With the launch of the iPhone 5 imminent it makes sense to consider the implications of this new device from the point of view of those who want to buy and protect it. Indeed Apple phones are always expensive and fragile, but will a change in screen size result in case alterations?
Apple's Case History
Following the launch of the iPhone 4 in 2010 there was something of a scandal surrounding its new antenna system. Since it sat on the outside of the device, some users found that holding the phone in a specific way resulted in sudden signal loss and dropped calls.
Although Apple was slow to admit the fault, it eventually caved and worked on a software fix whilst also rolling out free mobile phone cases for users who were affected.
When the iPhone 4S emerged in late 2011 it took the same form factor as its predecessor although possessed a better antenna setup, which meant that cases were no longer required if you wanted to avoid signal issues.
However, it has always been sensible to choose a case for the iPhone 4 and 4S because the use of premium materials and the long term value retention of pristine handsets means that keeping your mobile safe will let you sell it on when the time comes to upgrade.
iPhone 5 Alterations
For many people the upgrade cycle will be defined by the release of the iPhone 5, which is going on sale later in September. Those who purchased cases for the iPhone 4 or 4S will probably be able to recoup much of the value from this handset if they sell it, then use this to pick up Apple's cutting edge mobile device.
Whilst reports suggest that the iPhone 5 will still have a slim body with an external antenna band around the outside, it is also going to have quite different dimensions than any of its predecessors.
This is largely down to the fact that Apple is endowing it with a four inch touch screen display rather than the traditional 3.5 inch unit that has been a feature of the iPhone range since 2007, even if it did get a
pixel boost in 2010.
With a bigger screen the new iPhone is elongated and slimmer than its precursors, which means that people who choose to purchase it upon its arrival will also need to get new mobile phone cases in order to ensure that they can protect their investment.
There should be the usual array of basic silicon cases and better quality leather-bound examples, although many will have to resist the urge to parade their iPhone 5 in its naked form in order to make sure that it is safely swaddled in some kind of covering that will help to avoid unwanted damage.
Committing to a long contract and getting an iPhone free is a popular way to acquire an Apple handset, but if it breaks or becomes damaged it can be traumatic. As such a case for an iPhone is a sensible purchase and one which will only become more important when the iPhone 5 arrives.
Harry Wilson is a tech writer and phone expert who regularly covers launch events and writes product reviews for various sites. He has used CellPhoneShop to check out various mobile phone cases in the past and believes in preserving handsets with protective coverings.