New Otterbox Cases for iPhone 5s Will Work With Touch ID

Otterbox today sent out a press release announcing cases designed for the new iPhone 5s and 5c models, and specifically addressed the new Touch ID fingerprint sensor that will be built into the iPhone 5s.

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Because the company's bulky Defender Series of cases are designed to offer full device protection, it would seem that Otterbox might encounter some difficulties accounting for the home button and the fingerprint sensor.

However, Otterbox says all the its cases are "designed specifically to accommodate the new Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor technology, and all device functionality remains uninhibited by the case."
"Every Apple launch means new technologies that enhance the iPhone user experience, while at the same time create challenges for our products to evolve," said OtterBox CEO Brian Thomas. "We have very talented design and engineering teams working hard to anticipate new technologies and determine the most elegant solutions for our cases which complement the user experience. As always, the OtterBox team will lead with innovations in premium protective solutions for these new devices and welcome the challenges that each new product launch generates."
Defender, Commuter, Reflex and Prefix cases will be immediately available for the iPhone 5s, while Defender and Commuter cases for the iPhone 5c will be available soon.

Many other cases, like the aluminum iGlaze Armour from Moshi, will work fine with Touch ID because they don't cover the home button at all.

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Posted: 15 months ago


"Literally" the most misused word in the language has officially changed definition. Now as well as meaning "in a literal manner or sense; exactly: 'the driver took it literally when asked to go straight over the traffic circle'", various dictionaries have added its other more recent usage. "literally" can be used "to acknowledge that something is not literally true but is used for emphasis or to express strong feeling".


Yeah well - millions of uneducated people being wrong shouldn't make a thing right.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 15 months ago
i would literally rather walk around with a broken back than to put my slim iPhone in such an ugly "box"
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 15 months ago
Otterbox + Lifeproof = Litterbox
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 15 months ago

i would literally rather walk around with a broken back than to put my slim iPhone in such an ugly "box"


Time and time again, silly comments like these come out any time a strong case is released, and time and time again someone has to remind everyone that...:

*It's NOT about making it look nice, it's about giving it strong protection for people who are prone to damaging their devices or for those people whose daily environments (ex. at work) threaten the safety of their device without an advanced protection solution.*

And lucky for you, you don't have to "walk around with a broken back" (ridiculous exaggeration just to draw attention imo) because there are many cases *that don't look like this one.*
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 15 months ago

i would literally rather walk around with a broken back than to put my slim iPhone in such an ugly "box"


You may want to look up the meaning of the word 'Literally'...
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 15 months ago
Definitely function over form. In fact, without Otterbox, I would probably own a Nexus or Lumia. My hands are too big and skinny to handle the iPhone without feeling like it's going to slip out. The Defender makes the iPhone fit perfectly and protects well against multiple 6 foot drops onto pavement. The perils of being tall I guess.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 15 months ago

And lucky for you, you don't have to "walk around with a broken back" (ridiculous exaggeration just to draw attention imo) because there are many cases *that don't look like this one.*


I really hope he just meant a broken piece of glass on the rear of the phone, and not an actual broken human back.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 15 months ago

Yeah well - millions of uneducated people being wrong shouldn't make a thing right.


Except that it does. Language is not static, and if the common usage of the word changes, it changes. There is no "right" or "wrong" way to use language, there simply is the way it is used and how it has evolved.

(I work with linguists on a daily basis... believe me, I have heard this lecture far too often...)
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 15 months ago
Not otter box but Apple should be getting credit for ensuring that the touch ID sensor works with screen protectors. I'm sure Apple had done a ton of innovation here to ensure that ALL screen protectors work (including otter box).
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 15 months ago

What the hell were you doing???


I work weekends as an EMT in the club and party district of town. Sometimes the patients resent you, so they purposely aim at you. You never get use to the smell.
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