20 Oct - 2 min read
As Apple unveiled several new products and updates during its Unleashed event yesterday – such as the upgraded MacBook Pro line-up and AirPods 3 – the tech giant has also quietly listed another brand new product on its website: a polishing cloth for Apple devices.
Priced at an astonishing RM99, the cloth is said to be “made with soft, non-abrasive material” with Apple’s official logo stamped on a corner, and will clean “any Apple display, including nano-texture glass, safely and effectively”. The product page has a compatibility list that tells you which Apple products you can use the Polishing Cloth with – though in fairness, this is more likely a requirement on the website’s product filtering function than to tell you it isn’t compatible with the iPhone 5. No information on the size of the cloth is provided, however.
To note, Apple is fairly particular about the maintenance and upkeep of its devices, having previously provided a guide on how to clean its products. In the guide, the tech giant specifically informed customers that they should clean the surfaces of their Apple devices using a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe, 75% ethyl alcohol wipe, or Clorox disinfecting wipes. Meanwhile, you should not use products containing bleach or hydrogen peroxide, and should use “only a soft, lint-free cloth to clean”, avoiding abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
In the US, Apple’s polishing cloth is actually priced at US$19, which is equivalent to about RM79. Despite some major tech sites – such as Gizmodo and The Verge – voicing their incredulity about the price, it seems that people are still snapping up the item regardless. A recent report has indicated that initial supplies are now sold out until late November. This update is also reflected in Apple Malaysia’s website, where the product page states that the polishing cloth will only ship in about six to eight weeks. Earlier today, shipping was estimated to take place between four to five weeks.
Pricing aside, it should be noted that while modern glass screens are tougher and more scratch-resistant than they ever were, using abrasive cloth materials can damage the surface of the glass. Most microfibre cloths will do the job as well as Apple’s Polishing Cloth, but using your clothes, rags, or tissue paper may result in visible micro-scratches.
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