Anyone else's Apple Leather have creased edges?


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Nov 29, 2012
Pittsburgh, PA
Noticed this the minute I got home and put the leather case on my 7+, the edges are not smooth, they have creases where it looks like the leather bunched up during application. I've had it on my phone for a handful of days so the dye from my jeans has been causing the edges to discolor, and its making the creased edges look even worse. I haven't had time to take it back to the apple store, but plan to do so within my 14 days because I am not happy with the way this looks.

Anyone else have this issue? It IS supposed to be smooth, right?



macrumors 6502
Jul 19, 2007
I didnt even notice til this thread but my Black 7+ case has creases in the 2 bottom corners, none on top. Barely noticeable and will blend in over time with it getting a patina I would guess.


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Nov 29, 2012
Pittsburgh, PA
it looks like regular wear and tear to me. I have the same.
Regular wear and tear? It came out of the box that way, I just haven't had time to take it back to Apple yet, and I am not going to stop using it until I get a replacement.

Doesn't look right to me, and looks totally smooth on friend's/family's leather cases, also looks 100% smooth on their website...



macrumors 6502a
Apr 27, 2015
Anyone else have this issue? It IS supposed to be smooth, right?
It can't be smooth because it was a flat piece of leather that has been shaped to conform to the curves of your phone. Some are smoother because the leather is thinner or more pliable at the time but it can never be perfectly smooth like a silicone case.

Leather varies from piece to piece. Pores, graining, thickness, pliability, etc. all vary from case to case. Exchange it and try a different sample if you're really unhappy with the fit of this one.
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macrumors 6502a
Jul 26, 2010
it's leather. each case won't be exactly the same as stock photos. Since you're really picky with your cases, then go to the apple store and have it exchanged. don't forget to open the case at the store to inspect it.

I think the crease is very minor, it's a leather case afterall. good luck.


macrumors regular
Jun 25, 2009
Yup - mine had faint crease lines at the corners also right out of the box. Totally typical and fine. No wrinkles thankfully, as those would have bugged me.


macrumors newbie
Oct 16, 2015
my saddle brown has them. They appear when you put the phone in the case as it stretches the corners. Mine got worse the more I took the phone in and out of the case until I finally settled on a screen cover. They do seem to smooth back out a little over time. At first it kinda bothered me, but now I like it as the entire case gets worn. It looks like nice classic broken in leather. A nice contrast to the beautiful little machine it protects.


macrumors 65816
Sep 3, 2013
Sydney Australia
All leather cases crease. At least mine does.

Not sure how they can be smooth if it's a single sheet of leather and they have to mould it around the corners.

Anyway it doesn't bother me at all. Adds to the character.

Here's a few pics of mine

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macrumors 68040
Sep 2, 2006
United States
Bad cow :p

Could always iron it. Not any worse than branding the cow :cool:

You know... come to think of it.... there is one place on the cow where you'd find that creased appearance... have you tried sniffing the case yet? :confused:

But in all seriousness... a cows skin doesn't naturally look or fold into a phone case without being creased to some extent. Think about it, even your own skin shows crease marks and textures when bent or folded certain ways. And your skin is alive.

This is part of a dead animal that has been turned into a phone case. It's not going to be without wrinkles and creases. It's dead skin.
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macrumors 6502
Feb 7, 2015
This is very common with the Apple cases, I think there are very few that are perfect out of the box. Many have small creases at the corners or marks and lines across the back. The bottom line as others have said it is natural leather and each piece has it's own unique character. Personally I've been lucky and my cases have been pretty uniform right out of the box. My new Sea Blue 7+ case only has one small crease right above the silence switch but it doesn't bother me. I've heard of some people returning their case and going through four or five at the store until they find an acceptable one. That's just silly.


macrumors regular
Sep 9, 2016
I have wrinkles on my second Sea Blue. Hate them. Would much prefer creases towards the edges.


macrumors 6502
Jun 8, 2015
Mine has a few creases here and there but in my opinion that's what gives it some character. As long as it's not defective where the leather isn't sticking to the case or it's tearing somewhere then I think it's perfectly normal and part of the attraction of having a natural leather type of case.


macrumors 65816
Dec 4, 2011
I have creases in my leather case. Had them in my case for the iPhone 7 as well as the 6.

It's normal. It's leather. It's not a synthetic material.
I have an Apple iPhone 6S and it has no creases anywhere on the case. I got it from my local Apple Store so it's not some ripoff case.

I also don't think the it feels much like leather. If I had the choice I would take the case that feels like leather but has a few flaws/creases.


macrumors 68030
Apr 20, 2008
Real leather is very rarely perfect unless paying A LOT of money. The leather will age and wear as well, so probably not ideal for you if you like it looking pristine. The patina the leather gets looks great to me, almost makes me want to use a case.