Apple now says it’s okay to use disinfecting wipes on iPhones. Previously, Apple recommended against using disinfecting wipes on its products while the CDC said it was a good idea to protect against COVID-19.
Traditionally, device manufacturers like Apple recommended against harsh disinfectants because they can wear away the oleophobic coating on your smartphone’s screen. This is an oil-repelling coating that helps prevent fingerprints and smudges from sticking to your smartphone’s screen.
This coating naturally and slowly wears away as you use your phone, but harsh cleaners can cause it to wear away faster.
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