iFixit cut up Apple’s cleaning cloth to see why it costs $ 19

Earlier this month, Apple unveiled one of its most unexpected products: a $ 19 cleaning cloth with the Apple logo and the right texture to wipe fingerprints off your gadgets. The product is now backordered with deliveries for new orders pushed to the beginning of mid-January. Why is the Apple cleaning cloth so expensive? Maybe iFixit’s latest crash has an answer.

READ: Apple reveals its own polishing cloth for $ 19

The Apple Polishing Cloth is, well, exactly what it sounds like. According to the company, the product is made of a “soft, non-abrasive material” that can be used to clean any screen on your Apple devices, including those with nano-textured glass.

Apple has a huge list of compatible devices on the product page to highlight, including the old iPod Shuffle.

As part of its 2021 MacBook Pro demolition announced this week, iFixit paid some attention to the cleaning cloth. The team was clearly having fun with the mini-teardown, including adding a picture of how to spend a $ 20 billion to wipe an iPhone screen. Aside from the entertainment, the review notes that Apple’s polishing cloth feels the same as the inner lining found in the iPad’s Smart Cover.

The texture is described as leathery with a bit of fuzz mixed in; the polishing cloth rounds out its “features” with a meaty thickness and the Apple logo printed on the material. The demolition made the only logical thing one can do with a piece of fabric and cut it up, revealing that it is in fact two pieces of material glued together. iFixit points out that you can peel the two layers apart and double the number of polishes you get for $ 19.

Cutting the fabric is, of course, a one-way street, as iFixit gives the material a zero out of 10 score on its repair scale. When the Apple Polishing Cloth is too dirty to keep using, you will need to throw it away and get a new one.

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