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MacRumors
Sep 16, 2013, 11:30 AM
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Apple late last week updated its official guidelines (https://developer.apple.com/resources/cases/) for third-party case makers looking to create products for the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, giving detailed schematics (PDF) (https://developer.apple.com/resources/cases/Case-Design-Guidelines.pdf) and revealing additional details about the construction for each device.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/09/iphone_5c_dimensional_drawing-800x519.jpg (http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/09/iphone_5c_dimensional_drawing.jpg)iPhone 5c dimensional drawing (click for larger)
As noted by AppleInsider (http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/09/16/apples-revised-guidelines-for-case-designers-offer-peek-at-iphone-5s-and-5c-internals), the plastic iPhone 5c (http://www.apple.com/iphone-5c/) requires case makers to design radio-friendly transparent windows at the top of bottom of the device, indicating that the radio technology design inside of the iPhone 5c is similar in placement to that found the iPhone 5, which integrated cellular and other antennas in the upper and lower sections of the device.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/09/iphone_5s_dimensional_drawing-800x520.jpg (http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/09/iphone_5s_dimensional_drawing.jpg)iPhone 5s dimensional drawing (click for larger)
Meanwhile, the metal and aluminum iPhone 5s (http://www.apple.com/iphone-5s/) now requires case makers to compensate for the new Touch ID fingerprint sensor (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/11/apple-offers-additional-details-on-touch-id-iphone-5s-wont-store-fingerprint-images/), with the restricted area for cases surrounding the home button slightly larger than that of the iPhone 5c and the previous generation. iPhone 5. The document also notes that no metal should come in contact with the iPhone 5s chassis, citing unwanted interruption with the device's antennas and signal degradation.

Apple will begin selling the iPhone 5s and lower-cost iPhone 5c this Friday, September 20. The company began (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/13/iphone-5c-pre-orders-begin-in-10-countries/) taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5c in 10 countries on September 13, with online orders for the iPhone 5s set to begin (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/13/online-orders-for-iphone-5s-begin-at-1201-am-pacific-time-on-friday-september-20/) early in the morning local time on Friday prior to the in-store availability later in the morning.

Article Link: Apple Updates Guidelines for Case Makers with Details on iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/16/apple-updates-guidelines-for-case-makers-with-details-on-iphone-5s-and-iphone-5c/)



musika
Sep 16, 2013, 11:32 AM
Neato. I just bought a Speck Candyshell for my future 5s. I'm sure I'll take it off relatively quickly.

coalchamber1022
Sep 16, 2013, 11:34 AM
So basically it reads that the iPhone 5 and 5s are same size all around just slightly bigger home button and needed access for thumb sensor... cool can use my old cases

madsci954
Sep 16, 2013, 11:36 AM
So if I had a 3D printer, I could make my own case! :D

OldSchoolMacGuy
Sep 16, 2013, 11:40 AM
Forget cases.

The Phazer
Sep 16, 2013, 11:43 AM
So the updated specs STILL contradict the alleged Lightning docking specs which mandate the connector cannot be designed in a way where it will plug into a case built to these specifications?

jamesybsu
Sep 16, 2013, 11:56 AM
These would make nice prints to hang in my office. Nothing better than working drawings

Elijahg
Sep 16, 2013, 11:56 AM
It looks like both the 5s and 5c have a "front" microphone under the earpiece grille, alongside a "receiver", plus a rear and bottom mic. Three mics?! Maybe one's connected directly to your local NSA office. ;)

Perhaps my American terminology is incorrect, but wasn't the receiver traditionally the handset? Presumably the "earpiece" is the hole where the "receiver" speaker is located.

croooow
Sep 16, 2013, 12:11 PM
Meanwhile, the metal and aluminum iPhone 5s (http://www.apple.com/iphone-5s/) now requires case makers to compensate for the new Touch ID fingerprint sensor (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/11/apple-offers-additional-details-on-touch-id-iphone-5s-wont-store-fingerprint-images/)...

Aluminium IS Metal!

http://24.media.tumblr.com/0b8b12f022b4b55eabd5f6c30e80e00f/tumblr_mhi67u8mxA1qcduw9o3_1280.jpg

3bs
Sep 16, 2013, 01:08 PM
Neato. I just bought a Speck Candyshell for my future 5s. I'm sure I'll take it off relatively quickly.

I bought 2 :p

By far my favourite case! I use it on my iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.

ValSalva
Sep 16, 2013, 01:43 PM
Aluminium IS Metal!

Image (http://24.media.tumblr.com/0b8b12f022b4b55eabd5f6c30e80e00f/tumblr_mhi67u8mxA1qcduw9o3_1280.jpg)

Definitely one of the funniest moments from a great series :D

musika
Sep 16, 2013, 03:54 PM
I bought 2 :p

By far my favourite case! I use it on my iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.

I like it so much more than the iPhone 4/4S version of the case. It's so much thinner.

Battlefield Fan
Sep 16, 2013, 08:38 PM
I just the leather cases to go on sale from Apple!!!

macs4nw
Sep 16, 2013, 10:46 PM
Image (http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/09/iphone_5c_dimensional_drawing.jpg)
Image (http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/09/iphone_5s_dimensional_drawing.jpg)

Article Link: Apple Updates Guidelines for Case Makers with Details on iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/16/apple-updates-guidelines-for-case-makers-with-details-on-iphone-5s-and-iphone-5c/)

Wow, this appears to be a lot more precise science than the fit of some of those third party cases lead you to believe. Perhaps those poorly fitting ones, are the ones made on pre-release speculation, before the case makers get these detailed drawings.

eastercat
Sep 17, 2013, 12:07 AM
Hope this info gets my lifeproof case to me sooner.