Review: Apple’s polishing cloth is the new gold standard for device cleaning

By Parker Ortolani

November 3, 2021

When the “Unleashed” Apple event wrapped up a few weeks ago, the first thing I did was run over to the Apple store to see if any new unannounced accessories had been added.

It’s taken the world by storm, so much so in fact that it’s backordered up to nearly 12 weeks.

Luckily, I was able to get my hands on one and I’ve been using it rigorously over the past week.

Unboxing experience Let’s start with the unboxing experience. The Apple polishing cloth comes in a slim white box, just as you might expect. But unlike other Apple accessories, this box is a bit different.

It opens like an envelope, revealing the polishing cloth nicely folded up behind a lip. It’s a wide box for what this product is, but when you open it, it’s instantly clear why.

Apple doesn’t want any creases or fold marks on the cloth out of the box, and so they’ve carefully folded it in a teardrop shape to prevent any markings.

Between either side of the cloth is a small piece of paper that explains how to use it. Apple’s card inside says that it’s “Safe for use on all Apple displays and surfaces. For infrequent cleaning of hard-to-remove smudges on nano-texture glass, a 70% isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution may be used.”