By Todd Bernhard on Wed, 07/08/2015
Steve Jobs and Jony Ive didn't want their iPhones in a case. They worked so hard to design such a beautiful piece of equipment that it felt sacriligous to ensconce them in anything. When the iPhone 4 shipped, Apple added bumpers which still left most of the naked phone visible. "AntennaGate" forced the tech giant's hand and it offered bumpers or third-party cases for free. With the iPhone 5c, however, Apple not only offered a case, it deliberately made it part of the design, with the colorful "swiss cheese effect." But a case is useful for more than aesthetics. Cracked iPhone screens are commonplace and battery pack cases make long-term on-the-go usage possible.