Apple silicone cases

iEric007

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I had both leather and silicone for my 6 Plus, and have both for my 7 Plus.

I change them out from time to time. As for cleaning, etc I just use rubbing alcohol on the silicone cases; that removes any grime or dirt or whatnot. As someone said earlier, the silicone case will feel greasy after a while---mine does that as well, but 20 seconds with a cloth and some rubbing alcohol will restore the case to a new feeling.

As for leather, I clean mine with leather cleaner; some dye will remove, but not enough to make the case appear discolored.

I've also used rubbing alcohol in a pinch to clean the leather case, and made the leather feel tacky.

I've never had the issues of peeling with either case, or corners tearing, etc.

Also, my 6 Plus has no scratches, scuffing, etc on the backs or other areas covered by the Apple cases.

As far as protection goes, I never damaged my 6 Plus in two years of owning it, and I've dropped it on my concrete garage floor a few times. Cases were unharmed, as well as the phone. Admittedly, the case is minimum protection, so certain types of falls are going to damage the phone. My wife had a Product Red leather case on her 6, dropped it in a parking lot of a mall and really tore up a corner of the case, but the phone was unharmed.

Which brings me to a con of the leather case: it can be damaged and unless you can live with a chewed up looking corner of the case, you have to toss it. With the silicone, it doesn't get harmed as easily.
How is your case holding up? I love the way the new silicone case feels when you first take it ouf of the packaging but then it gets more rubbery after a few days of use. Would love to figure out how to get that "just out of the packaging" feel back.
 

PaladinGuy

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I'm not experiencing this with my ocean blue silicone case. Maybe the darker colors attract lint?
It's just a matter of contrast. You notice lint more on a darker background. The lint blends in more with the lighter colors.

Edit: on second thought, I'm not sure this would be true.
 
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Devyn89

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I use a red silicon case for my 6S Plus. I like it a lot - feels good, is grippy, and adds minimal weight. I had a leather case for my 5S but that discoloured very quickly so I opted for silicon this time and am very happy with it nearly a year and a half later.
 

Phisherman81

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I have the smart battery case for the 7, which I believe is the same material as the standard silicone case. I wish I'd chosen to use these sooner. I had the leather version for my 6 plus and liked it, but this works better for me. I did try the leather case for the 7 and returned it after a few days. It didn't feel the same as before.
 

Will22

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I have a couple. My cocoa one that I got about 3 weeks ago is peeling from all corners. kinda annoying. Really wish I could figure out how to make them feel like new again.
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Here's a photo of my black iP7 in ocean blue silicone case with matching ocean blue iPad Pro Smart Cover.

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jcorbin

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I have a couple. My cocoa one that I got about 3 weeks ago is peeling from all corners. kinda annoying. Really wish I could figure out how to make them feel like new again.
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That's unfortunate. I've read/heard that the leather ones are easy to scratch and rip. And also peel. It seems to be hit or miss.
 

iOSpecialist

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Silicone cases still holding up?
My midnight blue silicone case on my iPad mini 4 is getting a little worn on the corners but that doesn't hinder functionality at all. It just doesn't have the exact same texture as the rest of the case anymore.

However, the silicone and microfibre are separating around the charging port area, and I've used gorilla glue to repair it twice now. It's nothing too bad once you repair it but it's still there.

Other than that, it's holding up just fine! :)
 
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jcorbin

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My midnight blue silicone case on my iPad mini 4 is getting a little worn on the corners but that doesn't hinder functionality at all. It just doesn't have the exact same texture as the rest of the case anymore.

However, the silicone and microfibre are separating around the charging port area, and I've used gorilla glue to repair it twice now. It's nothing too bad once you repair it but it's still there.

Other than that, it's holding up just fine! :)
How long have you had it?
 

Dino F

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I initially bought a Midnight Blue leather case for my matt black iPhone 7 but at first I didn't like it as the matt black iPhone looked a little weird against the blue leather (the bottom part where its open), but got used to it in the end.

I'm now looking at getting the Midnight Blue silicone case as it seems to be slimmer than the leather case. Ideally I would like to use my iPhone 7 totally naked (I love the feel of the naked phone when transferring from one case to another), but I'm too scared I would drop it!! But saying that, I've never dropped an iPhone in all my life - not even once, so......?!?!??:confused:

....kinda getting a little fed up with my leather one!!!
 

Will22

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I initially bought a Midnight Blue leather case for my matt black iPhone 7 but at first I didn't like it as the matt black iPhone looked a little weird against the blue leather (the bottom part where its open), but got used to it in the end.

