• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good case but it has its issues

    • Written by from Palm Coast

    Pros: It's very thin. The edges of the case on the front go past the screen just a little so the screen doesn't touch when you lay the phone down on its face. It is a hard case so it will presumably protect the phone quite well. The screen side edge doesn't overlap the screen at all, making moving icons and things a lot easier than with previous cases.

    Cons: Button covers are non mechanical so it is possible that it will be difficult to put the phone to sleep or wake it up. The fit is so tight that getting the phone in and out of the case can be incredibly difficult - so much so, I'm a little worried I might scratch or hurt the phone. I'm not sure what the legal definition of "leather" is but I got the brown case and I can't confirm or deny that this is actual leather. When purchasing a leather case I expect a certain 'feel' and while this case may look a little leathery it lacks leather's tactile advantage as the case is slippery and doesn't squish or respond the way you'd expect leather to - it feels more powder coated than made of leather.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It will deter theft of your iPhone

    • Written by from Richmond

    I got the brown leather case for my iPhone 5s the same day both were released. I loved it! It looked great! Felt great in my hand and it protected my nice new iPhone! After five months of use it still feels good, it still protects my iPhone, but it looks horrible! There are no rips or tears or anything, it is just dirty and old looking. Apple warns "the appearance will change with use". It should say "becomes really ugly really fast". On the plus side it looks so bad it will probably deter theft of my iPhone!

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks bad after only a few weeks

    • Written by from BLOOMINGTON

    I hate to make a negative review, because I LOVE APPLE, but this case is not up to normal apple standards. I purchased this case several weeks ago at the Apple Store. I originally loved the case, and the feel of it against the 5S was perfect. However, after only about 2 weeks, the case started to look very worn. The sides started to "rub off", and the color has faded immensely. In addition, the area where you plug the phone in, broke. I have never experienced case issues like this before, and after only 2 weeks, I really regret the purchase. I am very good with my phone, never have any chips, repairs, etc, and my cases always look new, but this one is another story, ugh! Save your money, don't purchase.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Feel, Poor Durability

    • Written by from Thornhill

    I bought the saddle brown case in October and loved the look and feel. I don't mind the tight fit like some of the reviewers, however, the material gets very dirty in a short period of time. For this price, I would expect the case to be able to last longer. My guess is the black case is the best option with leather.

    It is clear Apple is not doing a lot of basic testing on their accessories which is really disappointing. I will go back to the more reliable aftermarket cases.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please don't waste your money.

    • Written by from Hauppauge

    I dropped my 5S once from the height of my pocket with the case on, and the screen shattered. This case feels nice, but offers 0 screen protection. The leather also begins to wear and literally tear within the first few days. This $40 case ended up costing me $350 to replace my 5S. Buy a functional case.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Leather Case

    • Written by from Edina

    Purchased this case in black today for my black iPhone 5. I had been in the market for a genuine leather case for awhile. This case caught my attention right away. I had an Apple employee grab me a display case so I could feel and see how it was before buying. I thought about while taking a good look at the other cases available. A few of the other leather cases were appealing but weren't sleek enough for me. The Apple leather case was a perfect combination of quality and sleekness. This case feels great in your hands. The fit on the 5 is dead on. The top and side buttons work exceptionally well for a case. The microfiber inset is a nice touch also. This case is suppose to "wear" over time given that it is genuine leather. I am excited to see how well this performs in the long run. $40+ tax compared to the average $50+ tax from competitors.

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    1 month later - The best iPhone case I've found

    • Written by from San Antonio

    I'll start off by saying that I've had this case in the color brown for about a month now. What I look for when case shopping are three different things: quality/fit, design, and protection. In my opinion, apple hit the head on all of these. The phone case is made out of leather, so yes, you're going to have to take care of it differently than a plastic case. After 1 month of use, the case has started to get a nice patina around the edges that will hopefully continue to cover the rest of the case. Yes the color has changed, and yes the edges are darker, but it is LEATHER and in my opinion, this is what gives leather character. If this is a problem for you, but a plastic case. Second, the fit is perfect. It is snug on the phone but is not impossible to get off like others have mentioned. With that said, if you plan on removing the case all the time, this isn't for you. If you're like me, and remove the case once every couple months, you will likely appreciate the fit as I do. Lastly, the design is perfect. It is thin, light, and offers the protection you need with out turning your phone into an armored brick. The edge is slightly raised above the screen to protect it when dropped, and the leather will likely absorb more impact than a piece of plastic. The cut out for the charger and speaker are done with precision, and the buttons are fully protected and accessible at the same time. So with this said, in my opinion apple nailed this. It's not for everyone, and especially not for those who do not like the natural characteristics of leather. To those I say, go buy a plastic case instead.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Glassport

    Looked great when I first put it on and fits great but it's discolored in only a week. From placing it in my pocket for a week it has gotten black stains along the edges. Don't buy.

