Does The iPhone 14 Need A Screen Protector?

Apple's new iPhone 14 series models are improved versions of their predecessors in terms of design and functionality, but does this guarantee that there will no longer be the need for a screen protector? Great strides have been made in most modern smartphone displays and the materials used to make them. Those who trust in their device’s enhancements may not see the need for a screen protector.

Many of Apple’s iPhones, including the iPhone 7 and later iterations, are all dust, splash, and water resistant, indicating a level of durability that applies to the display as well as other parts of the device. Another characteristic some iPhone iterations have — specifically the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 — is the availability of Ceramic Shield as a feature. The added glass enhancement is made from materials that are more resistant to scratches compared to most metals.


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If an iPhone owner were to use these factors as metrics for screen protector requirements, the new releases have all bases covered. All the iPhone 14 models are dust, splash, and water-resistant with a IP68 rating, which means the devices can be submerged to a depth of 6 meters for up to 30 minutes. They are also equipped with the same Ceramic Shield front that the last two iPhone iterations had. And if an Apple commercial is to be believed, the company insists that its flagship phones are made of so much tough stuff, that they don't even really need a phone case and can withstand a substantial drop, whether they fall face-first or not.

Protecting Your iPhone 14: Factors To Consider

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At the end of the day, the iPhone 14’s display screen is still made of glass, which can still be scratched by hard objects. And even though the screen is enforced with Ceramic Shield, it can still be affected and scratched by sand. If a user decides to purchase either the iPhone 14 Plus or the iPhone 14 Pro Max models, they have to contend with holding a much bigger, heavier device and may be more likely to drop their phone facedown and cause some breakage. In general, if a person drops their phone often or is regularly in environments and situations that may cause accidental damage, it’s probably a good idea to invest in a screen protector.

There are a number of screen protectors for the iPhone 14 lineup available on Apple’s online store. Notable brands include OtterBox and Belkin — priced between $40 - $45, these are good options for Apple users who aren’t hesitant to splurge on the more expensive protection solutions. Those who know what type of screen protector they want but aren’t necessarily keen on taking Apple’s product suggestions can explore third-party websites like Amazon or Best Buy, which stock screen protectors for all the iPhone 14 models from various brands.

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