Apple's new leather MacBook Sleeve is finely crafted and high quality -- but at a cost

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in Current Mac Hardware edited July 14
Apple's leather sleeves must be solid performers, even with their questionable price. Apple has continued to add leather accessories to their growing lineup of cases and covers after starting out with those for the iPhone, and AppleInsider has the latest addition.






Their first leather sleeve launched for the iPad before coming to the 12-inch Retina MacBook, and now sliding onto the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros. Just in time for the brand new Pros Apple also just announced. Available in three different colors -- Saddle Brown, Midnight Blue, and Black -- these genuine leather sleeves carry a high price tag for those looking for cursory protection for their pricey portable Macs.




Each sleeve is pretty simple in design, as is the Apple way. Crafted from European leather to precisely fit over either size of the current MacBook Pros, they have subtle convex dimples on the bottom to align with each of the laptop's feet. An embossed Apple logo on the top completes the look.

The top of the sleeve -- that is, where the laptop is inserted -- is open a fair amount, making it easy to remove the laptop from its tight fit. Different than on the USB-C MacBook, the one for the Pros does not allow the MacBook to be charged while it is inserted.

On the interior is a soft microfiber lining that starts just below the opening. Instead of making the entire interior, the opening on top is leather, since it will susceptible to more wear and tear over the rest of the interior. Everytime the laptop is inserted, it will rub against the top of the sleeve, so having leather right at the opening will help prolong the life of the sleeve.



Outside the leather feels very soft, though it is clear there is some sort of protection on it to help prevent the drastic marring un-finished leather is known for. If a drop or two of water hits this, it beads right off, whereas others would soak in and leave a blemish, for better or for worse.

One of the charms of using leather is how it develops a great patina over time. This sleeve will do that, it just might take a bit longer to achieve.

Conclusion

These simple sleeves don't have a lot of fancy features like other cases, but they are just minimalistic enough to get the job done. They are quite well made, even if the price tag is a bit high. If you can get over the three-figure price tag, these are great sleeves for taking your Mac with you on the go.

If price is no object, you can't go wrong and the case is a solid 5 out of 5. But, like most of us, if it is, Apple's latest leather sleeve for the MacBook is a

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Where to buy

These newly launched MacBook Pro sleeves are available to fit either the 13-inch or 15-inch MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3. The 13-inch will run $179 and the 15-inch will run $199 and are available directly from Apple. If you like the sleeves but have a 12-inch MacBook or iPad, Apple still has you covered. The 12-inch MacBook sleeve runs $149 and the iPad sleeve is $129 and $149 for the 10-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros respectively.
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  • Reply 1 of 40
    elijahgelijahg Posts: 658member
    200 quid?! That's insane, Apple's gotta be taking the piss.
    irelandolswilliamlondonentropysmike541983
  • Reply 2 of 40
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 18,738member
    I generally don’t mind paying for quality, but this is plainly silly pricing. 
    irelandolsentropysmike54elijahg
  • Reply 3 of 40
    asciiascii Posts: 5,930member
    It would be quite nice to have an Apple mouse mat made of that material.
    williamlondon
  • Reply 4 of 40
    irelandireland Posts: 17,454member
    If you want a leather sleeve for your laptop and you are rich and don’t care what things cost, these are perfect. For the rest of us, a laptop bag at maybe 1/4 this price, with space to store other items is the way to go.
    edited July 14 AI_lias
  • Reply 5 of 40
    irelandireland Posts: 17,454member
    ascii said:
    It would be quite nice to have an Apple mouse mat made of that material.
    $99 for a mouse mat? Here ya go.
    1983repressthis
  • Reply 6 of 40
    Noooooooo!!! VEGAN! KEEP IT VEGAN!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH! NOOOO! NO! NO! 
  • Reply 7 of 40
    Whenever some Apple product is reviewed, the caveat is always the high cost. As long as there are consumers willing to pay for Apple kit, Apple will continue to charge high prices. It's that ugly matter of supply and demand. I have often wondered how long Apple can get consumers to pay more, but they manage to do so as new consumers come along. Anyway, that sleeve is nothing I would consider buying so I have nothing much to say about whether it cost too much or not. More power to those consumers who can easily afford whatever Apple sells. I'm truly happy for them and maybe in my next life, I'll have that good fortune.
    AI_liaslkruppols1983repressthis
  • Reply 8 of 40
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,287member
    I generally don’t mind paying for quality, but this is plainly silly pricing. 
    Quality leather is not cheap.  I go through motorcycle gear often and there is a difference between cheap leather and expensive leather.  I bought the leather iPhone Folio case and for $99, even I thought a bit much.  Nonetheless, 3 months later, I love the durability, good looks, and the quality construction.  This is some good leather.

    Sure, there is some margin due to Apple's "luxury" moniker, but either way, I see why they cost $200.  If it's too much, oh well.  If I had a crappy laptop bag, I'd consider this for my MBP just to give it that better piece of protection.  To each their own I suppose.
    caladaniangeorgie01steveaumike1
  • Reply 9 of 40
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,444member
    Don’t like the price, don’t buy it. Bitching about it just makes you look petty and stupid like bitching about the price of a Tesla Model S. If you don’t like the idea of Apple being a premium brand with premium prices then switch platforms. Buy a Dell and a cloth laptop bag like @Ireland suggests and brag to all your friends how much money you saved over buying Apple. It’ll make you feel superior to your bourgeoisie friends who bought the MacBook Pro AND the leather sleeve just because they could.

