iPad Pro PSA: Don’t put a screen protector on 10.5 ipad.

marf1million

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Today I was buying a new case for my iPad Pro and decided to also get a tempered glass screen potector while I was at it. It didn’t break the bank, it was only a tenner, but as soon as I had it on I realised it was a bad decision. It completely negates the brilliant anti-reflective screen of the IPP, and basically turns it into a mirror. I could use the ipp outside without a problem, but now all I can see is my ugly mug staring back at me.

Just a word of caution to anybody thinking of getting one.
 

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spiderman0616

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I usually don't put screen protectors on my iPads, as they are not items that go in and out of my pocket. They also don't go in and out of my bag without a Smart Cover (or Smart Keyboard Cover) on them. But that changed when I got my 9.7" iPad Pro and started using it with my Apple Pencil. I managed to scratch it in a couple of spots, I'm assuming just from debris being lodged in between the Pencil tip and the screen. I put a tempered glass screen protector on it after that, and when I upgraded to the 10.5" iPad Pro, I didn't even use my Pencil with it until my new screen protector showed up from Amazon.

Yes, it does negate the anti-reflective effects on the iPad's screen, but I guess it just depends which bugs you more: potential scratches that could become numerous enough where there would be a decrease in resale value, or a tempered glass protector that feels more or less just like the regular screen but is a little shiny outdoors. I have been opting for the tempered glass--they tend to be easier to clean fingerprints off of anyway, so that's one for the plus column.
 
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Today I was buying a new case for my iPad Pro and decided to also get a tempered glass screen potector while I was at it. It didn’t break the bank, it was only a tenner, but as soon as I had it on I realised it was a bad decision. It completely negates the brilliant anti-reflective screen of the IPP, and basically turns it into a mirror. I could use the ipp outside without a problem, but now all I can see is my ugly mug staring back at me.

Just a word of caution to anybody thinking of getting one.
But does it make you feel any difference in the display quality and usage ?
 

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I have a $10 protector on my 10.5 and it looks and feels amazing. I have not noticed more reflection than normal but I put it on first thing. I upgraded from an iPad Air 2.
 
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I get that, but it's extremely hard to scratch an iPad screen unless you're throwing it into your purse with keys.
Keys will not scratch it. Takes sand and a flat surface or a bunch of diamonds. We have sand where I live but I don't have diamonds hanging out in my backpack, fortunately... or maybe unfortunately.

Never used a screen protector and only have very fine scratches... again, I live at the beach and spend many days on a boat, so sand is an issue.

But never enough to worry about resale dropping.
 

spiderman0616

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I get that, but it's extremely hard to scratch an iPad screen unless you're throwing it into your purse with keys.
As I already explained earlier--Pencil usage on a clean screen caused some scratches on my 9.7" iPad Pro. I realize that it's difficult to scratch the screen when using the iPad in a clean, sand/dust free environment, but there is abrasive silicate in the air all over the place, and there have been all kinds of reports of abrasive substances getting caught in between that Apple Pencil nib and iPad screen. With enough pressure, those particles will put scratches in the screen, and that's exactly what I believe happened to my iPad.

I have never used my iPads with a screen protector in the past. Only when this happened with my Pencil did I start using one. I keep my iPad clean and store it in a clean environment. I never use it near any sand or in rugged conditions. Despite all that, scratches can occur.
 
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As I already explained earlier--Pencil usage on a clean screen caused some scratches on my 9.7" iPad Pro. I realize that it's difficult to scratch the screen when using the iPad in a clean, sand/dust free environment, but there is abrasive silicate in the air all over the place, and there have been all kinds of reports of abrasive substances getting caught in between that Apple Pencil nib and iPad screen. With enough pressure, those particles will put scratches in the screen, and that's exactly what I believe happened to my iPad.

I have never used my iPads with a screen protector in the past. Only when this happened with my Pencil did I start using one. I keep my iPad clean and store it in a clean environment. I never use it near any sand or in rugged conditions. Despite all that, scratches can occur.
If the Apple Pencil caused scratches on your iPad's screen, then either (A) the screen wasn't clean or (B) the Pencil tip wasn't clean.

Where are you getting this idea that there is "abrasive silicate" in the air?

There is a greater risk of those rubber-tipped capacitive styli (catching a piece of grit and) scratching the iPad screen and yet there is very little reporting on that over all these years.
 

spiderman0616

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If the Apple Pencil caused scratches on your iPad's screen, then either (A) the screen wasn't clean or (B) the Pencil tip wasn't clean.

Where are you getting this idea that there is "abrasive silicate" in the air?

There is a greater risk of those rubber-tipped capacitive styli (catching a piece of grit and) scratching the iPad screen and yet there is very little reporting on that over all these years.
Unless you live in a hermetically sealed house, there is abrasive material in common household dust. It comes in from the outdoors on shoes, peoples' clothing, in the air, etc. There's no way around this.

I didn't really need you to explain to me how scratches happen. Yes, either the screen wasn't clean or the Pencil tip wasn't clean. And as careful as I am with my iPad and iPhone screens, I managed to put a minor scratch on one with my Apple Pencil. If there was a piece of abrasive dust stuck to the tip or on the screen and got dragged across, then it was invisible to me, but that doesn't really matter. It happened despite me treating my iPad with kid gloves.

I'm not sure why the skepticism. I'm well aware of what causes scratches. I'd rather avoid them for those times when my iPad screen and Pencil appear clean as a whistle and still manage to get marked up by something abrasive. Therefore I choose to use a tempered glass screen protector. Thanks for the physics lesson though--it was 100% unnecessary.
 

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Completely untrue. I'd much rather have a scratch free screen when it comes time to re-sell and upgrade.
Completely true and hilarious, The screen protector, glass, whatever you wanna call it will dim the screen and will reduce it's brightness less and lesser, I have a question for you please answer me Did you get a screen protector for your TV? Don't laugh.

It's all useless and waste of money, Instead, you should keep holding your device safe Always be aware to protect its screen with ASK or Leather Sleeve. With all apple products, Have you ever seen there is not any Apple screen protector? Do you think Apple could not produce one?

We buy Pro's for it's beautiful screen not to hold it in order to sell it next year, You should enjoy it.

I've never used any screen protector on my iDevices since iPhone 3GS. And never had any scratch problem csuse all the screens have made from the best quality, It's not ****** and plastic Samsung or chinese.
 
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I never use screen protectors on my smartphones and tablets. The engineers worked so hard to make a scratch resistance glass, yet we put overpriced piece of plastic over it? Makes no sense. The only logical reason I would think to have screen protectors on is if one works in an sandy environment.

The iPad screen also has oleophobic coating. Adding glue and plastic on top of it makes no sense. Screen protectors are high margin items that play on fears of people.