iFixit does a hilarious teardown of Apple's $19 polishing cloth

What you need to know

  • iFixit has done a teardown of Apple's new $19 polishing cloth.
  • The teardown reveals that the new cloth is actually two cloths glued together.
  • Apple's polishing cloth is available now but is experiencing delivery delays.

This is the Apple product of 2021.

Apple's new $19 polishing cloth quickly became a meme when the company released it along with the new MacBook Pro and AirPods.

To keep the meme alive, iFixit has down an actual teardown of the polishing cloth. The outlet found that the material that the cloth is made of appears to be similar to that of the inner lining of an iPad Smart Cover and is actually two pieces of cloth glued together.

The material feels identical to the inner lining of an iPad Smart Cover, which features a thin layer of microfiber on the inside. Both have a distinct synthetic leather feel to them with a hint of fuzziness, similar to Alcantara.

When compared to a usual microfiber cloth (pictured above), you can see the attention to detail that has gone into Apple's new cloth. iFixit went full-on hardware design video in its explanation of the quality of the cloth below:

Under a microscope the premium quality of Apple's polishing cloth comes to life. On the left, you'll see a plain old cleaning cloth. Boring. On the right? Miniscule fibers intricately woven together, uniting to become not just a tool for cleaning, but an object of beauty worthy of being cleaned itself. Amidst the beauty, a thin line delicately traces the form of mankind's foundational fruit: an apple.

iJustine also released a full-on review of the new polishing cloth yesterday which has already received over 180,000 views on YouTube.

Apple's new $19 polishing cloth is available now but, if you place an order today, be prepared to wait almost three months to get it.

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