I can't figure out what this is...

Discussion in 'iPad' started by iamjose, May 1, 2012.

  1. iamjose macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2011
    I bought my iPad a couple of months ago at Best Buy (open item). Check out the two pictures below. I didn't notice this before but I was wondering what the heck this is. When the screen is clean (on or off), you cannot see it at all but when I was cleaning it (using the mouth-fog & tissue method) you can see this rectangle-looking smudge on it, as if a label was placed on it or something. I was thinking of cleaning it with some Windex or something but I didn't want to mess up the screen. Any ideas?

    It doesnt bother me that much other than knowing it's there, but I would like to know what it is, if and how I can remove it, and if it will have any long term affect on my screen. Thanks.


  2. Kralledr macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2012
    It Look like this antitheft Clips wich you find on iPad for Demonstation like in the Stores
  3. iamjose thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2011
    Yeah... I'm not sure because it is not sticky to the touch. If that makes sense...
  4. Snesley Wipes macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2009
    Someone might've spilled a solvent like acetone or something on it. And maybe tried to rub it out and it left the smear.
  5. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Whatever you do DON'T use Windex or any chemical compound on the screen..It does look like marks left behind by anti-theft clips...Probably how your unit ended up as open box. If it doesn't bother you too much I'd be inclined to leave it alone.
  6. iamjose thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2011
    Interesting... Are you familiar with acetone? Would this have any long term affect on the glass/screen?

    Yeah I knew I was kinda taking a chance on an open box. I was hoping this could have fixed in someway, or if anyone would had seen something similar to this. I was even thinking about the stuff they use on cars, scratch doctor, crazy... I know.
  7. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    Take it into an apple store and show them. See what they'll do for you.
  8. wrkactjob macrumors 65816


    Feb 29, 2008
    I see the face of Jesus in that smudge.

    eBay now, it could be worth a fortune.
  9. klover macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2009
    I've seen this very thing on a first-gen iPad that I had. The section in question looked as if some of the optical coating (and/pr oleophobic coating) had either not been applied correctly or was worn off.

    I also noticed that that section was not as smooth; I could tell there was more friction in that section while glidding a finger across the screen. It had absolutely no impact on usability or image quality however.
  10. Abarth1200 macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    i cant see anything focused on in those photos, what am i looking at here
  11. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    I have a theory---

    Knowing how anal Apple customers can be (myself included), I bet someone scratched their screen and tried to fix it with some kind of abrasive polish or some other chemical. When they ended up doing more damage than good, they returned the iPad.
  12. iamjose thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2011
    The top photo is when the screen is clean and smudge-free. The second is when I apply some "mouth-fog" to the same location.


    That's possible... I wouldn't have even thought to look for it. It's not seen by the naked eye. So I'm sure some dude at Best Buy wouldn't have either. I guess just FYI if you are buying a open item at Best Buy.


    Well... that's good to hear.
  13. iamjose thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2011
    Update: Took the iPad in to the Apple store. They also supposed some of the oleophobic rubbed off. Quick exchange. Love iCloud. Love Apple!
  14. Ecoh macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2009
    This is really interesting, glad it worked out for you.

    Now, I must try the "mouth-fog" test on my iPad !
  15. Matthew9559 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    That's awesome that they took care of this small annoyance for you. :D
  16. xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
    Looks to me that Oliophobic coating was removed from that one spot.
  17. iamjose thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2011
    yeah... they were super cool about it. I just showed it to them and asked them what they thought about it and the guy instantly said "... that shouldn't be like that." and exchanged it. Cool guy at the Pasadena, CA store.

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