New Apple accessories are already arriving to early buyers, just ahead of the new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models. However, an Apple customer had a bad surprise when he unpacked his iPhone 12 Pro Silicone Case. The new Cyprus-Green MagSafe compatible case has shipped without the required speaker and microphone holes.
This major oversight renders the $49 original Apple case unusable because the iPhone 12 Pro will sound muffled when used together with the accessory. Even worse, because the microphone cutout is also covered, the iPhone 12 will be muted or record sound very poorly during calls and video recordings! The story was posted on Reddit, just a couple hours ago!
Update (October 21):
A second case has been published on Reddit. This time the accessory missing the speaker and microphone holes is an iPhone 12 Pro Silicone Deep Navy color case. It’s the same MagSafe compatible model. This means that the manufacturing flaw isn’t restricted to a single color. We will keep you posted if other cases appear. If you’ve received such a defective iPhone 12 case don’t hesitate to mention it in the comments section available at the end of this article!
Update (December 13):
Almost two months since we first reported a few isolated cases of Apple iPhone 12 cases that have been shipped without speaker holes, we’ve been mailed with a similar occurrence. Reader Andre X. as sent us some pictures showing a black iPhone 12 Silicone case that has been sold without speaker and microphone cutouts.
Fact: This accessory has been shipped from Amazon.de, the German branch of Amazon.com. Did you have a similar experience?
iPhone 12 Pro Cases With Missing Speaker Holes
The iPhone 12 Pro case is missing 8 small wholes: 3 on the left side of the Lightning port cutout for the microphone, and 5 on the right for the speaker, as depicted in the comparison images posted below:
The same Pro Silicone case that shipped with the missing holes manufacturing flaw, does have the cutout for the Lightning port. It also comes with the larger drill on the backside for the triple-lens camera module and the smaller cut on the upper-left edge for the Mute/Silent switch. Inexplicably, the speaker holes have been left out!
iPhone 12 Pro CaseGate?
It’s unclear yet how large the batch with cases that come with this manufacturing flaw is. We don’t know if other colors or case types are affected to. The single confirmation is for the:
– iPhone 12 | 12 Pro Silicone Case with MagSafe – Cyprus Green (direct link)
The same case ships in: Plum, Deep Navy, Kumquat, Pink Citrus, White, Black and Product RED.
Have you order an iPhone 12 case from Apple? Please let us know of it shipped with the speaker and microphone hole drills included or not. We aim to see how wide spread this issue is! Thank you.
Related: Check out our collection of the best iPhone 12 & 12 Pro cases!