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Apple Introduces New Guidelines Requiring iPhone Cases to Protect Phones From 1 Meter Drops

Apple recently updated its Made for iPhone (MFi) licensing guidelines for case manufacturers, requiring all future cases designed for the iPhone to protect the device from falls up to one meter on hard surfaces.

As described by sources that spoke to 9to5Mac, to comply with Apple's new guidelines, case manufacturers will need to ensure that a 1 meter (or 3.2 foot) drop from any orientation will not cause any damage to the phone, on its front, back, or sides.

Cases are also required to protect the iPhone's glass screen when laying face down on a surface, with a lip that offers a buffer of at least 1mm between the glass display and the surface or a case that covers the display entirely. Apple's own iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases are compliant with these requirements, providing both drop protection and a ridge around the edges of the device to protect the display.

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Apple has also updated its guidelines with several environmentally hazardous materials that are no longer able to be used in the construction of iPhone cases, including formaldehyde (used in paints and adhesives), phthalates (plasticizer used for increased flexibility), perfluorooctane sulfonate (fluorosurfactant), perfluorooctanoic acid (fluorosurfactant), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (a flame retardant), and polybrominated biphenyls (a flame retardant). Many of these substances are already restricted in both the United States and in Europe.

Apple's MFi licensing program requires manufacturers that create iPhone and iPad accessories to comply with a strict set of guidelines to achieve certification that ensures the accessory meets Apple's performance standards.

The MFi program enables third-party manufacturers to use of Apple technology like the headphone jack, the Lightning connector, and more, and compliance allows manufacturers to use the "Made for iPhone" logo on their packaging, which ensures consumers that accessories work properly with the iPhone and iPad.


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22 months ago
Maybe they should make more robust phones.
Rating: 53 Votes
22 months ago
Umm, 1 meters - already compliant?

this is a dropped iphone 6+ in an Apple leather case. you know, one of the two that cost $50 right after they came out.

AFTER a .5 meter drop. Please take notice the fine details of CRACKS EVERYWHERE!!!
Rating: 36 Votes
22 months ago

Maybe they should make more robust phones.


The burden should be on the clumsy to protect their phones with extra bulk. I'm happy with mine thin without a case. No problems with durability here.
Rating: 16 Votes
22 months ago

this is a dropped iphone 6+ in an Apple leather case. you know, one of the two that cost $50 right after they came out.

AFTER a .5 meter drop. Please take notice the fine details of CRACKS EVERYWHERE!!!


If you're expecting a case to do the work you should be doing, aka being careful with your phone, you're probably holding it wrong.
Rating: 13 Votes
22 months ago
Apple, are you going to lead by example?
Rating: 9 Votes
22 months ago

Being "careful" has nothing to do with it! Maybe it does a little bit, but accidents happen! I've had three iPhones for 6 years, not have had shattered screen. But they've been saved by a good case during accidents many times. And that's the thing. They are accidents, they happen!


Don't bother, some people are just perfect and never have had any accidents whatsoever...
Rating: 9 Votes
22 months ago
Um what? How about no. I want my extra thin case because I DONT DROP MY PHONE...

I just want something on it to protect from scratches..
Rating: 8 Votes
22 months ago

If you're expecting a case to do the work you should be doing, aka being careful with your phone, you're probably holding it wrong.


Being "careful" has nothing to do with it! Maybe it does a little bit, but accidents happen! I've had three iPhones for 6 years, none have had shattered screen. But they've been saved by a good case during accidents many times. And that's the thing. They are accidents, they happen!
Rating: 7 Votes
22 months ago
Not a troll comment, I will never protect my iphone with an apple case ever again, the ipad cases are great but the iphone case suck, dropped my iPhone 5s last year while getting out of the car and cracked the entire screen, I was livid. The choice is yours though, good luck to you all... :mad:


AND My iPhone 5s looked like the iphone 6 plus in the above referenced comment just in case you wanted a picture. ������������
Rating: 6 Votes
22 months ago

I don't get it...how can apple force a third party company to ensure their product protects a device from accidental damage? Will the company be banned from making cases for their products?


I'm sure they won't be banned from making cases. Apple can't do that. They just won't be able to put the "MFi" logo on the case's box. I think MFi is a largely meaningless thing anyway. Most consumers I know don't even notice the MFi logo if it's there anyway -- nor do they have any clue what MFi means.
Rating: 4 Votes

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