A new trend is emerging among iPhone users that is turning conventional wisdom on its head. But be careful: If you want to be part of the new movement, you should, in the worst case, have the wherewithal to do so.


With prices of 1,000 euros or more, an iPhone is anything but a bargain. The cult cell phone wants to be correspondingly well protected. More and more iPhone owners are joining a new trend and deliberately do without a sleeve or case.

More and more iPhone owners are doing without covers or cases

On Reddit or TikTok, the new Pleasure on the naked iPhone celebrated. Supporters of the caseless movement point to that nicer feeling that an iPhone leaves without a rubber cover or plastic shell in your hand. Cnet’s Sareena Dayaram has also jumped on the trend and now uses her iPhone 12 Pro Max most of the time without additional protection (source: Cnet).

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Your colleague Chris Matyszczyk has been doing without covers or cases for his iPhone for years. “You wouldn’t buy a Prada bag and wrap it in pink cling film to protect the corners,” Matyszczyk says in a vivid comparison.

In addition to the better hand feel, it could still be another reason for not having an iPhone case: as a status symbol. If you use an iPhone without a protective cover or case, you are also subtly signaling that if the worst comes to the worst – if the iPhone breaks – you can simply buy a new one.

iPhone is a commodity, not an investment

Kaan Gürayer

I, too, have been using my iPhone 12 without a rubber cover or case for a few months. That there are people who turn it into a status symbol may well be the case in individual cases. But that’s not the case for me. I renounce the protective cover, because it feels better in the hand and is more comfortable to use. Swipe gestures or the back-tap function can be carried out more easily. The iPhone is also without a case lighter and handier.

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For me, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Because at the end of the day, this is it iPhone is a commodity, not an investment.