iPhone XS Max Do I need a screen protector if I have AppleCare+?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rdunlap, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. rdunlap macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2013
    is it really necessary to use a screen protector if you purchase AppleCare+? I love the feel of the actual screen and I’m very careful with my devices so I haven’t broken or scratched a screen yet. I always get AppleCare+ for piece of mind if anything were to happen and it always seems to take care of me in times I need my device replaced or what have you. For $200 I think it should be ok to go screen protector-less and even if I do get a scratch or two I can just go into Apple and they’d change my screen for $29 twice if I wanted.

    Anyone else feel the same way?
  2. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    AppleCare does not cover cosmetic damage like scratches. I always use a screen protector.
  3. Deacon-Blues macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2012
    No, I really don’t. I mean WTF? For $6.00 you can get a pack of 5 screen protectors and avoid having to pay any replacement fees. Dude.
  4. igneousc macrumors regular

    May 13, 2011
    dunno how people use those unless they work construction or do something rough like that. Its such a bad user experience to use one
  5. lclev macrumors regular


    Jul 29, 2013
    I have gone both ways - with and without. I too am careful and have never cracked a screen. That said I like the feel of the glass screen protectors so I went with one this time on my Xs Max. The old flexible ones that trapped air bubbles when you put them on drove me crazy so until the glass ones came out I did not use one.

    My daughter took her phone and her daughter's phone into apple to have cracked screens repaired only to have the genius peal off the glass screen protectors - both were cracked but the phone screens were fine. All she had to do was replace the protectors. I will say I looked at her phone and thought the screen was cracked too!

  6. dazz87 macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2007
    why not spend 5 to 7 bucks on a screen projector cause maybe in the future when you are trying to sell it you will get more $ if you have zero scratches vis having scratches.....I just dont understand how someone could spend soo much money on a phone and will cheap out on a 5 dollar screen projector.
  7. Smoothie macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    I just installed a screen protector on my XS Max even though I may end up returning it if the cellular data speeds don't improve. I don't want Apple to find scratches on the screen and reject the return.
  8. Dwood1970 macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2012
    Not sure which ones you have used but the tempered glass ones are a pretty seamless experience for me.
  9. davewolfs macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2007
    No you don’t. When you sell or trade it in the future it won’t make a difference for your resale value. If you crack the screen it’s $25 to fix.

    No screen or case here.
  10. dazz87 macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2007
    Sorry you ever sold a phone before....Of course it matters for resale value....Mint condition = more money vs. Good condition....Sorry but where you are going to get a crack screen fix for $25.00.....
  11. rdunlap thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2013
    If you have AppleCare you can just bring the phone in and ask them to replace the screen for $29 which is actually less than a screen protector in most cases.

    I’ve actually seen a ton of screen protectors break for no apparent reason and then you need to deal with taking it off and getting a replacement.

    If I were to get one it would be the Zagg InvisibleShield Glass+ Luxe where it is edge to edge but those look like they cover the front camera system a little too.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 7, 2018 ---
    If you have AppleCare+ it’s $29 to replace a screen.
  12. Smoothie macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    True, but as you mentioned you're limited to two screen damage repairs over a two year period at that price. Even though I buy AppleCare, I still put screen protectors on. They're pretty inexpensive, and I'd rather prevent scratches than have an Apple employee take apart the phone if I can help it. I don't think a decent screen protector degrades the user experience. But others might disagree. It's really a personal choice.
  13. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    I had an iCarez full screen protector on my Max. I couldn’t even tell there was a screen protector on it. It made the display feel better to touch because my display felt kind of “coated” and rough for some reason. There must have been some flaw with the oleophobic coating. I did return the phone but not because of that. That didn’t bother me once the screen protector was on. Even with the case off I couldn’t easily see it.

    I have to go without a screen protector on those stupid curved edge Samsungs. It drives me crazy to not be able to get a protector that fits properly to the curves and doesn’t interfere with touch sensitivity, even with settings to adjust for that. I hate being forced to let the phone go without a display protector. Unless I use a folio case I end up with micro scratches on the display coating.

    It’s just a few bucks for a nice display protector and to me it’s worth it just to save me time and bother and gasoline and $29 or whatever for a display replacement.
  14. Solomani, Oct 7, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2018

    Solomani macrumors 68040


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado
    And for around $10-12 you can get a single crack-resistant glass protector (way superior to the plastic screen protectors)…. and thus avoid a trip to the Genius Bar and paying any replacement fee.
  15. Paco II macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2009
    AFAIK, Apple won't replace an entire screen if it has just a little scratch. So perhaps the better question to ask is, would a little scratch bother you? For some, it would not, and as such a SP is not very necessary. For others, a little scratch would make them crazy, which makes the choice of using a SP very easy. I don't expect a SP to protect the screen from damage in the event is a serious fall, so for that I have AC+. But I am in the camp of those who a scratch on the screen would be quite annoying to look at, so I use a SP.

    On a slightly related note, with the newer IP68 iPhones, the idea of it being taken apart even by Apple is really a last resort thing for me. Just can't be quite as sure that the product coming back has been pressure tested or whatnot.

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