Scratches screen under light

UBS28

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I have a small scratch on the screen which is only visible when shining light on it and viewing it under the right angle.

Is my screen defective because my ipod and ipad doesn't get these kind of scratches? I think it was caused by just having in my jacket (no keys or anything)
 

Zyiros

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If there were scratches on the device out of the box, brand new, it would be the fault of the manufacturer.

Unfortunately I've found with most Apple devices, such as my old iPod Touch 5Gen, that knives can't scratch the screen, but the pocket can. :(
 

bigjim83

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Dec 14, 2011
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I have the same. Time for you to get a screen protector and move on. These screens aren't as scratch resistant as people think.
 

blarivee

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It is possible to miss this scratch when you first open the box considering it requires specific angle and lighting. The oleophobic coating is the one that gets scratched. You may be able to hide it with a screen protector.
 

itsmemuffins

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As previous posters have stated it's the oleophobic coating that's has the micro scratch.
 

zorinlynx

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Don't worry about it. My phone has many such scratches. They don't affect normal use and they don't weaken the screen. You can only see them when light is reflecting off the screen in a way that makes it hard to use anyway!

You can't expect something you carry around constantly like a phone to remain absolutely perfect forever. :)
 

takeshi74

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Is my screen defective because my ipod and ipad doesn't get these kind of scratches? I think it was caused by just having in my jacket (no keys or anything)
Nope. If scratches are a concern then you need to use a screen protector.

Keys are not harder than glass and will not scratch the screen. However, small hard grit (sand, quartz, etc) will certainly scratch the screen and are probably the culprit in your case as well.

The oleophobic coating is the one that gets scratched.
If one material is harder than another it can scratch the other material. The screen itself is not the hardest material in the world and it can certainly be scratched as well. The coating isn't the only scratchable material.
 

cwwilson

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Jan 27, 2009
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Exactly what happened to mine. I see now that it is indeed the coating that is scratched and not the screen itself because like you I can only see them at an angle under direct light and not from the lighting under the screen like a deep scratch would.
 

Halfawop

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May 20, 2018
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I agree only way to keep it immaculate is to keep it in the box sealed and not use it.
I tried this with my new iPhone X. There haven’t been any scratches for the first few days. Tomorrow is Monday though, so that will be a good test

I’ll let you know. If it works, you may have the perfect solution to this problem!
 

blairian89

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I tried this with my new iPhone X. There haven’t been any scratches for the first few days. Tomorrow is Monday though, so that will be a good test

I’ll let you know. If it works, you may have the perfect solution to this problem!
...

Holy revival.
 
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