Bill Nye the iPhone Oleophobic Coating Guy


Gizmodo earns geek cred elite by getting the one and only (unless he's figured out how to clone himself) Bill Nye, the Science Guy, to explain just how the iPhone 3GS' oleophobic coating works -- molecularly -- to reduce smudges and make it super easy to wipe clean.

We don't understand a word of it, of course (something about Drow magic maybe?) but do head on over and give it a read!

[Thanks Georgia for the tip!]

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Chris Vitek says:

Hey, I understood it. Well, most of it.
And I like the Drow reference. :)

Michael Denney says:

Yay mobile edition of TiPB is back :-)

Wyatt says:

Well, that explanation was correct, short and to the point. Nice little read there. Bill knows his stuff.

Chavo says:

This great new screen doesn't allow the screen protectors to adhere...I tried two so far...they both slid all over and let dirt & dust underneath...anyone else experiencing this...because I think I wasted $16

vox populi says:

wow, a two-sentence blog post. for an editor you really have no clue how to write, rene

Steven says:

Hey vox lay off the editors. If u dont like what people have to say on a blog then go get ur own and state your opinion. Nothing nice to say then dont say nothing.

Truth says:

Now if they can use teflon in the design of the next iphone like that seen in the HTC Hero (which also has an oleophobic glass screen) we may see a oil and smudge free iphone.

vox populi says:

"Nothing nice to say then dont say nothing."
I didn't say nothing

EricL says:

@vox populi
@Steven “Nothing nice to say then dont say nothing.”
I didn’t say nothing

Kyle says:

Saran Wrap?
Maybe try that. It works with Static cling, not adhesive.