Why did apple not make bumpers for the iPhone 5?

famous600

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Just curious what you guys think.I always liked them and was disappointed to learn they arent making them anymore.
Apple itself may not make them but they are out there from 3rd parties. I'm looking to pick one up myself :)
 
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Small White Car

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I think it's because they were just Apple's solution to the whole iPhone 4 antenna problems. They seem to think that the coating on the iPhone 5 serves the same purpose.

I am kind of surprised they didn't keep selling them as many people liked to use them as sort of pseudo-case. But I guess it's not a business Apple wants to be in and is happy to cede that market to 3rd party companies.
 
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PNutts

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I had the same thought. I was going to go caseless but decided to get a bumper. I wonder if Apple is trying to separate the iPhone 5 from the antenna issue of the iPhone 4.
 
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famous600

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There's probably just not enough profit in the bumper game for them. I know when the 4 came out they lost money giving them away like crazy. I know I got a couple from apple for free. Maybe the sales for the 4 bumper just weren't that hot.......
 
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aneftp

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There's probably just not enough profit in the bumper game for them. I know when the 4 came out they lost money giving them away like crazy. I know I got a couple from apple for free. Maybe the sales for the 4 bumper just weren't that hot.......
It cost apple maybe $1 to make bumper and they were trying to sell them for $29.

Too many high quality Chinese knockoffs selling on eBay/amazon to keep selling them.
 
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MrGimper

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I think it's because they were just Apple's solution to the whole iPhone 4 antenna problems. They seem to think that the coating on the iPhone 5 serves the same purpose.

I am kind of surprised they didn't keep selling them as many people liked to use them as sort of pseudo-case. But I guess it's not a business Apple wants to be in and is happy to cede that market to 3rd party companies.
This.
 
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bamafever09

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I think it's because they were just Apple's solution to the whole iPhone 4 antenna problems. They seem to think that the coating on the iPhone 5 serves the same purpose.

I am kind of surprised they didn't keep selling them as many people liked to use them as sort of pseudo-case. But I guess it's not a business Apple wants to be in and is happy to cede that market to 3rd party companies.
That is along the lines of what I was thinking. I personally hate cases, but opted of a bumper because I felt anyway it didnt take away from the phone much. I imagine it didnt cost but a few cents to make so their profit margin was probably out of this world on them, but like you said I guess they just didnt want to fool with them anymore.
 
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Vctr

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May 24, 2012
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I think they stopped selling the bumpers merely because of public perception. If you sell the bumper, people will get the impression that the phone is fragile and therefore requires a bumper.

Also, as someone else mentioned, I think a lot of people still associate the bumper with the antenna issue problem with the iPhone 4. Apple probably wants to disassociate themselves with that issue as much as they can.
 
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darngooddesign

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I think it's because they were just Apple's solution to the whole iPhone 4 antenna problems. They seem to think that the coating on the iPhone 5 serves the same purpose.
Apple's actual solution was the redesigned antenna of the 4S. I do agree that people like the bumper design and apple should have released them as well.
 
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