More WWDC Tidbits: iPhone 3G S Oleophobic Screen, "Find My iPhone" Live

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A couple of other minor items we've found worthy of mentioning have popped up in the excitement of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.

    - iPhone 3G S Oleophobic Screen Coating: A number of readers have pointed out that Apple's tech specs page for the new iPhone 3G S mentions that the device's screen includes a "fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating". Fingerprint smudges on the iPhone's screen have been a minor but frequent complaint from users.


    Apple's iPhone cleaning instructions also differentiate between the iPhone 3G S and earlier models. While Apple recommends that original iPhone and iPhone 3G screens be cleaned with a "soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth", the iPhone 3G S's oleophobic coating allows users to clean their screen with a dry cloth, simplifying the cleaning process and reducing potential moisture damage.

    - "Find My iPhone" Live: One of the iPhone OS 3.0 features previewed during Monday's keynote was "Find My iPhone", which allows MobileMe customers to track the location of their lost iPhone, send alerts to the device in order to assist with recovery, and to perform remote wipes for data security. Several readers have reported that the feature is already live for those with iPhone OS 3.0 installed, and Engadget offers a video demo illustrating the feature. In addition to a text alert, the lost device emits a pinging sound upon receipt of a message sent via the MobileMe interface, even if the iPhone is set to silent mode.

    Article Link: More WWDC Tidbits: iPhone 3G S Oleophobic Screen, "Find My iPhone" Live
  2. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Fingerprint-resistant? There are people out there that don't use a screen-protector?
  3. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Plenty of us carry our phones naked.
  4. appledude222 macrumors member


    Jun 4, 2009
    I can't wait for that "find my iphone" feature.:D:D
  5. zizo79 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2009
    QQ Part
  6. Diode macrumors 68020


    Apr 15, 2004
    Washington DC
    Heh find my iphone works pretty good. I found myself with it!
  7. iMouse macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2002
    Boardman, Ohio
    Does this coating extend over the whole phone?

    I carry my Gen 1 naked and keep it holstered with the back open for viewing.

    Been showing off its sexiness since June 2007. ;)

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  8. talkingfuture macrumors 65816


    Dec 4, 2008
    The back of beyond.
    The oleophobic coating is a great idea. I wish my iPod touch had it.
  9. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
  10. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Find My iPhone works great inside you house!! I lost mine yesterday so I went to my me website and sent a message to it and lo and behold it was beaming a cool pinging sound right from inside my couch!!:D
  11. Herrow macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2008
    Does this coating reduce the durability of the standard glass?

    I wipe down my iPhone with this cleaning cloth everyday.
  12. autrefois macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    The new iPhone is oleophobic? Why is the iPhone 3G S afraid of margarine? :D

    But seriously, that's great news that they've worked on this. I'm surprised they didn't spend more time emphasizing this aspect (maybe because they're still going to sell the margarine-loving, original iPhone 3G??). I have my iPhone with a screen protector and case, but I know not everyone does.

    PS Before I get replies pointing this out, I know oleo refers to oil, hence the smiley. ;)
  13. ipoppy macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2006
    Hmm... is iPhone need to be switch on in order to see it or to use remote wipe feature? I heard that some mobile phones can be tracked in switched off mode as long as battery remain attached to phone.
  14. autrefois macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    Great to hear that it works well. :cool: The Find my iPhone feature may turn out to be one of the most useful ones for people (for those who have MobileMe, anyway. I knew MobileMe would come in handy sometime!).
  15. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    Works perfectly for me, too.

    Nice feature for MobileMe members. :)
  16. Howardchief macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2008
    Can someone tell me if this is the same resolution as previous models? I think it is, but I don't know where to check.
  17. puliaficoc20 Guest

    Oct 15, 2008
    So yeah the Find My iPhone is probably one of the best features. I sometimes lose my phone in the couch, car, and what not and instead of spending 30 minutes looking for it. It will take like 2 minutes to do.

    I need to get my mom to get this though. She lost her phone at the gym. She thought someone stole it, only a week after getting her new iphone. so she had them put a hold on the account so pretty much whoever got it cant get any phone calls or make them. She should have waited so she could of tried contacting the person. Low and behold two days later they find the phone behind the garbage can at the gym. If she had that it would have taken a couple minutes to find the phone.

    Best release this year at the WWDC, suprised ATT was ready for this :rolleyes:
  18. hefeglass macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2009
    im not even going to check and i can tell you YES
  19. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

    Apr 29, 2005
    I've had my orginal iPhone 2G for almost 2 years. No screen protector and no case. It still looks almost perfect.

    I still don't know why everyone uses a case and/or screen protectors. This phone has held up better than anyphone I have previously had
  20. MacVixen macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2009
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Silly questions, but how are y'all getting this feature to work already? I don't have the option on my phone to enable it and I didn't see it in MobileMe when I logged in last night... Is this part of the latest software update?? :confused:
  21. gnortenjones macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    I'm seriously considering getting Mobileme just for the find my phone/remote wipe feature. I have tons of person data on my phone, and have become a bit paranoid about it being stolen/lost.

    If you don't have mobile me, and your phone is stolen, can AT&T/Apple remote wipe it?
  22. Tubink macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2009
    Reading, PA
    This coating is making me wonder if the 3G screen protector will work...
  23. gnortenjones macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    I've had a case on mine since buying it 6 months ago. Yesterday I took the case off because of dust collection, and realized how much bulk it was adding, and how comfortable the phone is without it, and began wondering why I was using the case. It's a phone, not a faberge egg.

    So I've decided to go naked.
  24. nkawtg72 macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2007
    technically they would have it because they had access to the developers release of iPhone 3.0

    Find My iPhone is appearing in the Account section of already.

    I've not seen or heard mention of this previously, but Find My iPhone will also support iPod Touch. This is mentioned on the Find My iPhone page at
  25. mdntcallr macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    definitely... been a bunch of times i wished i could swap the battery to a full one.

    As for the FIND MY IPHONE and REMOTE ERASE FUNCTION.... got a question

    1- if you wipe your data remotely, can you still find the iphone and track it? i would hate to have to choose between the two in order to protect your data or find a missing or stolen iphone.

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