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iPhone 5 news this week: cases presentations at CES, Translucent Mod Kit, Walmart’s Straight Talk plan

by Nicole
January 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

This week, the CES event in Las Vegas included presentations of varius cases designed for Apple’s iPhone 5.

Credit: Apple

The Endliss Hybrid iPhone 5 Battery Case by uNu features an LED display on the back that can notify about incoming message alerts, Facebook or Twitter alerts and even the time.

Photo: Chip Chick

The ThinShield case, dubbed the world’s thinnest case for iPhone 5, features a 0.3 mm polypropylene layer that protects the smartphone from scratches and dirt.

Photo: 9to5Mac

Skech unveiled a case that allows you to wirelessly charge your iPhone 5. However, the device is not available on the market as it only represents the prototype of what eventually could become a finished end product.

Photo: AppleInsider

The iPhone 5 PowerSkin case adds some extra thickness to the rear.

Photo: PowerSkin

The Pro version has a capacity of 2000 mAh, while the PowerSkin Battery Case that offers less autonomy (1500 mAh) comes in a more compact counterpart.

Seidio presented the iPhone 5 OBEX case that is water-proof, dust-proof and impact-proof.

Photo: Seidio

Made from a unique combination of Polycarbonate and Thermoplastic Polyurethane materials, the case passed the MIL-STD-810G U.S. Military standards test, which evaluates it from 4-feet drops from a variety of angles.

iBattz released a series of rechargeable cases for the iPhone 5, such as the Mojo Refuel battery case which can recharge your iPhone 5 up to three times.

Photo: iBattz

Also, an iPhone 5 waterproof case was presented by Incipio at CES 2013.

The iPhone 5 leather case from iLuv looks very neat and original, especially thanks to its pocket for keeping the earbuds in, and a strap.

Photo: Cult of Mac

Hitcase unveiled an iPhone 5 case that allows you to turn your device into a mobile sports camera mounting kit.

The case is waterproof up to 10 meters and is equipped with a wide angle lens, making this case particularly suitable for those practicing extreme sports.

Also at CES 2013, iFrogz presented the Caliber Advantage, a gamepad specifically designed to work only with the iPhone 5.


iPhone5mod launched the Translucent Mod Kit that allows the iPhone 5’s entire back shell to become transparent.

The housing, lateral bands and buttons of the device can be replaced with a transparent cover, but unfortunately you cannot change the front panel of the device.

This week, Walmart announced that it will officially begin to sell Apple’s iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 starting this month without a contract.

Beginning January 11th, the iPhone 5 can be purchased alongside $45-per-month unlimited service from Straight Talk Wireless.

Only the 16GB version of the iPhone 5, as well as 8GB version of the iPhone 4, will be available for users to choose, at $ 649 and $ 449, respectively.

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