by Joe White
September 12, 2013
OtterBox has announced that it's got four cases designed, manufactured, and ready to accommodate the fingerprint-sensing Touch ID-equipped Home buttons of Apple's iPhone 5s handset. The news hit the Web in a press release from OtterBox, in which the case-maker announces its Defender Series, Commuter Series, Reflex Series, and Prefix Series cases for the iPhone 5s. All four provide Apple's forthcoming handset with complete protection, and have been purpose built in order to work with the smartphone's impressive Touch ID sensor. OtterBox explains of its Defender Series:
The Defender Series combines a built-in screen protector, polycarbonate frame and shock-absorbing synthetic rubber to provide industry-leading protection from scratches, dust and drops. The new styling of the Defender Series was designed specifically to accommodate the new Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor technology, and all device functionality remains uninhibited by the case. A holster-style swivel belt clip is included for hands-free carrying.Because users of Apple's iPhone 5s will have the option of unlocking their handset using a fingerprint, it's important third-party cases provide access to the smartphone's Home button. OtterBox CEO Brian Thomas explained:
Every Apple launch means new technologies that enhance the iPhone user experience, while at the same time create challenges for our products to evolve. We have very talented design and engineering teams working hard to anticipate new technologies and determine the most elegant solutions for our cases which complement the user experience. As always, the OtterBox team will lead with innovations in premium protective solutions for these new devices and welcome the challenges that each new product launch generates.Of course, those of you not looking for the kind of extreme-level protection offered by OtterBox could instead choose Apple's own iPhone 5s case, which is designed from premium leather, comes in six different colors, and is available for $39. Pricing for OtterBox's new cases varies: the Defender Series is available for between $49.95 and $59.95, the Commuter Series retails for between $34.95 and $39.90, the Reflex Series is available for $34.95, and the Prefix Series costs just $24.95. See also: Angry Birds Star Wars Takes You To The Moon Of Endor To Meet The Endearing Ewoks, Check Out This Internal Apple Video Of One Retail Store's Construction, and Cobook Contacts Goes Universal, Now Fully Booked With Native iPad Support.