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  • New iPhone Cases Must Pass Apple's One-Meter Drop


    It’s been reported that Apple has recently changed and updated their Made for iPhone (MFi) case licensing guidelines. Apparently the Cupertino-based company is making it so that all iPhone cases need to protect the phones from up to a one-meter or 3.2 feet fall. Case manufacturers will have to make sure that when the device falls, no damage will be made to the phone. The no damage rule applies to the phone’s side, back, and front according to 9to5Mac.

    The iPhone case will also have to protect the iPhone’s screen when it is put on its surface. A 1mm buffer must be present on the case from the surface to the glass screen. Currently, official Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases sold in stores meet the requirements the company is requesting of others. At the same time, certain materials like phthalates, perfluorooctane sulfonate, perfluorooctanoic acid, formaldehyde, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers have been cut from being used in iPhone cases. These materials are considered to be hazardous and therefore banned from being used.

    The licensing program for Apple’s MFi allows manufacturers to have a ‘Made for iPhone’ logo placed on their boxes and packaging. But in order to qualify, the products have to pass the companies’ guidelines and restrictions. Upon passing, they receive a certification, which notes that they have met the standards and requirements of Apple.

    Source: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New iPhone Cases Must Pass Apple's One-Meter Drop started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. magoo657's Avatar
      magoo657 -
      This is awesome news!
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Wonder if other companies have a "standard"...?
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Cool! Wonder what the standards are at other case making companies....?
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      I'm sure that 99.9% of case manufactures in China will completely ignore these guidelines and neither them or their customers will worry about a missing MFi logo
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rickuk View Post
      I'm sure that 99.9% of case manufactures in China will completely ignore these guidelines and neither them or their customers will worry about a missing MFi logo
      Yeah but the logo won't be missing
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      The MFi products will likely cost more. People like their cheap cases.

      Is the official leather case certified for this? I don't want to test it!
    1. luckyluch's Avatar
      luckyluch -
      That's AWESOME !!.
    1. sheltons.iphone's Avatar
      sheltons.iphone -
      I don't really see how a 1mm buffer around the edge of the phone will really prevent screen damage. How many times is the phone actually going to drop on a smooth surface unless indoors? None of these "MFi" cases will protect the phone outdoors unless it's like an otter box or has a physical screen protector.
    1. LeslieBee's Avatar
      LeslieBee -
      Quote Originally Posted by sheltons.iphone View Post
      I don't really see how a 1mm buffer around the edge of the phone will really prevent screen damage. How many times is the phone actually going to drop on a smooth surface unless indoors? None of these "MFi" cases will protect the phone outdoors unless it's like an otter box or has a physical screen protector.
      This is likely so you can lay the phone down on its face, rather then to prevent damage during a drop.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      I call BS on this one. I just picked up an otterbox case because a fall from 18" in my Apple Leather case caused my iPhone 6 Plus to get a scratched corner and a divot on the screen. $60 on Apple's case and another $45 on the otterbox. Talk about calling the kettle black. At least Apple never ceases to surprise me.