The Official iPhone 5s Case Was Almost As Hideous As The iPhone 5c Case

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The official iPhone 5c case isn’t exactly Apple’s most widely acclaimed product design ever. Even if you love it, you have to admit it looks a lot like those brightly-colored, foam rubber shoes with the holes in them known as Crocs. And if you’re like me, and think the iPhone 5c case is pure trash, it seems almost insulting that Apple overlooked the iPhone 5c case’s design flaws and released it anyway.

According to a new report, though, Apple wasn’t just about to unleash the so-called ‘Croc’ case on consumers once, but twice. Not only did Cupertino intend for the hole-filled design to be the official case for the iPhone 5c, but they wanted to give the luxury, high-end iPhone 5s the same treatment.

Take this with a grain of salt, but over at his official blog, Michael Andrew is claiming that a source within Apple has passed on a prototype case which shows the iPhone 5c case was almost used with the iPhone 5s too.

This design, says Andrew, was almost used universally across Apple’s September iPhone launches, until cooler head prevailed and decided that premium leather cases without polka dots were more in-keeping with the iPhone 5s’s austere dignity.

Andrew claims the iPhone 5s case differs from the 5c case in the following ways:

Instead of the seven-by-five grid of holes that is on the back of the released iPhone 5C case, the case for the iPhone 5/5S sports a subtly different six-by-five grid of holes.

Unlike on the iPhone 5C case, the top and bottom of the iPhone 5/5S is not protected by the silicon case.

There’s a fair chance this ‘prototype’ is fake, it has to be said. Cases are easy to make, and I don’t have any doubt there’s some Far East casemaker pumping out iPhone 5s cases modeled after the iPhone 5c case by the thousands even as I write these words. Still, from my point of view, it looks like iPhone 5s owners dodged a bullet.

What do you think? Would you put this case on your iPhone 5s? Let us know in the comments.

  • DJBabyBuster

    It continues to boggle my mind that people pay hundreds of dollars for a sleek slim iPhone (excluding the c) and then bungle it up in a case of any type. The bulkier, the more alarming. Seriously otterboxes, wtf. Is it that hard not to drop something you paid so much for?!

  • Eric

    I completely agree with your sentiments DJ. But surprisingly or not so surprisingly (depending on your point of view), there are many clumsy people out there. Or they really don’t think too much about taking care of their investment. Yes, I do consider spending $800 for a phone an investment. lol I see many people literally tossing around their iPhones. You’d think, that they think, it was completely indestructible and scratch proof.

  • TheMacGuy

    Well, DJ, its not that I can’t take care of my iPhone, its that I’m afraid that 1 drop will mess up everything. Cracked screen, scratched and dented back, etc would result in a few hundred dollar repair.

    I’m personally using the Lifeproof Fre case because of the winter conditions (don’t want my iPhone wet). Although, most of the year, I use a bumper case from “Best Case”. Its just like the bumper Apple made for the 4/4S, but it is for the 5.

    If the iPhone was cheaper, maybe I wouldn’t be as protective. I never had a case for my other cell phones, ranging from LG Chocolates to EnV3s and Alias 2s.

    Would I buy this case? Yes, as long as it’s under $5. Anything more then that, I would pass. Even Apple’s case for the 5/5s is a little pricey.

  • yihuanchuang

    I felt the exactly the same way when I first saw iPhone 5C cases, it really not looks good but I was surprised when I got the chance to touch the case, the quality and the material were actually not that bad.
    However, I still couldn’t stand the case didn’t cover up the text on the back, it looks kind of disturbing for me.
    NOW, I found a highly simple and fun product called Rainbow Drop, which could easily solve this issue. It’s colorful, easy to put on and I even could make variety of patterns on my iPhone 5c case. It is really cool and interesting, you have to check it out http://igg.me/at/rainbowdrop/

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