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Apple's smaller rivals unite to fight iPhone app store rules – Vancouver Courier



WASHINGTON — Spotify and the makers of Fortnite and Tinder are taking on Apple and Google as part of a newly formed coalition calling for “fair treatment” in the way the tech giants run their app stores.

The Coalition for App Fairness, a Washington-based non-profit, launched Thursday and will advocate for legal and regulatory changes, such as measures that could block Apple and Google from favouring their own apps in the iPhone and Android operating systems they control. The activism from smaller rivals adds to scrutiny the tech giants are facing from U.S. and European regulators and lawmakers.

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The group aims to be the “voice of app and game developers in the effort to protect consumer choice and create a level playing field for all,” said a statement from Horacio Gutierrez, head of global affairs and chief legal officer for music-streaming pioneer Spotify.

Apple is the group’s main target, though Google’s app store policies are also on its radar. Both companies this summer dropped the popular game Fortnite from their app stores after the game’s developer introduced a direct payment plan that bypasses their platforms.

Apple and Google both take a 30% cut from in-app revenue purchases, which has long been a sore spot with developers.

Fortnite’s developer, Epic Games, responded by suing the companies over what it sees as anti-competitive behaviour. Epic is backing the new coalition along with Spotify, online dating app maker Match Group, and other members including Tile, Basecamp, ProtonMail and European media industry associations.

In addition to the app stores, Big Tech is facing fresh scrutiny from antitrust regulators. As the Trump administration moves toward antitrust action against search giant Google, it’s campaigning to enlist support from sympathetic state attorneys general across the country.

The anticipated lawsuit against Google by the Justice Department could be the government’s biggest legal offensive to protect competition since the ground-breaking case against Microsoft almost 20 years ago.

Lawmakers and consumer advocates accuse Google of abusing its dominance in online search and advertising to stifle competition and boost its profits.

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The Best iPhone 12 Cases & iPhone 12 Pro Cases, From OtterBox To Casetify – Forbes



[Update 10/20: 15:21 iPhone 12 cases are now available for pre-order.]

With the first round of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders coming this Friday, you might be feeling a little anxious that you don’t yet have a case to wrap around your shiny new Apple device. 

Despite the fact that the iPhone 12 sports some of the most durable glass ever used in an iPhone display, the fact remains that the back of the iPhone 12 Pro is still normal iPhone glass, and the stainless steel that adorns the sides is just begging to get scratched or dented. 

Making it even tougher is the fact that there are even more options than before. Not only do you have to choose between plastic, silicon, clear, and leather cases. Now there are MagSafe cases to think about! 

Not to worry, I’ve got you covered, literally. Here are all the cases that are available for order or are coming soon to save your iPhone 12 from your slippery grip. Getting an iPhone 12 Pro instead? Not to worry, these cases will fit either phone.

Best iPhone 12 Cases With MagSafe

Let’s start with the cases that everyone is talking about. With Apple’s new MagSafe connector, they’ve created a whole new way to easily protect and customize your iPhone 12. Rather than twisting and bending your iPhone and the case to the breaking point, you simply pop the cases on and off using magnets embedded in the iPhone itself.

Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe

Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe

Of course, Apple is first out the gate with a new collection of MagSafe cases in a wide assortment of colors. I especially like the Kumquat paired with the new Pacific Blue iPhone 12 Pro. Apple’s clean design aesthetic really shines in their cases. And in-hand, the soft-touch silicone just feels nicer than other cases. The micro-fiber interior keeps your iPhone safe from errant grit that might find its way into the case.

Otterbox Figura Series

Figura Series Case with MagSafe

Otterbox is the only official third-party MagSafe provider at the moment and they’re making it count with their Figura series. These painterly cases are eye catching and remind me more of Impressionistic paintings than cases. They pop on and off just like Apple’s MagSafe cases and offer the protection that Otterbox is known for.

