Unbelievable, which Apple product currently has the longest delivery time!

Anyone shopping on the Apple site is currently facing longer delivery times than usual. But one product in particular stands out.

Apple is not spared from the global chip shortage either, which is why the delivery time for the new iPhone 13 is several weeks in some cases. But it takes even longer for an accessory product that the company introduced together with the iPhone 13. It is the new polishing cloth with the Apple logo, which is currently only available in ten to twelve weeks.

Apple’s polishing cloth costs 25 euros …

What can a polishing cloth made by Apple itself do? According to the description on the product page, the cloth is “made of a soft, non-abrasive material and gently and thoroughly cleans any Apple display, including nanotextured glass.”

According to a report in the New York Times, Apple has developed the polishing cloth especially for the 6500 euro Pro Display XDR monitor. The cloth is supposed to be able to clean the nanotextured glass of the monitor particularly effectively. In fact, it is not a new product at all. It is a free extra for buyers of the Pro Display XDR with nanotextured glass. However, due to customer demand, Apple has decided to offer the polishing cloth separately – for 25 Euros per piece.

But is the cloth really that special? The repair experts at “iFixit” have taken a closer look at it. According to them, the surface is structured similarly to the inner material of the Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro and iPad Air. In fact, it is two microfiber cloths that are glued to each other. Of course, a small logo is woven into the cloth, which is typical for Apple.

atechbook has inquired why the cloth is only available in ten to twelve weeks, but so far has not received an answer. According to the current delivery status on the Apple site, the polishing cloth will not leave the warehouse until January 2022 at the earliest.

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… and is only compatible with Apple devices

As if an official polishing cloth with Apple logo for 25 Euros was not strange enough, the company gives a list of 88 devices with which the cloth is compatible. Among them are the iPhone, iPad, iMac and MacBook, as well as the Apple Watch and iPod, in addition to the Pro Display XDR. What is interesting here, however, is that the polishing cloth does not seem to work with older Apple devices. For example, it is only compatible with the iPhone SE 2016 and newer. Does that mean that iPhone 5s and older should better not be cleaned with the cloth? Similarly, MacBooks before 2015, iPad up to the third generation, and older iPods don’t show up in the list of compatible devices.

Sources

  • New York Times
  • Apple
  • iFixit
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