Weird screen issue

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  1. pcubed18 macrumors regular

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    I purchased my 6s less than a month ago and when the screen is off I see a weird like circle almost like the coating is off. It's where I use my thumb the most to type I think but it's a weird circle smudge or what have you. It isn't evident anywhere else on the screen. Should I return or is this normal?

    I don't want a refurb I want a new one if this isn't right. It hasn't even been a month.
     
  2. Shadowbech, Mar 8, 2016
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    Where did you buy it? If it's past 14 days then unfortunately it can't be returned. You can however set up a genius appointment and see what they can do. As long as the aluminum casing isn't damaged they can certainly just replace the screen only.
     
  3. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Then you will spend a great amount of your time arguing with whomever it is that will replace the phone should you exercise that option.

    Apple's white box replacements are a mixture of new/remanufactured. They are NOT going to open a brand new box for you and you can argue as much as you want - it won't happen.

    Your results may be different if you have carrier or third party insurance.
     
  4. applemac-repairs macrumors newbie

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    Actually here in the UK they will give you a brand new one if you have bought it from the Apple store directly.
    Under consumer laws if its under 28 days of purchase you have every right to return and get a new one.
     
  5. iThingsGurl macrumors 6502a

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    There's no harm in dropping by an Apple store and talking. And as said above, replacement iPhones (usually packed in unmarked white boxes) are not reused per se. Most of them are never even owned/used by anyone.
     
  6. pcubed18 thread starter macrumors regular

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    So sorry to revive this thread, however, I got the screen replaced and now a month later same issue. I promise I don't have hands made of sand paper or use a weird substance. I am a little OCD and wash my hands ETC what are the odds this happens now 2 times in a row after about 1 month or so.

    Any thoughts or suggestions before calling apple on what it could be? Could it be 2 bad screens?
     
  8. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Don't mean to be insulting, but have you tried wiping it off? Perhaps it's just oily smudge?
     
  9. pcubed18 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Not insulted. I did wipe it off but as soon as I even touch that area it comes back and the way it leaves a mark is different than just an oily screen. It's almost like a glaring burnt spot around that area kind of.
     
  10. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Odd. Any ability to take pics of the issue?
     
  11. pcubed18 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes will do tonight when I can use my MacBook. Thanks for the help.
     
  12. pcubed18 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Not sure it's the best photo but you can see like a finger print. It's not smudge either. Literally it's like my finger print is engrained on that spot.
     

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  13. netsped macrumors regular

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    i just got my iPhone 6 replaced today for a similar issue. Only I had a giant smudge all over the glass with only one or two small spots that looked normal. Also my Touch ID sensor turned blue.

    Replaced with a new one without a question after 11 months of use.
     
  14. JustFitz macrumors newbie

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    Take it back to apple store. Seems like you're just getting defective units.
     
  15. got556 macrumors 6502

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    Looks like the oleophobic coating has rubbed off.
     
  16. megagene, Apr 15, 2016
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    That's the oleophobic coating wearing off. Same thing happened to me on my 6s and my Galaxy S5 before it. On my S5, I simply covered it up with a tempered glass screen protector, but I have no intention of using a screen protector on my 6s so it was driving me crazy. I went to the Apple store and showed it to them and explained to them what it was. They said it fell under cosmetic damage that didn't impact the practical use of the phone in any way, but they still offered me a one time screen replacement under warranty. My new screen is pristine (for now) from a smudge point of view, but it has a small portion near the top where the backlight is uneven so there's a darker area between the clock and the battery meter. That's probably an even worse issue, to be honest, but I'm gonna live with it since it's really only visible when I tilt the screen away from me. It isn't apparent when viewed dead on, and I don't want to be *that guy* who goes back to the store and has his screen replaced 5 times for tiny issues. I really hate the inconsistency of these iPhone screens though.
     
  17. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    "Only cosmetic"?!? Yikes. Sounds like BS to me. Is the paint/windshield on a car only cosmetic? Sheeze.
     
  18. megagene macrumors member

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    Yeah, I feel it's BS too. I used the very same car analogy as well when explaining to them why. I think that's why they allowed the free screen replacement. I feel I shouldn't have had to fight for it so hard though. Especially since the first two employees I spoke to were completely understanding and told me they'd do it without a problem. It wasn't until they spoke to the people in the back who do the replacements that suddenly it was an issue and I had to argue for it. I prefer a little more consistency in my customer service, you know? Either everyone give me a hard time, or just do it without any problems.
     
  19. canuckRus, Apr 15, 2016
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    Did Apple offer any thoughts as to a cause of this issue? If you get another replacement perhaps megagene is right on point with his suggestion of using a tempered glass protector.
     
  20. pcubed18 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Glad to know its not just me. Glad you guys can see. It's weird and I hate it. I will call apple support first so I have a case open before I go in. Thank you for confirming I'm not nuts.
     

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