Otterbox Defender iPhone 5 cut for iPhone5s

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  1. jeegnesh, Oct 29, 2013
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    jeegnesh macrumors member

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    I wanted to get the iphone 5 defender case for a 5S, because I like the extra protection the 5 case has over the 5S, i was worried about control center, but it seems its just technique from what I have read elsewhere.

    What I was interested to find out though from iphone 5 defender case owners, if you lift the button rubber away, can your finger reach the home button, i was thinking about cutting the rubber off so that I could still use the touch ID unlock, but for that i need my fingers print to be able to touch the home button, and i wasn't sure if there was sufficient room.

    Any help would be most appreciated.
     
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    My question is can I use a "5" Otterbox Defender case, which I have, on a 5S? I have no intention of using the damned fingerprint sensor.
     
  5. jeegnesh thread starter macrumors member

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    I have read people have done this and it is fine, as physically the phones are the same. Some say u have to press the home button down a bit further as the 5s home button is a little more recessed or stiffer.

    If you have the 5 case and the 5s phone, any chance you could try answering my question that if u move the rubber cover off will fingerprint still work?
     
  6. HiRisk macrumors 6502

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    No ****.
     
  7. Munitalp macrumors 65816

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    Depending on the color, it's only $10 more for the new 5S version on Amazon... Not really that much of a difference.
     
  8. jeegnesh thread starter macrumors member

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    Anyone?

    Will finger print still reach if the rubber is not there? Can home button still be depressed?
     
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    I don't have any firsthand experiences with cases as I always have my iPhone naked. However, reading some case reviews and whatnot, those with a front screen integrated with the case have a special/thinner material around the home button. This, of course, is to ensure that TouchID will still work. While the iPhone 5 cases are cheaper, they probably won't have the same material around the home button. Cases that are 5/5S are interchangeable with a 5, but sometimes, it isn't for the 5S.
     
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  11. jeegnesh thread starter macrumors member

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    I;m not concerned about the price difference, both models can he had elsewhere for decent money.

    As mentioned I just have a preference or feel the 5 case offers more protection, however I don't want to forgo touchid unlock as that was one of the main reasons for me moving to the 5s
     
  12. reed857 macrumors newbie

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    I bought the iphone5 case without thinking much (for 7.99 @ woot.com) and then I went and got the 5s.

    Case is great, but I started to like the touch id feature while I was waiting on the case to show up. with that said I tried multiple ways to try to get the case to work and still use the touch id. you can get it to work if you pull the home rubber back, but its not perfect and its annoying and defeats the purpose for me. I was thinking about cutting back the rubber and using a dremmel to smooth the rest of it down so its easier to use.

    Worst case if this doesn't work I will get the preserver or the fre. hope this info helped.

    also anyone know if there is a good walk through of altering the 5 case? thanks.
     
  13. Robster3 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, i do works fine. The control center works if you push up near the left of the home button. I don't us ID either, pain in the but.
    If i was buying new i would get the 5S one though.
     
  14. jeegnesh thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks that does really help, so it will work with the rubber removed.
     
  15. sandeeppathak macrumors newbie

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    Hey Jignesh

    So did u try it is it working as it should please confirm I m also thinking to buy a 5 defender case rather than 5s case
     
  16. jeegnesh thread starter macrumors member

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    I was a bit eager, was doing my research early as I got a few trips where my nice looking case will not do the job. i have added it to my stocking filler list, so I can let you know but it will be some time still, sorry. Current amazon price for the case seems worth the risk anyway.
     
  17. sandeeppathak macrumors newbie

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    hey I ordered the case and what it seems as per my conversation with retailer is that touch id would work with the index finger but you have to take of the rubber each time ,

    I shall receive the case by Friday max so I can let you know if you want about how it goes

    I think i can live with using the touch id with index finger by removing teh rubber.... lets c
     
  18. jeegnesh thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes please I would most likely plan to cut the rubber but I hope it's more then just index finger, touch id was one of my reasons for upgrading to a 5s or so I told myself
     
  19. Knockworstface macrumors regular

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    I returned the case for the 5s and exchanged it for the case for the iPhone 5. Better protection and if I want to use the fingerprint sensor I could just cut the rubber home button protector off and still have the bottom of the phone protected which the case for the 5s doesn't offer.
     
  20. sandeeppathak macrumors newbie

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    Have u tried it I am yet to receive my case however could u please post some pics or may be a video how touch if works by removing the rubber

    Thanks
     
  21. sandeeppathak macrumors newbie

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    Ok so I got my case today yes it works without any issue

    For now I am not using the touch I'd however if u want to use it u better cut the rubber it will be better
     
  22. jeegnesh thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks buddy, all this recent talk made me order the case. However glad to hear that, is that any finger or index finger only as described above.
     
  23. jeegnesh thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok got me case, good protective casing as I wanted, as for cutting out the home rubber button I'm not going to do it because touchid will not work for my thumb, works for the other fingers but thumb is what gets used most to unlock and not enough of my fat thumb will touch the surface area. So I'll just forgo touchid when I use that case for specific activities.
     
  24. AE14 macrumors 6502a

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    I took the protector out of the new defender and let my moshi ivisor in. Much better
     

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