Better safe than sorry: Apple wants iPhone cases to protect from 1-meter drops

Better safe than sorry: Apple wants iPhone cases to protect from 1-meter drops
Your iPhone suddenly slips from your palm, headed for a quick and most unfortunate rendezvous with the ground. The shiny gadget collides with it display first, a horrendous crackling sound shakes the air, and you immediately realize that your iPhone's display is no more, not to mention the hideous dents that now surely grace the affected zone of your shiny Apple smartphone. Is there a worse feeling for the average iFan?

Most probably not, and Cupertino is perfectly aware of this. That's why it has recently updated its MFi licensing program, which requires the willing accessory makers for its iDevices to confront to some new guidelines. From now on, those that want, say, the “Made for iPhone” logo to appear on their cases will have to make sure that the latter will completely shield the iPhone from drops of up to 3.2 feet (1 meter), regardless of the device's orientation. That would probably suffice until Apple makes it phones drop-proof.

In particular, Apple now specifically requires case makers to make sure that their Apple-certified products protect the display from ground falls. Fortunately for said manufacturers, Cupertino offers them a choice – either make sure that at least 1mm of the case protrudes above the display or cover the latter completely with a built-in screen protector.

Well, if this is not sufficient enough for the more paranoid ones among you, Apple fans, you can always resort to one of the ultra-protective rugged cases (you can check out the more notable ones in the gallery below) to protect your valuable iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, but be advised - even those are not entirely bend-proof.


Looking for case for your Apple iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus? Feel free to check out these:

source: 9to5Mac via GSMArena

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38 Comments

1. RareCandy

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Love Apple Love Apple Go Go Go :)

8. dimas

Posts: 3345; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Love apple ripping off people by spending more money for the case go go go.

31. gregoryyy3 unregistered

How is raising case standards ripping people off? They're trying to reduce the amount of people who pay 99+ for a new screen.. you're literally stupid

33. TheMoltenD

Posts: 109; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

Because it makes people have to pay more for a case which will just lead to more cracked screens because nobody will buy them thats just wants a cheap one.

34. engineer-1701d unregistered

because they are paying hundreds for cases anyways now they can pay more for the apple guarantee case, stupid cheep phone that shattered on any impact

32. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple still rips off it's consumers making them buy a 80-90$ case.

2. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

How about they make a phone that can survive a drop? I have never seen as many cracked phones that I have seen Iphones. Don`t they use gorilla glass? How are they so fragile? I really don`t get it.

6. dimas

Posts: 3345; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

It's an admission that their current display sucks. They should went to gorilla glass 4.

9. ehenry818

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 29, 2013

The reason why their are so many iPhones with cracked screens is people don't put them in a case. Apparently many iPhone users like to admire their phones. Some do put them in flimsy cases that don't protect either. I have an iPhone 6 plus and the day I got it I put it in a Trident Case. I think it looks so much nicer in the case. I got the phone for the camera and some other feature not because of the way it looks. Honestly it is one ugly phone without a case

10. dimas

Posts: 3345; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Then why buy it if it's ugly and unreliable to drops? Can't phones be admired without the user being scared that it will be destroyed in one drop? It's a premium so it's supposed to be top grade for it's price yes?

12. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

he's an apple fan, just like me, a nokia fan, i would buy any phone with nokia brand on it, but accept the flaws of my phones, but other than that, I support my trusted brand, but for those wannabe fan, those fan who bashes other phones just to feel they are superior than others, those are the people who irritates me. smartphones or the company should be given credit where it's due but also criticize the flaws, an oblivious fan or isheeps we call are those people belittle android users and don't accept the fact that their phones are flawed, and try to argue with "you're just jealous because you don't have an iphone, or can't buy an iphone" I will smack their faces with money if i ever encountered one

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And you think we believe that?

25. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Who, me? Yes, actually. If you don`t, fine. I really don`t care. I know what I see, people drop the Iphone and the screen is cracked. A lot of people. Or the 5C, when the back falls off. Even though you can just snap it back in place.

22. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Ugly phone. Well that's your opinion because my 6+ is absolutely gorgeous.

30. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

and that's your opinion too. for me, the most gorgeous iphone was 4s, and 5s... if 5s has glass back also, that'll be my only choice.

21. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

I think its the metal - doesn't absorb the shock of impact as well as plastic, so more energy is transferred direct to the glass at the moment of impact. Metal is better in other areas, but for dropping I think its more compromised.

28. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

What are you talking about? My Moto X supposed to have gorilla glass, and it didn't survive a simple fall.

3. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

How about making an iPhone that can survive 1 meter drop in the first place?!?!?

5. nenadmitrovic

Posts: 64; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

They were thinking about that, but why, they will let others do their job, and sell it to stupid people

4. dimas

Posts: 3345; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

So apple is telling us that their overly priced gadgets can't be left unprotected so people should shell out more money just to babysit their premium phones? Funny that we don't see this insecurities from nokia, samsung or even motorola and sony.

7. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

how fragile the iphone6 is, some b*ach dropped my m8 last week and all it got was scratches and dents on the body, no damages on the screen or camera

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Men lie, women lie, videos don't.

13. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

videos are made by men and women though

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You just valiated my post

18. Meccalangelo

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Video: a recording of moving visual images made digitally or on videotape. So I take it you believe the Avengers exist..or a walking tree and talking raccoon are somewhere out there guarding the galaxy?

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I think you missed the point of his response, videos that you just stated are made by men and women, hence the video...is gasp, manipulated.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx elitewolverine. Post 18 didn't even deserve a response though. +1

26. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Wait... The Avengers don't exist? So New York was never under attack by Loki? And you can't prove there isn't a walking tree or talkin racoon out there in the galaxy!

35. engineer-1701d unregistered

i love the note 4 video showing the drop test the small gap allowing small shift and not cracking glass.

15. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Apple will then Start Charging High Cash Prices for these Cases,but the iPhone owners will stay pay the Over the Top Prices and Apple Laughing at them

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