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  • The Great Screen-Protector Ban of 2010


    Apple has made the unprecedented (and, frankly, odd) decision to ban all screen-protecting film products from all retail stores and the Apple Online Store. Manufacturers have come forth today to (anonymously) tell a number of online sources, such as iLounge and Macworld, that the ban will start in May. No reason was given for the move, which will affect not only standalone film products, but any case that includes a film screen protector.

    The ban is comprehensive: every kind of screen film, including clear film, glare-reducing film, or colored film will no longer be permitted at any Apple store, whether it is meant to protect an iPhone, an iPod, an iPad, or a Mac. No films. None.

    Vendors and manufacturers who have spoken up have all done so anonymously, indicating that Apple has lowered one of its mafia-style secrecy edicts over this move. Some of these anonymous informants have put forth guesses as to why films are being forbidden, while taking pains to be clear that these are only guesses. A popular theory is that, because it's hard to apply these films straight, without air bubbles or junk getting caught between the film and the screen, films are being returned more often than most accessories. But others are speculating that Apple just decided that selling protective film will leave consumers with the impression that Apple screens are easily scratched. As buyers begin streaming in to Apple Stores to buy (fairly) expensive touchscreen iPads, the reasoning goes, they'll take one look around them at all the screen protectors and begin to worry.

    Apple may be dealing with bad memories of the 1st generation iPod nano, which was so sensitive to being scratched that consumers filed a class action lawsuit, complaining that the displays were so poorly made that just putting them in the pocket of your jeans made the screen unreadable. Apple ended up paying users $25 US each to settle the lawsuit.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: The Great Screen-Protector Ban of 2010 started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 81 Comments
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      RE: itsmejdn

      People...this is your brain on drugs...any questions!?!
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      When you can charge $15 for $0.10 of plastic, you better bet Apple wants take over that market for all of its products.
    1. ryanofdiamonds's Avatar
      ryanofdiamonds -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheOnlyest View Post
      Whats with the retarded black, white girl??
      lol boxxy?
    1. chondrostar's Avatar
      chondrostar -
      I love my apple products: macbook, iPhone, iPod, and some software, but Goddamn their under my thumb of oppression is taxing and making me hate them.
    1. kylen721's Avatar
      kylen721 -
      This place sucks so bad sometimes. Calm down people if apple doesn't want to sell screen protectors than buy them elsewhere. Go to best buy or order them online or something but seriously quit whining about it.

      Why are so many people looking for something to hate apple for...
    1. anubizz2's Avatar
      anubizz2 -
      i just love to hear some one say " my iphone screen is scratch prove - what will that thin plastic will do anyway ".

      Yes it really hard to scratch a glass but believe me it will.all you need is a hair line scratch to make you regret what you say.

      Yes screen protector not gonna help if you drop or run a knives on your iphone. but it will help your beloved iphone screen from your key.

      1 thing if apple decide not to sell screen shield product. but banning a case company that give it with a case? that stupid. now most all company case will not give you a screen shield anymore. what an arrogant company apple become.
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      ^its an Internet forum. People with opposing views discuss and even argue their points of view. You'll get used to it

      anyway,
      saying screen protectors are stupid or
      worthless just because you don't need them is just plains stupid. I don't care what high tech whatsama-coating they come up with, if you drop a big glob of expanding foam on your screen( like I recently did), and you'll be bummin if you don't have a screen protector. That foam is viscious

      I've also dripped subfloor glue and PVC cement on my phone and they would have definitely caused some problems if it weren't for a screen protector. I even managed to gouge my screen with a utilty knife one time. I pulled the protector off in a panic to see howmbad the damage was, not a scratch
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Quote Originally Posted by kylen721 View Post
      Why are so many people looking for something to hate apple for...
      We don't have to look it gets delivered free, Appl£ are sucking big with the only do what we let you Sh!t
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by opiak View Post
      i think screen protectors make them look ugly anyways. had mine for 2 years without any scratches on the screen itself.
      Not being an ***, but where do you work? I work on aircraft for a living and pretty much have to put a protector and a case on mine or it gets killed easily. If I worked in an office building it wouldn't be a big deal.

      But this is a **** move, I'll just buy my stuff from Amazon for a lot cheaper from now on then.

