Fingerprints on Black iPad Air 2

valinda

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This is the first space grey product I have purchased from Apple. My other iPad and iPhone are silver. I
know they both get fingerprints, but the space grey seems worse to me, even the black bezel shows
fingerprints. Does anyone use a screen protecter that helps with the fingerprints. I've changed my mind
about getting a space grey iPhone this fall. Going with silver or gold.
 

Mackinjosh

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This is the first space grey product I have purchased from Apple. My other iPad and iPhone are silver. I
know they both get fingerprints, but the space grey seems worse to me, even the black bezel shows
fingerprints. Does anyone use a screen protecter that helps with the fingerprints. I've changed my mind
about getting a space grey iPhone this fall. Going with silver or gold.
The iPad Air 2 has a special anti-glare coating on it that makes fingerprints a nightmare to remove on all the colors, not just black. My fear is they'll add this coating to the upcoming new mini, which would make that device an instant no-buy for me. All previous devices I could simply wipe them down gently and they'd be free of smudges and fingerprints. Not so with the iPad 2. Cleaning it removes some of the smudges, but there's always a layer of them remaining which really shows up badly when scrolling any page that has a white background.
 
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PortableLover

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I personally use a glass protector with oleophobic coating. I always use a screen protector on all the ipads in the house. So don't really suffer with this issue.
 

valinda

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Oh, I didn't know about the anti-glare coating. I'm going to check out glass protector with the oleophobic coating only
for this device. The other's are in protective holders. Thank you.
 

rgarjr

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Yep, not only does it get smudged with fingerprints more but it's harder to remove the smudges on It. On the rMini 3 they come right off very easy with a wipe.
 
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maxsix

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Microfiber cloths are inexpensive on Amazon... use them.
I always have a microfiber cloth in with my MBP or MBA. It's a great way to keep my screens clean and smooth.

Yet I must admit that in my case every finger print I leave, makes both my iPhone and iPad faster... :D
 

bushido

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i use a stylus whenever i can now cuz those smuges on the ipad air 2 drive me insane especially when i try to surf the web with lots of white backgrounds and as some others have already said those smudges r near impossible to get rod of and come right back anyway. my old ipad 3 doesnt have this "problem" so its def that stupid anti glare coating
 

960design

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Yep, microfiber cloth. I dislike all the aftermarket screen protectors. They quickly get scratched up and make the iPad look like crap. It is also much harder to remove fingerprints from the screen protectors.

I maintain over 4500 iPads, large microfiber cloths are the way to go.
 
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