Apple Planning to Launch New Clear Case for iPhone XR, Priced Around $40

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's iPhone XR will go up for pre-order one week from today, and once the lower-cost smartphone is available customers will have the option of purchasing a see-through case sold by Apple. Spotted by Twitter user @ivanincanada and shared by 9to5Mac, iPhone XR press releases in countries like Canada mention "a clear case" priced at $55 CAD, or about $40 USD.

    The iPhone XR will come in white, black, blue, coral, yellow, and (PRODUCT)RED, all made with glass bodies and matching anodized aluminum frames. Because of the colorful additions to Apple's iPhone lineup, a clear case makes sense, offering users the chance to show off which color option they've chosen while still protecting their iPhone XR.

    Images via 9to5Mac

    Similar to Apple's other first-party cases, the clear case has the usual cutouts for the rear-facing camera, and protrusions for the volume rockers, silence toggle, and lock button. No images shared today show off the front of the case, but it appears that there is a gap in the bottom of the case -- like the company's silicone and leather case options -- allowing for access to the Lightning port and more comfortable swipe-up gestures, which are crucial for navigating iOS on the iPhone X, XS, and XR.

    Apple announced the iPhone XR alongside the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max at an event in September. The latter two smartphones have already launched, and Apple has debuted a new line of silicone and leather cases for the devices, in as many as nine new colorways for each type of case. The iPhone XS and XS Max also have the folio case option, which protects the display of the device using a leather flap.


    Those waiting to pre-order the iPhone XR can expect more case styles besides the clear case to debut on, likely including these silicone and leather options. Apple is positioning the iPhone XR as the entry-level device in the 2018 iPhone lineup, pricing the device at $749 for the cheapest storage capacity. This means that the iPhone XR comes with a few trade-offs to get the price down (compared to the $999 iPhone XS and $1,099 iPhone XS Max), including an LCD display, aluminum frame, single lens camera, and "Haptic Touch" instead of 3D Touch.

    Article Link: Apple Planning to Launch New Clear Case for iPhone XR, Priced Around $40
  2. DTECHQUE macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2017
    This case looks so much more premium than the ones from 3rd party sellers ./sarcasm.
  3. Baymowe335 macrumors 68040

    Oct 6, 2017
    Apple cases aren't cheap, but the quality is great. I have used the same Apple case for over a year and it looks brand new.

    When I buy 3rd party, I end up buying 3 or 4 over a couple years.
  4. white4s macrumors 68000

    Nov 15, 2011
    New Jersey
    And for $10 more I'll be getting the Pitaka case so that shows you just how overpriced this is.
  5. SatchNZ macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2011
    It's a pity that clear cases always get lots of dust and fluff between them and the phone.
  6. Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    Introducing iPhone Condom. The best protection for your phone.
  7. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Interesting. If I was getting the XR I’d definitely prefer to see the colour and not cover it up (though usually I don’t use a case at all).

    Curious where the images came from though? They look like actual Apple press shots (I know they’re from 9to5 but where exactly did they source them)?
  8. ricktat macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2013
  9. bigboyz12000 macrumors member


    Jan 2, 2011
    I am using my iPhone X case on my XS. The leather lasts awhile and it feels right in my hand. Would be nice to see Apple make these for ALL iPhones. They all have colors we wouldn't mind showing off :]
  10. Mackinjosh macrumors 65816

    Aug 21, 2014
    This is hilarious, but not as hilarious as the people who justify that cost when there's cases of similar or better quality at Amazon for 10 bucks.
  11. ilikewhey macrumors 6502a


    May 14, 2014
    nyc upper east
    lol meanwhile every other clear case on ebay and amazon made from similar if not same material cost 99 cents to 10 bucks :D
  12. Mackinjosh macrumors 65816

    Aug 21, 2014
    There's only about 100 different models of clear cases for that phone at Amazon.
  13. mgmacius macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Each for a euro or two, not 40

    Or dollars. Or whatever the currency
  14. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Don't like the price? There are tons of other options. The complaining is silly.

    There are lots of leather cases out there too but the one from Apple has shown to be well worth the price and of better quality than many of the others, even if it does come with a premium price.
  15. Ebok macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2018
    It will probably be better quality than the cheap stuff. Time will tell.
  16. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
  17. ddtmm macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2010
    $40?? What do you figure it costs to make? 30, maybe 40 cents?
  18. Mackinjosh macrumors 65816

    Aug 21, 2014
    If literally every other Apple phone/tablet case is anything to go by, it will be overpriced and at best as-good as cases that cost upwards of 90 percent less.
  19. BuffaloTF macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2008
    ......... I've been on a quest to get a clear case that doesn't suck or isn't too big since the 5S... and here this comes, for the XR only? Boo.
  20. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    So basically the same price as it’s silicone case then which is $39. If it’s an actual clear case that doesn’t yellow after a while it will be worth the price. Also worth noting clear cases from Incipio, Otterbox and Casemate are between $30 and $40. I wish they’d offer this for the XS too.
  21. Cozmosis macrumors member


    Mar 2, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    If this is the only official case, will definitely go third party or case less. A clear case for $40 is absurd.
  22. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020


    Feb 15, 2015
    Pitaka!!! I have pitaka too
  23. cknibbs macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2012
    You must have a preproduction model to be able to share with such certainty that there are clear cases on amazon that are better quality! I agree with many of the other posters in here. My leather X case is by far the best case I have ever owned. I have had many clear cases that were garbage and were scratched up beyond belief after a couple months of use. I wouldn’t judge the quality of this case until I had one in hand.
  24. Xenomorph macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis
    Everyone is complaining about how overprised this case will be vs. the cheaper ones on Amazon/eBay/Aliexpress, and all I'm thinking is how I want one for my iPhone XS!

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