or Connect
AppleInsider › Forums › Mobile › iPhone › Apple to offer iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c cases, Lightning docks at launch
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Apple to offer iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c cases, Lightning docks at launch

post #1 of 59
Thread Starter 
Apple is stepping back into the iPhone accessories market with iPhone cases, leather for the iPhone 5s and silicon for the iPhone 5c, and Lightning-ready docks for both devices.

Cases


With the iPhone 5c, Apple went with a silicon form-fitting design that sports a grid of holes on the back allowing for visibility of the phone's colorful plastic shell. Inside is a microfiber liner, while precision drilled holes align with the unit's speaker.

As the iPhone 5s is positioned as a premium handset, the company chose a leather case, the inside of which has a microfiber lining to keep the device protected from scratches. According to the Online Apple Store, a dye is infused into the leather, which is custom designed to cradle the iPhone's physical buttons and chamfered edge.

Cases


The iPhone 5c cases will be available in black, white, pink, yellow, blue and green for a price of $29. As for the iPhone 5s cases, those come in at $39 and will be offered in brown, beige, black, yellow, blue and (PRODUCT) RED.

Dock


Finally, Apple is releasing two new docks, one for the 5s and another for the 5c, which bring the usual charging, syncing and line-out seen in the company's previous products. Despite the emphasis on color, the docks are only offered in white, the main change from previous version being the inclusion of a Lightning connector and retooled cradle. The new lightning docks will be available on Sept. 20 for $29.
post #2 of 59
Sorry those 5C cases are downright fugly.
post #3 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by patpatpat View Post

Sorry those 5C cases are downright fugly.

Agreed. Ugh.

post #4 of 59
I know Apple did this for the iPad but it's still interesting to see what Apple is liking in the post Steve Jobs era. I remember Steve publicly said in an interview that he didn't like cases and they felt like they ruined the look of the device and was more like a "condom" for your phone. I don't disagree with what he said at all (They really do look have a sleek look to them caseless unlike most smartphones pre 2007) but I do think cases are important because, well most people drop phones once in a while. Not everyone is naturally careful and accidents happen.
post #5 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by Comprehension View Post

Do we know yet if the 5s case will fit the iphone 5?

 

IP5 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6mm

IP5S 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6mm

 

So I'd say maybe. Except for any new button locations, I dunno. Camera/flash are all bigger.

 

Edit (previous was 5S comparison)

post #6 of 59

😭

It's so beautiful… "We don't think people want docks anymore" my FOOT.

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply
post #7 of 59

they won't, the 5c has completely different dimensions.... bigger in every way, particularly thickness.

post #8 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

😭
It's so beautiful… "We don't think people want docks anymore" my FOOT.

Apple. Making a brother happy. Again
"Fibonacci: As easy as 1, 1, 2, 3..."
Reply
"Fibonacci: As easy as 1, 1, 2, 3..."
Reply
post #9 of 59
Originally Posted by clayder View Post
bigger in every way, particularly thickness.

 

Identical thicknesses. He was talking about 5 and 5S.

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply
post #10 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by Comprehension View Post

Do we know yet if the 5s case will fit the iphone 5?

Yes, the iPhone 5S cases and docks are compatible with the previous iPhone 5.

Source: store.apple.com
Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
Reply
Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
Reply
post #11 of 59
post #12 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by patpatpat View Post

Sorry those 5C cases are downright fugly.

 

Couldn't have said it better myself. The colors, the style.... nothing to like about them. Those dots look like some connect 4 board or other pre-k type toy. 

post #13 of 59

Happy they have a basic dock again but phone specific? Probably pick up a universal for any lighting instead

post #14 of 59

Why not having an irregular dotted pattern? This way Apple can avoid the writings on the backside of their phone.

 

Right now the case reveals "hon", which is a bit unfortunate on a design perspective.

post #15 of 59
Originally Posted by CustomTB View Post
Happy they have a basic dock again but phone specific? Probably pick up a universal for any lighting instead

 

How are you going to have a universal dock when all Lightning devices are different shapes and thicknesses?

