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Many users claim that paint on their matte black iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is chipping off

Tech Desk February 13, 2017
iPhone 7 Plus in matte black colour. PHOTO: AFP

An increasing number of iPhone users are complaining that the paint on their matte black iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is chipping off even without dropping or bashing them.

Scores of posts on Apple’s support forums suggest that the problem is on the rise. Some of the users of iPhone 7 matte black models are complaining that their phones are suffering from paint chips. Some of the affected users claimed that the paint on their matte black iPhones is chipping around the edges of the device and on the back even with the use of a protective casing.

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People have also upload pictures showing Apple’s flagship device with patches of chipped paint that seem to appear most often around speaker grille, volume button and at the corners.


A user, who goes by the name of Phirsisch, claimed that the paint at the back of his iPhone started to chip off very heavily. “First there were some bubbles building up and then when I put the iPhone on a table the paint chipped off completely,” he said.


Apparently, the iPhone 7 Plus model seems to be affected more so than the smaller model. Another user claimed that despite the fact that the device was kept in the Apple silicone case, paint chipping was noticed “paint chips even where the case is covering the phone”.


This isn’t the first time Apple has seen its device suffering from substandard paint finish. Back in 2012, the Cupertino manufacturer launched the iPhone 5 with a new slate colour that users complained scuffed easily.

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Apple subsequently discontinued the slate colour replacing it with space grey.

There hasn’t been any official word by Apple in the matter and for now users are resorting DIY solutions to address the issue.


roadrunner27 | 6 years ago | Reply I started to noticed that the paint was chipping off well within the first two months of having the phone, I also happen to notice really tiny scratches on my screen that won't go away! I love Apple, but I think it might be time for a change.
kemosabe | 6 years ago | Reply You won't find this problem with the "indestructible" Nokia 3310 ! Comparing apples with oranges ? Not really, when the core function of mobile phones still remains the facility to talk to one another.
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