Otterbox just made the iPhone modular, and all it took was the Universe case

Otterbox just made the iPhone modular, and all it took was the Universe case

In the Year of the Modular Smartphone, Apple is sitting on the tribunes, waiting to see how LG and Motorola's efforts – the LG G5 with its 'Friends' family of attachments, and the Moto phones with modular backplates – pan out. We get why Apple is sitting this one out for the time being. So far, modular accessories are a quiet revolution, with the majority of users still more interested in landing great camera shots than remote controllable robots – which is why Apple is supposedly building a potent dual camera setup for its next flagship smartphones.

Anyway, while the gang at Cupertino is busy doing its own thing, case maker Otterbox decided there's an untapped market for a modular iPhone, took the baton from LG and Moto, and brought us the Universe case! Taking its design DNA from the brand's bulky, but still appealing 'Symmetry' case, the Universe case features a slotted rail expansion bay on the bottom of its back panel. This slot is where you'll be able to insert a motherload of attachments, made by partnering third-party manufacturers such as SanDisk, Olloclip, and PolarPro. These give the phone additional storage, payment processing, camera, and battery enhancements.

In typical Otterbox tradition, the case and accessories look like they can take a beating, rather as if they are headed towards a fashion show, but this has never stopped customers from being interested in the case maker's products. Available in black and white, the Otterbox Universe costs $50 for the iPhone 6/6s version and $60 for owners of the iPhone 6/6s Plus. The case and modules will be sold separately, in Otterbox's web store and retailers like Amazon.

Truth be told, the names involved and the quantity of products available at launch left us scratching our heads – how come LG, an international technological giant, couldn't land deals like these for the LG G5, whose Friends ecosystem still looks barren in comparison? See for yourself inside the slideshow below, where the accessories, brands, and prices are detailed and pictured.

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16 Comments

1. jdrch

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

Since when does iOS support external storage?

5. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

since a long time ago.... I used to use flash card readers with my old iPad 2 to view photos and some s**t, but haven't used that for awhile now. I wonder if they can make a slim module for a card reader, then we could just use sd cards as extra storage for photos and other files, which would keep most of the internal storage just for apps and music

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

For quite some time actually. Your just have to buy the fancy expensive proprietary BS cable. Some cables have unique attachments. Like some have a multi-card reader on the end of the cable, or USB and more. They just tend to be ridiculous in price though.

14. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Since when has this been "featured article" worthy news?

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that sandisk flash drive is huge compared to other flashdrive (OTG)... and I think all of them just make life harder, since your phone will get thicker, and you need to bring modules around, with slim chance to ever use it :-/

3. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

The bearded dragon with a shark costume is the best one! :D

4. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Word!

6. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Where can i buy this

8. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Apparently there is a seller that makes a bunch of costumes for bearded dragons. Just google it. It's hilarious. lol

7. sissy246

Posts: 6911; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Those cases are ugly, there are apps for Barcode scanning that are free and that little card scanner apple already has for cards is a lot better then that ugly case.

9. TheYellowFlash

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

These are just plain accessories for iphone. Not in G5's league

10. Bankz

Posts: 2463; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Mods are the next big thing..

11. macktraci

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 02, 2016

Found the link for the slide battery pack: goalzero.com/p/350/slide-battery-for-iphone-6-6s

12. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Ottercase made a case that has a modular feature. Ottercase did not make the iPhone modular.

15. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Holy crap that flash drive would have been ridiculously huge in the early 2000s, what on earth is the excuse when you can get 200GB microSD?

16. shield

Posts: 788; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

UGLY iPhone UGLY Modular :D

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