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Hard to remove, keep it clean

    • Written by from Vancouver

    I bought this case and loved it for a day until I found it was extremely difficult to remove the case. I was worried my phone or the case might get damaged while trying hard and in fact my iPhone became a bit curved after removing it. I had manually make the metal part straight.
    This is so shame on Apple... The leather feels nice but at the cost of difficulty to removing and keeping it clean.

    20 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Complete waste of money!

    • Written by from Bloomington

    The leather brown color looked great for about a month. Then it became dirty and discolored. When I tried to clean it with plain water the leather finish came off in spots and now it is plain ugly. What a waste of money. Certainly not up to Apple's usual quality control and standards.


    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I wish I could love it!

    • Written by from Norwalk

    The case(s) made by Apple are sleek, and fit very comfortably on the new iPhone. Overall, I love then feel and look of the case. The downfall? It get's dirty within seconds! This case does not hold it's value at all. I really want to love this product, as I love the look, but it gets dirty very easily and at the end of the day is not worth the money unfortunately. See the other reviews, dirty - too fast.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible quality

    • Written by from Cambridge

    I loved how it looked on the shelf and I thought It will look amazing on my new iPhone 5s. I was mistaken. It changes the color quickly and gets dirty easily. It is made of nice feeling leather but low quality. Don't waste your money buying this. Apple, you disappoint me :(

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beware of the Brown Case

    • Written by from Austin

    I love the look, feel and sleekness of these cases. I opted for the brown, as I thought it looked great with the Space Grey phone. I had it for less than a week and the leather stained so drastically that it looked as if a toddler had used it to make mud pies. I carry my phone in my pocket and it seemed to absorb the dye from my jeans entirely too easily. I tried to clean the case with leather wipes, leather cleaner, even rubbing alcohol and nothing would get rid of the stains.

    Looks great out of the box, that crisp brown color only lasts a few days.

    Wouldn't recommend.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Allentown

    I cannot believe that Apple put out this and it passed anytype of Quality Audit.
    You cannot have this case on the phone and insert BOSE headphone jack through this into the jack, except the 'APPLE' headphones.

    How is that possible?

    15 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Paducah

    Looked awesome first day or two then immediately looked old and worn out. Apple should be ashamed to have their name on such an item and should definitely recall or offer a replacement item to anyone who has purchased. What a shame... I really wanted to like this case, light weight, looked awesome & expensive looking first couple of days. :-(

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible materials and design...avoid like the plague!!

    • Written by from Greensburg

    This case looked great when I purchased it, but the leather is terrible quality and gets grimy after only a few days of regular use (I know leather is supposed to get a nice patina but this leather absorbs every single bit of grime that it possibly can). Also, the case is almost impossible to take off, which is something that I now do quite often because the tiny hole does not allow aftermarket headphones to plug into it. Oh and say goodbye to you're sleep/wake button because this case doesn't allow it to be used. This is by far the worst product that Apple has ever manufactured.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    One month from delivery to trash

    • Written by from BLOOMFIELD

    This is the worst case I've ever had. It's not only FILTHY, after exactly a month, but the leather has actually worn off in a few places. Overpriced and not worth it! I've never felt like such a sucker.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    brown leather

    • Written by from DOWNEY

    i really like the case but its not worth 40$ ....in 3 days of use my case looks old and ugly... come on apple you can do a lot better...

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The opinion of a leather good designer

    • Written by from Dallas

    So I design these things (SLGs) and so I bought one to try it out.

    The leather is okay. Its more a glove leather with a slightly waxy hand. The color of the brown option, however, is pretty gross. It will patina and wear (probably quickly) and will hopefully get better. But brand new, it's cast is pretty fleshy.

    Except for trying to get the phone out of the case, which can be a task at first, the construction is really good. The leather wraps from the outside into the interior bezel of the case and is cleanly finished at the back wall with some faux suede. No painted edge to peel off. The case is also very thin. Buttons have a little less tactile feedback because of the leather overlay.

    All in-all, not bad. I just hope this color gets better.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    +ve(Snug, Light) -ve(difficult power button, gets dirty quickly)

    • Written by from San Jose

    I got the PRODUCT (RED). Looks cool, feels soft, relatively thinner than most of the sturdy leather case in the market, and fits perfect. Some say its very hard to remove, IMO thats how a case should be, if you want protection! Accessing the volume buttons are fine, but I need to press harder to use the power button. Maybe its a defect or maybe thats how it is (since the power button is slender). And I have a feeling that the color cases might get dirty quickly (like your white leather shoes). Its been 7 hrs and already I'm seeing dark areas.

    11 of 13 people found this useful