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Apr 12, 2001

The Naked Case, a new Kickstarter project, aims to protect the new scratch-prone Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with car-grade materials.

Naked Case creator JP Richards plans to use XPEL Ultimate Paint Protection films, known in the car world as offering excellent protection from rock chips and other road abrasions, to create skins designed for Apple's newest devices. The Naked Case measures in at 0.2mm thick, and it is guaranteed to be resistant to yellowing for up to 10 years.

XPEL makes highly scratch-resistant paint protection films that are able to heal themselves from scratches. Because they're designed for use on cars, the films are rugged and high quality, offering protection without causing damage to the finish or marring the look of the vehicle.

Those same qualities transfer well to skins for the iPhone, and the Naked Case delivers car-grade scratch protection that will keep the Jet Black iPhone 7 looking pristine. According to the Naked Case Kickstarter, while the product was designed for the Jet Black iPhone 7, since it's clear, it can be used with any iPhone 7.


Naked Case has even developed a special version for the Black iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which have a matte finish. The standard shiny finish of the XPEL film ruined the look, so for those devices, customers can order a Naked Case made from "Stealth" XPEL film designed for high-end cars with black matte finishes.

It should be noted that the Naked Case isn't going to be easy to install. On cars, XPEL films are generally installed by professionals. On the iPhone, the installation process requires water, soap, a hair dryer, and a whole lot of patience.

Naked Cases already has the XPEL film on hand, which will be custom cut to size for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at the conclusion of the Kickstarter project. Estimated delivery is listed as October, so backers should receive their skins quite soon.

The Naked Case for the iPhone 7 can be ordered for $30 CAD ($23 USD), while the iPhone 7 Plus version is available for $35 CAD ($26 USD).

Article Link: 'Naked Case' Protects iPhone 7 With XPEL Car-Grade Scratch-Resistant Skin


macrumors 68040
Sep 19, 2007
I don't like the cut out around the camera. It'd be better if they'd done a proper cut out of just the lens shape instead of that bizarre entire edge missing and now you can see a line of the case which is much worse than the "micro abrasions" you get using it naked.


macrumors 68040
Sep 19, 2007

You're kidding right? Id rather throw my phone at the floor and use it for a year looking the result of the drop that put anything like that junk on it.
[doublepost=1477689521][/doublepost]"Look, its invisible, no air bubbles, you can barely see it!"






macrumors regular
Jun 24, 2013
Try again. This will resist yellowing for up to 10 years. There's no way this cheap one will do that.

Average lifespan of iPhone is 2-3 years across owners. Average lifespan of cover per owner is maybe 12 months.
[doublepost=1477690617][/doublepost]Btw Zagg offered Military Grade idea 10 years ago. I used, was ok. But as pics show - always a bit noticeable

Speedy Dingo

macrumors regular
Jun 4, 2010
Guy looks a car salesmen...stay away...
"How much would you expect to pay for this amazing naked skin for your iPhone 7? Wait! Don't answer yet, because if you pledge now you'll also receive this patented iPhone 7 squeegee that removes all dirt and grime of your beautiful screen. Isn't that amazing?!! PLEDGE NOW!!"

He seems like a con-man to me.
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macrumors 6502a
Aug 28, 2007
How is this any different than Zagg or BodyGuardz? I've been putting BodyGuardz on my iPhones and laptops for years. In fact, I won't order the new MBP until there is a BodyGuardz available for it.
The bubbles go away after a couple of days and keep the items original cosmetic finish completely intact. Keeps the resale value nice and high.


macrumors G3
May 25, 2004
I have xpel on my car it's great, but then again I didn't install it. I rather have my guy do a custom job for it. Lambos, Ferrari, Porsche, and every other car costing $100,000+ , next to an iPhone 7 :D
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macrumors newbie
Aug 22, 2009
As an authorized Xpel dealer & installer....... Man, what a piss poor pattern design for the cut on that. spend a little more time in the design software and create a proper fitting pattern. Also, its an easy install if you use the installation gel.

Been doing this with all my phones for the longest time.


macrumors 603
May 14, 2012
We just wetsanded my friend's headlamps with 400,600,2000,3000 grit and then clear coat spray in succession and used carnubian wax and it came out like million dollars.
Hmmm I wonder if you tape or cover the cameras and parts if you could use the same clear coat paint procedure? At least the highly visible scratchable areas.


macrumors newbie
Oct 27, 2016
I remember when iPhone 4 came out...freaking AMAZING. How could you not love a phone...made out of glass with stainless steel (not aluminum) edges. The 4S was a design marvel too (well it was a 4 on Steroids thus the S). Ever since Jobs died they made a mockery out of the iPhone design. The GALAXY S7 edge has one of the nicest designs I've seen. Too bad it's Android and not IOS.
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