IPAD Pro 10.5" screen protector to restore smoothness?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by geepondy, Jun 24, 2018.

  1. geepondy macrumors newbie

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    Upon upgrading from an Air to the Pro 10.5, much to my dismay, I discovered the 10.5" screen is not nearly as smooth as it is on my Air or Iphone 6S. Particularly when using my finger tip, there are parts of the screen where you can feel it dragging, in my particular case, more to the edges but some in the middle are as well. I peruse the internet and find this is a common complaint, bothering some more than others. Many believe it is to make the surface more rougher for use of the Apple pencil. I went back to the Apple store and played with a couple of other 10.5's and the screen behavior seems similar.

    I really like the Pro compared to the Air but I am finding this screen texture difference to be a bother. I've never put a screen protector on an Ipad before but my next train of thought is to try one to see if it might bring back the screen smoothness of my earlier Ipad Air. Anybody else have this issue and/or recommend a decent screen protector for the sole purpose of making the surface smooth again? Will such a screen saver noticeably cut down the excellent resolution and contrast of the screen which is definitely a step above that of the Air?
     
  2. baypharm macrumors 65816

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    What you are feeling is the anti-reflective coating.
     
  3. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    Hate screen protectors. Give it a few more days and your “finger” will get used to it.
     
  4. geepondy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I would have thought the anti-reflective coating would have been on the inside of the screen, no?
     
  5. baypharm macrumors 65816

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    No sir. It is on the outside. That is why, after some time has passed, the coating starts to wear off and becomes splotchy in places. Doesn't happen to everyone. But it happened to many of ours.
     
  6. geepondy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I guess what bother's me most is that the feel is not consistent. It has more smooth areas mixed with more rough areas. It's smooth in many areas in the middle of the screen and tends to be more rough then smooth towards the outer edges. When you just glide along with your fingernail, it's really noticeable.
     
  7. sracer macrumors 604

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    The anti-reflective coating is a misnomer. I have started using matte screen protectors on ipads that have that coating. Not only does it cut the glare and fingerprint smudges, but it adds ever-so-slight resistance for the Pencil.
     
  8. sparksd macrumors 68000

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    What brand are you using? I have a non-matte protector on my 10.5 that reduces smudges but doesn't help with reflections.
     
  9. sracer macrumors 604

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    I’ve been using Mr Shield brand... ipad Air 2, ipad mini 4, ipad pro 12.9, ipad 2018, and lenovo yoga book. All have been perfect applications with no dust or bubbles. There is no “shimmer” of text and fine lines except when the protector needs to be cleaned. Matte is not for everyone. i love them... from my old thinkpads to when i would buy macbook pros i always paid extra for the matte option.
     

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