The reasons why there is no compatibility
On the one hand we have the iPhone 12 mini, 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. These do not have in their predecessors any smartphone from which to inherit cases, since they presented a renewed design with curved edges that only resemble the already old iPhone 4 and 5, which have totally different sizes that discard them in compatibility. Although, yes, we found compatibility Come in iPhone 12 and 12 Pro cases for being of equal size.
And although aesthetically it may seem that the entire ’12’ family is identical to the ’13, the truth is that it is not. The first thing is for the increase in thickness in the new devices, caused in large part by an increase in their batteries. While this could be somewhat saved by being a few millimeters apart, the predominant reason for the incompatibility is found in the camera module, which has grown considerably in the most recent iPhone.
Apple has introduced improvements in photography and video with the iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max that required an increase in the lenses and consequently the rear module that integrates them. While it is true that in the ’12 Pro Max ‘we already found larger lenses, in the ’13 Pro Max’ they have increased even more and therefore do not have cover compatibility either.
So, if you are one of those who is about to receive one of the new iPhone or want to get one soon, you should take all this into account, especially if you already come from a device of the last generation.
What iPhone can share cases today?
All that said, we come across a list of Apple devices that have covers that are compatible with another (or not). We review all of them below:
- iPhone 3G – iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 4 – iPhone 4s
- iPhone 5 – iPhone 5s – iPhone SE (1st gen.)
- iPhone 6 – iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6 Plus – iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 7 – iPhone 8 – iPhone SE (2nd gen.)
- iPhone 7 Plus – iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X – iPhone XS
- iPhone 12 – iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 13 – iPhone 13 Pro
Therefore we are left with the following list of iPhones that do not have case compatibility with others:
- iPhone (original)
- Iphone 5c
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13 Pro Max