New OtterBox screen protector fights bacteria on your filthy iPhone

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I bet you didn't know your iPhone could be so dirty.
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Your iPhone is a hotbed of bacteria that sullies your face every time you take a call. But it doesn’t have to be that way, thanks to the world’s first antimicrobial screen protector from OtterBox.

Amplify Glass, which is registered with the EPA and manufactured by Corning, promises to suppresses the growth of common stains and odor-causing bacteria that can build up on your phone.

You might be surprised to learn that the average smartphone is swimming in bacteria. A 2014 study found 7,000 different types on just 51 devices, while more recent research reveals most phones are dirtier than toilet seats.

Beware the smartphone grime

That’s because the average person unlocks their smartphone around 80 times a day, and takes it with them everywhere they go — on public transport, into the bathroom, to the gym. Most of us don’t wash our hands properly, either.

Most of the bacteria on your phone is harmless. But multiple studies have found that the likes of E. coli, MRSA, and Staph are worryingly common. So, what can you do about it?

Regularly cleaning your smartphone is always a good idea. (As is washing your hands properly after going to the bathroom.) But you might also choose to use one of OtterBox’s new screen protectors to cut down on the grime.

Amplify Glass helps keep germs at bay

“Amplify Glass now features proprietary anti-microbial technology that suppresses the growth of several common stains and odor-causing bacteria to protect the surface of the screen protector, so you don’t have to give phone grime a second thought,” explains OtterBox CEO Jim Parke.

That antimicrobial technology is embedded into the glass. So the screen protector maintains its damage resistance, optical clarity, and touch sensitivity. OtterBox says Amplify Glass is up to five times more scratch-resistant than other glass screen protectors.

Interested? Amplify Glass with antimicrobial technology will be available for iPhone “soon.” You’ll be able to order yours from the OtterBox website.