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01-21-2011, 10:51 AM #1
Apple Readies Universal iPhone Bumpers Before Verizon Launch
Apple's solution to the perceived problem of iPhone bumpers designed for AT&T's iPhone 4 being used on the forthcoming Verizon iPhone has now become apparent. Meet the new universal iPhone bumper, which you may or may not have already seen in your local Apple store. While appearing largely identical to the original bumpers, there's now a larger cutout around the mute button. This change, of course, is necessary to accommodate its lower placement on Verizon's CDMA version of the handset.
If you're not a fan of Apple-made bumpers, have no fear. There will be no shortage of third-party companies cranking out GSM and CDMA compatible cases as well Verizon-specific iPhone 4 bumpers in the weeks and months ahead. Given the mind-blowing industry estimates of how many millions of iPhones will be sold this year as a result of Verizon's acquisition, the bumper business will likely be booming for quite some time.
Beginning February 10th, Apple - which still hasn't formally announced the new universal bumpers or even tweaked online descriptions of its cases - will make the iPhone available to Verizon customers for $199.99 (16GB) and $299.99 (32GB). Previous reports of Apple store employee vacation blackouts in early February have since been confirmed and now appear to directly correlate to the expected rush of traffic Apple stores will see when the Verizon iPhone debuts in less than three weeks.
01-21-2011, 11:01 AM #2
So will they be doing the whole free bumper thing with the verizon iPhone as well :-/
Buy and veriphone get a free bumper??
Am with AT&T but just thought I ask for those who will be leaving us for verizon in Case they were wondering the same??
Even though I seriously doubt it but still doesn't hurt to ask...
01-21-2011, 12:33 PM #3
i thought the whole point of the bumper was to solve the "Death Grip" issue. I'm would think that the Verizon iP4 wouldn't need a bumper. That's just my thought. I'm sure one of you in the know will correct me : )
01-21-2011, 12:54 PM #4
i did think they would have to make a different set of bumpers....well i guess they will but at least they will fit both phones so they only have to spend half as much money making the universal fit onesKing Los aka Los Ninyo
01-21-2011, 01:15 PM #5
01-21-2011, 01:59 PM #6
Interestingly enough, my INCASE bumper that I got as part of the free iPhone 4 case program already has an opening that goes quite a bit lower than the vibrate slider.
It would seem that some cases won't even have to be re-made at all.
01-21-2011, 02:34 PM #7
I love my iPhone without a case on it, it feels so much better in my hands.
01-22-2011, 02:23 PM #8
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