The slim profile fits the iPhone 12 perfectly and feels great in hand. The buttons on Otterbox’s cases are always just a little more prominent than the official cases, which makes them easy to find without looking. I also like that the raised edge of the case keeps your iPhone from falling flat on its screen.

Otterbox Aneu Series

Aneu Series Case with MagSafe

If you’re looking for something that’s a little more standard, Otterbox has also launched their Aneu cases. Like the Figura, these are slim, MagSafe cases, but they come in single or two-tone colors. The edges are a little grippier for better handholds and the raised edge of the case protects the screen.

Otterbox Symmetry Series+

Symmetry Series+

If you’re looking for the ultimate protection in a MagSafe case, then you’ll want to check out the Symmetry Series+ cases. These are rated to three times military drop standards and have long-wear antimicrobial coatings. The case itself is infused with a silver-based additive to inhibit microbial growth. It’s more expensive than Otterbox’s other offerings, but it’s also going to keep you and your iPhone more protected.

Best Clear iPhone 12 Pro Cases

Especially if you’ve picked up one of the new colors, you might be hesitant to cover up your new iPhone 12. That’s why these clear cases are perfect for adding drop protection (and maybe a bit more), while keeping your new device safe.

Casetify Ultra Impact

Casetify Ultra Impact

Made from 50% recycled materials, the Casetify Ultra Impact cases also have an antimicrobial coating to keep your iPhone 12 Pro germ free. The bigger bumpers on the Impact case will protect against drops of up to 9.8 feet. And like all of Casetify’s products, it’s fully customizable. If clear isn’t your thing, There are hundreds of designs and customization options on the Casetify site.

Apple Clear Case with MagSafe

Clear Case with MagSafe

Apple’s official clear case is a bit blingier than expected, with the MagSafe magnet that makes popping the case on and off prominently on display. Of course, clear magnets aren’t a thing, so that’s to be expected. But it makes for a bit of visual pop in what’s usually one of the more staid case choices.

Otterbox Symmetry Series Clear

OtterBox Symmetry Clear Series Case

This easy to install one-piece case from Otterbox is completely clear, so your color of choice can shine through! While it doesn’t have the antimicrobial protection of the Series+ cases, it still has the three-times military drop protection and is compatible with their full line of Alpha and Amplify glass protectors. It also comes in glittery and more opaque varieties if you want “clear, but with some style”.

Nimble Disc Case

Nimble Disc Case for iPhone 12/iPhone 12 Pro

If you’re looking for a clear case made from a truly unique material, then you’ll want to check out these crystal-clear cases from Nimble. Nimble cases are made from post-consumer compact discs (which are mostly made out of polycarbonate). The plastic is treated so that it resist scratches and yellowing, making sure it looks just as clear in a year as it does when you pop it out of the (plastic free) packaging.

It also has a permanent antimicrobial treatment so that your iPhone stays germ-free. Nimble has done edge-test drops of up to 6-feet, so you can feel confident that your iPhone 12 is protected from drops. I especially like that in every package there’s an e-waste recycling bag so that you can properly dispose of your old case (or earbuds or batteries). Doing so will get you 15% off your next Nimble purchase.

Best Traditional iPhone 12 Pro Cases

If you don’t care about magnets and clear cases aren’t your thing, don’t worry. There are plenty of traditional cases out there for your new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.

Totallee Thin Case

totallee Thin iPhone 12 Pro Case

Totallee cases buck the over-engineering trend and do something that could be called, well, “under-engineered.” Their Thin Case for the iPhone 12 Pro is .02 inches thick. It barely adds any bulk to the iPhone and yet it still protects the back glass and sides from drops and scratches. The raised lip around the camera keeps it protected as well. There’s even a clear version if you want to get more minimalist. 

Zagg Gear4 Holborn Slim

Gear4 Holborn Slim Case for iPhone 12/iPhone 12 Pro

Made from recycled bottles, the Holborn Slim is a great case from Zagg. The bumper incorporates D3O – an industry-leading high impact absorption material used in helmets and other protective gear.

