“Apple’s retail stores have suspended sales of iPhone 4 slider cases because of concerns about trapped dirt causing scratches and cracks — the so-called ‘Glassgate’ issue,” Leander Kahney reports for Cult of Mac. “The ban is impacting at least half-a-dozen case makers who expected to have a blockbuster holiday season, said a source who works in the case industry and asked for anonymity.”
“At least one manufacturer has hundreds of thousands of battery pack cases that have been certified by Apple’s ‘Made for iPhone’ program — but are not currently available on its store shelves,” Kahney reports.
“As first reported by Ryan Block of Gdgt, Apple is investigating whether the constant action of sliding cases on and off the glass-backed iPhone can cause scratches and eventually cracks, said the source,” Kahney reports. “The iPhone 4′s back is not made from the same toughened Corning Gorilla Glass used on the front. The Glassgate issue is not affected by snap-on cases, our source said.”
Kahney reports, “Apple is slowly evaluating each and every iPhone 4 case at a secret case testing facility. Some may be approved before the holidays. It’s literally on a case-by-case basis (pun intended), the source said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Our iPhone 4s are InvisibleSHIELD’ed and sometimes also in Apple Bumper cases. After months of use, there’s not a scratch on any of them. If you use a slide-on case, have you had any issues with the iPhone 4’s glass back?