iPad Pro Just got the new 12.9. Is it a fingerprint magnet or am I imagining?

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  1. jaybar macrumors 6502a

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    just got my 12.9 today. Love it. But it seems to attract fingerprints. Do others have that?
     
  2. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Yep, it absolutely is. So was the Pro 9.7. Quite likely the same for 1st gen 12.9.
     
  3. M5RahuL macrumors 68020

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    It is.. I always keep a soft cloth handy now.. Kinda annoying honestly!
     
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  5. kasakka macrumors 68000

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    Even my iPad Air 2 is a fingerprint magnet. Pretty much every touchscreen I own is no matter how clean my fingers are.
     
  6. madgibbon macrumors member

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    They do but the iPad Pro models are worse. Finger prints are much more visible on my 9.7 Pro than the 2017 iPad we have in house.
     
  7. Scarpad macrumors 68000

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    why is that i bought the 2017 ipad and i rarely notice Fingerprints, does that one even have the special coating ?
     
  8. Precursor macrumors 6502

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    iPPs have a special coating to give more friction for the Pencil use, 2nd gen even more so
     
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  10. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    The iPad Air and 2017 iPad are relatively fingerprint-resistant compared to the Pro models.
     
  11. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    For me, I can't gauge the differences between my iPads with fingerprints or any other touch device that I own. I think it depends on a lot of factors, and everyone
    Will have different fingerprinting consistency.
     
  12. T-Bob macrumors 6502

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    The latest iPads are next level fingerprint smoosh. Be prepared to wipe your screen once a day and start using the pencil for navigation more. Last gen could last a week or more without wiping (for me anyway), but maybe its also the brighter screen oh and a smaller screen in my case...
     
  13. sacha_g88 macrumors newbie

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    Yeah lots of fingerprints. I typically only notice when screen is off.
     
  14. TSE macrumors 68030

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    It's less pronounced on the white bezels, but yes, glossy surfaces attract fingerprints.
     
  15. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    Why is it so shocking, that fingerprints are really noticeable when using electronics in such a manner? Of all the things to focus / obsess over...

    The iPad is supposed to be a tool to be used, not some work of art to be put on display in some Apple museum at home, where special lighting reflects the fact that there are no fingerprints to be seen (and the Apple angels rejoice).
     
  16. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Because the haze caused by fingerprints on the screen can negatively affect usage, particularly in a brightly lit environment.
     
  17. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    I see your point. And overall, fingerprints really can't have an accurate metric because of everybody's hands are different. I tend to think that I don't leave a lot of fingerprints behind on my devices, but others do. So I think it will vary depending on the individual touching the device and where their hands have been or oils from their skin.
     
  18. blwade macrumors 6502

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    When the screen is on, the finger prints don't bother me as much on my iPhone or Apple Watch.. the difference for me is that the iPad is so bad that I can see smudges when I'm using the iPad (particularly scrolling on pages that are mostly white). That doesn't happen on my phone often.
     
  19. Legendts macrumors regular

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    I tend to use a stylus most of the time except when using it on the road (caravanning) and taking photos.
     
  20. KUKitch macrumors 6502

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    Yes - at least with the OG 12.9 it's definitely a magnet
     
  21. PBz macrumors 65816

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    Yes. I have the 9.7 and picked up the 10.5 and immediately noticed this. Way more prints on my 10.5 than I am used to seeing on 9.7. And yes, I have a micro fiber cloth OCD issue. :)
     
  22. Donfor39 macrumors 6502a

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    Which is why I purchased a tempered glass screen protect

    In addition to Bluetooth keyboard .

    Amazing to type/touch screen- no more smudges
     
  23. PBz macrumors 65816

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    Micro fiber cloths work well also.
     
  24. Cryates macrumors 65816

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    Although it requires Bluetooth being on, which uses a slight more portion of battery life, I mostly use my Apple Pencil to navigate. I don’t really have to touch the screen all that much outside of multi-finger gestures. And I use the Smart Keyboard for typing.
     
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