Apple bans protective screen film from their online and retail stores

invisibleSHIELD for iPhone 3G“Apple has banned protective screen film from its retail and online stores, iLounge has confirmed with several separate companies, a policy that will affect both cases and individual film packages beginning in May,” Charles Starrett reports for iLounge.

“According to sources, the ban will impact all forms of screen film, including completely clear film, anti-glare film, and mirrored film, regardless of whether the purpose of the film is protective, decorative, or both,” Starrett reports. “It will also prevent sales of film for iPods, iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers.”

Starrett reports, “One vendor speculated that the ban is an Apple marketing attempt to suggest screen durability…”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Could Apple’s move to oleophobic touchscreens that started with iPhone 3GS have something to do with this?


  1. Is sun screen okay? I mean Al with “I-invented-the-internet-and-global-warming” Gore on Apple’s board that kind of screen should be in the iStore.

    just my $0.02

  2. I’m a dumbass fanboy like all of you and of course I strongly support this ban!!!!! If Steve says I don’t need a screen protector, who are any of us to think for ourselves??

    Goooooo Steve!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Oh Hell!

    That means I can not get that screen clear thin armor for the iPhone! If someone shoots my iPhone the 45 caliber round, it will destory it!

    Aw come-on Steve!

    I need protection from speeding projectiles just like President Clinton needs to protect his iPhone from “stuff.”

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  4. I’m still rocking my original 4GB Phil Schiller Special Edition iPhone and i’ve never used a case or a screen protector. I typically carry my iPhone in in my pocket with loose change, keys and whatever, I toss it in my carry around and sit it in the cupholder in my car that also contains loose change.

    After 2.5 years I can honestly say the thing has held up like a champ. Only one small scratch on the screen that is only noticeable if you hold it in the light a certain way and even then it’s hard to find. The back is a little scuffed, but nothing that would even prevents someone from wanting to buy it if I decided to sell it.

    If Apple is trying to suggest durability with this policy, then I can’t say I’d argue with them a bit.

  5. Ray, Ray — quite spreading the right wind, fascist line about what Al Core said. He never said what is attributed to him (I dare you to find actual quote in context) and he was in fact a major supporter of legislation that helped get the internet, as we know it, developed. So please, stop repeating the same lame stuff. I am sure you are better than that.

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