iPad Pro rainbow effect

meteoreos

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Hi,

I have applied two different matte screen protectors on my iPad Pro (2017) and they both show this rainbow coloured grain on the screen. I know that grain is to be expected with matte screen protectors, but is this normal? It sort of resembles 'rainbow noise'.

It's fine when there's no screen protector applied, but I can see 'rainbow rings' when I tilt the screen under light. Perhaps there's something faulty with the laminated screen or oleophobic coating? It's a brand new iPad Pro.

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simplynando

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I'm pretty sure that's just an effect from the matte/anti-glare screen protector. To get that effect the screen protector has to have a texture which tends to slightly distort the color/clarity of the screen under it. That's what I've noticed in all of my matte/anti-glare screen protectors, anyways. I like how they look, but I hate this effect from them.
 

meteoreos

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I'm pretty sure that's just an effect from the matte/anti-glare screen protector. To get that effect the screen protector has to have a texture which tends to slightly distort the color/clarity of the screen under it. That's what I've noticed in all of my matte/anti-glare screen protectors, anyways. I like how they look, but I hate this effect from them.
So it’s a normal thing to see the coloured pixel grain? If so, I can live with it as the matte surface makes writing notes so much more enjoyable.
 

ssledoux

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So it’s a normal thing to see the coloured pixel grain? If so, I can live with it as the matte surface makes writing notes so much more enjoyable.
I’m curious about the matte surface improving the writing. How so? I’m just now getting into doing a lot more writing on my ipad, which is one reason I went pro - the new pencil.
 

meteoreos

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I’m curious about the matte surface improving the writing. How so? I’m just now getting into doing a lot more writing on my ipad, which is one reason I went pro - the new pencil.
For me, having a bit more 'resistance' to the pencil when writing makes it feel like I'm writing on paper. Don't get me wrong, it's not unusable on the naked screen, but it's a significant enough improvement for me to warrant the decreased clarity that the matte protector gives. If you're exclusively using your iPad Pro for notes (and I guess drawing), then a matte screen protector is honestly the best thing for your device.
 
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ssledoux

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For me, having a bit more 'resistance' to the pencil when writing makes it feel like I'm writing on paper. Don't get me wrong, it's not unusable on the naked screen, but it's a significant enough improvement for me to warrant the decreased clarity that the matte protector gives. If you're exclusively using your iPad Pro for notes (and I guess drawing), then a matte screen protector is honestly the best thing for your device.
That seems like it might be really nice for using the pencil, which I’m planning to do a lot. I use a glass screen protector all the time; always have. I just worry too much about my screen to not. I realize that doesn’t really change the overall look of the display thoug, or at least not much.

How does it affect clarity? In what way?