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Rivanov

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My previous iPhone X was all scattered with minor hairscratches due to dust. I'm very very carefull with my phones and never put them inside pockets with keys or put the screen on a table. But the iPhone X was very prone to minor hairscratches and it annoyed me very much. I hoped the 11 Pro screen would be much better, but on a Dutch forum I read a post from someone who already had some hairscratches that he could see under direct sunlight.

Anyone with the same issue already? Otherwise I'm going to immediately install a screenprotector.
 

darkside flow

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The oleophoobic coating is always going to be susceptible to micro scratches. This is the trade off for having a screen that your fingers run smoothly on. Screen protector will keep it perfect.
 
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Chrisjmv

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My previous iPhone X was all scattered with minor hairscratches due to dust. I'm very very carefull with my phones and never put them inside pockets with keys or put the screen on a table. But the iPhone X was very prone to minor hairscratches and it annoyed me very much. I hoped the 11 Pro screen would be much better, but on a Dutch forum I read a post from someone who already had some hairscratches that he could see under direct sunlight.

Anyone with the same issue already? Otherwise I'm going to immediately install a screenprotector.

Can you send the forum link?

Mine already IPhone 11 Pro Max came with these hairscratches on it, I saw it when I tried to install screen protector (never used it before)

With the screenprotector installed on it. I can’t see this hair scratch but yeah the coating seems very very sensitive.
 

adam1080

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My X had more scratches than 8 other phones I have owned. Because of that, I had the installed the Apple Store Belkin screen protector installed literally as they removed the cover that came on the phone. Working well so far.
 

CE3

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We go through this with every iPhone If you don't want scratches use a screen protector.

Yes, but some models seem to be more prone to easily scratching than others. Only time will tell which category the new iPhones fall under.
 

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Just on a side note with the Oleophobic coating:

Minor scratches should be expected, but once the coating starts to wear off, so should the scratches as long as they’re minimal. It’s nothing to be concerned about, unless you could feel the scratch with your finger nail on the display, then _that_ would be more permanent.
 
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greytmom

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My Xs Max had no scratches at all, and I’ve dropped it countless times, stuck it in pocket, tossed it in my purse, just generally used to heck out of it.
 
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mavis

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Just on a side note with the Oleophobic coating:

Minor scratches should be expected, but once the coating starts to wear off, so should the scratches as long as they’re minimal. It’s nothing to be concerned about, unless you could feel the scratch with your finger nail on the display, then _that_ would be more permanent.
I'm not sure why every thinks this is the case, but in my experience (eleven iPhones owned over the past eleven years, plus three Apple Watches, all caseless and all without screen protectors until the iPhone X and its MULTITUDE of hairline scratches) it's simply a myth.

The oleophobic coating is what? A few microns thick? I could actually actually feel the hairline scratches on my X and on my AW3 (SS model, but the SOFTEST sapphire - I guess just incredibly impure - that I've ever seen. But that's another story, lol) I mean, I could actually feel the scratches, with my fingernail. Correct me if I'm mistaken (seriously, please do!) but humans generally can't feel irregularities <10 microns or so, right? So ... if the scratch was only in the coating, which is just a few microns thick, we wouldn't actually be able to feel it. No?
 

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I'm not sure why every thinks this is the case, but in my experience (eleven iPhones owned over the past eleven years, plus three Apple Watches, all caseless and all without screen protectors until the iPhone X and its MULTITUDE of hairline scratches) it's simply a myth.

The oleophobic coating is what? A few microns thick? I could actually actually feel the hairline scratches on my X and on my AW3 (SS model, but the SOFTEST sapphire - I guess just incredibly impure - that I've ever seen. But that's another story, lol) I mean, I could actually feel the scratches, with my fingernail. Correct me if I'm mistaken (seriously, please do!) but humans generally can't feel irregularities <10 microns or so, right? So ... if the scratch was only in the coating, which is just a few microns thick, we wouldn't actually be able to feel it. No?

Here’s what I can tell you from experience. The oleophobic coating is naturally organic, meaning it can be applied to a display, which eventually wears off with usage or continuous wiping with a microfiber cloth or other solutions. As an example: With an Apple Watch, I owned the aluminum model back when it launched in 2015 before I upgrade to the stainless, I received a hairline scratch on the display, [which I was not happy about]. I remember discussing the scratch with Apple directly, and they claimed that as long as you couldn’t feel it with your fingernail, then it’s likely just embedded in the Oleophobic coating itself, being the watch was so new. As time went on, the coating wore off, and so did the scratch entirely. So my point being, is if you can feel the scratch with your fingernail, then it’s in the display itself, which is permanent. I say depends on how deep the scratch is, but the Oleophobic coating is a minor protecting against smudges/fingerprints and minor hairline scratches.
 

shah1

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Here’s what I can tell you from experience. The oleophobic coating is naturally organic, meaning it can be applied to a display, which eventually wears off with usage or continuous wiping with a microfiber cloth or other solutions. As an example: With an Apple Watch, I owned the aluminum model back when it launched in 2015 before I upgrade to the stainless, I received a hairline scratch on the display, [which I was not happy about]. I remember discussing the scratch with Apple directly, and they claimed that as long as you couldn’t feel it with your fingernail, then it’s likely just embedded in the Oleophobic coating itself, being the watch was so new. As time went on, the coating wore off, and so did the scratch entirely. So my point being, is if you can feel the scratch with your fingernail, then it’s in the display itself, which is permanent. I say depends on how deep the scratch is, but the Oleophobic coating is a minor protecting against smudges/fingerprints and minor hairline scratches.

So how long before the oleophobic coating comes off the screen of my iPhone XS? Can see just one very faint scratch on the display under certain, bright lighting.
 

Superrenz

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So how long before the oleophobic coating comes off the screen of my iPhone XS? Can see just one very faint scratch on the display under certain, bright lighting.
That depends on how you use your phone, how much oily substances from your fingers get in touch with your screen, how you clean your phone (don't ever use substances including alcohol) a.s.o.. there are many variables in this game. But one thing is for sure: It will wear off over time. And you will get microscratches if you don't use a screen protector. I am currently using two phones: 1) 11 Pro with screen protector and 2) an iPhone 8 without.... the 8 picked up a lot of micro scratches over the last year you can only see in direct light. It is your choice.
 

AppleHaterLover

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It's going to get those surface scratches no matter what. So if you're paranoid about them, put a screen protector on it.
 

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So how long before the oleophobic coating comes off the screen of my iPhone XS? Can see just one very faint scratch on the display under certain, bright lighting.

It depends. The coating is naturally organic and will fade over the course of you touching the display, wiping it, etc. it’s hard to say how long it will last.
 
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