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iPhone 4 slide-on cases can lead to cracked glass

Glass backing may be more fragile than it appears
By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices News | Posted: Oct 7, 2010 11:33 pm

Ever wonder about the extreme shortage of slide on cases available for the iPhone 4? Most of us had never heard of "bumper cases" until the Antennagate incident. Well, it seems that the antenna may not be the only flaw in the iPhone 4's design; the reason for no slider cases is that when you pull the slider back off, your iPhone 4 could end up looking like this:




According to Ryan Block of, the Apple engineers found out that slider cases can cause serious scratches if particles get between the glass and the case, leading eventually to cracks in the glass that you never know happened. This is why Apple had, until this week, blocked any third party cases from the Apple Store. Manufacturers who have signed on to give Apple a 10-15 percent cut of their profits for the highly desired and official "Made for iPhone" badge that allows cases to be sold in the Apple Store will most likely be out of luck. Keep this in mind when considering a case for your iPhone 4.



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