Missing patch of oleophobic coating?

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  1. terraphantm
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
     
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    I don't get what is so funny about this.
     
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    Return it and get it replaced. They have replacements available.
     
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    It looks like a reflection from a light above.

    Mystery solved... OP- do I win a cookie?
     
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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)
     
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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.
     
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    It honestly looks like there was a piece of scotch tape on your phone when the coating was applied.
     
  13. terraphantm
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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
     
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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.
     
  15. techiebug
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    Hilarious... Maybe something landed on the screen while they coating it
     
  16. -Knight-
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    Never seen that before, It would bug me thats for sure.
     
  17. Ezra923
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    a print of a fly would've been funnier lol no but seriously does a screen protector remove the coating?
     
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    I'd return it, clearly its a manufacturing defect.
     
  19. seinman
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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.
     
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    ^^^ this, that is a bizarre defect!
     
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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.
     
  24. 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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