Apple bins iPhone covers
Have a proper touchscreen in the naughty naked nude
Apple has stopped selling screen protectors, arguing that the iPhone and iPad should be tough enough without them.
iLounge noticed empty shelves in the Apple shop this morning as Cupertino pulled listings for screen protectors, on the grounds that the availability of scratch-resistant plastic covers undermines confidence in reliability of the unprotected hardware.
Companies making such products have apparently been in talks with Apple for a while, unsurprising given that screen protectors are the number-one iPhone accessory. But Apple has decided that all screen-adhering films will be delisted even if the stated function is glare reduction or mirroring rather than protection - Apple brooks no suggestion that its screens aren't perfect.
That won't stop manufacturers selling elsewhere of course - Apple doesn't have the stranglehold it exerts on software for its touchscreen products. But the Apple store is a significant source of sales and manufacturers will find other channels harder to get into.
Screen protectors, transparent bits of sticky-backed plastic that sit between the touchscreen and the user, have been around as long as touchscreens, and were an essential feature in the early days when plastic screens scratched with alarming ease. These days capacitive touchscreens can use glass, and products such as Gorilla Glass reduce risk of scratching considerably: which is why many of the films now emphasise their glare-reduction or mirrored surfaces, as well as scratch protection.
But that's no protection from Apple, who don't want any confusion about how perfect its products are and thus won't be selling screen protection in future. ®
Apple are just...
so fucking ANAL. Cutting off their nose to spite their face (again). Next thing they'll be removing all the skins and stuff that 'protect' the rest of the case. Twats
Of course the screens should be good enough without protectors, but i would rather not find out the expensive way thanks mr Jobs. How do you know what conditions i use my phone under? I agree that the screen is probably quite tough, but if it isnt made of diamond, then i presume it can be scratched*
Also, i would like to be able to sell my phone for a reasonable amount when i upgrade next!
*yes i know diamond can also be scratched,.
<quote>...The other time was when running in the rain it popped out of my pocket, landed on the driveway screen down, and I stepped on it and slid a few feet. It got one more noticeable scratch,...</quote>
I'm calling bullshit on this. What the fuck are iPhones made out of? Unobtanium?
Apparently not everyone carries this object around in a crib with three wise men tailing behind.
It's a phone...not a ming vase. Chucking it around is par for the course. I would personally want mine encased in rubber with a film of stuff over it so it doesn't get scratched. This seems like a ploy.
They're so tough...
I work on an oil drilling platform, last week we damaged our diamond tipped drill head and needed to replace it. "No worries" I said, just use my iphone. Sure enough, we sellotaped that sucker screen side down and drilled for all buggery. Unfortunately it worked a little too well and before we knew it we had penetrated the earth's crust and a huge gusher of liquid hot magma came shooting out of the rig - how we laughed!
The best bit of course it the even though my iphone was submerged in several hundred feet of seawater, ground through 10 km of rock and immersed in the earth's core, it still works fine!
God I love Steve Jobs!