Apple has now updated their website to tell you it’s now magically okay to use disinfectant wipes to clean (disinfect) your iPhone. You also can use the wipes on other Apple products, so don’t worry about that iPad you’re bringing to class.
On their site, they now have very specific instructions to tell you how exactly to clean your devices and it seems pretty comprehensive. Here’s some of the instructions below:
“Apple products are made with a variety of materials, and each material might have specific cleaning requirements. To get started, here are some tips that apply to all products:
- Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
- Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
- Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
- Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
- Don’t get moisture into any openings.
- Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches, or abrasives.
- Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.”
They do have specific guides for most of their products, so if you were interested, check out the link here.
Before this, Apple has advised consumers against using cleaning products on their devices as it can sometimes damage the special coating on screens that help to stop fingerprints. But I guess now magically your devices are able to withstand that abuse? Okay fine, it’s now probably because Apple is guiding you how to clean your devices, so it’s easier to do, without worrying about damaging them.
And if you were wondering why the sudden change, it’s because our phones are filthy. I mean think about it, has your phone been washed since you got it? And only you know where and what your phone goes through on any given day. That added to the coronavirus outbreak spreading around, it makes sense that users would want to keep their devices clean and disease free.