Hairline scratches

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  1. Samtb macrumors 65816

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    Is it normal for iPhone to develop hairline scratches after a few days of use?
     
  2. geoffm33 macrumors 6502

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    Yes. Aluminum is a soft metal, most other things around the house (keys / coins etc) are likely to be stronger and able to scratch it.
     
  4. sonicdissent macrumors regular

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    I don't know about OP but I do have some on my screen. Regular iPhone 6, been kept in the Apple leather case and no instances I can recall that would have subjected it to these scratches - just in and out of my pocket.. Might even be the coating scratching as opposed to the glass, but frustrating none the less.
     
  5. prodigee macrumors 6502a

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    I have a visible scratch on my screen and can feel it with my finger nail. I have no idea how it got there cause I always leave my phone face up. Never put it in the same pocket as anything else. It's not that noticeable only on dark backgrounds or when the screen is off. But frustrating none the less.
     
  6. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    If you mean microscratches on the screen that are visible only under certain lights and angles, they're oleophobic coating scratches and are normal with use.
     
  7. wilky76 macrumors regular

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    My sister iPhone 6 came out of the box with a hairline scratch, it not something most people would notice at first but i noticed it straight away and if it was mine it would bug the hell out me with it being brand new.
     
  8. tgi macrumors 65816

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    I know what you mean. You have to really look for them. Are you a fan of screen protectors?
     
  9. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    No, I've carried all my iPhones naked going all the way back to the original iPhone with nary a skin nor a screen protector.
     
  10. joshwithachance macrumors 68000

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    Hairline scratches that can only be seen under indoor lighting are most likely scratches in the oleophobic coating, which is pretty normal.

    Hairline scratches on the body are VERY common if you're caseless because aluminum is such a soft metal that attracts scratches very easily.
     
  11. Derpert macrumors member

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    :/

    Not true.
    Anodised aluminium is very hard and oleophobic coatings are as well.

    Actually of all my smartphones, i don't recall seeing a scratched coating on either the case or the screen coating outside of a drop or chip
     
  12. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Regarding the oleophobic coating scratches, it just means you haven't seen them under the correct lighting and angles. They're extremely difficult to catch unless under certain lighting.
     
  13. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020

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    OP, at least mention where those scratches are.
    Also, pics or didn't happen.
     
  14. Samtb thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It's on the screen and it's not always easy to see. It's most noticeable when a white screen is displayed.
     
  15. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Normal oleophobic coating scratches.
     
  16. Samtb thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Does that mean the scratch will get thinner over time?
     
  17. Jalopybox macrumors 6502a

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    No. They will get worse. Get a protector.
     
  18. HedgeKnight84 macrumors member

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    It looks like I may have similar scratches on my 6+ so I would also like to know the answer to this question, and otherwise what I might be able to do to repair them. Thanks!
     
  19. eddiecazares8 macrumors regular

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    I also have this issue with my space grey six plus, it is only around the edges where the glass curves. It looks like someone has been rubbing it with a fine sandpaper.
     
  20. Nhwhazup macrumors 68000

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    I usually use screen protectors on my phones and tablets due to those same hair line scratches. They really drive me crazy. But recently I stopped using one on my iPad due to the fit with my favorite keyboard. Then for my new IPhone Plus I considered a glass protector as I had on my 5. However the Plus protectors for the Plus all have those stupid half moon cutouts at the top and around the home button. Makes the protector totally obvious. So unless some super protector comes along I'll pass on a screen protector for my Plus.
     
  21. technopimp macrumors 6502a

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    I've had hairline micro scratches on all of my iphone screens. Never carry with anything abrasive and always care for them, but don't use a screen protector.

    Got tired of people here saying that I was incorrect because gorilla glass couldn't possibly develop scratches so I stopped posting about it. Not worth the online argument with people who apparently know more about something in your own life than you do.
     
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    I'm not trying to be a dick so please don't take this the wrong way. What would make you think that scratches would get smaller or heal themselves in other words?
     
  23. runningtowin macrumors member

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    When you say it that way, it is weird. But I then wonder why everyone always brings up oleophobic coating vs. screen if there is no difference.... A scratch is a scratch?
     
  24. brianjsw macrumors member

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    Hairline scratches

    I think the poster was hoping that as the coating slowly wore down that would cause the scratch to slowly vanish (if indeed only the coating was scratched)
     
  25. AmplifiedLife macrumors newbie

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    noticed the tiny scratches on my 6+ under the post office lights today... they're real. you're not crazy. the fine scratches are nearly impossible to notice, but once you see them they're hard to ignore.

    I have always used screen protectors/wraps on iDevices after my iPhone 1 got scratched badly very quickly under normal use. on every single one... iPads, iPhones, etc. It's just a personal preference.

    I left a screen protector off an iPad 4 that never left the house and since that still doesn't have a scratch on it, I was more hopeful for the 6+. I ordered a screen protector for my 6+ before I even bought it, but didn't apply it due to the nature of the curved glass & swipe gestures. it just felt good without one... I blame myself, but that doesn't make it suck any less:)

    admittedly the scratches can be very fine, but I now am going to err on the side of caution and apply it. good luck everyone
     

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