Hairline Scratch on iPad Screen ?

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  1. augustya macrumors 68000

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    I was under the impression that all the iPads right from iPad 3 where Scratch Proof and Scratch resistant since they use Gorilla Glass Screens. I know if I were to put sand or dust on it, it would scratch easily but I am not talking about such harsh scenarios. I am talking about Normal Usage in Normal Conditions.

    I have been using and taking care of my iPad-3 screen very carefully, but still it has developed a Hairline Kind of scratch. Which is very fine but it is there. My iPad is 4 Years old. Do the current generation iPad's especially lets say the iPad Pro does it have a good scratch resistant Gorilla Glass Screen ?
     
  2. Channan macrumors 68030

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    Sand is everywhere. Everywhere there are rocks or cement, it erodes and makes sand. You might have gotten a grain stuck on your finger and scratched it yourself. Or maybe it was on a cloth or napkin when you tried to clean your screen. It's very hard to avoid.
     
  3. augustya thread starter macrumors 68000

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    But aren't the iPad screen supposed to be Scratch Resistant for such fine scratch possibilities because of the Gorilla Glass Technology ?
     
  4. djeeyore25 macrumors regular

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    I've had numerous iPhones and iPads starting with the original iPhone and never once did I scratch a screen until my 12.9" iPad Pro. The scratch is very tiny, but I know it's there. I take very good care of my stuff and don't know exactly where or how it happened. So yes, even the newer iPads and iPhones are prone to scratches, no matter how careful you are. I may try to apply a screen protector and see if it masks the scratch, but I'm still a bit annoyed by its presence.
     
  5. augustya thread starter macrumors 68000

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    It is excruciating pain for me to see that hairline scratch even after I have literally taken care of it as a diamond I have babied it ! I hate to apply screen protectors because then what is the Gorilla Glass screen for ? It beats the purpose !
     
  6. djeeyore25 macrumors regular

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    The small scratch is like a stuck pixel, just annoying. First world problems. I don't like screen protectors either, especially having to put them on. But if I knew it'd cover up the scratch I'd put one on. Actually I'd rather pay for someone to apply it on that knows what they are doing. If the screen was $100 I'd replace it, but the iPad Pro screen is $599. It doesn't bother me THAT much. I'll just wait until the new version comes out and I'll buy a new one. I just wish I knew where the scratch came from. I have used the Apple Pencil on there a lot and not had an issue, so the screen is pretty resilient.
     
  7. ABC5S macrumors 68040

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    iPhone or iPad + screen protector, day one. No more worries, simple.
     
  8. Channan macrumors 68030

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    Scratch resistant, yes. Scratch proof? No.
     
  9. augustya thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I find it hard to understand the real difference between Scratch Resistant and Scratch Proof ??
     
  10. Channan macrumors 68030

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    Proof means it cannot happen, so scratch proof means it cannot be scratched, water proof means it cannot be damaged by water, etc.

    Resistant just means it's very strong against something, so scratch resistant means it won't get scratched by most things but it's still possible. Water resistant, like the iPhone 7, can be submerged in water, but can still be damaged by it if left in for too long or if taken too deep.

    So, it's scratch resistant, not scratch proof.
     
  11. Bclawson macrumors newbie

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    Yep, right out of the box
     
  12. Commy1 macrumors 6502a

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    My iPad Pro has a scratch that sounds like you described. It doesn't bother me, just reminds me to be careful. It's imperceptible to touch or finger nail drag or the Apple Pencil so I'm not bothered. Clearly though it is not impervious as you hope with Gorilla Glass.
    I use a folio case so the screen is protected while in my bag, I suspect something small got caught between the two and made the scratch. To make it truly impervious I think Apple would have to make a sapphire screen... even then, probably get little diamonds scratching it up in my line of work. :p
     
  13. Newtons Apple, Jan 13, 2017
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    Forget the word "proof". Not applicable here. The iPad screens are resistant to scratches but they will scratch.

