iFixit does a hilarious teardown of Apple's $19 polishing cloth

Apple Polishing Cloth Inside
Apple Polishing Cloth Inside (Image credit: iFixit)

What you need to know

  • iFixit has done a teardown of Apple's new $19 polishing cloth.
  • The teardown reveals that the new cloth is actually two cloths glued together.
  • Apple's polishing cloth is available now but is experiencing delivery delays.

Apple's new $19 polishing cloth quickly became a meme when the company released it along with the new MacBook Pro and AirPods.

To keep the meme alive, iFixit has down an actual teardown of the polishing cloth. The outlet found that the material that the cloth is made of appears to be similar to that of the inner lining of an iPad Smart Cover and is actually two pieces of cloth glued together.

The material feels identical to the inner lining of an iPad Smart Cover, which features a thin layer of microfiber on the inside. Both have a distinct synthetic leather feel to them with a hint of fuzziness, similar to Alcantara.

Apple Polishing Cloth Comparison

Apple Polishing Cloth Comparison (Image credit: iFixit)

When compared to a usual microfiber cloth (pictured above), you can see the attention to detail that has gone into Apple's new cloth. iFixit went full-on hardware design video in its explanation of the quality of the cloth below:

Under a microscope the premium quality of Apple's polishing cloth comes to life. On the left, you'll see a plain old cleaning cloth. Boring. On the right? Miniscule fibers intricately woven together, uniting to become not just a tool for cleaning, but an object of beauty worthy of being cleaned itself. Amidst the beauty, a thin line delicately traces the form of mankind's foundational fruit: an apple.

iJustine also released a full-on review of the new polishing cloth yesterday which has already received over 180,000 views on YouTube.

Apple's new $19 polishing cloth is available now but, if you place an order today, be prepared to wait almost three months to get it.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.