Accessory maker Belkin has halted sales of its InvisiGlass Ultra iPhone X screen protector amid multiple reports that it unexpectedly shattered, and while not all users have reported the issue, there have been plenty who say the damage occurs without any drop of the iPhone on which it is installed.
The $40 screen protector was available via Apple and Belkin’s website, with Apple Stores also carrying the accessory. Reports have been received that they have now been removed from store shelves, with their online presence also taken down.
Belkin says that the move is a temporary one, but judging by reports and the fact the protector appears to shatter with no meaningful impact applied to it, the company will have to redesign the protector before returning it to sale. In fact, Belkin confirmed to MacRumors that a new version of the screen protector will be available come January or February time.
As one reviewer notes on Belkin’s own website, simply tapping the protector can cause it to break.
I purchased this at the Apple Store a little over a month ago and had them install it using their machine. Installation was quick and the fit on my iPhone X was flawless. I loved the glass feel and everything was fine until a couple days ago when I lightly tapped on the top portion of the screen with my pen and it cracked! There are 3 crack lines coming from the initial crack point. I am very disappointed in the durability of this product to say the least.
Belkin has not confirmed whether anyone not willing to wait for a revised product will be able to request a refund, or whether those whose screen protectors are still intact should continue to use them in-place.
The good news is that there are plenty of great alternatives to choose from, we have linked some of our favorites below:
- Anker Glass Screen Protector for iPhone X – x2 Pack from Amazon: $8.99
- Spigen Glass Screen Protector for iPhone X – x2 Pack from Amazon: $8.99
So while Belkin protectors for iPhone X maybe gone, these alternatives should be more than good enough for screen protection!
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