• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple at its finest...

    • Written by from Flint

    I recently upgraded to the 5S from the 4S and I got this case in black.

    First, I'd like to note that this case fits like a finely crafted Italian leather glove. I don't know how they did it but I'm sure only something designed by Apple for the iPhone could fit this perfectly. As for the reviews that say the case is too hard to remove, yes it is a little stiff, but only until you "break it in". And if it was any loser the leather would stretch and the fit would be compromised. It's like grandmas's secret recipe. You can put all the ingredients in and follow the recipe to the T but it just won't come out the same.

    Secondly, the color of the leather doesn't "fade" or "wear out." For those who complain about that, it simply isn't true because the leather is dyed all the way through. Sure it absorbs oils and lotions and whatever else is on the users' hands, but it doesn't fade. It's leather, what does one expect?

    Third, the price isn't high because 1) this is an Apple product and 2) you get the quality you pay for. If you want a cheaper case, feel free to spend $19.99 on something that won't last a month. You don't spend $2,000 on a MacBook Pro and complain that it's "too high" compared to a PC because, well, there is no comparison.

    I can't wait to see what Apple comes up with next.

    10 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it all around, but fragile on thin headphone/ charger cutout

    • Written by from colorado springs

    This is my second day with this case(black w/ space grey 5s) and I really do love the looks, and quality of the case. This is one of those things that you must pick up and try on your phone to really get a feel for just how nice it is. It's leather, but it's very smooth to the touch, like when running your hand across it, smooth feel and not textured like you'd think leather would be. The phone is very sleek inside it, it adds very little bulk. When using it you can clearly see the beautiful metal band along the side of the device, it provides a SMALL lip (lay on table) that protects the phone when placing it on surfaces, but during a drop I would expect the screen to touch the ground slightly. However if you used this case and a zagg extreme screen protector, it would have almost no chance of breaking under normal drops. I use a zagg full body original, and the back screen protector doesn't affect how it fits, the case does not touch the screen, so you would be able to use any screen protector without the case peeling it. I went to best buy, and peeled the plastic tape off of the bottom of the case package, slid it out, took it out and tried it on my phone and simply slid it back it and closed the container up so I could try it before buying it. The apple store most likely will not allow you to look at one before buying. I got it for myself the next day.

    BE WARNED: the thin parts of this case ARE fragile and WILL break if you put stress on them. The first time I tried taking my phone out (today) , the thin part on the headphone cutout BROKE..it straight up BROKE. It made a snap kind of sound, not very noticeable, definitely not visible if you're someone else looking at me use it, but I can still see it. It just happened and I do plan to exchange it at the apple store for a new one.
    When taking your phone out: pop it out at the TOP of the phone/case, as to not put stress on the fragile bottom headphone and charger slots. I should have known better, I knew you should take it out from the top..but I never thought it would straight up break not even a day later.
    Now I have yet to see how the case wears out, fades, dirties up so I have yet to comment on that. But keep in mind apple can not please everyone, and there will ALWAYS be those people giving things a one star blaming their incompetence on the product.
    Overall: be careful with it and it will be a great case that truly enhances the phones beauty not hides it.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    iPhone 5s Black Leather case by Apple

    • Written by from Chicago

    I was skeptical purchasing this case as I have always had an Otter brand case. I was VERY tired of a bulky case and really want to appreciate the beauty of the iPhone and it's slim/sleek size. I purchased the tan/beige colour first and took that back 3 days later to get black. Any colour besides black will discolour and stain to grey/black within just a few days. I am VERY happy with the cas and I'm very hard to please. I'm doing my best to not drop the thing, keep in mind it is leather and will scrape/scratch and become worn fast if you don't take some sort of care. Gave it 4 stars only because if you purchase any colour besides black, you will be very disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    WARNING! Great Case but..

    • Written by from Highland Heights

    I purchased this case on line - I love how it fit the phone, the feel, etc. It is a perfect accessory in line with Apple quality. BUT.... I had to return it because I could not use the lightning adapter on docking accessories that I had purchased for my older iPhone. The bottom of the case is maybe just a millimeter off which prohibits the appropriate connection. I thought I would just remove the case to dock it - but it is not easy to get the case off once it is on (which by itself is a benefit for the case.) If Apple ever changes this, I would repurchase this product at once.

