Although Apple has long prohibited the use of chemical cleaning products on its devices, the apple brand now allows its customers to use a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or a Clorox disinfectant wipe to clean them. This is what it indicates in an update of the general conditions of use of its products on its American website.
Disinfect your iPhone from Coronavirus (Covid-19) and other pathogens
The company specifies that this technique is only recommended for gently wiping hard, nonporous surfaces. Do not use bleach. Avoid getting moisture into the openings and do not submerge your Apple product in other cleaning products, According to instructions on the official Apple website.
Apple said until now that a mixture of water and soap was the substance to use to clean its products.
The company does warn users not to get liquid inside their device.
"If liquid makes its way inside your Apple product, get help from an Apple Authorised Service Provider or Apple Retail Store as soon as possible," the company warns. "Liquid damage isn't covered under the Apple product warranty or AppleCare Protection Plans."
The move comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday that the threat of a COVID-19 pandemic, which more than 110,000 people have contracted worldwide, has become very real. Apple does not say, however, that there is a link between its new directive and the WHO warning.
An Estonian study published in 2018 suggested that more than 17,000 bacteria are found on average on the screen of a cell phone. This is ten times more than the amount of bacteria present in the bowl of a toilet.
Faced with the COVID-19 epidemic, the CDC recommends on its website to frequently clean and disinfect surfaces that people commonly touch, such as toilets, bedside tables, door handles, phones, and TV remotes with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach.