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The iPhone 5 may have been out for a number of weeks now, but accessories and peripherals for the new device – at least from Apple – have been at something of a premium. As has been documented numerous times, there’s no official dock for the new Lightning-connected device as yet, and perhaps surprisingly, no iPhone 5 cases retailing in any of Apple’s Stores. While there’s not likely to be a Lightning dock anytime soon, the Cupertino company’s official retail stores have begun stocking cases for the brand new smartphone.

At this early stage, there are only a few lines available, but as the usual suppliers begin bringing in their resized and redesigned iPhone shells, expect the varieties to increase. There are, of course, thousands of different cases and protectors already available – many from the reputable companies delivering quality products. But if you like to buy your Apple accessories from Apple Stores only, now’s your chance to grab yourself a shield for your latest smartphone acquisition.

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The case-making market is very big business, and with millions of units of iPhone already sold, it’s not surprising companies churn out scores cases months before products have been announced. As with most things, it’s really worth spending a decent amount in return for a substantial cover, and although some like to trawl eBay for a $2 solution, these are often impractical, ill-fitting, and break easily.

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Without meaning to lecture, it makes little sense to purchase a device for several hundred dollars and not dig a little deeper to provide it with a case defending it against the day-to-day toil and moil we put them through. You don’t perhaps need to purchase directly from Apple (many carrier partners retail covers and cases from the likes of Gear-4 and Griffin already), but as of now, the option is there.

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Personally, I like my cases to include some kind of quirky design in order for it to stand out, so I’ll be holding off until the altogether more interesting designs begin to retail. Not everybody likes their case to be loud or unique, though, and if you like to keep things simple and minimalistic, then head down to your local Apple Store and pick your fix!

(via 9to5Mac)

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