    If anyone purchased this kind of case and didn't have the problem I have, please let me know. Maybe it was just the particular case I purchased that was the problem.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    great case but headphones cant fit

    • Written by from Bronx

    great case one very big flaw, if you have any other headphones other than apple headphone they wont fit.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    iphone 5S leather case

    • Written by from Falls Church

    I loved the brown case and it was exactly what I wanted, very slim and light, but... after two months of use, it got dirty and you just cannot clean it. I tried even with mild soap, etc. but with no success. It looks like it's been used for one year and this because I am very careful with it, I don't leave it on dirty surfaces, etc. So now I lost my $39 and will have to buy another case. It's a shame because it's a beautiful case!

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    An iPhone Case Guru Loves This Case!

    • Written by from Spokane

    I'm ashamed to admit just exactly how many iPhone cases I've purchased and used throughout the life of my iPhone 5. From LifeProof to Otterbox and Case-Mate to Speck, I've definitely discovered pros and cons of each case. Although each case differs immensely in features and protective capability, I've never had the feeling that I'm utilizing the best case on the market nor have I been truly satisfied.

    After purchasing an iPhone 5s, I decided to purchase the Apple-branded iPhone 5s case (Black) and commit to sticking with it for the duration of the life of my iPhone 5s.

    I am extremely happy with the build quality, sleekness, and overall esthetically-pleasing feel of the iPhone 5s case. It complements the iPhone beautifully and is exactly what I've been looking for all this time. I'm finally satisfied.

    Granted, the protective capability of the case doesn't equal that of LifeProof or Otterbox, but the most extensive abuse my phone receives comprises sliding in and out of my pocket everyday (which is very easy to do with the aniline leather).

    Finally a case that is worthy of hugging my treasured iPhone; and it does it with a simplistic style that only Apple could understand.

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    GOOD case -if yours got dirty CLEAN YOUR PURSE

    • Written by from LAWRENCEVILLE

    It's leather. Leather is a natural material that will absorb hand oil as well as all the nasty stuff that's in your purse or pocket. Most people appreciate the fact that leather develops a patina with age and will actually benefit from a little "road grime" . They pay hundreds extra for leather bomber jackets and the like that are "pre-worn". If you want a colored case that does not change patina over time - buy plastic. Leather is going to change with time. My wife bought one of these for her 5, and I think it ha held up very well and looks and works great - enough so that I'm going to get one for my new 5S.

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor design

    • Written by from Princeton

    Hard to imagine I am saying this about an apple product, but these leather cases are poorly designed:

    1. Poor Function: The opening for the headphones is too small, so it is hard to get your headphones to get a good connection. At first we thought something was wrong with the headphones, but it is actually the case. We had to take the case off everytime we wanted to use teh headphones.

    2. Poor materials: The leather case attracts dirt like crazy. We expected the leather to wear, as all leather does, but within a week the case just looked gross.

    3. Poor durability: After 5 weeks the case cracked in two places. I can't believe this cost $39. Asking for a refund.

    15 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    I didn't get the blue only because just by the feel of the case itself you can tell that the lighter colors would get dirty so fast. I purchased the black one and I've dropped my phone a couple times and the case protected it just fine with no signs of wearing. Due to the price of the case and it being leather you would expect it to be the perfect case, but like I said the feeling of the product itself just gives up the durability. If you get any color I would suggest the black. I love that its safe and thin with this case!

