iFixit takes a closer look at Apple's $19 polishing cloth

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The repair specialists at iFixit have completed a tongue-in-cheek "teardown" of Apple's thinnest product: its now sold-out $19 polishing cloth.

In the same vein as the memes that the cloth has inspired, iFixit's inspection and teardown of the accessory is humorous in tone.

"Look at that off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it," iFixit wrote. "Oh, my God. It even has a watermark."

The repair site notes that the material of the cloth feels identical to the inner lining of an iPad Smart Cover, which is made with a think layer of microfiber on the inside. Both materials have "a distinct synthetic leather feel to them with a hint of fuzziness, similar to Alcantara."

Upon "tearing down" the product, iFixit found out that the $19 polishing cloth is actually two separate cloths glued together.

The $19 Apple polishing cloth is, in fact, two cloths glued together. Image courtesy of iFixit
The $19 Apple polishing cloth is, in fact, two cloths glued together. Image courtesy of iFixit

"If you feel a bit underwhelmed by your $19 purchase, pull both layers apart and suddenly you have two cloths, each costing only $9.50," the site wrote.

Going deeper in the material, iFixit examined the cloth under a microscope, which appears to feature intricately woven fibers.

"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," the site writes. "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."

A microscopic view of a standard polishing cloth (left) and Apple's $19 cloth (right). Image courtesy of iFixit.
A microscopic view of a standard polishing cloth (left) and Apple's $19 cloth (right). Image courtesy of iFixit.

The repair experts rated the polishing cloth a zero out of 10 on its scale, but only for "distracting us from a very important MacBook Pro teardown and not going back together after we cut it into pieces with scissors."

Although Apple's $19 polishing cloth is currently sold out, there are still third-party alternatives available online. They may not have an Apple logo etched on them, but they'll clean your Apple devices just fine.