Via Apple.com: The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many cases available to protect your iPhone.

“I just got home from San Francisco two hours ago, and took a look at my old 3G and 3GS. They were somewhat-glossy black plastic, not highly-glossy anodized aluminum, so it’s a far from perfect comparison. But the backs of both my 3G and 3GS are scratched as hell,” John Gruber writes for Daring Fireball. “It didn’t bother me at the time, and they still don’t look bad per se — they just look well-used.”

“It seems clear that if you don’t put it in a case, it’s going to show wear to some degree through micro-abrasions. It might still look good — only time will tell — but it’s not going to look pristine,” Gruber writes. “Much like the old 3G and 3GS iPhones, the glossy rear surface has a very pleasant tackiness — certainly not sticky, but grippy. Based on my (admittedly limited) time in the hands-on area, I’d call it the least slippery iPhone Apple has ever made.”

Read more in the full article – recommendedhere.

MacDailyNews Take: This prompted us to dig through our “iPhone drawer” and pull out an iPhone 3G and a 3GS – each of which have never been in a case and were used daily for a year – and inspect them. Yes, of course there are signs of use, but they still look rather AMAZING and make us antsy to get our new Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus units ASAP!

Our new Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus units will certainly not be hidden away in cases – otherwise, what’s the point of choosing a finish? We’re not going to cover over Jony’s design.

iPhone 3G (foreground) and iPhone 3GS rear cases after a year of use for each (click for full resolution image)

iPhone 3G (foreground) and iPhone 3GS rear cases after a year of use for each
(click photo for full resolution image)