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OK to Use Screen Protectors with MacBook Pro Retina Models?

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Nov 26, 2012 9:01 PM

A recent support note issued by Apple warned the owners of MacBook Pro Retina models not to use palm rest covers: 



Leaving palm rest covers or other material on the palm rest surface of your computer could result in damage to the display when you close it.



To enable thin design, the clearance between the display and the palm rest area is engineered to tight tolerances. Do not use palm rest covers as the added thickness may interfere with the designed resting position of the display.


"As a best practice, keep the palm rest clear of any material."


Here's my question:


If you can't use a palm rest cover with Retina models without damaging their screens, then what about screen protectors?  Is it possible to apply a thin layer of film to the display it was designed to protect  without actually hurting said display? 


This is an important question even though it sounds like a joke.  Apple users are debating the answer on  internet forums right now and there are a number of third-party screen protectors for this model.  Are they safe for us to use?

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)

    If you are referring to something to protect the screen while transporting, it happened during shipping.  My MBP came with thin styrofoam sheet between the screen abd keyboard, and several people have kept that shipping protector.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (30,490 points)

    The article you linked refers to palm rest covers, not to screen protectors. A trusted company like Zagg would not make a screen protector if it would cause harm. If it did, I'm sure there would be a class action lawsuit of some sort.

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)

    There are several types of screenprotectors.  One of them is in transport, as Apple susbscribes to for shipping.  And I am serious about people keeping the shipping sheet -- I still have mine.


    As to the "cover while in use" ... I rarely touch the screen when I use mine, and even then only with fingertip.  But I have applied the "squeeze flat" covers to my HP Touchpad and years ago to my Compaq iPaq.  In both cases I found getting them completely flat and bubble free to be quite the challenge, thous creating semi-permanent distractions to viewing.


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