iPad I Thought iPad Air 2 Is More Fingerprint Resistent?

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Just got my iPad Air 2 today and i noticed its very very prone to fingerprints.

I thought one of the advantages of oleophobic is that the screen shows less fingerprints?

I used to have an iPad 3 and i didnt notice it as much on it. Do you think the oleophobic layer on my new iPad may be messed up?

Its especially annoying on white background because of all those smudges. meh
 

Mike Oxard

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Just got my iPad Air 2 today and i noticed its very very prone to fingerprints.

I thought one of the advantages of oleophobic is that the screen shows less fingerprints?

I used to have an iPad 3 and i didnt notice it as much on it. Do you think the oleophobic layer on my new iPad may be messed up?

Its especially annoying on white background because of all those smudges. meh
I've just gone from iPad 3 to Air 2 and have found the opposite, it doesn't seem to smudge as much and the anti reflective coating makes reading against a white background very nice. Perhaps we have different body chemistry ;)
 

bushido

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Fresh wiped screen before



After checking Facebook and navigating to this thread on macrumors. So like 20 secs later



And nope no sweaty food fingers. I dont do food and apple devices
 

darkfiber

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Just got my iPad Air 2 today and i noticed its very very prone to fingerprints.

I thought one of the advantages of oleophobic is that the screen shows less fingerprints?
It is supposed to help reduce fingerprints as well as aid in the cleaning of the screen. Regardless, I pretty much have to clean my iPad Air 2's screen at least once a day to remove fingerprints/smudges dust etc... just as I have had to do with every iPhone and iPad I had owned. Apple has been putting oleophobic coatings on the screens since the iPhone 3GS I believe.
 

Charliebird

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I think so ... The screen also "feels" different almost sticky
Yes, I did notice at first my finger didn't glide as easy across the screen as compared to my former iPad's. I don't notice it now maybe because the screen is oiled up from my fingers. :eek:
 

magicMac

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i've noticed this as well. i presume the anti-reflective coating might have replaced the oleophobic fingerprint-resistent coating.
 

Traverse

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The Air 2 is only more resistant to glare and reflections. All touch screen devices get finger prints, although I will note that when I had my Air 2 it smudged worse than my iPad 3, but not to where it interfered with the usage of the device.
 

saltd

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I'd say yes, it shows smudges more easily with the anti-glare coating.

However, the anti glare is totally worth it. It is one of the biggest upgrades from previous iPads after you use it for awhile. Love it.

Buy a couple little microfiber towels, they'll get rid of those smudges very easily.
 

bushido

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I'd say yes, it shows smudges more easily with the anti-glare coating.

However, the anti glare is totally worth it. It is one of the biggest upgrades from previous iPads after you use it for awhile. Love it.
Hard for me to judge yet. I havent seen the sun in like 2 months :D
 

s2mikey

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Get a Matte screen protector. No more fingerprints!
Nah, screen protectors reduce the quality of the image which is not what you want with such a good screen. Just keep the screen wiped with dry microfiber towels that someone here mentioned. That's all ya gotta do.
 

Rodster

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Nah, screen protectors reduce the quality of the image which is not what you want with such a good screen. Just keep the screen wiped with dry microfiber towels that someone here mentioned. That's all ya gotta do.
Hmm, i've had the opposite experience. I always use good quality clear screen protectors and have never had image quality issues. In fact sometimes I forget that there's a screen protector on. :)
 

ttran88

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I use a tempered glass protector with an oleophobic coating and it doesn't decrease the quality of the screen one bit
 

asleep

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Mine was only slightly more fingerprint attractive -- certainly nothing for me to worry with.
 

donnaw

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I noticed the same smudges. Yes, they are much more apparent on a white background. Mine looked like shadows. I put a clear screen protector on. The smudges bothered me a lot. I found myself constantly wiping them.

Putting the screen protector caused me to lose the anti-glare properties but it was well worth it. I only noticed the anti-glare working when outside on the patio and frankly I'm not outside with it that often.
 

bushido

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I noticed the same smudges. Yes, they are much more apparent on a white background. Mine looked like shadows
yep they are by far more noticeable than on my old iPad 3. maybe i should get a skin for the display too. its distracting when i read my slides from class on it that way

 

bevsb2

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I haven't noticed any difference between my Air and Air 2. I'm compulsive though and only use the iPad with clean hands and wipe it off with a microfiber cloth after use.
 

donnaw

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yep they are by far more noticeable than on my old iPad 3. maybe i should get a skin for the display too. its distracting when i read my slides from class on it that way

A screen protector will solve the issue. Good ones don't detract from the display and feel just as good or better to the finger.
 

bushido

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A screen protector will solve the issue. Good ones don't detract from the display and feel just as good or better to the finger.
Yes I got a cheap smart case today and it came unexpectedly with a screen protester and it's so much better now
 

ZipZap

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Fingerprints have been an apple trademark for years. Seems good design includes fingerprints?
 
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