There's nothing worse than getting a scratch on your smartphone that stays on the device for years to come.
Dropping a device can be a heart-stopping moment – but even if you manage to keep it uncracked by some stroke of luck, the chances are the screen will at least be scratched. This can be particularly frustrating if you are near the start of a new contract, as you know you'll have to live with the imperfection for a good long while to come.
With this in mind, prevention is probably the best way of keeping your precious smartphone scratch-free – and this is where screen protectors come in.
In addition to being financially valuable, smartphones are almost indispensable when it comes to keeping in touch with the outside world. They are likely to be used every single day to send messages to friends, family and loved ones, as well as to arrange meetings, book appointments and so on. This is why protecting the screen from damage can mean so much to people – and is what makes dropping the handset such a cause for concern.
However, the simple layer of protection added by a screen protector can be enough to keep the smartphone looking as good as new – and offers something an exterior case is not always able to.
Apple users in America can now benefit from having such an accessory installed directly onto their device at an Apple Store – and the service could yet roll out in other territories.
While these outlets have sold some of these products in the past, employees have recently started getting training in how to apply a Belkin screen protector application machine. This professional application of the protector prevents imperfections such as bubbles or dust appearing under the film when it has been applied.
The service is only available for iPhones of the past two years – in other words the 6, 6 Plus, and 6s Plus. The machine does not work with the iPhone 5s or any earlier iteration of Apple's flagship device. However, the handset does not have to be a new one, as the screen protector can be applied to iPhones that have been brought into the store by the user. Application is free, but the protector itself is priced at $35 (£24).