How quickly will oleophobic screen wear off?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by rdstoll, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. rdstoll macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2008
    The big hype with the 3GS last year was the oleophobic screen, which indeed, was great at preventing fingerprints and stuff. However, I noticed that over time my oleophobic screen basically wore off, and it was increasingly difficult to keep the iPhone screen clean without taking the cloth to it every day. As luck would have it, I dropped my phone on the ground and broke the screen and was 'forced' to get the glass replaced.

    I'm just wondering if there has been any advancement with the oleophobic screens as it relates to the iPad vs. the 3GS.
  2. Aboo macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    I already have waaaay too many fingerprints on my iPad after using it for a few hours. Not sure if I have this oleophobic coating or not. Was never a problem on my iPhone because I had a screen protector in use....
  3. pyrodex macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    My iPhone 3GS has Oleophobic coating and I have had my from launch without any issues. Granted its not 100% but its better than the iPhone 3G was.
  4. NebulaClash macrumors 68000


    Feb 4, 2010
    Of course you have it. Oleophobic doesn't mean it won't get fingerprints, it just means those fingerprints will wipe off much more easily.
  5. cal6n macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2004
    Gloucester, UK
    This agrees with my experience. The oleo-phobic coating on my 3 GS has remained intact and functional since July last year.
  6. Elzlaik macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2008
    +1 Absolutely right. I am reminded of this every time I clean my girlfriend's phone (which is my old 3G). It is so much easier to clean the 3GS and iPad.
  7. Mark Booth macrumors 68000

    Mark Booth

    Jan 16, 2008
    BINGO!! Oleophobic means to resist oils. But the skin oils will still sit on the surface. The oleophobic coating just makes them easier to remove.

    Anyone that used one of the first two generations of iPhone, and then got an iPhone 3GS, can testify to how much more easily the 3GS is to clean. I simply use a slightly damp cotton towel to wipe my iPhone 3GS' screen each morning. Works like a charm!

  8. PCClone macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2010
    it will wear off to the point of not working two days before they release their rev 2 product. That way it will be more attractive to buy new instead of getting it repaired.

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