Missing patch of oleophobic coating?

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  1. terraphantm macrumors 68040

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    Just noticed this on my iPhone 6 -- it looks like there's a small rectangular area where the oleophobic coating didn't take. You can see in the picture below:

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    If I clean the area, it looks like that again as soon as I touch the screen. The rest stays relatively clean.

    Any of you guys have a similar problem? And would you try to get it exchanged for such an issue? My phone is otherwise perfect
     
  2. Tubamajuba macrumors 68000

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    That's just bizarre- I've never seen anything like it. I would get it exchanged ASAP.

    That said, I now have a newfound appreciation for how effective the oleophobic coating really is.
     
  3. Ezra923 macrumors regular

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    Lmao!
    Does the coating wear out? Will the screen protector take part of it with it when taken out? Lol
     
  4. Afbar1114 macrumors 6502a

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    It can wear out with certain clean products and over time. I'm not sure on the screen protector though but is it better to loose some then have a scratched screen.
     
  5. terraphantm thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I am sure it can wear out over time, but I doubt it'd wear out in just one rectangularish spot. And at least with older iPhones, it seemed to just gradually become less effective rather than wear out altogether.
     
  6. brand macrumors 601

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    I don't get what is so funny about this.
     
  7. Blorzoga macrumors 68030

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    Return it and get it replaced. They have replacements available.
     
  8. powerstrokin macrumors 6502a

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    It looks like a reflection from a light above.

    Mystery solved... OP- do I win a cookie?
     
  9. terraphantm thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Guess I'll do that. Wish Apple would open some more stores though (nearest one to me is about an hour away)
     
  10. Starfyre macrumors 68030

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    Is it possible to "reapply" or buy some oleophobic coating and treat the surface yourself? I know Apple should have done it, but am wondering if there is some after-the-fact process you can perform yourself, say maybe on a yearly basis or something to keep prints off.
     
  11. michikade macrumors regular

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    It honestly looks like there was a piece of scotch tape on your phone when the coating was applied.
     
  12. terraphantm thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I agree. I wonder if there's tape applied to the screen at any point during manufacturing -- might have forgotten to take it off before the coating or something
     
  13. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Don't think there's anything like that and even if there was I don't think it would come out right like factory.
     
  14. techiebug macrumors 6502a

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    Hilarious... Maybe something landed on the screen while they coating it
     
  15. -Knight- macrumors 6502a

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    Never seen that before, It would bug me thats for sure.
     
  16. Ezra923 macrumors regular

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    a print of a fly would've been funnier lol no but seriously does a screen protector remove the coating?
     
  17. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd return it, clearly its a manufacturing defect.
     
  18. seinman macrumors regular

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    In my experience, it wears off after about six months of regular use. It's a cool feature at first, but gets annoying as your screen starts to gradually show smuges over time.
     
  19. ScubaCinci macrumors 65816

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    ^^^ this, that is a bizarre defect!
     
  20. jzj687 macrumors regular

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    Just a general question: How effective is oleophobic coating? My 6+ gets suuuuuper fingerprinty/smudgy... Like, realllly smudgy, and I'm fairly comfortable saying that I'm on the cleaner side of the clean spectrum... just getting paranoid now that I'm missing the coating alltogether
     
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    He's 12.
     
  23. terraphantm, Sep 24, 2014
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    Got it replaced at the Genius Bar, no trouble at all. New phone looks to be fine. Vibrate is actually quite a bit quieter on this one too, so looks like not all of the iPhone 6s vibrate loudly

    This issue actually highlighted how effective the coating is to me. While you do still get some smudges, the coated areas had much fainter finger prints -- couldn't really be captured in a photo like the wiped smudge in my first post.
     

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