iPhone 3GS' oleophobic coating wearing thin?

iPhone 3GS' oleophobic coating wearing thin?
iPhone 3GS user Samsas Traum has a fondness for the game 'Flick Fishing' which he plays on his touchscreen handset. The problem is, playing the game (which is available at the App Store) has helped him rub the oleophobic coating off of an area on the front of the phone. Before the new iPhone was released, we told you that Apple had coated the device with a substance that was supposed to help resist fingerprints on the device. We pointed out that Apple, on its' own web site, had said the best way to clean the new 3GS was to wipe it with a soft lint-free cloth.

Check out the pictures at the bottom of this page. From left to right, picture number 1 shows the uncleaned front of the phone with the circle from playing 'Flick Fishing'. The next picture shows the result of Mr. Traum's cleaning of his phone and the circle is much less visible to the naked eye. The last shot shows the mark returning to become more apparent after the effects of the cleaning wear off.

Has anyone else suffered the same problems with the oloephobic coating on their iPhone 3GS? Is this just a lone incident or has a good idea by Apple to stop fingerprint magnet handsets from getting marked up, turned into a much worse problem?

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source: iFUN.de (Translated) via EngadgetMobile



1. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

wow....apple that is really sad

2. lolipopjones

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 21, 2009

The screen is probably just defective. The Hero is going to have the same issue aswell in a small number of batches... Its a coating you're going to get X number of glass screens that didn't bond correctly.

5. sprntfanboi02

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 25, 2009

actually this probably isnt an isolated incedent, i have heard the phone is having problems all around......plus this now with the coating wearing off.....sounds like alot of 30 day returns apple

6. legionsreturn unregistered

sounds like it needs an actual razor to fix that screen!

7. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Are you saying that this is not sn isolated incident because you've heard about other problems the 3GS has or is it not an isolated incident because you have actually probably heard of many similar problems?

8. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

seems like he means both.

13. lolipopjones

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 21, 2009

It probably isn't an isolated due to the amount of phones sold. If they sold 1 million and 10% fail or have some form of issues that 10% is still a huge number.... Nothing is perfect but its better then the Storms 35% return/failure rate.

3. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

sucks for him.

4. stuntz

Posts: 178; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

to bad it doesnt have a removable back, and battery... Apple could just replace the back covers and save themself the trouble of having to replace the whole phone when this happens...

9. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

hes got to be using some type of cleaner on his screen. There is no way he rubbed the coating off just from playing a game (unless he has WAY too much time on his hands)

10. secondcor517

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 06, 2008

that's not the back of the phone, it's the front. you can see the speaker in the pics.

11. Mr Coolguy Face

Posts: 28; Member since: Jan 20, 2009

iPhonearena does it again LOL its clearly the front of the phone, why do they keep stating that its the back? I can see messing up once but not one of those shots looks like its of the back. . . we tall did! ha ha.

12. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

You are correct. It is the front of the phone. Thank you for your comment and the article will be revised.

14. Howtoodo?

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 19, 2009

I could of sworen that i read article here that stated in recent studies, iphones are built to last about 2 years before things start goin wrong.

15. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

All I know is that EVERY ipod I've ever owned has had some kind of problem with it. That's why my trust in Apple's craftsmanship is so poor. I just don't think they make a quality portable device. Their computers on the other hand, I love and have never had any kind of problem with.

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