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Apple wants all iPhone cases to pass the drop test


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Apple has reportedly updated it’s Made for iPhone licensing specs in a bid to ensure iPhone case manufacturers are doing enough to safeguard their handsets.

Under new guidelines, accessory makers in the MFi program must ensure encased iPhones can survive a 1m drop (about 3.2ft) unscathed.

That means no damage should befall any part of the iPhone when dropped from any angle onto a hard surface.

The new rules will hopefully save many iPhones that in the past have succumbed to drops, pocket-slips, sofa spills, fancy trying-to-look-cool twirls and everything in between.

Those wishing to gain Apple’s all-important certification must also add a 1mm lip around the edge of the device in order to protect the display from flat surfaces, while eschewing a host of materials the company has deemed environmentally unfriendly

One has to wonder whether the new guidelines have arrived with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in mind?

The new phones are decidedly thinner, lighter, less sturdy and a damn sight more slippery than the previous generations.

The company has already endured the “Bendgate” storm in a tea cup since the September release date. It doesn’t need another one with an iPhone display shattering every time one slips from the lap of that dude who always forgets it's there when he stands up.

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Via: 9to5Mac

Prem Desai

December 11, 2014, 11:05 pm

I think Apple (and other manufacturers) should rise to the challenge and design the phone's casing itself accordingly i.e. stop using the current horribly fragile aluminium .... Same for the screen - stop using glass.

I would love to have a phone that you can use as is - without putting on cases and screen protectors, etc.

Dan Pascoli

January 12, 2015, 5:41 pm

The headline implies that they've watered down an existing test. They want the phone (and/or case) to survive in actual use, not simply pass the test. Perhaps the headline should be "Apple wants all iPhone cases to survive 1m drops"

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