    If it really bothers you take to the Apple store and the cost to replace the screen will make you look at the scratch differently, maybe.
     
  14. Relentless Power macrumors G4

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    I think to extend the iPhone/iPad/Apple Watch screens are very similar using the same elements, but it doesn't take much or just the right amount of friction to cause a scratch.

    I remember my first on my Apple Watch sport, the glass Is Ion-X, which is almost the same screen as the iPhone. Inadvertently, one day I scratched it and I could not believe how easily I scratched it. But it was just the right amount of friction Against the surface that caused it. Later realized it all depends on the situation how you scratch the device. Ultimately, moved up to the sapphire display an Apple Watch. Which is costly, but definitely worth preventing scratches.
     
  15. augustya thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Do Apple Watch come with Sapphire display ? Or you are saying you put an artificial display on top of your Apple Watch screen ??
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    So guys I am gonna be upgrading my iPad this year in March when the iPad Pro-2 comes out what is it that I can do so that it does not scratch I don't wanna put a screen protector on it.
     
  16. Relentless Power macrumors G4

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    The Apple Watch I own is in the stainless model with a sapphire display. The sapphire display is included on the stainless model, which is the second hardest material to diamond. It's fairly difficult to scratch.

    As far as your next iPad purchase, you could purchase a case that would ultimately protect the screen from any scratches. Of course, it really comes down to how you handle the device and clean the screen.
     
  17. augustya thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I do use an Apple Smart Cover with it anything else apart from it that I can do to make sure my screen is not scratched !
     
  18. Relentless Power macrumors G4

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    The smart covers are the best for The iPad line. That's what I use.
     
  19. bufffilm, Jan 15, 2017
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    If you aren't willing to put a screen protector on the glass, you will probably scratch it like you did with your ipad3.

    So the choice is yours...either protect it or face the possibility of scratching it.

    My ipad2 has an anti-glare matte film applied on day1 of ownership and it looks brand new even now going into 6 years (come May). Wipe the screen off with some 409 glass cleaner from time to time and I'm golden.

    You could baby your iPad if you wish.

    I prefer to protect it and let the chips fall as they may. I'm not going to obsess over it, but do like my things protected and cared for.
     
  20. augustya thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Though it is just a hairline scratch that my iPad has had. There is no real major scratch that it has had over the years. Apple Store guys says if you have one of the Apple Smart Covers you dot need anything else to protect it and you are good to go !
     
  21. Matthew.H macrumors 6502

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    Tbh what an Apple Store staff member is rather meaningless. I have a screen protector on my 6S and a leather flip case. Better to overprotect your expensive devices than risk damage.
     
  22. bufffilm, Jan 15, 2017
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    You can believe him if you want.

    A flimsy Smart Cover isn't adequate protection and I suspect you don't think so either. But do as you wish.

    Like I said...I don't go overboard with protection, but I'm not about to baby my iPad. I'd rather do other things w/my time.

    If you want to keep yours meticulously clean, etc and are prepared to do that every day to avoid anything scratching the surface, be my guest.

    And so what if you have no major scratches...are you bothered by the existing hairline scratch? If so, odds are your new iPad will probably see the same somewhere down the road.

    If it doesn't bother you, then continue as you are.
     
  23. augustya thread starter macrumors 68000

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    An Apple Cover can be or cannot be an ideal protection against scratches it depends...


    I do meticulously clean my iPad daily !
     
  24. tagumcity macrumors member

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    Ghost Armor matted screen protector may help with a hairline scratch. On our 9.7 IPP we are not using a screen protector because we have been drawing on it. On my IPP I had the GA matted and later had the GA clear applied. I have GA applied on my devices straight from the box. On my watch 2 I had GA applied because I went with the aluminum model. We should not need cases or screen protectors but the devices are susceptible to being damaged.
     
  25. augustya thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So you don't had any screen guard on your 9.7" iPad Pro is it ??
     

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