While it doesn’t have the 20-foot drop protection of some other Zagg cases, it still has an impressive 10-foot drop protection. That’s well beyond what many slim cases provide. The Holborn case also uses their proprietary antimicrobial technology to keep your iPhone 12 Pro germ free.

Lifeproof Wake

Lifeproof Wake

Made from 85% recycled plastic the Lifeproof Wake is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to protect your device. Lifeproof works with commercial fishermen to reclaim fishing nets at the end of their useful life. Usually these nets end up in landfills or worse, cut loose and drifting on the bottom of the ocean.

Instead, Lifeproof breaks them down into black, dark green, or light green pellets, then turns that plastic into ultra-thin, drop-proof, one piece cases. There’s a nice wave design on the back of the case that makes it easy to grip as well.

Even better, when you can send the case back to Lifeproof when you’re done with it so that they can recycle it and use it in a new case (they’re even working on accepting non-Wake cases). For every purchase or registered case, they’ll donate a dollar to a water-focused charity. 

Otter + Pop Symmetry

Otter + Pop Symmetry Series Case

If you’re looking for a case with a Pop Socket built right in, then you have to check out the Otter + Pop Symmetry series from Otterbox. They have the three-times drop protection of the other Symmetry cases (but not the antimicrobial coating). The only caveat is that you might need to remove the Pop Socket when you wirelessly charge your iPhone. If you’re a plug-in charging type, then don’t worry about it.

Oakywood Slim iPhone 12 Case

Oakywood Slim iPhone 12 Case

Oakywood hand polishes the Cherry or Walnut wood that makes up the back panel of their durable bumper cases. The raised bumper on the front of the case will protect the screen in the even that you drop your new iPhone 12 on its face. 

The Oakywood cases look even better when paired with one of their wooden charging stations. They may not have the magnetic “snap” of Apple’s MagSafe charger, but they look undeniably better than anything Cupertino is putting out.

Gray Morpheus Carbodyne

Gray Morpheus Carbodyne

Gray’s Morpheus Carbodyne case might be “traditional” but it is in no way “standard.” The unique pattern on the back of the limited edition case stacks three sheets of carbon fiber in three different directions to create a unique, organic pattern. 

The rest of the case is aggressively styled with hard edges and raised angles that are eye-catching and far different from other iPhone 12 cases. It’s a case that’s meant to be talked about as its eye-watering price tag attests to. If carbon fiber isn’t your style, there are several titanium and aluminium backplates to choose from in a wide variety of colors.

Best Protective iPhone 12 Pro Cases

While clear is nice, you know that you need the most rugged protection available for your new iPhone 11. These cases are for you.

Lifeproof Fre 

Lifeproof FRĒ

If you’re looking for full waterproof protection, but want a recycled materials case, you’re in luck. The Fre from Lifeproof offers full wraparound waterproof protection and uses 60% recycled plastic. Fre features an integrated screen cover and can keep water away from your iPhone 12 for up to an hour in 2 m. of water. It also has closed speaker grates and a sealed (but still accessible) bottom port so that you don’t have to worry about gunking up your charging port. Lifeproof will donate $1 to a water-minded charity for every Fre purchased or registered.

Otterbox Defender Series Pro

OtterBox Defender Series SCREENLESS Edition Case

Built like a tank and easy to grip, the Defender Series Pro is a chunky screenless case that’s rigid and solid. It will protect your iPhone from drops (four-times military standard) and the port covers keep your charging port and mute switch free of debris. The soft microfiber backing will keep the glass back of your iPhone scratch-free as well. It comes with a belt holster that can double as a kickstand. As with most of Otterbox’s cases, the Defender Series Pro has an antimicrobial coating and is infused with a silver-additive to inhibit microbial growth.

