updated 10:18 pm EDT, Thu September 13, 2012
Upgrades of existing cases, military-grade protection offered
Following the unveiling by Apple of the iPhone 5 yesterday, case and accessory manufacturers have started to make products for the new phone. A number are opting to create cases with unique selling points, such as military-grade handset protection, with some designs appearing to be similar to cases for the iPhone 4 and 4s, albeit with obvious modifications for the new size and port placements.
Griffin is offering a large range of cases for the iPhone 5, including a number of hard-wearing options. The Survivor Military-Duty Case is designed to meet or exceed US Department of Defence Standard 810F, built from shatter-resistant polycarbonate and silicone, it claims to protect against a number of environmental factors. The Protector range shies away from the military-style protection, instead being made from silicone with custom cutouts for access. Adding a millimeter of thickness to the iPhone 5, the Reveal is a one-piece transparent case with thin rubber edges, with the intention of adding as little as possible to the phone.
The Chevron, Mustachio, and Wise Eyes are all a one-piece polycarbonate shell with a patterned design, while the Moxy collection has two layers of protection and jungle-inspired patterns. Continuing the wildlife theme, the KaZoo and Animal Parade are soft silicone cases that look like animals. KaZoo has an elephant and a monkey to choose from, and the Animal Parade consists of a koala and a tiger design. The Griffin cases are due to be released in the near future, starting from $20 and rising to $50 for the Survivor series.
CM4, another case manufacturer, has announced their Q Card case. Made from rubber, it features an in-line fabric wallet sleeve that can hold up to three cards plus cash. A Screen Guard lay-flat design protects the screen with an extra protective bezel. It will be shipping in early October for $40, in a range of four colors.
Sena has a line of hand-crafted leather cases for the iPhone 5 as well. Ranging from $30 to $60, the cases are made from European leather, and and include options for a magnetic flip cover and built-in wallets.