Apple touts 'tested to the limit' iPhone & iPad cases in new online store campaign

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in iPhone edited July 2015
Apple on Tuesday updated its virtual retail outlet with a new section that describes the company's approach to testing and approving the third-party cases it stocks for the iPhone and iPad.




"Each case design for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch has to go through a series of tests before it reaches the Apple Store," the "Apple Tested Cases" page reads. "So you can be sure the case you buy is a perfect match for your iOS device."

The new section touts five testing areas: design, camera, acoustics, sensors, and cellular and wireless.

Apple says that design encompasses both fit-and-finish --?ensuring that ports and jacks remain completely accessible --?and durability, measured with a series of drop tests. Camera openings are tested to ensure that they don't interfere with the camera's field of view or photo quality.

The company also checks that cases do not interfere with the quality and volume of speakers and the sensitivity of microphones, or cause problems with various sensors and wireless communications systems.

While Apple has never made its Apple Store stocking requirements public, it has long been known to exert pressure on suppliers to deliver products that meet with its expectations, which in many cases results in custom Apple Store-exclusive variants. Combined with recent reports that Apple is planning to roll out new co-designed packaging for third-party accessories, Tuesday's move seems to hint at a continued expansion of Apple's "premium feel" retail revamp under Angela Ahrendts.

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  • Reply 1 of 5
    haggarhaggar Posts: 1,568member
    "Apple on Tuesday updated its virtual retail outlet with a new section that describes the company's approach to testing and approving the third-party cases it stocks for the iPhone and iPad."

    Hopefully Apple applies the same standards to their own cases.
  • Reply 2 of 5
    radarthekatradarthekat Posts: 3,335moderator
    haggar wrote: »
    "Apple on Tuesday updated its virtual retail outlet with a new section that describes the company's approach to testing and approving the third-party cases it stocks for the iPhone and iPad."

    Hopefully Apple applies the same standards to their own cases.

    Well, hey, there are cases, and then there are covers. Loophole, anyone?
  • Reply 3 of 5
    bluefire1bluefire1 Posts: 1,104member
    Any "recommended list" that doesn't include either the Speck CandyShell or MightyShell cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus isn't a list I want to reference.
  • Reply 4 of 5
    gonevwgonevw Posts: 45member
    So the iPhone case that I bought that cracked at the top corner and then the rubber started to peel was "tested". Maybe a trip to the Apple Store is needed for a refund.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    am8449am8449 Posts: 349member

    I think Apple vetting the cases it sells is a helpful strategy, and aligns with their brand.

     

    There are a gazillion cheap and poorly-designed cases on the market that it's difficult to choose. Many of them are knock-offs of branded cases, and although look similar to the real thing, lack the same quality.

     

    An Apple-curated case selection in the Apple Store would and rightly should indicate that these cases are of good quality.

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