Smart Cover = Stripy iPad

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Crosbie, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. Crosbie macrumors 6502a


    May 26, 2010
    Brighton, UK
    I like the smart covers a lot. It was a great idea to have a micro fibre inside surface that cleans your iPad.

    Except: the bits where the cover folds don't come into contact with the glass, so when you open it, you have greasy stripes running down your screen.

    Only me? Am I doing something wrong?
  2. chiefpavvy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2008
    Haven't seen that, but the microfiber doesn't seem to keep the iPad clean at all. I'm still walking around with a nice microfiber cloth in my pocket to wipe it down all the damn time. Besides that, I find the "stand" functionality to really suck. It's weak and fragile as all hell. I have heard of a few others mention a similar issue with greasy stripes from them though, so there must be something to it.
  3. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    My friend's iPad does that as well, also fairly dumb that the microfiber portion is the exposed part when you're using it as a stand.
  4. LiloThePleo macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2010
    Mine did have that problem but it seems to have sorted itself out. Maybe its some residue left from the manufacturing process.
  5. SeanZy macrumors 6502a

    Dec 29, 2008
    You can fold the triangle inside out so that the front of the cover (colored part) is what is exposed when its standing up.
  6. KittyKatta macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2011
    but then you can't use the stand vertical because it becomes top heavy. The proper way is to have the microfiber out and it does get dirty, but it's not like the microfiber actually does any "cleaning" on it's own so it's no big deal.
  7. SeanZy macrumors 6502a

    Dec 29, 2008
    Mine stands up perfectly in both standing positions when I have the front of the smartcover as the outside of the triangle..
  8. bobobenobi macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2010
    Mine did the same thing and I agree about the microfiber touching everything.
  9. Crosbie thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 26, 2010
    Brighton, UK
    You can fold it to avoid the microfibre being exposed.

    Next thing: residue from the aluminium marking the touching surfaces, and worse, apparently staining my (tan leather) cover. :/
  10. sillyrabbitt macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2009
    the more and more i play with the smart cover the more i cant stand it.

    it 100% scratched my screen when i didnt realize it probably had dirt on the microfibers. i have the stripes down the screen and it will only stand up right with the microfibers exposed otherwise it opens up and the ipad flops down.
  11. eagleglen macrumors 6502a


    Oct 2, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    I've noticed the same thing. It seems to be less noticeable as time goes by. It was really distressing when it was brand new and having those grease streaks on the screen when you opened the cover.
  12. miamialley macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I notice the strips also. I hope it goes away.
  13. MrMac'n'Cheese macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2010
    People, OP, it helps if you wash your hands once in a while......
  14. Crosbie thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 26, 2010
    Brighton, UK
    Ah yes, I hadn't noticed that I'd been operating my iPad with my hands smeared in turd. That must be the solution, thank you.
  15. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    Well figured out your problem!:eek:
  16. MrMac'n'Cheese macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2010
    Thanks for giving me a good laugh.....nice some here actually have a sense of humor:D
  17. unkn0wnsoldier macrumors regular


    Jul 4, 2009
    Fountain, Co

  18. terroh8er macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2011
    I get the same thing. If you want to get rid of them, shift the cover around a bit while it still covering the screen. Also, the Smart Cover really does clean the screen on it's own IMO. When I go to bed, it is covered in fingerprints, yet when I wake up, it looks brand new, with the exception of the stripes.
  19. hismikeness macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2009
    Mine gets dust lines on the screen in those locations. No biggie.
  20. DynaFXD macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2010
    East Coast
    Yes, I notice those stripes as well.

    FWIW, I think the idea of the microfibre cleaning the screen simply by virtue of being next to the screen is bunk. I told an Apple customer service so much while walking through an Apple store the other day. He agreed :eek: Apparently, that's not how they work. He got one and folded it into a triangle and then began to wipe the unit down with one of the microfibre faces of that triangle. He then re-attached it.

    Live an learn, I never thought to do that :eek: Since then my screen has been much cleaner. Although I do have some reservations of using a microfibre surface that is also in contact with unclean surfaces. But I guess with a little observation I could figure out which one that is and avoid using it.
  21. tekchic macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    I got the stripes too. Gave up and bought a ShaggyMac microfiber cloth that fits the iPad 2 size, and just put it in between the screen and the SmartCover. That way before I use it I can just wipe it off with the ShaggyMac and then put it on my desk until it's time to close the SmartCover again.

    Lots of iPad cleaning questions lately...
  22. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    Cleans the screen?

    Cleans the screen? Sounds like BS, right? I mean, how does laying this cover on the glass clean the screen???

    Well, what they really meant when they said that, was that if you fold the cover into the triangle stand-shape with the microfiber facing out, you can use this as a screen cleaner like you might wipe the glass down with a cloth. Neat, huh? :)
  23. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    It actually does clean the screen when you have it closed. For one thing, because of the hinge it shifts back and forth slightly when you are picking it up, walking with it, and handling it. (You can also shift it back and forth yourself manually to clean the screen immediately.) And I am not sure but I believe the microfiber actually absorbs the fingerprints and stuff on the screen. All I know is that I can have a greasy screen and close the cover and pick it back up later on in the day and notice the screen isn't nearly as greasy as it was before.

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