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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 …

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A condome

Would be cheaper. Or do we have heating problems then.

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Money grabbing-tard stops selling expensive low profit tat!!

...leaves it to chinese 3rd shifters.

Move Along . Nothing to see here

yeah wheres my icon!

Yawn!

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Coat

if iPhones are so tuff

why doesn't the army save a few quid and replace ballistic vests with a couple of iPhones - one in each pocket of the uniform should do..

that could double as a replacement for whatever the latest cockup of a comms system is as well...

(thermonuclear war? - we've got an app for that)

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Not just scratches

Yes, the iPhone screen is made of glass, which makes it very tough, and resistant to scratching, but makes it more prone to shattering. If you have a shattered iPhone screen do you think your really want to hold a broken piece of glass against your face, or would you prefer a layer of plastic in between you and said shattered glass to keep it all in one piece?

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Erm

If you smash your iPhone screen, how would you make a call anyway?

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Re: Erm

My wife's iPhone screen shattered when she dropped it, but luckily the plastic protective cover kept all the glass in place. It still responds to touch, so yes, you CAN make a call even with a broken screen.

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tough

yes, the glass is probably the toughest part of the device and pretty good at repelling scratches, after a year ive got 2 tiny scratches... but when I received my replacement after the GPS unit died I have now used a screen protector, not to protect it as such, but the new protectors are oil-phobic like the GS screens, the lack of greasy little fingerprints is awesome! :)

now, if only apple could make the backs out of something that scratches less easily...

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@Michael C. Can you clarify one more time?

I'm sorry, you're not making yourself clear. Can you post the same thing again about five more times so I can understand whether or not you agree with Apple's decision?

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Apple stores need the shelf space

Getting rid of some of the woofy dangly tat for some more expensive items? (iPad?)

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Anonymous Coward

Our company issues iPhones....

And in six months we've had to replace 4 for damage (out of six issued), including screen damage, from incidents a lot more minor than dropping it on concrete and stamping on it at a full run as described above.

AC because the boss is a raving fanboi and I don't want to get sacked.

(disclaimer: I think the iPhone looks great, has a great UI, and is shiny as hell - but I wouldn't have one because of the variable battery life (and inability to swap batteries), functional limitations and imposed restrictions, amongst other things. My Blackberry doesn't look as nice, isn't as smooth to use, isn't as user-friendly-out-of-the-box, but I prefer it.)

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Jobs Halo

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!

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Re: New Theory

I'm with The Other Steve on this one. Maybe they think it's time to market and sell an entirely new shiny toy and all its accessories, which are conveniently made by Apple themselves.

-dZ.

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Wow, a lot of hate for a bit of plastic...

I became a fairly convert to the iPhone and I have to say that out of sheer logic, putting any emotional attachment bullshit like "I think a phone should be ruggered so I won't use a protector, like my old Nokia <insert model number here>" to one side, I got a protector because I WANT this phone to last.

I am normally the first person that rips that film of plastic of something to give it that worn in look but some items like a good suit or shirt or a nice car needs to be looked after, (common sense you might say), and after one failed attempt in getting the plastic to sit right I don't even notice it and I can rest easy knowing there’s additional protection.

simples...

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Coat

Driveway safe

Can't vouch for mine but I once saw a guy running in the rain and his iphone popped out of his pocket, landed on the driveway screen down, and he stepped on it and slid a few feet. He scrutinised the screen and smiled. Then he did the strangest thing and replicated the incident a further four times. Guess it must be a tough screen

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Anonymous Coward

I smell Python

Right.

Pah, that's nothing, I once saw a bloke running for a train, his iphone flew out of his pocket and landed on the track just as the train pulled in, the train ran over it then slid for four feet on it, he picked it up off the track without a scratch on it *and* he didn't have a screen protector on it.

Oh, concrete, we used to dream of having iPhones to slide on concrete when I were a lad..

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Anonymous Coward

Agreed.

I put some wheels on mine and it doubles up as a commuter scooter for when I'm running late. Highly portable too. Face up *and* also without a screen protector. Been doing it for years.

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Mirrored screen protectors do have some uses!

To be honest, I do use a screen protector on mine, but only because it has a mirrored surface so I can check my teeth for stray food or my face for random bits of mustard or ketchup after lunch! (I've saved myself lots of embarrassment by using the iPhone + reflective cover as the mirror... you'd think that at my ancient age of 36 (well, it's old in gay years!) I'd manage to find a way to eat without looking like I participated in some kind of eating contest!!)

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WTF?

Not good behaviour Apple!

No way I'm not putting a screen cover on my 500$ iPhone..

Customer love them so sell them in the damn store..

Some of us are getting tired of your "Microsoft control like" moves Apple!!!

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Coat

I like mine with protection...

...How else am I going to enjoy porn safely?

Coat, pub etc...

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I'm calling bullshit too...

...on this whole article. They're still for sale online at Apple and at their retail stores.

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Jobs Halo

An apple (strory) a day makes me hate them more and more!

Every day I hear a new Apple story makes me hate them more and more!

So when is Steve Jobs going to do a military coup and take over a Island?

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