iPhone 6s Plus screen scratches.

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  1. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    Let me preface this by saying I have never scratched an iPhone screen before.

    However, it's a sunny day here in Seattle, and out in the sun it's quite obvious my new 6s Plus is covered in micro scratches (those thin, hairlines ones). It's appalling. They're everywhere, covering the entire screen. I grabbed my year-old 6 Plus and the screen has zero micro scratches anywhere.

    Is this new 6s Plus cover glass stronger at the expense of scratch resistance? I'm still very taken aback by how bad my 6s Plus looks. Sure, I don't spend a lot of time in the sun, but boy does it look bad, especially with the screen off.
     
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    Is it possible that you wore off the old scratched coating on your old phone and the scratches you see now are on your new one with the coating still in place. The sun will show everything.

    Get some micro fiber towels.
     
  3. perkedel macrumors 6502a

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    does it prevent you seeing the icons or function in any way?
    if not, don't worry about the little details. things will wear out during use!
     
  4. WilliamG thread starter macrumors 604

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    Nope, that's not it.

    I'm not too worried. Just surprised is all...
     
  5. Rocko9999 macrumors regular

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    The glass on the S models is no more scratch resistant than the 6 was. It's been tested. More reality distortion field nonsense. Good news is the frame appears to be stronger.
     
  6. WilliamG thread starter macrumors 604

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    OK, so the scratching issue is getting worse and worse on my 6s Plus. It's literally COVERED in hairline scratches now. I just grabbed my year-old (day 1!) iPhone 6 Plus, and it is PERFECT. Not a single scratch anywhere, after a year of abuse in my pocket.

    Someone else has to be encountering this, surely? There has to be a reason why my 6s Plus is suffering this way...
     
  7. The Nugget macrumors newbie

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    Haven't heard anything about this. Maybe you nails in your pocket.
     
  8. WilliamG thread starter macrumors 604

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    Nope, no nails in my pocket. :p
     
  9. WilliamG thread starter macrumors 604

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    For those who have 6s Plus devices, can you shine a flashlight on your (clean) iPhone screen (with it off) and see if you have the same issue? Yes, I realize nobody does this under normal use, but it "replicates" what I see outside in the sunshine. It's really appalling..
     
  10. Sekelani macrumors 6502

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  11. WilliamG thread starter macrumors 604

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    I recognize that a screen protector can be useful for *some* people. It does NOT explain why I've never needed one, my year-old 6 Plus is PERFECT, and my week-old 6s Plus looks worse than ANY iPhone I've ever owned. It's not noticeable under dim-light conditions, but under a light or out in the sun it's absolutely terrible. The entire screen is covered from top to bottom with scratches. Something is just not right here, surely?
     
  12. Sekelani macrumors 6502

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    Mm. I'm not sure. Surely. Hard to say really. Put on a screen protector from now on or get it replaced
     
  13. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    My 6 plus had some (vey few) micro scratches. My 6s plus has none (yet). As bad as you're making it sound I am wondering if somehow the glass on your device wasn't treated properly (in manufacturing). Can't get more technical that's that, because I don't know much about glass making. Lol. But if you keep them under the same or similar conditions I wouldn't expect one to be much worse than the other especially this soon into the game.
     
  14. WilliamG thread starter macrumors 604

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    I'm wondering the same. I'm really blown away by how bad my 6s Plus looks. :(
     
  15. bushman4 macrumors 68000

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    Scratches are in the oleophobic coating. Put a screen protector on and you won;t see them
     
  16. pdxmatts macrumors 65816

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    If it bothers you, take it in to Apple
     
  17. WilliamG thread starter macrumors 604

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    I might do. Would like confirmation that it's not just this new cover glass Apple is using for the 6s, that's perhaps stronger (for 3D Touch pressing), but not as scratch resistant...?

    I will never use a screen protector. They're ugly, always get some sort of bubble/dust under them, never feel as nice, often looks like crap outside, and I've never needed to use one before so I'm not going to start now!
     
  18. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    On your first point,
    I can say that your situation at least sounds unique. It doesn't sound like you're playing shuffle board with your phone so...

    On your second point there are
    Some really nice curves glass screen covers. Not that I think you should need one. But you can't even tell they're on outside of the fact that the home button feel lslightly indented obviously due to the extra bit of screen thickness.

    It's an interesting situation and in wondering what Apple would say about it. Either way keep us posted :)
     
  19. redheeler macrumors 603

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    My 6s Plus has no micro scratches after a week of use. If it bothers you take it in.
     
  20. pdxmatts macrumors 65816

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    I also have a week old 6s Plus w/o a screen protector and do not see any scratches. But, I am going to put a screen protector on as I have done with all of my iPhones. I use one called Amfilm that never show bubbles underneath. Waiting for it to arrive from Amazon ;)
     
  21. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68030

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    These aren't scratches as you say, these are micro-scratches or micro hairline scratches that can only be seen in certain light. I am surprised your 6+ shows none, because I never used as screen protector before, but that phone would get them in a day. Now my 6S+ got a really bad on where you could easily see on any white screen on day 1, before I had done anything with it or taken it anywhere. I took it to apple store the next morning, got it replaced and put a screen protector on for the first time. Most people can't see them, or it doesn't bother them, but I can see them, and that is my solution. So I believe OP as I have a bad micro scratch on the coating before I had even put the phone in my pocket or anything. Just my fingers touching it.
     
  22. Shadowbech macrumors 68040

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    I'm quite the opposite. My 6 Plus had micro scratches that can be seen directly under the bright sun light. My 6S Plus does not have this issue.
     
  23. nrvna76 macrumors 6502

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    I have a couple on my 6S plus. Had a bunch on my 6. It bothers me but not enough to do anything about it. If I'm giving it back to apple in a year why should I spend more money on protectors?
     
  24. Subwaymac macrumors regular

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    The scratches are in the finger print coating not the glass
     
  25. WilliamG thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yes, this makes sense. So perhaps the coating on my particular iPhone 6s Plus is just faulty.
     

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