iPhone 4S screen easily scratches

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  1. applejunkie87 macrumors newbie

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    Has anyone had this problem on there 4S? I got my 4S today, it actually shipped to my dads house Friday, but I just got to his house today. I take it out of the box, carefully set it on a cloth on a table cuz I'm super OCD about it, and get my screen protector ready. I peel off the factory plastic wrapping, and I noticed that there are already hairline scratches on the screen, before me even putting the phone to use! So I took my microfiber cloth and gently buffed it a bit to get any stubborn dust/oil and I look at the screen again and it looks even more scratched!!! I quickly put my screen cover on, but DAMN that doesn't seem normal. On my old 3G, I can't see any scratches on the screen, and I used that thing for a awfully long time without a screen cover.

    Is the new 4S more susceptible to scratches? These aren't deep ones, however. They are those hairline ones that appear if you shine it in the light.

    I mean I'm not gonna take it back or anything, but that pisses me off! I unwrap the phone today and it's already scratched from the factory! How does that happen? I thought the glass was supposed to be scratch resistant, and flawless especially when you just open it?
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    It's not the screen it's the coating! The 3G didn't have it hence why you found it better!
     
  3. rever3nce macrumors 6502a

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    sounds like your a little too OCD about it. I have used my 4s since launch date and not a single scratch. maybe one hairline but I don't even think I have that.

    Just chill , you will be fine :D
     
  4. applejunkie87 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What do you mean coating? So it's not actually the screen that's scratched?

    And rever, I am super OCD about scratches. I planned on keeping the screen pristine and was just a little surprised to see it was already scratched from factory.
     
  5. Tea-Aholic macrumors 6502

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    Starting from the 3GS the 4 and 4S have a what Apple calls an "oleophobic" coating on the display meaning "afraid of oils". I just means that the screen is more repellant to oils and help to reduce the visibility of oils on the display. From my experience, it make the screen really easy to clean. So the scratches are appearing because of this soft coating on the display, the glass underneath should still be scratch-proof.
     
  6. applejunkie87 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ah I see, good... that's a relief. I was just confused cuz I always hear how iPhone screens stay pretty scratch free.

    Didnt realize it had a coating on it, interesting. Well I guess it doesn't matter since I slapped a protector over it anyway. :D
     
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    I know, we've established that .
     
  8. ecwhite4S macrumors 6502

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    I'm OCD too and I also didn't know about the oleophobic coating.
     
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  10. Rocko1 macrumors 68020

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    The coating seems to counter the durability of the Gorilla Glass-or similar propertied Apple version of it-if it can be scratched.
     
  11. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

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    agreed.

    Apple stopped using gorilla glass though with the 4 and 4s didn't they?
     
  12. Rocko1 macrumors 68020

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    I know 3GS and older used it for sure but I am not sure about 4 and 4S. I assumed they copied or licensed the technology to a company that could keep up with the demand.
     
  13. Davehulse macrumors newbie

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    I don't see how anyone manages to scratch these things. I went after mine with a butter knife and I didn't even scratch the coating. I was pushing so hard I was afraid the glass would break before the surface scratched.
     
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