Apple warns the new jet-black iPhones are prone to scratches

Casemakers are probably loving the shiny new iPhone.

If you've always preferred shiny gadgets, the jet-black iPhone 7 is totally up your alley. A word of warning, though: Apple admits that you might have to take extra good care of it to keep it scratch-free. On the new iPhone 7 page on the company's website, part of the fine print at the bottom reads:

"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."

That said, other shiny phones are also prone to scratches, so it's not exactly surprising. You're probably better off considering the other, more-matte options if you don't want to deal with both scratches and fingerprints. Especially if you tend to keep your phone in your pocket with keys, candy wrappers and last week's trash.

In case you can't say no to the siren song of the jet-black iPhone, though, think of it this way: You're bound to buy a case to keep your new purchase safe anyway. You can always get a transparent one to protect your device if you want its beauty to shine through -- we'll bet plenty of casemakers are already on it.

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