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Apple's $19 polishing cloth appears to be back in stock after months of the meme-worthy accessory being back-ordered.
The Apple Polishing Cloth made its debut on the online store in October 2021, and promptly sold out a day later. The accessory inspired a slew of memes while delivery estimates slipped to January 2022.
Apple's $19 polishing cloth is not really a new product. It was originally an accessory shipped with the Pro Display XDR and replacements were only available through a repair request. However, in 2021, Apple quietly made the accessory available as a purchasable product.
The company likely didn't expect the internet's reaction to the polishing cloth's innocuous release. The $19 piece of fabric inspired mockery from companies like Tesla and Samsung, as well as a tongue-in-cheek teardown by iFixit.
As far as what makes the $19 polishing cloth special, it's the only cleaning cloth Apple recommends for the nano-texture coating on the Pro Display XDR. The aforementioned iFixit teardown suggested that the cloth is also crafted from intricately woven fibers, which likely contribute to its price.