Fingerprints on Black iPad Air 2

Discussion in 'iPad' started by valinda, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. valinda macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2015
    Virginia Beach, VA
    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.
  2. Mackinjosh macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2014
    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.
  3. PortableLover macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2012
    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.
  4. valinda thread starter macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2015
    Virginia Beach, VA
    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.
  5. stubbornapple macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2014
    Washington, DCish
    I had a space gray mini and didn't have as many fingerprints as my current space gray air 2. I'm thinking it has to do with the anti-glare coating
  6. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2014
    Microfiber cloths are inexpensive on Amazon... use them.
  7. rgarjr, Aug 7, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2015

    rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    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.
  8. daydotz macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2014
  9. Mackinjosh macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2014
    Does absolutely nothing on the Air 2.
  10. jb1280 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2009
    Absolutely no problem using a microfiber on mine.
  11. sparksd macrumors 65816

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    Agreed. I have several from different makers and they work great on my Air 2, not leaving a residual "greasy" coating.
  12. maxsix Suspended


    Jun 28, 2015
    Western Hemisphere
    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
  13. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    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
  14. photocat2005 macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2015
    United States
    Then you are not using the right microfiber cloth. Splurge a bit and get this one -- I use it on everything - works like a charm on the Air 2. Quality and longevity can't be beat (have had it for several years now)

    Microdear Microfiber Deluxe Cleaning Cloth, Large, 14.5" x 17.75"
  15. 960design macrumors 68020

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    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.
  16. Royksöpp macrumors 6502a


    Nov 4, 2013

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