The iPad Pro and Smudges

I upgraded from an iPad Air 2 to a 9.7″ iPad Pro recently. I like the device, in particular because of the excellent speakers. I sometimes like watching videos in bed – streamed from Netflix, or Amazon Prime, or my Plex library – and the sound is good enough that I don’t need headphones.

I’ve noticed one annoyance with the iPad Pro however: the display shows smudges much more than previous iPads. I thought it was just me, but during yesterday’s episode of The Committed podcast, I mentioned this, and my co-host Ian Schray said that he has noticed the same thing. I need to keep a soft cloth handy to wipe the screen down often, especially if I am watching a video.

I took this picture after wiping my iPad Pro, then tapping my fingers on it a couple dozen times. It’s hard to get a good photo, so I had to put it in direct sunlight, which does amplify the smudges a bit, but much of what you see below is visible in normal light:

Ipad pro smudges

I think this is because of the new less reflective coating on the display. I am happy that it reflects less, but I find it very annoying that it smudges so much. To be honest, I would have been happy with the iPad Air 2 coating; smudges were less visible, and the reflectivity didn’t bother me.

What about you? If you have an iPad Pro, have you noticed the same thing?

18 thoughts on “The iPad Pro and Smudges

  1. I’d noticed the same thing on mine, but since the smudges are only visible when it’s turned off, I haven’t given it much thought. Since I won’t be using mine outside until it gets warmer here in Boston, I haven’t had the chance to see whether the glare reduction amounts to much.

  2. I’d noticed the same thing on mine, but since the smudges are only visible when it’s turned off, I haven’t given it much thought. Since I won’t be using mine outside until it gets warmer here in Boston, I haven’t had the chance to see whether the glare reduction amounts to much.

  3. I’ve gone from an iPad 2 to iPad Air to iPad Pro 9.7. The Air is the absolute worst of the 3 in terms of glare. I have no problem wiping a few smudges in exchange for the significantly reduced glare.

  4. I’ve gone from an iPad 2 to iPad Air to iPad Pro 9.7. The Air is the absolute worst of the 3 in terms of glare. I have no problem wiping a few smudges in exchange for the significantly reduced glare.

  5. I’ve also found the screen noticeably more prone to smudges than my iPad Air, but as others have said it’s mostly when the screen is off or using Plex.

  6. I’ve also found the screen noticeably more prone to smudges than my iPad Air, but as others have said it’s mostly when the screen is off or using Plex.

  7. I have noticed the smudges, but not more so than on my old iPad Air. I have also noticed that the smudges wipe off more readily on the Pro than they do the Air, making me think that the Pro has a better oleophobic coating. Also, I only notice the smudges in some lighting conditions.

    • I find I have to wipe a lot more to clean mine. I wonder if there are specific iPads where there’s a problem with the coating.

  8. I have noticed the smudges, but not more so than on my old iPad Air. I have also noticed that the smudges wipe off more readily on the Pro than they do the Air, making me think that the Pro has a better oleophobic coating. Also, I only notice the smudges in some lighting conditions.

    • I find I have to wipe a lot more to clean mine. I wonder if there are specific iPads where there’s a problem with the coating.

  9. Yes, the Pro definitely shows smudges more. It has something to do with the slightly different coating that gives the glass more “tooth” to work with the Pencil.

    People on MacRumors forums noticed it when 12.9″ Pro debuted.

  10. Yes, the Pro definitely shows smudges more. It has something to do with the slightly different coating that gives the glass more “tooth” to work with the Pencil.

    People on MacRumors forums noticed it when 12.9″ Pro debuted.

  11. I use a stylus. It cuts down on smudges. The price for a stylus is outrageous, though. I also keep a screen wipe in my iPad’s zip case. I buy the wipes in bulk on Amazon. Then there is the belly wipe method of screen cleaning: I wipe the screen on my shirt. I try to keep the screen clean after and before use.

  12. I use a stylus. It cuts down on smudges. The price for a stylus is outrageous, though. I also keep a screen wipe in my iPad’s zip case. I buy the wipes in bulk on Amazon. Then there is the belly wipe method of screen cleaning: I wipe the screen on my shirt. I try to keep the screen clean after and before use.

  13. I have upgraded from iPad Air 1 to iPad Pro 10.5 (2017 Model). It’s a smudge magnet and I noticed that dust stick to it more…that’s what I see.
    The iPad Air 1 was less prone to smudges.

  14. I have upgraded from iPad Air 1 to iPad Pro 10.5 (2017 Model). It’s a smudge magnet and I noticed that dust stick to it more…that’s what I see.
    The iPad Air 1 was less prone to smudges.

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