Apple’s been selling its own silicone and leather iPhone cases for years now, but for the first time, it will sell a clear case with the release of the iPhone XR, as spotted by 9to5Mac. The iPhone XR will come in six different colors — black, white, red, yellow, blue, and coral — so it makes sense that Apple would want to sell transparent cases to show off the new designs. The announcement on its official iPhone XR accessories has been mysteriously missing from any US press materials, but a press release on Apple’s Canadian Newsroom shows that the clear case will go on sale for $55 CAD, which is about $42 USD. 9to5Mac obtained a marketing image of the phone case, shown below.
Although Apple’s silicone cases sell for $39 in the US, and the transparent cases may sell for around that price, it still sounds like a lot to pay for transparent plastic. Alternatively, Speck is also selling a clear iPhone XR case for $40, but its cases offer more protection with raised bezel guards. But iPhone XR owners may want to get their hands on an Apple-official clear case for the first time, one that doesn’t have third-party logos.
Unlike the iPhone 5C, which also came in colorful backings, the iPhone XR has a glass back instead of plastic, so it may be worth investing in a clear case if you want to show off the color while protecting your phone at the same time. The case isn’t available online yet, but it’ll most likely be available when the iPhone XR launches on October 26th. Apple hasn’t said whether it’ll be released in the US, but we’ve reached out and will update when we hear back.