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply
post #16 of 59
Those cases are fugly.
post #17 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by Deewin View Post

I know Apple did this for the iPad but it's still interesting to see what Apple is liking in the post Steve Jobs era. I remember Steve publicly said in an interview that he didn't like cases and they felt like they ruined the look of the device and was more like a "condom" for your phone. I don't disagree with what he said at all (They really do look have a sleek look to them caseless unlike most smartphones pre 2007) but I do think cases are important because, well most people drop phones once in a while. Not everyone is naturally careful and accidents happen.

 

I agree that cases severely diminish from the fit and feel of a beautiful device like the iPhone.  It's like putting a cheap plastic cover on your fancy leather couch.  Sure, it protects it, but at what cost?  You never get to enjoy the device that designers put thousands of hours into honing.  Steve Jobs had it right, but if people want to buy them I guess I'm okay with that because it means more money for shareholders.

 

As for people dropping phones, I don't know what to say...  how about a simple: "BE CAREFUL!"  

 

I know I should knock on wood when I say this, but I'm pretty sure I've never damaged any expensive electronic device by dropping it in my entire life, for the simple fact that I'm careful with my stuff and I don't do stupid things like hovering over a toilet with a phone or iPod in an open pocket.  The average person is careless, so I guess they get what they deserve and/or need to buy "condoms" that cover up their beautiful iDevices.  It's sad, but doesn't affect my ability to enjoy the real thing, so have at it.

No Matte == No Sale :-(
Reply
No Matte == No Sale :-(
Reply
post #18 of 59
Disappointed, the phone is priced at $549 contract free. Should've been priced at $399.

The upper range for a market like China would be anything above $400 USD - this price and above would capture almost no new market that Apple seeks to gain with the iPhone 5C, since Apple currently has products in this tier.
Edited by bizzare - 9/10/13 at 12:45pm
post #19 of 59
I'll pick up a dock while contemplating on the color of the 5s. I guess the new grey is the one for me:





Darn Huddler; why can I preview pics in 1000x2000 but not submit that? Geez, the irony
Edited by PhilBoogie - 9/10/13 at 12:39pm
"Fibonacci: As easy as 1, 1, 2, 3..."
Reply
"Fibonacci: As easy as 1, 1, 2, 3..."
Reply
post #20 of 59
Does anyone else feel those cases for the 5C look ridiculous with the text showing through the circles on the back. Very odd choice
post #21 of 59

3rd party case makers just breathed a sigh of relief. I don't see them losing too many customers to these spectacularly ugly cases. 

post #22 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by patpatpat View Post

Sorry those 5C cases are downright fugly.

 

I agree.  Apple should know better. I wouldn't put those on the market.  

post #23 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by patpatpat View Post

Sorry those 5C cases are downright fugly.
Quote:
Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post
 

Agreed. Ugh.

Quote:
Originally Posted by drblank View Post
 

 

I agree.  Apple should know better. I wouldn't put those on the market.  

 

That was my initial reaction, too. But then I watched the Jony Ive video. They designed it to contrast with the polycarbonate backplate in material and color. And I think it is intended to appeal to teens. Not saying they look great to me. But, once again, there is interesting method behind the madness. 

post #24 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shev View Post

Does anyone else feel those cases for the 5C look ridiculous with the text showing through the circles on the back. Very odd choice

 

Yes I do. Do you also think someone at Apple really likes mustard? The 5S color choices remind me of yellow, dijon, or german mustard colors. Very bizarre choices in my opinion. It is almost as if they chose the least popular colors from existing cases intentionally with the exception of the black and blue ones. 

post #25 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by patpatpat View Post

Sorry those 5C cases are downright fugly.

 

+1!

I wonder if anyone will fancy these. At all.
Maybe Damien Hirst will like them. (
http://resources2.news.com.au/images/2012/10/09/1226491/726334-us-art-damien-hirst.jpg)

post #26 of 59

I think they realized that cases are an easy way for them to try to shore up their profit margins. Unfortunately these cases are hideous, unlike the bumper cases they had for the 4/4s.