I'm now looking at getting the Midnight Blue silicone case as it seems to be slimmer than the leather case. Ideally I would like to use my iPhone 7 totally naked (I love the feel of the naked phone when transferring from one case to another), but I'm too scared I would drop it!! But saying that, I've never dropped an iPhone in all my life - not even once, so......?!?!??:confused:

....kinda getting a little fed up with my leather one!!!
I find the silicone cases to be ticker than the leather or at least feel ticker.
 
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jbachandouris

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My midnight blue silicone case on my iPad mini 4 is getting a little worn on the corners but that doesn't hinder functionality at all. It just doesn't have the exact same texture as the rest of the case anymore.

However, the silicone and microfibre are separating around the charging port area, and I've used gorilla glue to repair it twice now. It's nothing too bad once you repair it but it's still there.

Other than that, it's holding up just fine! :)
You're repairing it yourself? You do know that Apple is very generous when it comes to warranty replacement on cases, don't you?

I had the red leather, love the color, but HATE the 'patina' and they exchanged it for a black one.

I have a red silicone on order as I want to try out this case. Happy to read others having success with these.
 
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The Game 161

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sticking with spigen as these cases get dirt and stuff on them too easily and become greasy in the hand when you are sweaty for example.
 

Dino F

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Ive been using the silicone in midnight blue for a week and there is zero lint.
Just got mine today for my Matt black iPhone 7! First impressions are that it doesn't appear as a darker blue as I imagined for "Midnight Blue" - pretty sure my Midnight Blue Apple Leather case is in fact darker than the silicone version?!

It also feels much more slippery than the leather (silky smooth) but that could just be because its brand new (it's only been on the phone about an hour!!).

Will have to see how it feels after a few days of usage! I do love, though, that the phone feels a lot more slimmer than with the leather case on it!
 

iOSpecialist

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You're repairing it yourself? You do know that Apple is very generous when it comes to warranty replacement on cases, don't you?

I had the red leather, love the color, but HATE the 'patina' and they exchanged it for a black one.

I have a red silicone on order as I want to try out this case. Happy to read others having success with these.
There's only a one year warranty, and I've had it for about a year and a half now. It's alright I think. My own repairs have worked very well and it doesn't affect how I use my iPad at all anyway.
 
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jbachandouris

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There's only a one year warranty, and I've had it for about a year and a half now. It's alright I think. My own repairs have worked very well and it doesn't affect how I use my iPad at all anyway.
When I have exchanged iPhone cases, they have never even once asked me how old it is, they just replace it. That may not be the case with iPad cases, but it never hurts to ask. The worst they can do is say 'no.'

At least your repairs are working...
 

LatinaC09

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I have 2 of these for my jet black iPhone 7 (yes I put a case on it). I have an Ocean Blue that I got back in October with the phone -still looks new. A few weeks back I got the white one and it's holding up just as well. The Apple silicone cases are probably my favorite case. I love the way they feel in the hand.
 

Dino F

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I have 2 of these for my jet black iPhone 7 (yes I put a case on it). I have an Ocean Blue that I got back in October with the phone -still looks new. A few weeks back I got the white one and it's holding up just as well. The Apple silicone cases are probably my favorite case. I love the way they feel in the hand.

...don't you find them slippery at all? My Midnight Blue silicone case (which I only got yesterday), feels slippery as hell but wondering if that's because it is new and once the 'new silky smoothness' wears off, if it will then feel more grippy and rubbery like?!?!!
 

Will22

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...don't you find them slippery at all? My Midnight Blue silicone case (which I only got yesterday), feels slippery as hell but wondering if that's because it is new and once the 'new silky smoothness' wears off, if it will then feel more grippy and rubbery like?!?!!
Dino, no it doesn't get better, to me it feels slippery and that is after using it for a few months but I don't use a case that often.

Compared to the leather Apple case they are night and day, after a couple of coats of coconut oil.
 
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Booch21

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I got the silicone case, black, for my iPad Pro when it came out. I love the feel and when my hand is on the back side to hold it, I don't feel like it's going to slip out of my hand. I got the off white (grey) silicone case for my new iPhone 7 Plus and it feels slick but not so much that it feels like it will slip out of my hand. Now, I do have trouble going into the shirt pocket but is that the size or the silicone case or both? I recommend them for any device and will continue to use them. I've dropped the phone a time or two and it was fine. I've had good luck with them so far.