Screen scratches (iPhone 5)

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  1. Inabsentia7, Jan 6, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2013

    macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2013
    I discovered a couple of scratches on the screen of my iPhone 5 today which I found highly upsetting as I treat my phone like a baby going so far as to not even lay it down on a hard surface. This happened at about the same time I got my first real scuff so the double dose of QC shoddiness was too much for me to handle.

    I always thought the screen was supposed to be highly resistant to scratches even when scratched purposefully with a key or something? Is this a common problem?

    I'm pretty stumped as to where they came from as the only thing the screen has touched is a microfiber cloth and the insides of my pocket with nothing else in it. I did not inspect the screen out of the box.

    Any help would be appreciated.
  2. macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2011
    Yea the screen is not scratch but the oleophobic costing does.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2013
    So does this mean the scratches will wear off eventually?
  4. macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2012
    No, just means youll notice it less if the oleophobic coating starts to scratch and wear more and become more uniform again.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2009
    Yes the screen does scratch easily (perhaps it's the coating that's coming off, but either way it looks bad)

    I tried using my retina iPad without a screen protector (because the screen is so awesome to look at :) but small scratches started showing up after a week ;(
  6. macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2011
    It's a trade off we have to live with. I would rather have the coating and have hairline scratches than not having it. Otherwise it will be smuged all over.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2012
    Had an iPhone 4s for over a year. Babied it and NEVER had a scratch. Two weeks after owning my iPhone 5 and treating it the same....... SCRATCH. It's clear that 5 doesn't have the same resilience that the 4s has.
  8. macrumors 68020

    Apr 12, 2011
    The coating doesn't last that long anyway. Want to get rid of those scratches? 70% to 90% rubbing alcohol on a soft tissue and wipe the screen a few times.
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2013
    Oh that's fine then. As long as the actual screen surface isn't scratched I'm great
  10. macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2012
    Winnipeg,Canada/New Delhi India
    Had an iPhone 4S,before that a 4 and now an iP5-all without screen protectors,and apart from a few hairline in iP4,had none scratches in 4S and now 2 months into 5,no scratches to speak off-yes I do baby them though.
  11. Guest


    Jan 29, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
    I've used my iPad 3 without a screen protector, but using a Smart Cover, since launch and the screen is perfect. And that's after scrutinising it under light.
  12. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    This is the primary reason why I put a skin on my iPhone. I had the olephobic coating wear off on one of my older iPhones and it looked like crap. I use ghost armor to protect the coating and thus the resale value.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2008
    Northern NJ
    Same with my iPhone 5. NEVER had scratches on the screen on my iPhone 4 or 4S. My iPhone 5 has at least 5 light scratches which are visible in the light. Annoying!
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2006
    I really can't understand why people don't strongly consider a screen protector for their devices. There are just so many posts about people who baby their devices and still get scratches and then complain of these scratches and that the QC of the device is poor.

    We simply aren't at the point yet where a phone/tablet screen is completely scratch/scuff proof. True, they are getting better, but regular use, despite being careful, may not be enough to prevent scratching. Just think of all the ways that we use our phones/tablets. It's hard to be completely careful all of the time.

    The current generation of screen protectors are of such high quality that they are barely noticeable and hardly detract from the screen clarity.
  15. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Extremely common topic. Scratch resistant != unscratchable. Being careful can help to prevent scratches but it's not a guarantee.

    Whether it's common or not is irrelevant. Each person has to decided what precautionary measures one is willing to take. If you can't stand scratches at all then use a screen protector.

    Also, keys are not harder than glass so they won't scratch glass. However, sand, for example, will.

    Probably small grit harder than your screen. Using microfiber doesn't help if it has such grit on it. Not saying that's what happened to you but don't just assume that microfiber won't scratch. It can easily pick up stuff that will scratch if you're not careful.

    I wouldn't just assume that. Depends on the specific scratch and how deep it is.
  16. macrumors 68020


    Dec 11, 2007
    Yeah I seriously think something is up with the iPhone 5 screen. I had a 3G and 4 for 2 years each and never once a scratch (even with the occasional drop). I have 5 subtle scratches on my iPhone 5 screen with a few small drops. (But I'm using a case with front protection.)

    I honestly think the iPhone 5 screen is more prone to scratches compared to the screens of my old 3G and 4, which is very odd and bizarre.
  17. macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2011
    I believe apple downgraded the glass from iphone 5.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    moldy lunchbox

    Sep 9, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    My iPhone 4 never got any scratches, then I get buy an Olloclip for my iphone 5 and first thing I see when I take it off....scratch -_____- i refuse to use screen protectors because my Olloclip lens will just tear em' up when I use it to take photos.
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2008
    Rockland/Manhattan/Bay Area
    *looks at screen* nope mine is flawless (no case, no screen protector) - launch day iPhone 5
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Feed Me

    Jan 7, 2012
    Location Location
    I've got an extremely small hairline scratch on my iPhone 5. Like the OP, I've literally no idea where it came from, especially since the rest of the phone is in mint condition.

    I own two iPod touches and an iPad 2, and none of them have a single scratch on the screen.

  21. macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2012
    The rivets on my jeans are the usual culprit for screen scratches on my devices.
  22. macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2013

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