 

Oh well, this sadly is the post-Jobs era. (And I was hoping for a 'those icons were placeholders' as well... You can hope in one hand and cr*p in the other...)

post #27 of 59

Hate those cases. Dirt is going to accumulate in every hole on the back. If I buy a case for a phone I DON'T want to see the original color through gaps and holes!

 

On the positive side the new cases double as a portable fly swatter! Innovative!

post #28 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by patpatpat View Post

Sorry those 5C cases are downright fugly.

Quote:
Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

Agreed. Ugh.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lord Amhran View Post

Those cases are fugly.


Designed by Jonny Ive?
 
Where's the new Apple TV?
Reply
 
Where's the new Apple TV?
Reply
post #29 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by faZZter View Post

Hate those cases. Dirt is going to accumulate in every hole on the back. If I buy a case for a phone I DON'T want to see the original color through gaps and holes!

On the positive side the new cases double as a portable fly swatter! Innovative!

Think fishnet stockings- will appeal to retro ladies.
 
Where's the new Apple TV?
Reply
 
Where's the new Apple TV?
Reply
post #30 of 59

Finally a fucking dock!  About time. 

post #31 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by pazuzu View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by faZZter View Post

Hate those cases. Dirt is going to accumulate in every hole on the back. If I buy a case for a phone I DON'T want to see the original color through gaps and holes!

On the positive side the new cases double as a portable fly swatter! Innovative!

Think fishnet stockings- will appeal to retro ladies.

 

Yeah I suppose. i think we will call the new cases the iSwat!

post #32 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post
 

😭

It's so beautiful… "We don't think people want docks anymore" my FOOT.

 I'm very happy they brought back the dock. Love it!

 

But will the dock work with the Apple case on?

 
Where's the new Apple TV?
Reply
 
Where's the new Apple TV?
Reply
post #33 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrstep View Post
 

I think they realized that cases are an easy way for them to try to shore up their profit margins. Unfortunately these cases are hideous, unlike the bumper cases they had for the 4/4s. ...

 

Indeed.  But the cases work because they make the iPhone 5c look "whoreish".  :)

 

the fact that you have to pay extra for them works too because if you buy an iPhone 5c and the case with it, you have just spent within 60 bucks of the full price for this years's iPhone.  So you are spending almost the same money, and you are getting last years phone tarted up in a cheap coloured plastic case.  

 

A better metaphor for a tired old hooker I can't think of.  

post #34 of 59
Originally Posted by pazuzu View Post
 I'm very happy they brought back the dock. Love it!

 

But will the dock work with the Apple case on?

 

'Course not. They never have. Who needs a case, anyway?

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply
post #35 of 59

They really goofed by having the iPhone5c case crop off the "iPhone" so that it says "hon" or "non".  It's a really huge design/branding flaw.  What would Steve do?  Fix it!

post #36 of 59

Could be worse, imagine of only "ho" showed through :-)  That and the fishnet stocking appearance would have been funny. 

post #37 of 59
Still kinda miffed that there aren't more lightning iPad and dual-connector iPhone docks out there.

Hoping that changes now with the 2nd generation of lightning devices.
post #38 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by connector View Post
 

They really goofed by having the iPhone5c case crop off the "iPhone" so that it says "hon" or "non".  It's a really huge design/branding flaw.  What would Steve do?  Fix it!

This is a time where I will pull out the "Steve would never approve that." card. It was so easily fixable to make a large oval window around the "iPhone" label. 

 

I'm not as put off by the case colors as about everyone else here. I think the model is intended for a younger consumer. But this case design is wrong-objectively wrong.

For your sake, I hope you're right.
Reply
For your sake, I hope you're right.
Reply
post #39 of 59

Message from Apple Board;

 

 

 

 

Are You F*^%ing Kidding Me!


Edited by EGlasheen - 9/10/13 at 6:52pm
post #40 of 59
Originally Posted by EGlasheen View Post
Message from Apple Board: Are You F*^%ing Kidding Me!

 

Stop pretending you speak for anyone.

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: iPhone
AppleInsider › Forums › Mobile › iPhone › Apple to offer iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c cases, Lightning docks at launch