Apple may discontinue all silicone accessories, including cases
Get ready for a range of new accesories.
We are less than 24 hours away from Apple’s “Wonderlust” event, where the Cupertino-based company is all set to unveil the new iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Pro.
We are already quite certain of what to expect from the upcoming event. However, we have a last-minute rumor courtesy of MacRumors, indicating Apple may also discontinue its silicone accessories in addition to its leather leather cases.
While MacRumors didn’t mention its sources, the report suggests Apple’s decision to eliminate the silicone accessories “is not expected to be imminent, instead taking place via a more gradual transition whereby existing models are not refreshed with new color options.”
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The decision to remove the silicone is due to environmental and sustainability reasons. Apple is also eliminating leather for the same reasons. In addition, the silicone accessories will be replaced with those made from more eco-friendly materials.
Apple already sells a wide collection of accessories made of silicone rubber and fluoroelastomer materials, including Apple Watch bands, iPhone cases, AirTag accessories, and more.
So, eliminating the silicone material altogether will be a far more difficult task than eliminating leather, so Apple wants to move to a different material gradually.
New “FineWoven” premium iPhone cases
Starting with this year’s iPhone 15 lineup, Apple is removing its premium leather official cases and is expected to replace them with another premium range of iPhone cases, often called “FineWoven.”
The new cases are described as an imitation leather material, and some sources even refer to them as MagSafe environmental protection cloth leather cases.
There are also rumors about the new Apple Watch bands that will feature the magnetic clasp design and are reportedly made of the same woven material as the new iPhone cases. The new Watch band will reportedly cost $99, the same as the Braided Solo Loop.
The iPhone 15 event kicks off at 10 a.m. PT tomorrow. We will know for sure if there are any more surprises during the keynote.
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