Razer Arctech Pro

Razer Arctech Pro

All that extra RAM in the iPhone 12 Pro is perfect for next-gen mobile gaming (like the new mobile League of Legends title). Or maybe you took my advice and got a Razer Kishi controller. Either way, turning your iPhone into a gaming machine means one thing—heat. Add a case to a hot iPhone and that can mean disaster. That’s why I’m thrilled that Razer has released a new series of Arctech cases for the iPhone 12 Pro.

Gone are the confusing variations of the previous cases, now Razer’s thrown everything they’ve learned at a single next-gen case. The case has a layer of Thermapene inside that traps and directs heat out of the back of the case. That should keep your phone cool and protected. This year’s Arctech Pro line is also antimicrobial to keep germs from growing on your iPhone.

I also noticed that the interior bumpers are slightly thinner right around the areas where the 5G antennas are on the iPhone 12. It’s a nice touch and shows how dedicated Razer is to performance.

Mous Limitless

Mous Limitless

No, this isn’t a case inspired by Bradley Cooper’s character in a movie about mind-altering pharmaceuticals. The “Limitless” in this case refers to what you can do when you’ve wrapped your iPhone 12 in Mous’s torture tested case. They’ve dropped them from 45 feet in the air, kicked them with ice skates, rolled them down rocky mountain trails, and more to prove the effectiveness of their AiroShock material. 

The Limitless cases are as stylish as they are durable, with multiple leather, wood, and fiber choices. They also have a line of magnetic accessories that’s compatible with their line of cases. This is good, since the extra thickness of the case will interfere with MagSafe accessories like card wallets. What’s nice is that if you travel often, there’s a place built right into the case for extra SIM cards and a SIM removal tool. 

Best Leather iPhone 12 Pro Cases

There’s something about leather cases. They feel nicer in-hand, they look great, and the best ones develop a patina over time that’s completely unique to the user. Usually Apple has a leather case available right away, in fact there was a peek-a-boo folio-style case seen during the keynote, but it hasn’t materialized yet. In the meantime, you’ve still got great leather options. 

Nomad Rugged Leather Case

Nomad Rugged Leather Case

Nomad makes some of the best cases on the market today. The natural, vegetable-tanned Horween leather of the Rugged Leather case for the iPhone 12 Pro is a perfect example. It combines beautiful vegetable-tanned Horween leather with a rubber shock-absorbing bumper that can withstand up to a 10-foot drop. The leather of the case will age as you use it, darkening and developing the telltale scratches and imperfections of good leather.

There are also two lanyard attachment points on the bottom of the case in case you’re the type that likes to use a wrist strap with their iPhone. The colors available are also available in Apple Watch straps. So if you’d like your iPhone and Apple Watch to match, you can make that magic happen.  

Mujjo Leather Case

Mujjo Leather Case

I’m a fan of the Mujjo leather case for one distinct reason, they’re one of the only ones out there that comes in blue. I love the the new Pacific Blue colorway for the iPhone 12 Pro but hate to cover it up with black or brown leather. The dark blue leather of the Mujjo case isn’t just a perfect match, it’ll develop a rugged patina over time. This is a full leather case, including the sides, so you don’t have any ugly polycarbonate bumpers maring the design. 

Mujjo’s cases also come in brown, black, and a lovely hunter green. If you’re looking for a place to stick your cards, they have a wallet case available that’ll let you stash a couple of cards on the back.

Pipetto Magnetic Leather Case

Magnetic Leather iPhone Case

Pipetto added magnets to their leather cases before Apple decided magnets were cool. Their slim, form-fitting leather cases come with a special metal plate in the case that interacts with the bundled magnetic mount. What’s neat is that, while most magnetic cases interfere with charging, Pipetto has engineered a solution to maintain Qi charging compatibility.

I especially like that the buttons are anodized metal rather than the cheap plastic nubs you get on most cases. While the cases don’t work like the MagSafe cases do, I like that you get Pipetto’s entire magnetic mounting solution in one shot rather than having to buy additional accessories (or wait for them to be manufactured in the first place). 

