∞ Report: Apple suspends sales of iPhone 4 slider cases

Apple has reportedly suspended sales at its retail stores of iPhone cases that slide over the devices glass back. The company is apparently concerned the cases could cause scratches and cracks in the iPhone’s glass.

[ad#Google Adsense 300×250 in story]According to a report on Cult of Mac, concerns of trapped dirt led to the decision to ban sales of the products at its stores. The glass on the back of the iPhone is not made out of the same tough material that’s found on the front of the device.

The snap-on cases are apparently not affected by this issue, according to the report.

Some of the products affected are even certified by Apple’s “Made for iPhone” program, but are currently unavailable from Apple.

Commenting on the Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 4, Ross Howe, Mophie’s vice president of marketing and new business development, said the product is available from the company’s website and AT&T stores.

Tim Hickman, CEO of Hard Candy Cases, said there is no issue and that it’s “a perception problem, not a real problem.”



  • I had a Griffin slider case for my old iPhone 3G that scratched the bejeezus out of the back, until I just started using it without a case. For my iPhone 4 I just use a bumper, primarily to soften the edges and protect it against tumbles.

    • Jim Dalrymple

      I’ve never used a case on any of my iPhones.

  • I learned when I bought my 1st gen iPod, never put it in a case. I had a nice leather case. That scratched the bejeezus out that shiny chrome back. First time. Never again.

  • danR

    no problem.

    All smartphones have the same problem. The problem does not exist. Slide it on another way. Scratched is cool. etc. etc.

  • Vamsmack

    GLASSGATE!