Hands-On With the iPhone XR Clear Case From Apple

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    It took nearly two months following the on-sale date for the iPhone XR, but Apple's highly anticipated clear case for the colorful device is now available. We're not entirely sure what the delay was in launching it, and it's currently the only first-party case available for the iPhone XR, so we went hands-on with the new case to see how it stacks up.


    Apple's clear case is intended to show off the colorful rear shell of the iPhone XR, and it does a great job at that, with a crystal clear view of the phone itself all around. The case is a bit firmer than we expected based on our previous experiences with third-party clear cases, so Apple's case holds its shape well while also providing solid protection.

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    The iPhone XR Clear Case has a design that's very similar to Apple's other iPhone cases like the leather and silicone options for other models, with a raised lip around the front to protect your phone when placed or dropped face down and an open bottom that makes it easy to use gestures such as the Home screen swipe that starts at the very bottom of the screen.

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    It's not the most protective case on the market, but Apple has never been about providing maximal protection, so you'll have to look for other options if you're expecting to need anything more than protection from the occasional small drops.

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    The case unsurprisingly fits perfectly around the iPhone XR with ample clearance for the rear camera, although we wish the side button covers provided for a little more movement upon pressing to give the buttons a bit more tactile feel and that the ring/silent switch opening was a bit bigger to make it easier to access.

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    One common issue with third-party cases is that they tend to yellow over time after long-term light exposure. We obviously haven't had Apple's case long enough to know if that will be an issue, but we'd be surprised if Apple didn't take this phenomenon into account when selecting materials for the case.

    The iPhone XR Clear Case is priced at $39, which is in line with Apple's other first-party cases but substantially more expensive than many third-party clear cases, so you'll need to decide for yourself whether the price premium is worth it.

    Article Link: Hands-On With the iPhone XR Clear Case From Apple
     
  2. fumi2014 macrumors member

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    "Apple's highly anticipated clear case" - really? I had seen anything to suggest that.
     
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    Recent Apple QC indicates it probably WILL yellow
     
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    This case should cost $5. Paying more than $5 for a small piece of clear molded plastic, that’s a hard no.
     
  6. Mackinjosh macrumors 65816

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    The case is awful. Unless you enjoy cases that make hitting the volume buttons feel incredibly non-tactile. That's an issue I've yet to have with Spigen cases, and those cost a fraction of what this one does.
     
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    Just a few weeks ago no-one knew any Xr case was coming, then this clear case comes along.
    Did Apple ever had a clear case.... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
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    What is wrong with the Spigen clear case that cost a lot less? :)

    Wait, I know, it doesn't have an Apple logo on it! So how can Apple Fan Boy justify their purchase?
     
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    $15 for this Apple branded clear case Max.
     
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    Spigen or Otterbox.. and why does Apple hate to protect the bottom of its phones?
     
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    Never understood why people like clear cases (I get the reason for them) but my god they are ugly.
     
  12. JPack macrumors 68040

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    Similar TPU cases are available on AliExpress for $1 with free shipping.

    Even if those yellow, I'd have to replace those 39 times to break even. Not to mention those $1 cases tend to have much better corner protection.
     
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    Put an Apple sticker on it, you know, the ones you get with an Apple product.;)
     
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    More brazen propaganda from Mac Rumors. North Korea’s state run news media appears more nuanced than this site sometimes.
     
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    38 times.:p
     
  16. dazz87 macrumors 65816

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    40 bucks for a clear case.......... Great deal.......
     
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    Do we really need a 'hands-on' for a clear case?
     
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    If the phone is so thin and infuriatingly slippery and fragile that you have no choice but to buy a non-slip, grippable, protective case for it then you have to question just how important being thin and slippery and fragile is.
     
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    I want to know who at Apple hates protecting the bottom of the iPhone and why? This is the dumbest thing about all of their otherwise excellent cases.
     
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    People are forgetting the design and engineering cost that went into this case.

    In before someone else brings it up.
     
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    It was explained in the video. Gestures. As long as it is raised and not able to come in contact with a surface... What does it really matter?
     
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    Harder material does not equal better protection....If that was the case, imagine using bricks as airbags....
     
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    Why is everyone suddenly outraged about the price of their cases? They have always been $40 for silicone and $50 for leather. This isn't new....
     

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