When Apple introduces new iPhone models every year, it always offers complimenting cases with brand-new colors. The company has offered both silicone and leather cases; however, this year could be different from then on.
Several reports have indicated that Apple could replace the premium leather cases in favor of a more eco-friendly approach. Today, one major leaker, @MajinBuOfficial, shared what appeared to be the next premium case offering for the upcoming iPhone 15 models. That case would be made out of woven fabric, similar to what Apple has designed woven-nylon bands such as the Sport Loop and Braided Solo Loop. This manufacturing approach would result in a smaller carbon footprint as part of Apple’s ongoing goal of being carbon-neutral by 2030.
Apple first offered leather cases for its iPhones since the introduction of the iPhone 5S. Over the next ten years, the company has brought several improvements such as the inclusion of more tactile aluminum buttons and MagSafe compatibility. Now, we could see the end of a decade-long era of iPhone leather cases as the company will be replacing leather in favor of woven nylon.
While many people would prefer leather for a more premium “patina” feel, overall, it will be better for the environment. Heck, Craig Federighi, Apple’s VP of Software Engineering, even joked that no cows were harmed in the making of the interfaces for both OS Mavericks and iOS 7 back in 2013 when the company replaced the leather skeuomorphic designs in favor of the modern flat UI.
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