    Guess what? You can buy a Ford or Chevy with more horsepower and performance than, say, a BMW X5. Guess what? I have a couple of family members who own luxury cars and they need servicing just as much as a Chevy Spark or a Ford Taurus, and the servicing costs a lot more too. So you can get a Dell or Lenovo or ASUS laptop with more memory, faster CPU, ports galore for less money? So what? DO IT THEN instead of bitching about Apple’s prices.
    edited July 14 williamlondonNeeder747repressthisRayz2016mike1elijahg
  • Reply 10 of 40
    aknabiaknabi Posts: 131member
    Given the cost I'll need to buy another sleeve to protect this sleeve that protects my MBP... market opportunity for the "meta-sleeve". But seriously yes it's way expensive, but Apple is a premium brand... Just wait for the Hermes edition... Hermes for similar products charges between 1300-2000... now that's stupid insane
    elijahg
  • Reply 11 of 40
    Christian SchuhChristian Schuh Posts: 2unconfirmed, member
    Just got one in saddle born for the 15” MBP.
    it is nice but I prefer the one for the 12” MB, that one flows perfectly over the tapering end and is nice to carry.
    In comparison, the 15” leaves some empty space between the dull end and the seam. When you carry it, it is a bit awkwardly balancing on the somewhat wobbly seam.
    But still nice.
    williamlondon
  • Reply 12 of 40
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 1,615member
    I have no problem if Apple charges whatever chooses for status,good to have accessories. You can buy subgrade accessories but when Apple does not upgrade function keys Macbook Pro thinking all Apple fans are rich, afford $2000 !3" Macbook Pro than think twice. Many have to let go Apple product due to affordability which Apple can offer at-least one model. I rather make less but keep the current customer who will stick around for ever.
  • Reply 13 of 40
    MplsPMplsP Posts: 690member
    Francules said:
    Noooooooo!!! VEGAN! KEEP IT VEGAN!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH! NOOOO! NO! NO! 
    But it's organic leather from grass-fed, pasture-raised cattle!

    As for the price, clearly you pay more for quality. That's why I buy apple products, and I get that quality leather is expensive, but come on! $180 for two pieces of leather stitched together is exorbitant. 
    williamlondonelijahg
  • Reply 14 of 40
    dewmedewme Posts: 1,754member
    All I want to know, is it rich Corinthian leather? 
    king editor the gratejmc54
  • Reply 15 of 40
    sflocal said:
    I generally don’t mind paying for quality, but this is plainly silly pricing. 
    Quality leather is not cheap.  I go through motorcycle gear often and there is a difference between cheap leather and expensive leather.  I bought the leather iPhone Folio case and for $99, even I thought a bit much.  Nonetheless, 3 months later, I love the durability, good looks, and the quality construction.  This is some good leather.

    Sure, there is some margin due to Apple's "luxury" moniker, but either way, I see why they cost $200.  If it's too much, oh well.  If I had a crappy laptop bag, I'd consider this for my MBP just to give it that better piece of protection.  To each their own I suppose.
    Oh, I have no no quarrels with a company’s margin. In fact, I am an Apple shareholder, so bring on the margins!

    I have the iPhone X leather folio too. I thought that the quality of the work (sleeves for cards, auto shut off of phone when it is closed, the well-designed protective plastic clasp to hold the phone) justified the price — although, the credit card sleeves have expanded so much that the cards and the cash keep sliding out, so I am not all that thrilled with the quality of the workmanship eight months later. 

    This is just a silly sleeve, for heavens’ sake: two pieces of cut leather sewn together. Big deal. 
    elijahg
  • Reply 16 of 40
    lkrupp said:
    Don’t like the price, don’t buy it. Bitching about it just makes you look petty and stupid like bitching about the price of a Tesla Model S. If you don’t like the idea of Apple being a premium brand with premium prices then switch platforms. Buy a Dell and a cloth laptop bag like @Ireland suggests and brag to all your friends how much money you saved over buying Apple. It’ll make you feel superior to your bourgeoisie friends who bought the MacBook Pro AND the leather sleeve just because they could.

    Guess what? You can buy a Ford or Chevy with more horsepower and performance than, say, a BMW X5. Guess what? I have a couple of family members who own luxury cars and they need servicing just as much as a Chevy Spark or a Ford Taurus, and the servicing costs a lot more too. So you can get a Dell or Lenovo or ASUS laptop with more memory, faster CPU, ports galore for less money? So what? DO IT THEN instead of bitching about Apple’s prices.
    No one’s “bitching about it”. 

    Calm down. 
    edited July 14 irelandwilliamlondonelijahgbala1234
  • Reply 17 of 40
    irelandireland Posts: 17,454member
    lkrupp said:
    Don’t like the price, don’t buy it.
    We're not allowed comment on the price? Crazy talk.
    williamlondonelijahg
  • Reply 18 of 40
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,444member
    ireland said:
    lkrupp said:
    Don’t like the price, don’t buy it.
    We're not allowed comment on the price? Crazy talk.
    Didn’t say you couldn’t, just that it makes you look petty, especially if you have no plans to do anything about it.
    edited July 14 williamlondonelijahg
  • Reply 19 of 40
    ...Hmmm, no dongle storage... :)
    AI_liasMplsPwilliamlondonelijahg
  • Reply 20 of 40
    tyler82tyler82 Posts: 726member
    Useless, overpriced, impractical descibes Apple cases. Incase makes great neoprene cases that will actually protect your $3,000 investment.
    williamlondon
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