Apple fans are not impressed with the iPhone’s ‘terrible’ new luxury accessory that costs a bomb…

Apple fans are not impressed with the iPhone’s ‘terrible’ new luxury accessory that costs a bomb…

APPLE has introduced a new design for iPhone, Apple Watch and AirTag accessories – but customers are not impressed with the quality or the price.

In a bid to cut down on methane emissions – which are worse for the climate than CO2 – Apple has decided to phase out its traditional leather products.

Fans think the new material replacement, called FineWoven, won't age well

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Fans think the new material replacement, called FineWoven, won’t age wellCredit: Apple

A review by The Verge detailed that the material also scratches very easily, suggesting it's less durable than Apple claims

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A review by The Verge detailed that the material also scratches very easily, suggesting it’s less durable than Apple claimsCredit: The Verge

Methane essentially comes from cow farts and burps.

So, cattle-based accessories carry a “significant carbon footprint,” according to Lisa Jackson, Apple’s environmental policy vice president.

The new fabric option, available on iPhone 15 cases, watch bands and AirTag holders, is supposed to be “luxurious and durable microtwill,” according to Apple.

But fans think the new material replacement, called FineWoven, won’t age well.

A review by The Verge detailed that the material also scratches very easily, suggesting it’s less durable than Apple claims.

Plus, it’s pricey.

It costs about $59 (£59) for any of the phone cases, $35 (£40) for an AirTag holder, and $149 (£149) for one of the new watch bands.

“Honestly going green is a great idea but not having the right choice of materials to go green and premium is quite a miss,” one onlooker wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

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“I can’t see many people buying a cloth like case for that much money when you can get great alternatives from other brands and get leather options for the same or low price elsewhere.”

Another tweeted: “As a vegetarian I’m very into the idea of phasing out leather. Not like this, though.”

Apple fans are disappointed that the leather products they buy every year have suddenly disappeared.

“No replacement for leather. Every year I buy the red leather case. EVERY YEAR. It was my iPhone tradition,” another onlooker said.

“Welp Apple just lost my 60 bucks.”

Another wrote: “Luckily they at least kept the Silicone ones unlike some rumours a few weeks ago said…”

Others say the quality isn’t so bad – but the price tag is still lofty.

“I get if people have a subjective preference for materials,” said someone else, before adding “It’s fine if you don’t want to buy that case! But leather… scratches just as easily.”

Another Apple fan added: “I just got one, it’s really not that bad.

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“And isn’t that the point of cases anyway? To get scuffed and scratched so your phone doesn’t?

“$60 bucks is indeed pricey tho for what it is.”

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