Browsing through the Apple accessories aisle of some stores is sometimes like entering a strange, medieval-times bazaar: you can find everything from bare necessities to magical potions. Screen cleaner fall under the second category.
One of my most favorite, ridiculous “must-have” accessory you should not buy are screen cleaner solutions. For the bargain price of $20, iKlear (and many others) will sell you a cleaning kit that “contains everything you need to clean, protect, and preserve your iPad” and all your other Apple gadgets.
And iKlear presents its screen cleaner like a quack-salver praising his magical portion (“Drink this, and she will fall in love with you!”): According to their homepage, iKlear is a “state-of-the-art cleaner for precision and multi-coated optics.” iKlear is “internationally recognized for its unique, non-damaging, alcohol and ammonia-free formula” that “replenishes your screen surface.” Wow…
There is no magic in screen cleaner solutions
Okay, that’s enough fun. In reality, you don’t need any magical potions to clean your iPad or iPhone screen. A dry or damp microfiber cleaning cloth will deal with fingerprints and smudges just fine. Really, you can even read this on Apple’s own How to clean Apple products webpage:
“To clean iPad, unplug all cables and turn off iPad (press and hold the Sleep/Wake button, and then slide the onscreen slider). Use a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth. Avoid getting moisture in openings. Don’t use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean iPad. iPad has an oleophobic coating on the screen; simply wipe iPad’s screen with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove oil left by your hands.”
You don’t even have to shell out the five to seven dollar for dedicated iPad Cleaning Cloths. Any microfiber cloth you can pick up for less than two bucks at amazon will do the same job, no worries.
Morale of the story: The iPad is already a magical device. No additional magical potions necessary.
Money saved: $18
What other ridiculous accessories have you seen touted on the web? Please, let us know in the comments.
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