The new Jet Black color of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus won't come cheap

Remember the wild but welcome speculation that the iPhone 7 will come in a glossy piano black version? Well, it's true, both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be available in this shiny finger print magnet of a hue, or lack thereof, which Apple officially calls Jet Black. Jettisoning over the fine print of the Apple website, however, reveals that the glossy finish will only be available in the higher storage capacities, and at the higher price brackets, respectively.

Granted, Apple doubled the iPhone's storage amounts across the board, starting you off with 32 GB units at $649, but that's precisely the price point where you won't find the Jet Black color. You will have to get a minimum of 128 GB iPhone 7 or 7 Plus unit at $749, or $869, respectively, in order to get your greasy fingers on the glossy finish of the Jet Black model. 

We see what you did there, Apple, teasing us with: "The high-gloss jet black finish was achieved through a new feat of design engineering — a remarkably precise, nine-step process of anodization and polishing. The end result is so purely and continuously black, you can’t tell where the aluminum ends and the glass begins. The dark side, indeed."

Related phones

iPhone 7
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1960 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1467; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Beautiful phone. Worth it for me.

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2147; Member since: Nov 04, 2011


9. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I'm curious if Apple applied an oleophobic coating on the body so that it won't accumulate as many fingerprints as other glossy/glassy phones (Samsung and Motorola; I find myself wiping away smudges on my Moto Z Force).

21. PhoneFix

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

That supposed to be free man and u sayin cheap.. And it is way to long/big I expected just length of jack solid and narrow without any cable on it!

2. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

I'm going to use a case so as long as it's the standard black color I'm cool. Only looking at the 32GB Plus model because I'm still using my 64GB iPhone SE on the go. The Plus will be my at home device.

5. Fona13A unregistered

It looks more "Apple" to me than the last four iPhone iterations, not counting the SE that actually resembles the better line of iPhones.

6. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

i would consider this device if they would change things what matters: screen res, screen type to amoled, descent screen body ratio more than half day battery, faster charging, any android nowdays gets 0-100 in abut 1h. so nothing checks out for me, great innovations.

8. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

A10 quadcore BIG.little but iOS 10 lacks true mulitasking is a shame!!!

12. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Lol, please define true multitasking..... Last time I check both Android and iOS multitasking has the same experience on their latest phones

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Two apps on the screen at the same time, slide over, and picture in picture. Like the iPads, Notes, LG's, and Galaxy's have. Things like floating window also. They do not have the same multitasking experience, The Note is miles ahead in that area.

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That, plus background tasks having any amount of freedom to run as they please. Currently, with Android Nougat, doze and deep doze will kill background processes like in iOS unless otherwise set in the settings. iOS still doesn't allow people to manage backgroundable apps or allow much backgrounding at all (unless jailbroken).

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That was a deal breaker for me. I was really hoping they'd give it the iPad's multitasking. It's become a must have for me.

18. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

And the thing is, they can implement it any time they want as it is that way in an iPad. They just don't think it is something people need. And you know Apple. They know better then us what we need.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


10. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

15. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009,Apple-iPhone-7-Plus,BLU-Pure-XR/phones/10053,9816,10216 Actually, these specs are closer to the iPhone 7 Plus, except the iPhone 7 has a more powerful processor than the BLU Pure XR. So you're essentially getting $299 worth of hardware for $650.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The 7 plus has (on paper) the most powerful CPU and GPU combo ever seen in a mobile phone. Are you really so dismissive as to put in the same conversation as two garbage Android phones? For God's sake bruh, those two phones won't even get Nougat. If you had watched the keynote, you would have seen how powerful it really is. It can run computer quality games at 60 fps like it's nothing. Every top end Android phone can't even reach 40 fps.

19. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Please chill with crazy comparisons. What computer (I assume you mean PC) quality games is it running? When it runs Witcher 3 or Rise of the Tomb Raider on QHD or 4k then we can talk about PC quality games. Running anything at 60fps on a 750p screen isn't exactly earth shattering. Sure, it is a beast in mobile space but even there it is helped by crap res screen.

11. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

"Ladies and gentlemen, our greatest innovation yet....jet black back!" Audience: "Whoooaaaa.."

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