Why won't my iPhone or iPad case work with this cable?
Why won't my iPhone or iPad case work with this cable? is one of the questions we're being asked a lot lately. A naked iPhone can pretty much fit any sync, charge, or media cable you connect it with at home, at work, or on the go. When you start introducing some types of cases, however, and add in different kinds of cables -- all bets are off.
The USB to Dock cable Apple includes with every iPhone and iPad box is typically razor thin. It just has an incredibly small profile and will generally fit almost any case you throw at it. [Cheap plug: the Apple USB cable with AC adapter is 50% off right now at the iMore Store]
Other cables, especially when you get into things like car or video connectors can be broader, thicker and fatter. Maybe it's a lack of forethought, maybe it's a matter of shielding, maybe it's both.
If your iPhone or iPad has a skin shield, it's basically the same as being naked and not a problem. With cases, your mileage will certainly vary.
Many of the very light, thin cases, especially where they have very large cutouts around the dock, aren't usually a problem either. It's when you start getting into the thicker, more protective cases that are cut tighter around the dock that there starts to be a problem. Namely, the thicker cables don't fit.
In an ideal world all cables would be as thin as possible and all cases would have the ports cut as wide as protection allows. In the real world, here are your options:
- If you want to use one of the cases that offers better protection try to get as thin a cable as possible.
- If you want to use thicker car, media, or other cables, get case that's cut as wide around the dock as possible.
The same rules can apply to some cases when matched with some headsets as well. It's a mix-and-match game that accessory makers have forced onto iPhone and iPad users.
In an ideal world, case makers would pay attention and provide ample room around the ports and cable and other accessory makers would pay attention and keep their profiles as slim as possible.
If you've come up with any particularly good matches, let us know in the comments!
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Does anyone know of a black cable that fits the Bumper?
Amzer Luxe Argyle High Gloss TPU Soft Gel Skin Case for iPhone 4
I got that for my girlfriend's iPhone 4 and all different cables fit in it. Obviously you don't have to pick the same design, just wanted to point out the brand and style.
We've gotten this question over and over again since iPhone 4 started shipping, probably because Apple's bumper doesn't work with a lot of 3rd party cables.
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Hundreds of people, according to Twitter:
That all of you take the time to help us and point them out is highly appreciated.
However, please don't let it hijack the discussion.
I received my bumper Aug 10th.
I couldn't agree more. I was thoroughly offended by the utter lack of faith apple has in it's consumer's intelligence. I love apple products..... But that was a huge f**k you moment.
...unless you're outside the US, in which case the shipping costs will eliminate any savings you get :(
This is new... lol
In particular the Apple bumper is not compatible with my Belkin TuneBase Direct car dock which is specifically designed to work with cases (even works with my wife's 3GS in its Otterbox Commuter).
So currently I am using the free bumper that the TiPB Store gave away a few weeks ago ( thanks guys!). My only complaint with that is it makes it hard to press the sleep button.
Does anyone know of a thin bumper style case (need antenna death touch fix more than anything and don't want to add bulk) that has a large dock cut out and also makes it easy to press the side buttons?