iPhone 7 Jet Black Vs Black Color Comparison / Difference

Here’s a comparison showing iPhone 7 Jet Black vs iPhone 7 Black color difference side-by-side. Which one would you rather get? Jet Black or matte Black?

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 know by now, the company’s 2016 flagship phones come in Black and Jet Black among four colors in total. And as expected, these two are by far the most popular of the four options available, with Jet Black still being in short supply.


Those of you who have already got one, or had a look at these colors at Apple Stores or otherwise may not find this useful, but those who haven’t and are still looking to order the phone now or purchase one down the road are left deciding if they should stick with the tried and tested Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold models, or if they should 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.

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 and is only available in 128GB or 256GB storage sizes, 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 has been pointed out by Apple, it does come with some caveats:

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 or iPhone 7 Plus that you may want, 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 even if that means taking care of all those scratches? Remember to get that case to keep the Jet Black version looking pristine.

And finally, here’s our real-world photo gallery showing both colors in their full glory:

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Jet Black (glossy)

iPhone 7 matte black

Black (matte)

iPhone 7 jet black

Jet Black (glossy)

iphone 7 matte black 2

Black (matte)

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

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