Best iPhone 12 Pro Wallet Cases

The MagSafe Leather Wallet attachment highlighted the fact that there are plenty of folks out there that just aren’t interested in stuffing multiple things into their pockets every time they go out. And while a magnetic wallet sleeve is nice, we can do even better. 

Nomad Rugged Leather Folio

Rugged Leather Folio

The Nomad Rugged Folio is nearly the same as the Rugged Leather Case above, except in this case there’s an added cover that can hold up to six cards and some cash. The Rugged Leather Folio will also develop a patina over time and can absorb major falls and shocks. The only difference is that you might want to invest in a glass protector to make sure the cards don’t end up scratching your screen. 

Pad & Quill Bella Fino Wallet Case

Bella Fino iPhone 12 Pro Wallet Cases

Each Pad & Quill Bella Fino Wallet case is handmade using a single piece of American full-grain leather. They’re stitched with parathread and have a lay-flat cover that can hold 5-7 cards and cash. You can also add an optional elastic cord in several different colors to secure the folio (or not, they easily detach via a hook system).

The case is fully wireless charging compatible. The leather is guaranteed free from defects by Pad & Quill for 25 years. Which at first seems like overkill, but as long as your next iPhone isn’t larger than the case, you can easily remove the snap-in iPhone case and attach one to fit your next-gen iPhone. This is one folio case that you’ll be able to keep for a while. 

Spigen iPhone 12 Slim Armor Wallet

Spigen Slim Armor CS

The Spigen Slim Armor Wallet is a stealthy entry in the “wallet case” category. Rather than looking like an old school checkbook, this case looks like a sleek polycarbonate case. Slide the hidden door open and you can store two cards. 

Without the cards loaded, the Slim Armor Wallet is still wireless charging compatible. I’m impressed with how thin Spigen managed to keep the case. Especially since even Apple’s own MagSafe card wallet is more obtrusive. If the wallet model isn’t for you, then make sure you check out one of the multitude of iPhone 12 cases Spigen has to offer—everything from super thin, to clear, there’s even a case that you can attach to a bike mount. 

Best iPhone 12 Minimalist Cases

Alter Ego


Because every list needs a serious “WTF?” entry. Looking more like a prop from a science fiction movie or an anime, the Alter Ego cases from Gray are nothing like traditional cases. They’re more like titanium or aluminum sculptures that just happen to fit around your iPhone 12 Pro.

With anodized coatings and handcrafted details, these are truly unique pieces. Each “case” is part of a limited batch and they have the high price tag to prove it. If you’re interested be prepared to spend $1,399 or more and wait until early next year when production is complete.

Toast Wood Cover

Toast Wood Cover

If wrapping your iPhone in a metal framework that costs more than the iPhone 12 itself doesn’t interest you, but you’re still not keen on getting a regular case, then check out Toast. Toast was the “case” of choice for my iPhone 11 Pro Max and I plan on applying one of their real wood covers to my iPhone 12 Pro once it arrives. They’re easy to use, make your iPhone look great, don’t interfere with heat dissipation or wireless charging, and are the slimmest way available to protect your device.

Toast’s founder told me that he created Toast to provide “cases for people who don’t want cases” and this definitely fits the bill. With Toast my phone is protected, but isn’t any bulkier. The only issue is that Toast is a one-time solution. Taking it off your phone destroys the applique (but leaves no residue on your iPhone). If you’re the type that changes cases often, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

15:21 Cork Cases

iPhone 12 Cork case

15:21 cases are ultra-minimalistic, a pleasure to hold in hand, and one of my favorite cases in this roundup. It pops on and off easily, has a super slim profile, and feels great in-hand (even if the cork does catch a bit on pants pockets). The wraparound case protects the edges of your iPhone but leaves the screen completely unencumbered.

