Apple’s new FineWoven cases for iPhone 15 models are facing continued criticism since their release earlier this month. Customers and media outlets have been complaining about the fabric exterior being prone to scratches and stains. Last week, we reported on some of the negative feedback, and it seems that the complaints have not subsided.
In a recent blog post on 512 Pixels, Stephen Hackett, co-founder of Relay FM, shared a photo of his FineWoven case with a misaligned USB-C port cutout. The pentalobe screw on the right side of the USB-C port was partially exposed due to the misalignment. Hackett expressed his surprise at the level of sloppiness from Apple, stating, “It’s one thing for these cases to be a letdown in terms of material, but this is a level of sloppiness that genuinely surprises me from Apple. I know not every example out there is as bad as mine, but the vibes around this case aren’t good.”
On social media, some users claimed that the misalignment issue is only apparent due to the angle at which the photo was taken. However, other users shared straight-on photos of their FineWoven cases with the same issue, indicating that the problem is not just limited to the angle of the photo. While not all cases have this issue, multiple customers seem to be affected.
Additionally, Parker Ortolani and MacRumors editor Hartley Charlton shared photos of FineWoven cases with visible damage on display at Apple Stores. An anonymous alleged Apple Store employee also mentioned similar damage in a post on X, formerly Twitter.
Apple describes the FineWoven material as a “durable micro-twill” made from 68% post-consumer recycled polyester. The company claims that the material has a significantly lower carbon footprint than leather. Earlier this month, Apple announced its decision to eliminate leather from all new products and accessories as part of its environmental responsibility efforts.
It is challenging to gauge the extent of the negative feedback for the FineWoven cases. However, the material seems to be garnering significant dislike thus far. We have reached out to Apple for comment and will update this story if we receive a response.
In conclusion, Apple’s FineWoven cases for iPhone 15 models continue to face criticism, with customers and media outlets pointing out issues such as scratches, stains, and misaligned USB-C port cutouts. The material choice and concerns about quality control have raised concerns among users. It remains to be seen how Apple will address these issues and whether any changes or improvements will be made to the FineWoven cases in the future.