There鈥檚 no denying that the iPhone鈥檚 new finish is聽pretty(and so is the fact that it鈥檚 shipping way sooner than expected). But the cost of its appeal is the inevitable wear and tear (like scratching and smudges) it鈥檚 going to receive from daily聽use.聽It鈥檚 really a shame, because we think the phone is gorgeous and wouldn鈥檛 want to put it in a case 鈥 it was made to be pretty on its own.

According to the folks over at聽The Verge, the jet black iPhone is actually easier to grip than the matte black version, another reason why you wouldn鈥檛 want to put it in a case. And if it鈥檚 easier to hold, you鈥檒l probably drop it less anyway. In theory.


The most important thing though is to remember that the jet black iPhone is every bit as hardy and durable as the other finishes; it鈥檚 still water- and dust-resistant, and everything under the hood works exactly the same. It鈥檚 purely a cosmetic issue, and one that isn鈥檛 even always obvious. The appearance of scratches and smudges聽is dependent on the lighting in your environment.

If you鈥檙e really concerned about the safety of your jet black iPhone but don鈥檛 want to sacrifice the look, we鈥檇 recommend a clear case. This is a sad case of you can look but you can鈥檛 touch!

What do you think about聽how easy it is to scratch the new iPhone? Let us know @BritandCo!

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