Apple Banning Screen Protectors From Its Retail And Online Stores?

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iLounge is reporting that Apple has stopped selling screen protectors as well as any case or accessory that includes screen protection in its retail and online stores for the iPhone, iPod and Mac.

According to Macworld, Apple has also banned popular anti-glare films for laptops as well as protection and cushions for laptop palm areas.

iLounge reports:

In communications with vendors that have been ongoing for "some time now," according to one company, Apple has said that it will remove both film-only solutions from its stores, as well as any case or other accessory that includes film protection as part of its package, such as cases that include film screen protectors. According to sources, the ban will impact all forms of screen film, including completely clear film, anti-glare film, and mirrored film, regardless of whether the purpose of the film is protective, decorative, or both.

The reason for the removal of film based screen protectors is still unknown but Macworld is speculating that Apple might have banned screen protectors for one of these reasons:

Because of the difficulty of applying such films and coverings without blemishes or air bubbles, these products are returned at a higher rate than many other products.

Apple doesn't want to give the impression that screen protection is necessary, especially with the iPad on the way—it's unlikely a coincidence that such a policy was put into effect just weeks before the iPad hits the street.

I have never been a fan of screen protectors or cases, which include screen protectors for the iPhone, so believe that the reason could be the first one. Macworld also points out that screen protectors also negate the oleophobic properties of the screen in iPhone 3GS.

Do you use screen protectors for the iPhone or iPod Touch? Let us know your thoughts on Apple’s ban in the comments section below.

[via iLounge, Macworld]