While many devices still feature physical buttons for input, many now support touch-based commands. These touchscreen devices are commonly found in both homes and businesses. In fact, you probably own at least one touchscreen device. While most people are familiar with the general touch-based input of these devices, there are several touchscreen myths you should be aware of.
#1) They Don’t Work With a Stylus
It’s true that some touchscreen devices don’t work with a stylus. If you try to use a standard stylus with a capacitive touchscreen device, for example, it won’t register your command. Resistive touchscreen devices, however, are able to detect commands from a bare finger, gloved finger or stylus.
#2) They Only Support a Single Touch Points
Many modern touchscreen devices can actually support several simultaneous touch points. In the past, touchscreen devices only supported a single touch point, meaning you couldn’t two different areas of the display to trigger a separate command. But today there are both resistive and capacitive touchscreen devices that support multiple simultaneous touch points. Known as multi-touch technology, it’s a common feature found in modern touchscreen devices.
#3) They Have a Short Lifespan
No device lasts forever, and touchscreen devices are no exception. With that said, touchscreen devices last a very long time. Depending on the type of touchscreen device, as well as its components, it may last for hundreds of thousands of touches or even millions of touches.
#4) They Are Difficult to Clean
If you’re planning to buy a touchscreen device, you’ll need to clean it on a regular basis. Although this sounds difficult and time consuming, it’s really quite easy. You don’t have to use any special cleaning product. Rather, use a lint-free microfiber cloth to wipe off the display. This is a safe and effective way to clean a touchscreen device without exposing it to harsh chemicals that could otherwise damage the display.
#5) They Collect Oil From Your Fingers
Because they are controlled by touch, some people assume that touchscreen devices collect oil from their fingers. In reality, though, touchscreen devices are designed to repel oils. They are designed with a protective barrier, known as an oleophobic batter, that repels oils. Rather than collecting on the surface, oils from your fingers simply bead off. If you use glass cleaner, alcohol or other cleaning products on the display, however, it may strip away the device’s oleophobic barrier.