Spigen’s new iPhone X cases prey on your nostalgia for retro Apple gadgets

Nothing sells like nostalgia, a look back to the simpler times when our phones had 2G and our computers were made out of bondi-blue plastic. Or, at the very least, that’s what case-maker Spigen is counting on, with its new iPhone X cases that are meant to evoke the design cues of Apple’s original iPhone 2G and iMac G3 devices, as spotted by SlashGear.

Spigen is putting its focus on the iMac G3-inspired case (officially called the Classic C1), which comes in a variety of hues borrowed from Apple’s colorful computers and features a translucent back that reveals faux components on the rear of the case (although it’s worth noting that Spigen seems to have missed the bondi-blue color by a few shades if the press pictures are anything to go by).

But I personally suspect more people will be interested in the iPhone 2G case, seeing as it makes your new iPhone look like a different, similar phone instead of just dressing it up in the trappings of a computer. Sadly, the iPhone case — like most of Spigen’s other products — is made out of plastic with a rubber lining, not the machined aluminum of the genuine article.

Frustratingly, Spigen is only selling the new cases on Indiegogo for now, for either $25 for the iMac-inspired case, or $35 for a bundle with both the iMac and iPhone 2G cases. (That’s right — you can’t buy just the iPhone case. Spigen knows what it’s doing.) Spigen is promising that cases will ship in June 2018 (right when the 30-day campaign ends), so you likely won’t have to wait long to get your case, unlike most Indiegogo campaigns.

This is the part where I include my usual disclaimer about how this is an Indiegogo project, and how you should use your best judgement before backing. After all, Spigen is a new, untested compan… wait, Spigen has been making phone cases for 14 years! Quite literally dozens of cases for different phones in a huge variety of sizes, form factors, and styles! Why on earth does it need to fund its latest project via Indiegogo, a crowdfunding website more designed for entrepreneurs who don’t already have funds?

Seeing as Spigen only asks for $5,000 as its initial goal (with “flexible funding”, meaning that it would get the money even if it somehow didn’t reach that number), the best guess I can come up with is that it’s just using it as a convenient, pre-built preorder website, but if that’s the case I still can’t figure out why it’d be worth giving Indiegogo a cut of their funds just for that.

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