Category: iPhone

Apple Event Scheduled September 10th, 2013: No waterproof cases yet for iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s

Apple waterproof case iphone 5c and 5s invite

Per TechCrunch, Apple has scheduled an iPhone-centric event on September 10th. The invite hints at various pastel colors, and the rumor is a less expensive iPhone 5c and successor, possibly called the 5s, will be released.

So far the manufactures have remained quiet and there are no known waterproof cases in development for either phone. Of course, the manufacturers will not be far behind and it will be interesting to see how protection evolves for the less expensive 5c. Ideally for suppliers, the 5s will share the same frame (size and controls) as the iPhone 5, but if not it will be a whole new ballgame of design and go-to-market.

iPhone 5s Release Date: June 2013?

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TechCrunch is reporting that a manufacturer based in Shenzhen, China has plans to ramp up production for an iPhone 5s launch in June, 2013.

Of course, these rumors are run of the mill and rarely amount to much. This one claims to corroborate based on a presentation catalog, link to mega-manufacturer Foxconn, and a ‘confirmed’ delivery date. We shall see.

Either way, the iPhone 5s will be an opportunity for iPhone 3Gs / 4G users to upgrade to the new style. If there are significant hardware changes, it will be interesting to see how waterproof case manufacturers respond.

More New Colors for Frē: Lime, Light Blue, Red

LifeProof Fre iPhone 5 new colors

Just as we post that LifeProof has released new colors for their iPhone 5 waterproof case, they send out the above tweet showing that more new colors are on the way. It looks like a lime, light blue, and red version are in the works and should be shipping soon. But where is the popular pink model from the iPhone 4/4s?

No details on the release date for these, but we imagine they will be at the standard retail $79 price point.

Perhaps more details from LifeProof as they are at the SXSW trade show.

New Colors for LifeProof Frē for iPhone 5

LifeProof iPhone 5 Fre Cyan front

 

LifeProof has released new colors of it’s waterproof Fre case for iPhone 5. Besides the traditional black that was available at launch, the new colors include White, Cyan (pictured), Earth, and Magenta. The cases are priced at the standard $79.

These new colors are being released faster in the product life cycle compared to the original LifeProof for iPhone 4/4s, which only had black and white for many months.

Apple iPhone 5 Released; Not Waterproof Yet

iPhone 5
The iPhone 5 was debuted today, the latest in the strong line of Apple iPhones. Here is what we know so far about this new phone:

Pricing
  • $199/$299/$399 for 16/32/64GB version w/ 2 year contract
  • Preorders start Sept 14th
  • Launching quickly worldwide
Physical Specs
  • 7.6mm thick (18% thinner than 4s)
  • Weighs 112 grams (20% lighter than 4s)
  • Larger 4 inch display, 326 pixels per inch
  • 44% more color saturation, thinner and sharper with integrated touch
  • Allows for 5 rows of icons + shortcut buttons
  • 3 microphones (bottom, front, back)
  • New Lightning 8 pin dock connector
Technical Specs
  • Dual channel wifi up to 150Mbps
  • Added HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, and LTE
  • New A6 chip twice as fast, 22% as small as A5
  • Unique dynamic antenna can switch connections
Camera Specs
  • 25% smaller
  • 8 megapixel,IR Filter
  • f/2.4
  • Panorama feature
  • 1080p HD Video
  • Improved stabilization
  • Take photos during video
  • Front camera shoots 720p video

We will wait and look for new waterproof case designs, notably from Otterbox and LifeProof.

And, contrary to the silly rumors and speculation, Apple did not Liquipel the iPhone 5 making it ‘waterproof’. What effect would that have on (replacement) sales?