The N.Y Daily News reports in another pop science study that of four iPads that were swabbed in two stores last month and then tested in a lab, two contained harmful pathogens.
One sample, collected at the 14th St. store, contained Staphylococcus aureus, the most common cause of staph infections, which can lead to an array of ailments, from minor skin infection to meningitis.
The second swab from that store only contained benign, skin-borne microbes, but in unusually high quantities, pointing to an extremely grimy iPad.
Dr. Philip Tierno, director of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology at New York University Langone Medical Center, said that iPads handled by a multitude of strangers are bacteria breeding grounds.
"We clean our products and our stores regularly throughout the day," said Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette. "And we are committed to creating a healthy environment for our customers."
Tierno said exactly what bites-l news guru Gonzalo ‘Gonzo’ Erdozain said in April after visiting an Apple store in Kansas City: Apple should consider providing small disinfecting wipes to customers and installing small sinks or sanitizing gel dispensers inside its stores.