Yesterday we lauded the iPhone 12’s new Ceramic Shield screen for extremely resistant to cracking when dropped from a height.

Unfortunately, it appears there is a trade-off between shatter resistance and scratch resistance, with more flexible screens also being softer.

With buyers now receiving their iPhones, there is now increasing complaints about scratches on screens.

See some of the complaints below:

When measured using scientific methods via a Mohs hardness test, the 6 and 7 points were able to leave scratches on the  iPhone 11, while the iPhone 12 stood up to the 6 point and saw some faint scratches with the 7 point. The 8 point left significant scratches on both.

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This suggests that, despite the much-reduced risk of cracking the screen, owners will still need at the very least a basic screen protector to keep their iPhone 12 pristine.

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