UPDATE: Apple to No Longer Carry iPhone, iPod Screen Protectors?
UPDATE: Macworld is saying the reason may be the difficulty in applying the screen protectors and associated increase in return rates.
iLounge is reporting that Apple Retail and Apple Online will no longer carry screen protectors for iPhone, iPod, or anything else, either sold separately or packaged with cases. That includes plain protectors, anti-glare, privacy, mirror, or any other kind of film meant to be placed over an iPhone or iPod screen. iLounge further speculates this is a move by Apple meant to emphasize the durability of their screens -- you don't need no stinkin' protector, so to speak.
We have trouble believing any of this; it sounds unbelievable. If true, manufacturers will simply stop bundling screen protectors with their cases and customers will have to purchase them separately from a different, non-Apple channel [like the iMore Store -- cheap plug!]
Hopefully there's some misunderstanding here but we'll keep an eye on the story and update as it develops. Meanwhile let us know your thoughts in the comments.
[iLounge via Gear Diary]
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Sometimes you bump it wrong or a piece of something left in your pocket and it scratched. Id still recommend a screen protector on the iphone at all times.
I think a screen protector is a must though if you carry your phone loose in your pocket with keys or you are a girl and throw it into your pocketbook. I carry my iphone in a golla bag side pouch on my belt.
I love the oleophobic coating, but didn't want to beat it up (after all, the 32G 3GS is not cheap) so I put a film on it. Fine. That film got crappy after a month went to the Apple store where I was going to buy more films. My douchebag friend ;-) talked me out of 'wasting' my money as he was going to give me his. While waiting for weeks for him to follow through, I developed a TINY scratch, like a miniature fissure in the glass or coating. You can see it, and feel it. There were other tiny scuffs in the coating as well, but not as noticeable.
I have Case-mate films from AT&T store that were $9 for 3, though you can still see that little scratch it is less irritating. The plain Case-mates hold up very well. I never did get that replacement film from my friend.
The lessons to be gleaned:
1. Don't listen to douchebag friends.
2. Get a screen protector ;-)
Rather than get rid of them, Apple should just say "no returns once the sticker is off", and offer $29.95 for "Genius" installation instead :)
Anyway, I always thought I would rather just clean my screen with a cleaner opposed to missing out on the iPhone screens true contrast and clarity. No complaints on my end. :)
Martin Shields Overlay Plus have protected every screen on every mobile I have owned going back to the Sony Ericsson P800, after I had to have the screen replaced because the toothpick stylus SE provided, overtime scratched dots on to the screen in the place where the keyboard appeared. Course that was back when you could choose between awful Brando SP's which were dull and blurry, or Martin Shields, which were crystal clear.
its one of those things, why wouldn't you have one? These things are crystal clear, add next to no thickness to the screen, and stave off scratches. And if you mess up applying it, get dust under it, run the sticky side under a cold tap, blow the water off, reapply, repeat as many times as needed.
If you don't need one, good for you, but it only takes one copper loose in your pocket to put an irritating scratch on your screen.
I'm wondering if this is a pre-emptive move on Apples part, to avoid a potential ridiculous class action along the lines of "I scratched my iPhone screen, because I kept my keys in the same pocket, but you sell screen protectors, clearly you feel your screens are shoddy, please give me $30 dollars and my lawyers one hundred billion dollars"
With all of that said, some people, like my mom, are rough with their phones. I would never let my mom not have a screen protector of some sort. I think people with kids should also have screen protectors.
Finally peeled off while inserting it in a case.
Never got another.
I would rather not use a screen protector, but I hate scratches!
I've had friends who have taken keys to iPhone/iPod touch screens and weren't able to get a scratch. I'm not too worried.