You’ll need a new case for the iPhone 7—especially if you get it in jet black

Black is the new black.
Black is the new black.
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Apple rolled out a slew of product updates today (Sept. 7), the most important of which are the much-anticipated iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Physically, the new phones are actually not too different from their predecessors, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. But does that mean cases designed for the last iPhones are compatible with the new iteration?

Unfortunately, no. Most users upgrading to the new devices will still have to purchase new cases.

The dimensions of the new iPhones are similar enough to the old versions, but there is one notable difference: the size of the camera. Here’s a comparison of Apple’s own official iPhone cases, from its website:


Certain non-Apple cases for the iPhone 6S may be compatible, but most of them likely are sized for the old device’s camera. Bryan Hynecek, VP of design at accessories company Speck, tells Quartz that while old cases “may appear to fit the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, they won’t correctly fit the new iPhone’s stereo speakers and dual camera system” and that the company also recommends a case made specifically for the new model for better protection.

To save the additional expense, you could always opt to go without a case. But that’s not recommended for people who purchase the device in its new jet black color. According to Apple, that particular color’s “high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use.” Read: tons of scratches.

Oh well.