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Tech & Science Apple amends guidelines on iPhone maintenance to say customers CAN use disinfecting wipes and isopropyl alcohol to clean their devices

03:20  11 march  2020
03:20  11 march  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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on iPhone maintenance to say customers CAN use disinfecting wipes and isopropyl alcohol Apple has changed its iPhone maintenance guidelines amid coronavirus fears The company says customers can use Clorox wipes and isopropyl alcohol 'Is it OK to use a disinfectant on my Apple product? Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol

As coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, Apple has updated its guidance around cleaning iPhones with disinfectant wipes . The tech giant, which used to advise against using the popular wipes , now says you can use 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipes or Clorox disinfecting wipes on

a hand holding a cellphone: Using a disinfecting wipe or isopropyl alcohol is now permissable under Apple's new guidelines for iPhone maintenance (stock) © Provided by Daily Mail Using a disinfecting wipe or isopropyl alcohol is now permissable under Apple's new guidelines for iPhone maintenance (stock)

Apple is changing its tune about whether customers should use household disinfecting wipes to clean iPhones and other glass hardware.  

According to an updated guide from the company, first noticed by The Wall Street Journal, using disinfecting wipes containing Clorox or those that are soaked with isopropyl alcohol are both permissible.

'Is it OK to use a disinfectant on my Apple product? Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces,' reads Apple's updated guide.

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Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes , you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product Cleaning the leather might affect its color. If you choose to clean this case, first remove it from your iPhone . Use a clean cloth with warm water and

But Apple had long advised its customers to avoid using disinfecting wipes on gear like iPhones , as the harsh products could damage screen coating and Now, Apple says those eager to scrub their phones of dirt and grime can use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes or a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe .

The announcement is a turnaround from previous guidelines by Apple which formerly advised customers that those same products could erode a special coating on the screen that reduces smudging from fingerprints.

Instead, Apple is now advising its customers to stay away from more heavy-duty cleaners such as 'aerosol sprays, bleaches, or abrasives' - basically anything you might be worried about getting on your hands.

It also explicitly states that customers shouldn't spray cleaners directly onto their devices, but should spray a soft cloth or tissue first and then apply the disinfectant. 

'Don't use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don't submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don't use on fabric or leather surfaces,' writes the company in its guidelines.   

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Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes , you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your At least now you know you can use certain disinfecting wipes without fear of ruining your device . Of course, Apple does make this note on its official support page

After years of instructing customers to clean their devices using “only a soft, lint-free cloth,” Apple has suddenly warmed to disinfectants . “ Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes , you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such

Updated guidelines come as concern continues to grow over the spread of a novel coronavirus called COVID-19 which has reached nearly 110,000 cases globally as of Monday, with 3,123 confirmed deaths.  

a close up of a flower: The amended guidelines come amid mounting concern over COVID-19, a novel from of coronavirus (pictured) that has infected at least 110,000 worldwide © Provided by Daily Mail The amended guidelines come amid mounting concern over COVID-19, a novel from of coronavirus (pictured) that has infected at least 110,000 worldwide

While the novelty of COVID-19 means its difficult to say how likely it is that it can be spread via phones, studies suggest that several other types of coronavirus have the ability to survive on glass and plastic surfaces for about nine days.

Phones in particular have been pinpointed as conduit for germs and potential infection given the fact, like one's hands, they have a high likelihood of coming in contact with one's face.

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Previously, Apple had warned customers to not clean their iPhones with anything other than water. The fear was that substances like alcohol or other disinfectants would harm the oleophobic coating on the iPhone ’s touchscreen. However, Apple has seemly just debunked this myth.

Apple ’s advice is to use disinfectant wipes or alcohol wipes to disinfect your iPhone . One of the biggest advantages of doing this is that neither is particularly wet. Apple has also confirmed that you can use 70% isopropyl alcohol wipes to clean an iPhone .

Above all, the US Centres for Disease control has said that frequent hand washing and minimised social contact are the best methods of mitigating the possibility of infection.

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