Apple updated lots of stuff yesterday at its special event but also discontinued a few products. The iPhone 3GS was the main one to go six feet under, but perhaps a more overlooked product that also bit the dust is the iPhone bumper. It didn’t get upgraded for the new iPhone 5, with only iPhone 4 and 4S models available, Cult of Mac reports. But really, it doesn’t matter.
Furthermore, the iPhone 5 is also structurally stronger, and needs less protection. The iPhone 5 can drop and more than likely not break, even if you drop it face down. This is mainly down to the new Gorilla Glass 2, which is 20% stronger than the glass in the previous iPhones and a metal band wrapping around the device, keeping everything in place.
So while the iPhone 5 might not feel much different in terms of strength, you can bet your life that it is, and hence, no bumper case is necessary. And really, that can go for cases as well. Sure, if you want your iPhone to look nice you might want to, but there’s no real point from a protection standpoint, as the iPhone 5 is already strong enough as it is.