If you’ve ever tried to swipe in from the edge of your iPhone only to be blocked by the edge of a bulky case, you’ll understand why this is a good thing. Made in Stockholm using environmentally-friendly materials and production practices, they’re available for pre-order now.

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Hands on with Apple's MagSafe charger and silicone cases – AppleInsider



Apple’s MagSafe accessories have started to show up at customers’ doorsteps. We take a look at a few first-party cases, as well as Apple’s MagSafe charger, to see how they work.

A few readers had questions after AppleInsider posted its in-depth look on MagSafe last week. Here, we have an opportunity to answer those queries with a hands-on of Apple’s own accessories.

Apple’s MagSafe charger

As Apple just introduced the standard, the iPhone maker is one of the only manufacturers to currently have MagSafe products on the market. OtterBox has released a few cases, but it won’t be long before countless others flood the market.

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Ahead of the full launch of iPhone 12 — including November’s iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max debuts — we got our hands on Apple’s MagSafe charger and several MagSafe-compatible silicone cases. Apple is still readying a leather sleeve, leather cases, and wallets. The wallets, big enough to house credit cards, are on sale now though they don’t ship until November or December.

MagSafe charger

MagSafe for iPhone is what one would expect from a magnetic wireless charger. At first blush it looks like a scaled up version of the Apple Watch charging puck, at least the stainless steel version that comes with the higher-end models. The back of the charger sports a nice matte finish that resists fingerprints. Instead of hard plastic, the white center portion — the part that touches your phone — is soft and feels very similar to Apple’s silicone cases.

Apple MagSafe charger

Apple MagSafe charger

A roughly three-foot USB-C cable is permanently affixed to the charging puck and should anything go bad with the cable the whole thing is bound for a landfill. If you didn’t assume by the slim packaging, no power adapter is included.

Apple MagSafe Charger versus Apple Watch charging puck

Apple MagSafe Charger versus Apple Watch charging puck

Apple says you need at least a 20W USB-C power brick for its MagSafe charger if you want the maximum 15W of wireless power. Apple does offer its own, but we prefer a few third-party choices like the Anker PowerPort Nano III.

Charging iPhone 11 Pro with MagSafe charger

Charging iPhone 11 Pro with MagSafe charger

MagSafe is compatible with the Qi standard, which means that the iPhone 12 be juiced up by Qi chargers, while the MagSafe puck can charge Qi-enabled devices. We tested this ourselves with our AirPods Pro and our iPhone 11 Pro Max — both of which worked without issue. It even charged our Samsung devices we had in the studio.

Charging AirPods Pro with MagSafe charger

Charging AirPods Pro with MagSafe charger

When connected to a Qi phone like our iPhone 11 Pro Max, there is a slight magnetic attraction which does a decent job of keeping the puck in place. It helps align our phone better than normal Qi wireless chargers. We can even sit and use our iPhone while it charges and the puck doesn’t come free. That said, it isn’t a very strong attraction and easily falls off with quick motions. It wasn’t designed to be useful for these phones, but rather the iPhone 12. This is just a nice benefit.

Unfortunately, it does not charge our Apple Watch. Apple Watch still uses a proprietary charging method that is based around Qi, but is not compatible.

Apple silicone MagSafe-enabled cases

The second MagSafe accessory Apple released is an upgraded version of its silicone cases. They have the same feel as before, and the same physical makeup, just a new shape. Unlike OtterBox, which simply glued a MagSafe-compatible insert into their cases and called it a day, Apple sandwiches the magnets in between the case’s back panel and microfiber lining.

To designate the MagSafe location, the inside of the case has a plastic indicator that looks like a sticker. Do not try to peel it off…

Inside of Apple's silicone cases

The inside of Apple’s silicone cases

Aside from the ring in the center, there is an additional magnet array at in the six o’clock position which is used for alignment. The MagSafe charger doesn’t utilize this piece, but it is necessary for accessories like wallets that need to be correctly orientated on the handset to function.

