Posts tagged: iPhone 5s

LifeProof RealTree Camo for Frē iPhone 5 / 5s $89

LifeProof iPhone 5 5s fre waterproof case camo

LifeProof used CES 2014 to announce that they will be releasing a realtree camouflage version of their popular waterproof cases for the iPhone 5 and 5s. In fact, they have released 4 color patterns for the camo cases:

  • Black/RealTree Xtra
  • Dark Flat Earth / RealTree Max5
  • Olive Drab Green / RealTree Xtra Green
  • Pink / RealTree APC

This comes on the heels of releasing a popular camo version for the iPhone 4/4s. The camo cases for the iPhone 5/5s are only available for the Frē line of waterproof cases, which include a thin screen protector for the phone. All regular functions of the Frē case are included, which you read about here.

No word yet whether a camo version will be available for the Nüüd line of touchscreen cases, or if a version will be released for the popular iPhone 5c.

The cases are debuting at $89 and are available on Amazon.

 

 

Review – LifeProof Nüüd for iPhone 5s: No Cover, Clear Back with Touch ID; $89

LifeProof Nuud for iPhone 5s touchscreen side front

LifeProof has extended their Nüüd product line and released a waterproof case for the iPhone 5s. Similar to their Nüüd case for iPhone 5c, this case is top of the line and feature packed. Instead of a cover or protector over the screen, the screen is left bare so you can touch it directly. Even so, the case is waterproof to 6.6ft (2m) for up to an hour. They have incorporated a thinner home button to allow for Touch ID and incorporated their clear back plate for styling.

LifeProof has reengineered the home button into a different material and different shape, as is visible above. The aggressive styling was done to incorporate connectivity with Apple’s new Touch ID verification system, which is working perfectly on LifeProof’s cases. To do this, they needed to add a thinner home button material that can transmit the fingerprint data, all while keeping the case waterproof. They might have redesigned the shape around it to help with the waterproofing or to add additional styling.

LifeProof nuud for iPhone 5s side view

Besides Touch ID, the phone has a long list of features. Multiple speaker and microphone vents insure that calls are clear and music can be played through the case. LifeProof allows access to all phone features and buttons, including power, volume, ringer switch, and home buttons. Waterproof headphone use is available with a an adapter, and charging can be accomplished with the phone in the case. The phone features a clear back piece, much like the similar Fre for iPhone 5s. This was also done for the iPhone 5c line of cases and may be LifeProof’s new styling direction. The case is very small and tight around the phone, and is very lightweight at 1.44oz. Both cameras are operational, including flash. The rear camera features a glass cover for optimal picture quality.

LifeProof nuud for iPhone 5s touchscreen clear back

While you can touch the phone’s screen directly, the phone is still waterproof. This is accomplished by a gasket seal around the perimeter of the touchscreen. This compresses when the case is closed, forming a barrier to water. Water can still contact the all glass screen of your phone, but it does not cause damage as it does not go anywhere. This is the feat of the Nüüd and makes it an awesome, minimal everyday case. You no longer have to worry about lag from interacting with a screen protector.

Dimensions, Ratings and Technical Specifications


Company: LifeProof
Title: Nüüd
Phone: iPhone 5s
Release Date: November,2013
Height: 5.45″ / 138.43mm
Width: 2.65″ / 67.31mm
Thickness: 0.56″ / 14.22mm
Weight: 1.44oz / 40.82g
Initial Price: $89
Colors: Black w/ clear back; White w/ clear back
Depth Rating: 6.6 ft, 60 minutes
Drop Test: 6.6 feet
Dust Proof: IP-68 rating
Crush Proof: n/a
Use Headphones: Yes
Waterproof w/ Headphones: Yes, with adapter
Charging Port: Yes
Home Button: Yes
Power Button: Yes
Volume Buttons: Yes
Ringer Switch: Yes
Camera: Yes
Flash: Yes
Front Camera: Yes
Front Sensors: Yes
Microphone Ports: 3
Speaker Ports: 2
Materials: Plastic, soft overmold
Closure System: Snap Fit, o-ring, plastic latch
Touch ID: Yes
Screen Protector: No – perimeter seal, you touch actual touchscreen

 

Overall, this case can be considered industry leading as it has everything you could want from a waterproof case for your iPhone. At launch, the case is selling for an industry leading $89 but that will drop over time. Lowest prices and free shipping can be found on Amazon.

