Is this iPhone 12 case Apple's ugliest ever design?

Apple phone case
(Image credit: Apple via Jon Prosser)

There's no doubt that the recent release of the iPhone 12's specs has created excitement – and with good reason. But a new accessory has come under fire on Twitter, with a prominent Apple expert calling it "the absolute worst design from apple". Strong words, echoed by the Twitterverse. Though, entertainingly, many other stellar examples of bad Apple design were also thrown out there as strong contenders.

So, what's causing all the drama? A clear, plastic phone case. So far, so unremarkable. Actually, the headline news is the thick white circle plonked in the middle, and vertical line running down the bottom part. What it lacks in style, we assume it must make up for in functionality (perhaps backing up features found only on the best smartphones), because it certainly isn't the most beautiful design we've ever seen, and it's quite a departure from Apple's usual style.  

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Jon Prosser shared the case design on his Twitter feed (above), calling it "terrible", and his followers (almost) totally agreed. 

Of course, the circle and line do have a purpose (thank goodness). The shapes allow the new MagSafe system to work. MagSafe, according to Apple, is the new "ecosystem of accessories for easy attachment and faster wireless charging", released with the iPhone 12.


The iPhone 12 range, with attached card wallets and wireless charging pad (Image credit: Apple)

Containing magnets, the circle lets the wireless charging pad do its magic. The vertical line is, apparently, for vertically aligning the other accessories (like the card wallet – see it above) when stuck on the back – making sure they don't spin. But, even though it looks like Apple has just stuck a random sticker on the back of a cheap plastic case, this accessory will set you back a cool £49/$49. 

Many couldn't believe their eyes, at first.

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Some are pointing out the ridiculousness of creating systems that require more accessories to be bought (Remember those Mac Pro Wheels, anyone?).

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Though many had their own ideas of terrible Apple design, including different case designs (and yes, this was an official Apple case).

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And, who can forget these disasters?

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For those not in the know, and to answer the above question, the "atrocity on the right" is a mouse with the charging point on the bottom – a design monstrosity that we recently found people are not yet over

Though a few voices piped up in support of the design, we think Apple could have done better here. Does the circle have to be quite so, well, white? Maybe on a different case it would sit better but we have to agree, it's pretty ugly and looks plasticky. We do think, though, that the mouse will retain the gold medal for the worst design ever, as at least this case makes the phone easier to use and not near-impossible.

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Georgia Coggan

Georgia started her freelance career working for CB in 2018, and since then has worked across the site on news, ecom, SEO content... basically anything and everything. Georgia is a slave to the style guide, a logo geek and loves all things London Underground (its branding history, and not at rush hour).