Since we don’t have our iPhone 12 yet, we can’t test charging the phone. We can, however, test connecting the MagSafe puck to our case. One of the most-asked questions was regarding the strength of MagSafe’s magnets. At least to the case, the attraction is substantial but not overpowering.

When you lift your phone off the table, the charger will for sure be taken along. This can be good if you want to charge while holding your phone, but bad if you always want to disconnect as it requires two hands. Of course, there will soon be a slew of MagSafe chargers like stands, docks and other stationary designs.

We put a dummy iPhone 12 into the case and were able to let it dangle without either the phone or case coming free. A vigorous shake did break the bond. Based on early looks, it seems that there will be a slightly stronger connection when a real iPhone 12 is present.

Plum, Pink Citrus, Kumquat, and Product(RED) cases

Apple’s Plum, Pink Citrus, Kumquat, and Product(RED) silicone cases

Another question we heard was whether or not the puck had to be facing any certain way. The puck can, in fact, rotate but not too easily. It doesn’t have a fixed orientation, but the silicone-on-silicone creates enough grip to prevent free rotation. This is great because you can have the cable positioned at any angle.

These accessories are a great first start and we will continue to test them and some other early third-party accessories in the coming days, especially when we get our hands on the new iPhone 12.

There’s been some discussion as to whether or not MagSafe will be iPhone 12’s killer feature, and regardless of where you stand on the matter, chances are you will eventually have some form of MagSafe accessory. From our first look, that’s not a bad thing.

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Apple Issues Expensive Shock For Millions Of iPhone Buyers – Forbes



Of all Apple’s new iPhone models, it is the midrange iPhone 12 which is expected to be (by far) the biggest seller. But Apple just confirmed large, stealthy price hikes which may change that.

Spotted by The Verge, Apple has quietly updated its official Repair Page to reveal the iPhone 12 will cost up to 40% more to repair than the iPhone 11. This means it will now cost as much as the iPhone 12 Pro for some repairs, despite using inferior parts. 

Let’s put some numbers on this. The headline change is for screen repairs out of warranty. The charge for an iPhone 11 was $199, but the cost for an iPhone 12 has skyrocketed to $279. This is the same as the iPhone 12 Pro (and iPhone 11 Pro before it), despite the fact the iPhone 12 uses a cheaper OLED panel with lower brightness (800 vs 625 nits). 

It is a similar story if you navigate to Apple’s Other Damage repair page. Here Apple has increased iPhone 12 repair costs for anything it classes as ‘other damage’ (liquid ingress, cracked back, etc) to $449. This is a $50 increase over the iPhone 11. The iPhone 12 Pro costs even more at $549, but this remains the same price as the iPhone 11 Pro. 

All of which (somewhat conveniently) makes Apple’s AppleCarePlus insurance policy borderline essential. For the iPhone 12 this costs $7.99 per month ($149 upfront) or $11.49 per month ($219 upfront) with added Theft and Loss for two years of cover. You still have to pay an excess on top of these plans as well: screen damage $29, accidental damage $99 and (if you have the plan) theft or loss $149. 

And there are further stealth costs to iPhone 12 ownership. If you plan to buy sim-free the phone will cost $30 more at each price point than Apple advertises, because the $799, $849 and $949 price points require you to sign a two year carrier contract. You will also need to pay an extra $40 if you want a wall charger ($20) and EarPods ($20) as they are no longer included in the box this year. 

The end result is, compared to a 64GB iPhone 11 launch price ($699), you’ll need to spend $870 on a 64GB iPhone 12 with the same accessories, while the 40% increase in screen repair charges means taking out an AppleCarePlus plan on top is virtually essential. This brings your total spend for a 64GB iPhone 12 to over $1,000. 

Whether this is cynical exploitation or ingenious business acumen, is likely to divide opinion. But all those iPhone 13 leaked upgrades are suddenly looking better and better.


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