Is your matte black iPhone starting to look ugly?


A discussion thread in the Official Apple Support Communities recently gained attention, as there’s been an increasing number of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users whom are upset that their matte black devices are starting to look somewhat ugly. The anodized coating is starting to chip off, leaving unsightly exposed silver aluminium, making it an eye-sore when matched with the rest of the matte black device.


While it wasn’t a new discussion thread, having started back in November, it had recently gained attention with more and more responses from users experiencing the same issue with their Matte Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It seems that the chipping is common to a few areas, namely between the speaker vents, around the volume buttons as well as the Do Not Disturb switch. Basically, these are the areas commonly in contact with the human body, regardless of whether one uses a phone casing. There’s also some instances where the back of the phone has “spots” due to the chipping too.


It does seem like the coating might not have been designed to withstand the constant contact, causing the finish to fade. It is unfortunate that, despite all these complaints, Apple is dismissing these as normal “wear and tear” and not a manufacturing defect, and thus it is not covered by iPhone’s standard warranty.

Any Apple iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus users out there facing the same issues on your phones?