The potential for a number of new finishes on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus was rumored quite heavily prior to Apple’s iPhone 7 event, and, as we now know, was confirmed by the company on stage with the introduction of the Black and Jet black models.

Those looking to order the phone now or purchase one down the road, are now left deciding if they should stick with the tried and tested Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold models, or if they want to take the plunge into the unknown with a purchase of a Black or Jet black iPhone 7/7 Plus. In order to make that decision, it’s beneficial to understand the differences between the two.

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As we should all know and understand by now, Apple is extremely keen to show us all and let us understand the extent and sophistication of the engineering processes the company goes through at every stage of product creation. You only need to look at the process videos narrated by Jony Ive to know this. With the iPhone 7, the standard Black version – which is the closest option to the old Space Gray model – ships with the same anodized matte finish that exists on the Silver, Gold and Rose Gold devices.

However, things get interesting when you start looking at and considering the Jet black version of the same device. Apple is keen to point out that the Jet Black version, which is visually very different from the standard matte black version due to its high gloss appearance, is equally as tough and resistant as the Black model, and that the gloss shine is achieved by running the device through a nine-step process designed to anodize and polish the rear of the device to achieve the stunning perfect glossy appearance.

It’s as tough, as it looks stunning, but as we pointed out yesterday, it does come with some caveats, as pointed by Apple:

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.

When looking to consider the iPhone 7 that you may want, or when actually putting that all important pre-order in, it’s worth keeping the above information in mind. Do you want an iPhone 7 that’s as close to the original Space Gray coloring as possible? Or are you after something a little different that instantly brings back iPhone 4/4s/3G/3Gs nostalgia? Remember to get that case to keep the Jet Black version looking pristine.

Here’s what they look like side-by-side, Jet Black on left, Black on right.

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So, which one would you rather get? Jet Black or Black? Let us know in the comments below.

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