So, Apple decided to kill the iPhone-case industry?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by agkm800, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. agkm800 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2009
    Bumpers look okay, but the 4G design will surely shrink the iPhone-case industry.
  2. pika2000 macrumors 68040

    Jun 22, 2007
    Look at the iPod shuffle. You would think nobody would need a case. ;) Really, there are a lot of phones out there where you don't really need a case, but that doesn't mean companies would stop making cases for those.
  3. Mkz macrumors regular


    Nov 23, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    I don't think so.

    The bumpers look ridiculous and if you're bothered about protecting the sides you might as well get a case for the back as well.

    I'll be getting a case purely because the back is glass.
  4. normwood macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2008
    In a house...duh!
    Probably not in the slightest. New cases with more holes in them. The Iphone case industry will thrive as usual.
  5. agkm800 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2009
    I am talking about the 'sales'. Sales will decrease for sure.
  6. pika2000 macrumors 68040

    Jun 22, 2007
    Again, look at the iPod shuffle. I don't see companies complaining about their sales being down when the 2G shuffle was out with aluminum body. Same thing for the iPod nano (you don't really need a case for 2G, 4G, and 5G nano). Besides, the focus now is to make cases for iPad. ;)
  7. Kristenn macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2009
    They will just make cases for the new iPhone and people will need to buy a new case. Looks like more life than death for the iPhone case industry.
  8. Mitch1984 macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2005
    Think again, have you seen the video. It's not like normal glass, it's stronger than plastic.
  9. Apple-NoEscape macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2010
    United Kingdom
    It's still glass in my books so i am protecting it, also over time everything scratches and I hate that.
  10. pika2000 macrumors 68040

    Jun 22, 2007
    Well, there you go, a reason why companies making cases won't have many issues selling cases. ;) As long as people think they need a case, they'll buy one.
  11. fishmd macrumors 68000


    Jun 18, 2008
    Sunny South Florida
    I can tell you I have something like 10 cases for my iphone 3GS, but do not think I would buy one for the 4G. Only thing I might do would be get a Zagg for the back of it or something. That should be enough for this one. Great design! No more scratch prone glossy plastic back!
  12. Apple-NoEscape macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I would love apple to bring out a bumper with a glass backing, that way I protect the sides and back, yet it won't change the design of the phone as drastically as cases do now.
    I know it sounds stupid but I like my iPhone looking like an iPhone.
  13. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    I'm surprised one of the bumper colors wasn't clear. That would've been nice.
  14. cdinca macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2007
    I agree with you 100%

    probably wasn't necessary for me to post that, but whatever.
  15. STEVESKI07 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Washington, DC
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    I will be getting a skin for the front and back and probably some sort of easily removeable case that will fit on top of the skin for times where I'll need a little extra durability or water protection. This is what I do currently and I love it with my 3gs.
  16. AbjectEvolution macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2009
    All I want is a nice slip case. Remember the old iPods and how they came with the cloth slip case? I want something thin that I can slide my iPhone 4 into and then push it out when I need to use it. That way if it falls out of my pocket or off a table while in it's slip case, it won't dent or scratch.
  17. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
  18. tttexxan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2007
    Shrink???????? Heck NOOOOO Its going to grow leaps and bounds!!! Think about all the people that are going to be upgrading...All those useres are going to need another bumper or case. Then all the other buyers of people selling there 3 g or S will need a case....Ummmmmmmm they are going to make a killing!!!!!!!
  19. virx macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2009
    I always wondered why people were buying cases and screen protectors to make phones larger and less responsive. I guess that if they did it for earlier iPhone versions, they would do the same for iPhone 4. :p
  20. iphonegeek786 macrumors 6502


    Nov 18, 2009
    I want a case that will make my 3G look like the Iphone 4.
  21. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    Yeah, I was surprised at that as well. I hope some other manufacturer makes a clear one.
  22. Mystikal macrumors 68020


    Oct 4, 2007
    Irvine, CA
  23. pcguru83 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2006
    Charlotte, NC
    This is some pretty crazy strong glass apparently. From the iPhone 4 video:


    From the iPhone 4 Design page:

  24. tctony macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2009
    I don't get a case to protect against scratches, I get a case to protect the glass against the inevitable drops on cement its going to face so that the glass doesn't shatter.
  25. nep61 macrumors 6502

    May 17, 2007
    Exactly. And at the typical $24-$29 or more each for a piece of molded plastic or rubber, the iPhone4 case business will most certainly thrive.

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