No iPhone 5 Cases Available at Apple Retail Stores on Launch Day

The iPhone 5 release day is Friday and when users open up their iPhone 5 it may be tough to find an iPhone 5 case, even at an Apple Store.

The Apple Online store doesn’t list any iPhone 5 cases for sale, and calls to our local Apple Store resulted in a shocker.

The Apple rep told GottabeMobile that they will not be selling iPhone 5 cases on the iPhone 5 release date.

This is departure from the standard Apple launch that includes some kind of Apple case and a few third party cases, but it is the first real re-design of the iPhone in two years. Many manufacturers waited to see the iPhone 5 and download the exact measurements before starting design and production of iPhone 5 cases.

Apple Store iPhone 5 Cases Launch

Apple Stores are not selling iPhone 5 cases on release day.

iPhone 5 owners looking for an iPhone 5 case on Friday should skip the Apple store and head to carriers, where there are sure to be a few options available. Friday is definitely a bad day to stand in line for an iPhone 5 case at an Apple Store.

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Read: Best iPhone 5 Cases

The iPhone 5′s metal back may help some users make the jump to going without a case, but we still recommend a case for most users, especially those who plan to sell the iPhone 5 next year.

Where to Find iPhone 5 Cases on Release Day

Even though Apple Stores aren’t planning to sell iPhone 5 cases on September 21st, there are several places to look for an iPhone 5 case.

Several of the cases in our Best iPhone 5 cases slideshow are already shipping, including those from Seidio and a heavy duty screen protector from Zagg. These options could arrive in time to put on the iPhone 5 on release date.

iPhone 5 Case with Kickstand verizon

iPhone 5 cases are available at Verizon.

Verizon Wireless offers seven iPhone 5 cases online, some of which we expect will be available in store on Friday. These cases range from a $19.99 black iPhone 5 case to an iPhone 5 case with a holster and kickstand. Verizon also offers some designs with floral patterns, polka dots and glitzy silver.

Verizon also offers an OtterBox iPhone 5 case, so it may be available in store on Friday. The OtterBox Defender iPhone 5 case is available for shipping on Verizon Wireless, so users may be able to purchase online for release day delivery.

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Radio Shack is showing several cases from Incipio and Body Glove for the iPhone 5. According to Milo.com, several stores in San Francisco already have iPhone 5 cases in stock, but it’s worth calling to make sure they aren’t tucked away in the back of the store.

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