Allison Johnson, The Verge:
If I’m putting one of these cases on my phone, I’m inevitably
going to scratch it on accident with a jagged fingernail edge, or
it’s going to come into contact with my car keys. And when you
scratch FineWoven, the results are seemingly permanent. When we
first inspected the cases after picking them up at Apple Park,
Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel picked one up and ran his
fingernails across it five times — and that was all it took to
leave a trail of indelible scuffs on the fabric. The scratches are
still there a week later, no matter how many times I’ve tried
“buffing” it out by rubbing my finger over it.
I’m trying to imagine what this case would be like after a year of
being subjected to the dust and lint at the bottom of my purse or
the stray scratches from nails and keys. God help me if my toddler
ever managed to put his grubby hands on it, which he absolutely
would. I just don’t see any way that this material ages
gracefully. The leather cases had their problems, but when leather
gets old, it at least looks nice — a scuffed, dusty fabric case
I’m curious what real-world usage will look like, but that fingernail test doesn’t seem fair when comparing FineWoven to leather. One fingernail scratched across one of Apple’s leather cases or wallets will leave a permanent mark too. Perhaps it’s the case that such wear looks good on leather but bad on FineWoven.
Judging from my inbox, third-party leather case makers are very excited about Apple’s decision no longer to use it.
Update: Also worth noting is that Apple’s new FineWoven Magnetic Link Apple Watch bands are not yet available — you can’t even place a pre-order for a new watch that comes paired with one, nor a standalone watch strap. The FineWoven Modern Buckle straps are available, but not the Magnetic Link. Weird?
★ Thursday, 21 September 2023