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent iPhone Case

    • Written by from Colchester

    I purchased the blue and black case for my silver/white iPhone 5s. Both cases fit the iPhone beautifully. Very impressive. The blue case looked great at first but started to show wear/tear after about three weeks. The black case seems much more durable and seems to have a slightly better feel than the blue one. I rated the cases 4-stars because of the durability concerns with the blue case. I plan on keeping the black case for a long time and will most likely buy another when this one starts to wear out. Again, I anticipate the black case lasting a good while. Quick note on Apple's attention to detail: the case is designed so that the metal edges are slightly visible around the iPhone. It looks amazing. Also, the speaker holes line up perfectly at the bottom. Solid quality,

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple case iphone 5s red

    • Written by from Bishan

    Without a doubt very nice case. I've spent nearly 500+ over just on cases and apple has made on of the greatest.
    I only have two problem with the case.
    It does not fit perfectly.. With the side like loose.
    And it gets dirty veryyyyyyy easily. Only three days and my red case is become black. I take very good care of it. I try to clean it off but no luck.

    I would recommend you guys getting a dark colored one .

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Thin & Simplistic

    • Written by from Holland

    love the style and look of this case, also the feel. very thin on the phone and is an awesome fit.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I do not recommend!

    • Written by from Wetumpka

    This case, while it looked good day one is so easy to show dirt and oil from your hands .. it makes it look really unattractive. Also, I take good care of my phone, I carry it by itself in my pocket and never put keys or anything else with it, yet after a few weeks the case already shows significant scratches and a gouge on one side.

    If that isn't enough, the case doesn't fit tight enough and I am constantly having to pop it back on. But then again, hope you never have to take it off, because that is a major ordeal as well.

    Go find another case and forget about this one from Apple!

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this case!!

    • Written by from Southern Pines

    I bought the blue leather case for my 5s and I couldn't be happier. I've had it a couple of weeks, and no, the leather is not stained. Maybe my hands are cleaner than average :-) It looks like new. I love the way this case feels in the hand, I love the way my phone looks with this case. The lightning connector fits perfectly and all the buttons work beautifully. The only thing that won't work with this case, for me, is my Square Reader. The cutout around that hole is too close. This isn't a huge deal for me but I think down the road Apple might consider making all the openings on this case a bit bigger. Overall, I find this case to be classy and perfect for my phone and me!!

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great case

    • Written by from Moses Lake

    I bought this case at the same time that I bought my iPhone 5s, and it's the only case that I've used since then. I've seen complaints about the case showing wear, but my case still looks like new. That might be because I have the black one, which maybe doesn't show wear like the other colors. I prefer minimalist cases, and this one fits the bill. The case is light, and it feels great in the hand. At first I thought that I might not like the case because I usually prefer to use a case that leaves the buttons and controls on the side of the phone exposed, but that hasn't bothered me at all. I've also read complaints about the case interfering with the connection of headphones. I use Skullcandy 50/50 earphones, and they fit just fine. If I had to buy a new case today, I would buy this one again in a heartbeat.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs some more work

    • Written by from Fremont

    These cases are great, and look great when they're fresh out of the box,
    after just a few days though they start turning black and there's nothing that can be done about it. I've tried every leather cleaner that I could find but still nothing worked. The Kardashian marriage lasted longer than my case and I really didn't do anything crazy with it, and generally it's just sitting on my desk or in my pocket, but it just sucked up every speck of dirt around and is impossible to clean!

    Apple please fix your formula! maybe coat it with something dirt resistant...or come up with a way to clean them and fill us in on it...40$ for a case that lasts 5 minutes is not the standard that us Apple customers are used to!!!

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Austin


    * Feels great in the hand.
    * Leather looks great in black.
    * Speaker holes in bottom speak to attention to detail.


    * Really have to press the power button to get it to register.
    * Audio on/off switch is hard to reach.
    * Lightning cable not accessible with docks (I don't use one but if I did I'd be annoyed).
    * Leather does not feel "genuine". It actually sorta feels like a high end plastic.

    Not sure I would recommend it.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    no protection

    • Written by from New York

    One month after upgrading to the 5s my phone fell from three feet while housed in this case and the screen completely shattered. not impressed...

    3 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product with a major flaw

    • Written by from Chicago

    When I applied the case to my iPhone, it fit like a glove and felt good to hold. No complaints from that end. BUT the major flaw is that the opening for the headphone jack is too small for some third party headphones, including BOSE. I returned the case the next day. Too bad Apple's design of the case systematically precludes the use of some popular headphones.

    6 of 9 people found this useful