      Quote Originally Posted by Kroo View Post
      Anyone who buys a screen protector from an apple store is stupid anyway. You pay triple the price for something you can by at any phone stall in any mall. 10 bucks for three. I wouldn't use them anyway, they end up looking all poxy. WHO CARES!! Not me. Maybe apple realise they can't compete with 3 for 10 bucks, type offers.

      Anyone who can't take reasonable care of an expensive phone doesn't deserve one. Three iphones, no screen protectors and zero scratches and my kids are them same, because they don't treat it like a set of car keys.
      Anyone who makes broad statements about what people deserve and should/shouldn't be allowed to have based on their own experiences is an a s s h o l e and should shut their mouth. Screen protectors are for some and not for others. I require one because of my place of employment, no one gives a sh!t about you or your kids and how you treat your crap. Piss off with your attitude.
    1. anubizz2's Avatar
      anubizz2 -
      Anyone who makes broad statements about what people deserve and should/shouldn't be allowed to have based on their own experiences is an a s s h o l e and should shut their mouth. Screen protectors are for some and not for others. I require one because of my place of employment, no one gives a sh!t about you or your kids and how you treat your crap. Piss off with your attitude.
      agree full stop
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheOnlyest View Post
      Whats with the retarded black, white girl??
      Boxxy is a hyperactive YouTube celeb who can't sit still when she talks.

      Quote Originally Posted by mikeandike1994 View Post
      What brilliant farker came up with this idiotic marketing idea, they're just asking for another class action lawsuit. I am literally at a loss of words. ANGRY... VERY ANGRY.
      "Marketing idea?" "Class-action lawsuit?" Do you just like referencing concepts you clearly don't understand? How could it POSSIBLY be a "marketing idea?" What class could possibly be represented in a lawsuit and for what damages?

      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      I'm confused by this article. It says, "all screen-protecting film products from all retail stores and the Apple Online Store." But then it goes on to say that it's for the Apple stores. So which is it? ALL stores, or just the Apple stores?
      Are you *REALLY* that easily confused or are you just playing dumb? The Apple Store is a retail store. Apple's online store is not. They have no ability to ban them from non-Apple retail stores, so you can't possibly confuse it with them. They are eliminating the products from all of their stores, both retail and online, and it is as simple as that. The only confusion is in the reporting which uses the word "ban" and gets some people wrongly-thinking that it means that they aren't allowed in the store with one installed on their phone or that they will lose their warranty if they have one. Neither is the case. It just means that they can't buy one there because they no longer offer them.
    1. kylen721's Avatar
      kylen721 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      We don't have to look it gets delivered free, Appl£ are sucking big with the only do what we let you Sh!t
      it's not like they are telling you that you can't have one though. Don't get me wrong apple isn't perfect, but they obviously give us stuff we like (albeit with some changes) or we wouldn't be on a forum devoted to modding their stuff.
    1. CMOSlabs's Avatar
      CMOSlabs -
      I always have had them on my iPhones & iTouch. Then replace them when they wear out. Just got a otter defender case for my 3Gs, it has a built in screen protector, and one over the camera, the thing is almost water and drop proof. Sh#T happens, protect your stuff. I always buy on eBay or other online stores. I would never buy anything at a over priced Apple store

      Dont see what the big deal is ? Just get your protectors somewhere else. I bet it was all the returns they got on them because people screwed up putting them on. Now they can spend more time on taking your money
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      I bought one of the cases that covers the screen as well, it was a great concept. I t was a casemate Naked(clear). I had 3 different problems with it though. 1. Air bubbles between my screen and protective membrane. 2. It didn't always recognize my touch, I had to press down harder sometimes and that got very annoying. 3. I had to take it apart every couple of days to get the lint, dirt, and other micro fibers out of it. My immediately family loved it and all bought one as well.... Though I don't use it anymore due to those 3 reasons.
    1. reaves205's Avatar
      reaves205 -
      Chuck watches Sat. TV .....with no electricity.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      On his jailbroken 27" iPad.
    1. Squeaky369's Avatar
      Squeaky369 -
      They just poured us all another glass of the special "kool-aid".

      And I am just guessing that this is the beginning of the Apple Bull-$h!t moves like this.
    1. sane's Avatar
      sane -
      some people are over reacting. just buy it somewhere else, economics will keep supply up.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      [!?weird?!]
    1. steveathome's Avatar
      steveathome -
      I am sure Apple has its middle managers who come up with this stuff to justify their jobs with Jobs. Anyway plenty of outlets will continue to sell them.