iPhone X: Apple would have discarded this version

iPhone X: Apple would have discarded this version

iPhone X

The 10-year-old iPhone, iPhone X, was a breakthrough device for Apple capable of changing the paradigm used up to then, that is the one developed from the first iPhone arrived in 2007.

Face ID and the aesthetic iconicity carried on for years was replaced with a new immersive design and in step with the times that welcomed a gestural interaction.

As we know, iPhone X was officially available in two colors. At the front always black but at the back a dark gray before and a white after. During the development period, however, Apple was testing an additional coloring that in previous years had already been used on its smartphones, in particular iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: the Jet Black.

This information was disclosed by Mr .White, another leaker who claims that the Cupertino company had 3 differently colored iPhone Xs in the laboratories and, among them, there was also the completely glossy black variant.

But the first Apple smartphone to be produced in this color - iPhone 7 - had quite a few problems in the short term. On the net there were many episodes in which parts of the body showed microscopic abrasions. And this even being careful to use it! In a short time the situation widened and this necessitated a response from Apple which inserted an official note on its website regarding the potential problems of this color and recommended the use of a protective cover.

In the foto iPhone X Jet Black looks exactly identical to the color of the iPhone 7. Although in recent years standard colors have been used, who knows that the company will not propose it in the future on the next devices.

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New images show prototype iPhone X in unreleased jet black finish

Newly shared prototype images today show that Apple considered making the iPhone X in the dark and glossy “jet black” finish. This color was incredibly popular when it first introduced with the iPhone 7, but it had some major durability concerns…

The images come from Mr. White on Twitter, who regularly shares prototypes of older Apple products. These images show the iPhone X design in jet black alongside the space gray version that Apple ultimately shipped. The jet black color is clearly much darker than the space gray ended up being.

There’s no branding on the iPhone shown in these pictures because the device was in the prototype stage. It’s unclear how far along the jet black iPhone made it in the prototype stage.

As a refresher, the iPhone X was available in only two colors: space gray and silver. Apple had reportedly planned a version of the iPhone X in gold, as evident by images leaked by the FCC, but it never ultimately saw the light of day.

The jet black variant of the iPhone 7 was very popular, and likewise very hard to get at first due to supply and demand imbalances. Notably, this popularity came despite concerns over durability. Even Apple cautioned that the jet black iPhone 7 would be prone to “fine micro-abrasions,” saying at the time:

The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process. 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.

Sure enough, my 9to5Mac colleague Zac Hall shared a follow-up one year after the iPhone 7’s introduction, showing just how beat up his jet black iPhone 7 had become.

These durability concerns could be why Apple decided against making the iPhone X available in jet black the following year, despite prototyping the idea. The iPhone X was also severely supply constrained, and Apple likely had to reduce the number of SKUs in order to simplify production and keep up with demand.

What do you think of the prototype iPhone X in jet black? Would have you have opted for jet black if given the option in 2017? Let us know down in the comments!

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