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How To Install An Invisible Shield On An Apple iPad

written by John Chow on May 6, 2010

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The Apple iPad is a beautiful object to behold. However, it’s not very well protected. The surface is nice and smooth but can also be easily scratched by keys, coins, etc. While you can use a protective case or sleeve, I prefer a lighter and more invisible solution. The Invisible Shield protects your iPad with a layer of 3M protective film that is virtually indestructible. One installed, no amount of keying, scratching or Dremel can put a hair on it.

Many people have trouble installing the Invisible Shield. Even iPad experts like Gary Ng of iPad In Canada can’t do it right. He had to cut tiny slits in each corner to compensate for the curvature of the iPad’s corners. Talk about being a total amateur.

To show how easy it is to install an Invisible Shield, I created a little video of me adding the shield to my iPad. The install process takes only a few minutes. The key is not to be afraid to spray your iPad with a ton of solution. Do it right and you won’t have to cut any slits into a corner.

The finished product looks just like a normal Apple iPad. You can’t tell there’s a shield on it. In addition to offering awesome protection, the Invisible Shield creates a higher friction surface. I no longer feel the iPad will slip out of my hands. Also, glare from the glass seems to have been reduced with the shield over it. Overall, the Invisible Shield a great protection solution for the Apple iPad.

The Invisible Shield is available direct from Zagg.com or at most major consumer electronics stores like Best Buy or Futureshop. The full coverage Apple iPad kit sells for $39.99 (use coupon code iphoneinca to get 20% off). That’s a small price to pay for knowing that your iPad can now withstand an Dremel attack.

Invisible Shield on iPad

Invisible Shield on iPad

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{ 36 comments }

College To Careers May 6, 2010 at 11:22 am

WOW! Now that is a resilient protective Ipad piece!

Karl May 6, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Indeed! Seems like you have to change it after it’s been exposed to a grinding machine (or whatever that was) though.

John Chow May 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm

The Invisible Shield comes with a life time replacement guarantee. Just email Zagg and they’ll send you a new one during the life of the product.

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog May 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm

I am sure such kind of support and guarantee making them top one.

I mean life time support (till your gadgets) really awesome.

College To Careers May 8, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Whoa!! I wonder if they make that for the Macbook…I just made the change from PC to a Macbook Pro!!! Wish me luck!

John Chow May 16, 2010 at 1:09 am

Yes they do have Invisible Shields for the Macbook. I have them on my Macbook Pro.

Lemon Laws for Used Cars June 2, 2010 at 6:50 pm

well lets just hope you dont drop a dremel on your ipad while its on then.

Free Picks May 6, 2010 at 11:22 am

thats looking really good

d3so May 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Nice tutorial u put together.
It’s weird that apple implemented non scratch surface for the iPhone but not the ipad :P even though I still put a shield on my screen, same said when I get an ipad.

Irish Garden Home May 6, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Neat tutorial, really disperses the fear of putting too much liquid on your ipad, SY

Vincent Woon May 6, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Hmm! you made it look so easy…..
so the secret is to spray lots of solution and turn off the iPad (like that part lol)

John Chow May 6, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Well, spray lots of solution anyway! LOL But ya, you really should turn off the iPad as well. :)

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog May 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Yeah otherwise every time you will touch the screen you will get distract … and may be doing all these things while ipad is on is not good for gadget.

College To Careers May 8, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Won’t the abundance of solution run into the ipad?

John Chow May 16, 2010 at 1:09 am

Na, the iPad is sealed off pretty well.

Net Age | Web Design May 12, 2010 at 7:46 am

Just remember that there’s always time for lubrication…LOL….so spray that solution, boys!

Seriously though, the solution enables you to place the vinyl without the adhesive biting initially.

Boxing News May 6, 2010 at 3:14 pm

good job john.

Gary May 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Nice try John with the unprovoked slag on me. The iPad install is the EASIEST invisibleSHIELD install. I cut slits because it’s a personal preference.

Let’s see if you can replicate this to your iPhone invisibleSHIELD installs, which I have always seen as a giant bags of life fail. Kthxbai ;)

John Chow May 6, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Anyone who cuts a slit for “personal preference” is just trying to make an excuse on why they can’t install 3M protective film. LOL

Give me an iPhone Shield and I’ll install it for you. Piece of cake. I used to install signs when I had the print shop, remember? :)

SEO Results May 7, 2010 at 6:51 am

I also used to have a sign shop, and was about to comment on the fact that you look like you’ve been there before. Sticking vinyl is an art, but loads of solution definitely makes getting the bubbles and wrinkles out a cinch. I also like the fact that the sleeve is 3M. Their products are really special.

baton rouge May 6, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Looks like it would really work well.

Devante May 6, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Wow John! Your complete lack of social skills has transferred to your writing (or lack of) as well.

I know you make enough money to pay for etiquette classes…you should get some therapy while you’re at it! All that pent up anger…so sad.

John Chow May 6, 2010 at 8:07 pm

I guess you don’t understand the meaning of an inside joke. That’s because you’re on the outside. Gary and I will have a good laugh at this on Saturday.

But it’s nice to know you care enough to think I need therapy.

The Poker Jerk May 6, 2010 at 9:48 pm

iPhone Gary may be laughing on the outside, but I am pretty sure he’s crying on the inside ;)

John Chow May 6, 2010 at 10:05 pm

For Devante. If case you’re wondering. This is another inside joke. :P

SEO Results May 9, 2010 at 6:43 am

Jerky Boy! I haven’t seen you around for a bit! How is life treating you? Are you still the rudest guy on the block?

ZK @ Web Marketing Blog May 6, 2010 at 10:02 pm

I am sure in coming weeks we will be able to see more such kind of tutorials and tips.

John you are going to be the official expert in Apple iPad.

College To Careers May 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Indeed he is…he bout to own the interwebz for ipad help!

Dev @ Blogging Tips May 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm

looks …awesome…

Good ..job..man :)

fas May 7, 2010 at 8:55 am

Awesome stuff John. Did you do this on all your 4ipads?

John Chow May 7, 2010 at 12:08 pm

No, just this one for now.

Irish Garden Home May 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Not concerned about the others? SY

d3so May 8, 2010 at 12:44 am

I assume he’s planning to give them away ;)

Roshan Ahmed May 8, 2010 at 3:54 am

Wow! That’s really invisible. Anyway, if I get one of these I would definitely use a case or something to protect it.

Net Age | Web Design May 12, 2010 at 7:41 am

That sleeve works so effectively that it really should be OEM. Keeping your toys looking shiny and new is the ultimate challenge, and no matter how well you try to take care inevitably the scratches appear, and suddenly you’re not so fond of your new gadget any more.

MIndfly May 12, 2010 at 9:28 am

That was a great video. Wish I had something like this last year when I installed my invisibleSHIELD on my iPhone. Would have helped. I purchased my iPad invisibleSHIELD and used the promotion code. Thank you!