 

 

Review: LifeProof Frē for iPhone 5s – Smaller, Lighter, with Touch ID; $79

lifeproof fre waterproof case 5s side view

LifeProof has released their flagship product for the iPhone 5s, the Frē. Available in the standard 10 color selection, LifeProof has improved on their existing line in terms of size and weight of the case. They have also redesigned the home button to be completely functional with Apple’s new Touch ID functionality.

LifeProof’s engineers have done a great job reducing excess material on this case. Compared to the Frē for iPhone 5, they have removed 5mm from the height of the case, 2mm from the width of the case, and 0.5mm from the thickness. This combines to make a case that is 2g lighter than its predecessor. The net effect is a smaller, more low profile case that better grips the size of your phone. Equal protection with less bulk and weight is always a good thing.

lifeproof fre waterproof case 5s side profile

Compared to LifeProof’s Nuud line of cases, the Frē features a thin, clear protective cover over the screen of the phone. It is strongly sealed to the top piece of the case, so water does not get anywhere near the phone. This also provides scratch protection for the strong glass screen of the iPhone 5s, offering better protection for your investment. The trade off is you have a then screen to contend with between you and the phone, which which might reduce how the phone feels in your hand.

LifeProof Waterproof case for iPhone 5s Fre all colors

While initially available in black and white, the Fre for 5s is available in a wide arrange of colors, including black, white, cyan, flat earth, magenta, teal, yellow, olive, and red. These are the same colors that came out in waves after the Fre for iPhone 5 was released. It is unclear whether more colors or different options will debut for the 5s version.

It is important to note that this case is backward compatible with the iPhone 5 – either phone works in it.

lifeproof waterproof case for iphone 5s fre headphone charging microphone speaker ports

This case features everything you know and love about LifeProof cases, including all functions, buttons, 6.6ft of waterproofing, shockproofing, and in case charging capability. Waterproof headphone connection is available on this model using special headphones. Full use of both cameras (the rear protected by glass), multiple audio ports and speaker ports allow you to take speakerphone calls or listen to music. The LifeProof engineers have created a thin film over the Home button that allows for transmission of Touch ID for Apple’s new fingerprint identification.

Dimensions, Ratings and Technical Specifications


Company: LifeProof
Title: Frē
Phone: iPhone 5s
Release Date: November, 2013
Height: 5.4″ / 132.2mm
Width: 2.74″ / 69.6mm
Thickness: 0.49″ / 12.45mm
Weight: 0.96oz / 27.2g
Initial Price: $79
Colors: Black, white, cyan, flat earth, magenta, teal, yellow, olive, red
Depth Rating: 6.6 ft, 60 minutes
Drop Test: 6.6 feet
Dust Proof: IP-68 rating
Crush Proof: n/a
Use Headphones: Yes
Waterproof w/ Headphones: Yes, with adapter
Charging Port: Yes
Home Button: Yes
Power Button: Yes
Volume Buttons: Yes
Ringer Switch: Yes
Camera: Yes
Flash: Yes
Front Camera: Yes
Front Sensors: Yes
Microphone Ports: 3
Speaker Ports: 2
Materials: Plastic, soft overmold
Closure System: Snap Fit, o-ring, plastic latch
Screen Protector: Yes
Touch ID: Yes

 

Overall, an outstanding case by LifeProof. The most impressive thing is how they reacted to the Touch ID curveball and could design and execute such a project under tough time constraints. LifeProof finds a way.

 


OtterBox Releases Preserver Series: Waterproof Cases for iPhone 5/5s/5c

Well it looks like the waterproof department at OtterBox is still alive.

After acquiring key rival and market leader LifeProof, they are back at it designing and releasing waterproof cases, now for the iPhone 5. The Preserver Series for iPhone 5/5s/5c is their latest effort since the Armor Series, a similarly waterproof series of cases for the iPhone 4/4s/5.

This time, the Preserver Series has an improved design, perhaps at the advice of their LifeProof colleagues. The case is designed for Apple’s latest line of phones, including the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c. The Preserver waterproof case features a two piece shell design with an interior foam piece for shock and drop protection. The inside of the case also has rubber bumpers to protect the phone from moving within the case and absorbing additional shock.

OtterBox Preserver black front waterproof case iphone 5 5s 5c

The O-ring is overmolded around the interior perimeter and surrounds a glass covering that protects the camera and flash so pictures are clear. The bottom ports for charging / microphone are the familiar two piece overmolded folding design and are padded. They are waterproof and allow sound to travel through but water cannot.

