Apple’s recently released cases for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C have proven to be quite popular, carving away market share from popular casemakers such as Otterbox, though most iPhone owners don’t even know who makes the case they own. The latest data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners shows that 76% of iPhone buyers own a case for their handset. Of the people who purchased Apple’s new iPhone 5S, 15% bought Apple’s official premium case while 10% of iPhone 5C owners went with the company’s first-party accessory.
The data from CIRP suggests that some of Apple’s initial success came at a cost to Otterbox, which is the largest third-party case maker. For the previous generation iPhone 4S, CIRP’s survey found that Otterbox accounted for more than 50% of all cases in use. In contrast, Otterbox’s share of the newer iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C was just over 20% for each handset.
The largest percentage of iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C case owners simply don’t even know who makes the case they own. Among those polled, nearly half of all iPhone 5C owners indicated they don’t know their case’s brand while 30% of iPhone 5S owners were unsure who made their accessory – representing larger shares than Otterbox, Apple, or anyone else that was able to stand out. Other case makers such as Belkin, Griffin, Incase, Incipio, LifeProof, Speck and Spigen didn’t command a large enough share to be singled out like Apple or Otterbox. Collectively, they represented about 30% of iPhone 5S cases in use and just over 20% of iPhone 5C cases, according to the survey.
Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP, Mike Levin, had the following to say regarding the matter:
Apple targeted the biggest accessory segment by introducing new iPhone 5S and 5C cases with the launch of the new phones. Otterbox dominates the market for iPhone 4S cases, though, with over half of the market. A number of other case makers, including Belkin, Griffin, Incase, Incipio, LifeProof, Speck, and Spigen, each have a couple of percentage points in share of all three iPhone models. And, a significant percentage of all iPhone owners, including almost half of iPhone 5C owners, do not know their case brand or manufacturer.
What about you? Do you use a case? If so, which one do you prefer to use?
Source: Consumer Intelligence Research Partners via AppleInsider