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New Otterbox Cases for iPhone 5s Will Work With Touch ID

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 10, 2013.

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    Otterbox today sent out a press release announcing cases designed for the new iPhone 5s and 5c models, and specifically addressed the new Touch ID fingerprint sensor that will be built into the iPhone 5s.

    Because the company's bulky Defender Series of cases are designed to offer full device protection, it would seem that Otterbox might encounter some difficulties accounting for the home button and the fingerprint sensor.

    However, Otterbox says all the its cases are "designed specifically to accommodate the new Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor technology, and all device functionality remains uninhibited by the case."
    Defender, Commuter, Reflex and Prefix cases will be immediately available for the iPhone 5s, while Defender and Commuter cases for the iPhone 5c will be available soon.

    Many other cases, like the aluminum iGlaze Armour from Moshi, will work fine with Touch ID because they don't cover the home button at all.

    Article Link: New Otterbox Cases for iPhone 5s Will Work With Touch ID
  2. macrumors 6502a


    they are always on top of things
  3. macrumors Nehalem


    Super smart move on their part to ensure their product will work. I hate otterbox cases, but some people swear by them due to the nature of their work and where their iPhone can end up.
  4. macrumors regular


    Good for them. Fingerprint scanning is optional (you can just use standard passwords of course), but glad they were able to design a case to make it work.
  5. macrumors 65816


    I wonder how Lifeproof will handle making the finterprint scanner work while remaining waterproof.
  6. macrumors 603


    i would literally rather walk around with a broken back than to put my slim iPhone in such an ugly "box"
  7. macrumors 65816

    Battlefield Fan

    I had one. Was boxy. Didn't like it...
  8. macrumors 68040


    I'm wondering that too. I want to put the 5S in a lifeproof, because it's waterproof.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Well Lifeproof already has a sign up page so they at least have a plan.
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  12. macrumors 6502

    Otterbox + Lifeproof = Litterbox
  13. macrumors 65816

    The scanner is capacitive, and reads through your skin. If the face of a waterproof phone still allows capacitive screen input this is pretty easy to figure out.
  14. macrumors regular

    Some of us don't consider our phones as a fashion statement
    A function over form thing

    The Defender has done what I want from it, protect my phone from the use/abuse my life & work subjects it too

    Life is too short to fuss over what other people think about the looks of your phone...
  15. macrumors 68020


    My biggest fear was that the ID sensor would not work with full enclosure cases. Glad to see it is possible.

    I wish I worked in a field where I didn't need to protect my electronics from being banded up and covered in all kinds of body secretions and excretions. I learned the lesson the hard way- the smell of vomit can never be fully removed from an iPhone :(
  16. macrumors regular

    Time and time again, silly comments like these come out any time a strong case is released, and time and time again someone has to remind everyone that...:

    *It's NOT about making it look nice, it's about giving it strong protection for people who are prone to damaging their devices or for those people whose daily environments (ex. at work) threaten the safety of their device without an advanced protection solution.*

    And lucky for you, you don't have to "walk around with a broken back" (ridiculous exaggeration just to draw attention imo) because there are many cases *that don't look like this one.*
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    Jessica Lares

    My dad BROKE his Otterbox. :rolleyes:

    And yeah, those things are ugly.
  19. macrumors member

    Definitely function over form. In fact, without Otterbox, I would probably own a Nexus or Lumia. My hands are too big and skinny to handle the iPhone without feeling like it's going to slip out. The Defender makes the iPhone fit perfectly and protects well against multiple 6 foot drops onto pavement. The perils of being tall I guess.
  20. macrumors 68020


    I really hope he just meant a broken piece of glass on the rear of the phone, and not an actual broken human back.
  21. macrumors 68000

    not really...where's armor series?
  22. macrumors regular

    You may want to look up the meaning of the word 'Literally'...
  23. macrumors member

    Meanwhile in the press office
    'They bought it. Phew! That was lucky'
  24. macrumors 603


    no shiat sherlock ;)


    "Literally" the most misused word in the language has officially changed definition. Now as well as meaning "in a literal manner or sense; exactly: 'the driver took it literally when asked to go straight over the traffic circle'", various dictionaries have added its other more recent usage. "literally" can be used "to acknowledge that something is not literally true but is used for emphasis or to express strong feeling".
  25. macrumors regular

    Yeah well - millions of uneducated people being wrong shouldn't make a thing right.

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