Notably, OtterBox has continued their tradition of a thin, waterproof screen protector over the front of the case, unlike the LifeProof Nuud. This is a great feature for some, and either they have not developed the Nuud-like technology or they do not want to compete in that arena with LifeProof.

The case is waterproof to 6.6ft (2m) for 30 minutes and is drop proof from 6.6ft. It is dust and ingress proof as well. The case comes with an adjustable lanyard so you don’t lose your case wherever you go.

More details as they emerge.

OtterBox Preserver waterproof case iphone 5 5s 5c
 


 

Catalyst Rebrands Survivor for iPhone 5s – $45

Pink Survivor + Catalyst Waterproof Case iPhone 5s

Catalyst Lifestyle has rebranded the Survivor + Catalyst Waterproof Case for iPhone 5 to the Survivor + Catalyst Waterproof Case for iPhone 5 & 5s. Didn’t really think that could get any longer. It appears the design was not modified for the biometric home button on the 5s but this is a great water specific case at a great price, $45 on Amazon vs. $70 on the Catalyst website.
 

 

Lifeproof releases Fre for iPhone 5s $55

Lifeproof Fre waterproof case iPhone 5s touch id

After some initial redesign to incorporate the new touch sensor main menu button, Lifeproof has released a Fre waterproof case that fully protects the screen of the new iPhone 5s. The case is similar to the Fre for iPhone 5 but has a redesigned home button control that appears thinner, shallower, and lower profile.

This redesign allows for the iPhone 5s to confirm biometric identification of the user using the home touchscreen, a new security feature released on the 5s. Thus, the user can identify themselves and immediately unlock the phone, or lock into sensitive apps or accounts. The fre style case features a built in scratch protector that covers the main screen, which forms part of the waterproof structure of the case.

lifeproof Fre waterproof case iphone 5s all sides

Technical Specifications

Here are specs from the LifeProof website:

Dimensions: 5.4” x 2.6” x 0.5” / 137.5 mm x 67.1 mm x 12.2 mm

Weight: 0.96 oz / 27.2g

Water Proof: Fully submergible to 6.6’ / 2 m for 30 minutes

Dirt Proof: Sealed from dirt & dust particles – meets or exceeds IP-68 Ingress Protection Rating

Snow Proof: Sealed from snow & ice – meets or exceeds IP-68 Ingress Protection Rating

Shock Proof: Withstands drops from 6.6’ / 2 m – meets or exceeds MIL STD 810F-516

Testing: Each of LifeProof’s cases are water tested before arriving at your door.

Compared to the original iPhone 5 Fre, the main difference is that home button which may account for the slight drop in total weight (from 1.05oz). Or perhaps the Lifeproof team has found an area to remove weight from the design.

Colors and Pricing

LifeProof iPhone 5s fre waterproof case colors
Due to the similarity in manufacturing, the Lifeproof fre for iPhone 5s is being launched with all of the same colors as the original iPhone 5 model:

  • Cyan
  • Dark Flat Earth
  • Lime
  • Magenta
  • Teal
  • Yellow
  • Black
  • White
  • Olive Drab Green
  • Red
  • And the best news is that this case is priced at a bare bones $55… a steal from the usual $80 Lifeproof cases.
     


     

LifeProof developing waterproof cases for iPhone 5s and 5c

Lifeproof developing iphone 5s and 5c waterproof case

It seems like LifeProof will be reinventing the wheel when it comes to waterproof cases for the iPhone 5s and 5c. After announcing the new iPhones on September 10th, LifeProof posted the above tweet about creating custom fit solutions for fre/nuud models for the 5s and 5c. Obviously, they quickly made a determination that they would have to go back to the drawing board. Likely, the 5s will borrow heavily from existing fre/nuud models but the 5c will be a brand new case to to the thickness difference (9mm 5c, 7.6mm 5s)

One can only speculate as to what is driving the redesign for the 5s (since it is the exact same size as the 5), but the fingerprint scanning touchsensor might be an unsolved issue. Not sure how LifeProof will be able to incorporate that functionality with a waterproof layer of plastic on top. If they can’t include it, how will they spin that into their marketing?

No updates yet on development, design or release dates.
 
Update: Fre and Nuud cases released for iPhone 5, 5c, 5s

 

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?

apple waterproof iphone logo
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.