iPad Fingerprint Magnet

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Fed, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Fed
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    If I didn't know any better, I'd say Steve is right: I'm holding it wrong.

    Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. What does this actually mean? It seems no matter how I hold it, it's constantly covered in fingerprints. Obviously it's only annoying when the smart cover and screen isn't on. But I thought this coating was supposed to stop fingerprints?

    I've been using my glasses cloth to clean it as well, and unfortunately can't restore it's glossy goodness.

    Advice or thoughts welcome.
     
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  3. Fed
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    You're corresponding with a hygiene freak here. Hands are clean.
     
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    How long have you had your iPad? The oleophobic coating wears off after a while.
     
  5. Fed
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    Just under a week. I'm convinced this coating doesn't do anything.
     
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    It does a hell of a lot on my iPhone. I bet if you had a piece of glass without the coating, you'd see the difference.
     
  7. Fed
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    Hm. Perhaps my expectations are too high?
     
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    Perhaps.
     
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    You should have seen the iPhone 3G and original iPhone (that didn't have this coating). It was absolutely terrible. Fingerprints were visible a 100 hundred times better.

    You can't stop the fingerprints, but you can limit them and that's exactly what this coating does. This coating doesn't 'avoid' fingerprints, it is just more resistant to fingerprints.
     
  10. macrumors 65816

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    Black = fingerprint magnet.

    I can't see any fingerprints on my white iPad Mini unless the screen is off.
     
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    qft

    Bought a white iPhone 5 and many of my compulsive behaviors around constant cleaning of the device went away. There is a big difference in the perceived cleanliness of white products.
     
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    With the coating, you can wipe the fingerprints off pretty easily vs. having a screen protector on the device.

    Keep in mind it is fingerprint resistant, not retardant!
     
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    there is no coating that prevents the fingerprints from happening

    solution: get a matte screen protector or a frosted screen protector. it will repel all fingerprints during use
     
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    So much misinformation! There IS an oleophobic coating on the iPad, and while it doesn't prevent fingerprints, it does make them easier to remove. Matte screens don't repel fingerprints, they just make them more difficult to see.
     
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    Agreed!

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    Yep. Most of the time my t-shirts are soft enough that i can just wipe my iPad down if the fingerprints get excessive.
     
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    Microfiber cloth should get rid of fingerprint and dust easier than your cloth.

    If you have on a screen protector, it would be even worst because fingerprint just will never go away.
     
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    Compare to glass without the coating and revel in the apparent cleanliness of your iPad.
     
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    easier to remove isnt the same as difficult to see

    i dont mean exactly repel and fingerprint proof lol, i was exaggerating!

    but really if you do get a frosted or matte screen protector you will hardly wipe your ipad down of fingerprints. the oil from your finger doesnt stick half as much as it does with a matte screen protector

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    obviously, you need to completely wipe your ipad clean BEFORE you add a screen protector and then it would be much safer lol
     
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    Don't worry about it. The next iPhone will have mind reading capabilities so you won't need to even touch the screen.
     
  20. macrumors regular

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    True, but be aware that matte screen protectors make the screen look mottled. I had one on my iPhone fore a few days and couldn't bear it.
     
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    It will be eye-reading. Siri is Iris backwards.
     

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