All about the iPhone 3GS Oleophobic coating

What is Oleophobic coating

Oleophobic Ole what ? The term Oleophobic must be quite new as my word processor does not even recognized it. heheheheh :-) (Oleophobic x 100 say it a hundred times and it’s good tounge twister hehehe):-)

The term Oleophobic is defined by the dictionary  means “having or relating to a lack of strong affinity for oils” (Apple could have used a much simpler term, why not use “smudge resistant.” hehehehe) One of the iphone’s new feature is that the screen has a “fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating”

A “fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating” on screens was something that is missing in earlier iPhones. Since the iPhone is a touch screen device and that it has no external keyboard, most of the time the screen would look smudged since users would be using their finger more frequently to access features on the device. Add to this is the fact that when you make phone calls, the screen gets pressed to your cheeks. As a result natural skin oils from both cheek and fingers accumulate on the screen.

Oleophobic(Picture courtesy of CNET.com, Credit: Samsas Traum)

The fingerprint and oil marks are not very noticeable, but when you tilt the iphone 3GS at a certain position or if you look at it from a certain distance you can notice that it’s there.

Apple’s solution to all this ?  Oleophobic coating.

So what is the problem with the iphone 3GS oleophobic coating ?

I don’t know if this is true but some website has reported that the iphone 3GS’ oleophobic coating is wearing off prematurely.

How to avoid the oleophobic coating from wearing off prematurely?

Well to solve the oleophobic coating problem simply don’t buy an iphone hehehe :-) just kidding.

Apple has said that in order to preserve the oleophobic coating of the iphone, you should not put your iphone 3GS in an environment (most especially in cars  and trucks parked outdoors not to mention truck accessories where it is subject to frequent temperature changes) where temperatures are in the 20C to 45C range.

How to clean the oleophobic coating of your iphone 3GS?

Apple has this really useful advice (and I love it !) on how to clean your oleophobic coating: “Simply wipe your iPhone’s screen with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove oil left by your hands and face.” (Now that seems very hard that it requires you to read the users manual and understand the very technical terms hehehehe)

Well I don’t have an iphone 3GS and I never intend to get one. I am more of a PALM user. (Had been for the past 10 years) I do wish however PALM devices has an Oleophobic screen. Anyway, I blogged about this because when I dropped by Google trends as I always do from time to time, I was quite surprised by the high number of searches on the term Oleophobic, in fact search for the term was so hot today that it was considered volcanic, so I decided to keyword ambush amubsh the term Oleophobic hehehe :-)

So as Manny Pacquiao says Now you know ! (All about Oleophobic) heheheheh :-)

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