Yesterday we revealed that Apple was revamping the third-party accessory selection in its retail locations with new boxes designed by Apple itself. Apple has recently launched a new webpage that showcases the testing that all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch cases are required to go through before they are sold in an Apple Store.
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Apple first notes that it analyzes the design of the case to ensure that all ports and buttons are still easily accessible and that the case design is strong enough for day-to-day use. Apple then tests to make sure the case does not interfere with the camera on the iPhone in any way.
Next, Apple says that acoustics are tested for each and every case to ensure that audio, including music, voice calls, and FaceTimes, is unaffected by the case. Apple also tests how the case affects the sensors of an iPhone, including sensors for ambient light, Touch ID, and more. Apple says that the sensors should work the same with the case on or off. Finally, Apple tests the cellular and wireless capabilities of the device with the case on. Also included in this testing is Apple Pay.
Apple has recently been leveraging stricter regulations on iPhone accessory makers. The company recently threatened to ban iPhone and iPad accessory makers that produce cases based on leaks. Apple also recently instituted a new requirement that all cases protect devices from 1m drops and meet new environmental standards.