pretty clean.
     
  7. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    I'm Not questioning the resilience of anodization on the Jet Black, which is very durable. As I mentioned before, it's the high gloss shine that will inevitably show hairline scratches well over the other 7000 series aluminum models with reflectivity and it's the color black.

    That said, the biggest culprit against the Jet black model, can be cases. Mainly because debris can be embedded in the cases that you can't see and it causes rubbing against certain angles of the iPhone in the case, which ultimately can scratch in certain areas where the rubbing is consistent.

    There was even another thread prior to this one where another forum member used a brand-new microfiber cloth and wiped the Jet black iPhone and to find out, they had swirls all over it. It depicts that the specific model iPhone is subject to swirls, Micro- abrasions or scratches much easier than the other aluminum models. It's rather inevitable.
     
  8. Newtons Apple, Jun 28, 2017
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    Buying a iPhone that is so prone to scratching, when you are so sensitive to it looking perfect, is a recipe to disaster. I am afraid you set yourself up for this horror. I also agree with the others and a thicker cloth would be better but that no longer matters.
     
  9. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    I put my JB into Apple's genuine leather case, and have ZERO scratches anywhere since release. My friend was even trying to plug my phone with his lightening cable in the car in the dark and grazed around the lightening port, and didn't get any scratches.

    When I put my phone in my pocket, I do it heads down so that the bare bottom doesn't rub against my jeans. And I use a long-haired microfiber cloth.

    The long-hair MF cloth is key. It's not about being thin. The hairs trap and lock dirt/particles away so that they don't scratch the substrate surface. Thin MF cloths don't have long enough hairs to do this.
     
  10. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    I have been fortunate. I have never scratched any displays of all my Apple devices over the years. I use premium microfiber cloths, but I switch them out frequently to avoid being overused or dirty where they could potentially trap particles and scratch the display.

    Another thing with cleaning displays, is you don't have to apply a lot of pressure when cleaning it. Applying to much pressure can make the situation potentially worse with a microfiber cloth.
     
  11. ColdShadow macrumors 6502a

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    They should have never released the JB in this form.
    As soon as heard about how easily it gets scratched,I decided against it and moved on.
    I wouldn't buy such flawed variant even with a great deal of discount.
     
  12. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

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    An extremely scratch-prone surface got scratched. Sounds about right.
     
  13. bufffilm macrumors 601

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    1. The microfiber cloth didn't scratch your phone. Something on the surface of the cloth did.

    2. Accept that no match how careful you are, you will get scratches.

    3. Get on with your life.
     
  14. Nilhum macrumors member

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    Got the naked wrap by SlickWraps on my Jet Black and it looks like its not even on the device. Protects it from scratches and fingerprints. I still love the Jet Black color. It makes the iPhone look seemless and the Matte Black look outdated.
     
  15. zooby, Jul 1, 2017
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    Again, it wasn't the microfiber cloth that scratched the phone. Who cares if it was a brand new one.

    Are you going to whip out a new cloth to wipe your phone each time?
     
  17. fartnugget213 macrumors member

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    This is why I didn't get the JB color, a gust of wind could scratch it!
     
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    When I was born, I had very few wrinkles. Now...
     
  19. zooby, Jul 1, 2017
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  20. Nilhum macrumors member

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    You got a color that is well known, even before it was out, to scratch by breathing on it. Get over it or buy a naked wrap or something to protect it.

    If not, it's just a scratch. You got the most scratch prone color possible. Why complain about it? There were countless videos after videos and reviews detailing how rubbing a shirt can scratch it. It's like going to bad neighborhood and then complaining that someone stole your bike after you left it outside. It was to be expected.
     
  21. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I'm sorry that it scratched but I'm not really sure what more info you're looking for.
     
  22. bufffilm macrumors 601

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    Believe what you want to believe. Know that few of us hold any credence that a microfiber cloth made those scratches.

    Baby the phone, if you want. Croon over it, if it makes you feel better. Lavish it with tender loving care, in the forlorn hope of keeping it scratch-free.
     
  23. Chronus macrumors regular

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    I wonder if people who obsess over micro abrasions carry this obsession into other devices in their life.

    Do you meticulously turtle wax the car after every journey?

    Are you placing 'shoe protectors, on your shoes to prevent stone scuffs and lace abrasions?

    Is your T.V/monitor showing any marks?

    Do your PS4/switch/Xbox controllers gleam like day one out of the box?

    Funny how Apple have made people like this to keep their resale value up, although unless is battered to oblivion, I don't think people mind wear and tear in second hand devices.
     
  24. zooby, Jul 2, 2017
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  25. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Oh I see.
    I usually just wipe down with a damp paper towel.
    I have a Matte Black 7 Plus and haven't noticed any light scratches.
    I do have it in a Spigen Case most of the time though.
     

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