As a consultant to entrepreneurs and small business owners, I‘m often asked about protecting investments in mobile technology. Many clients want to know: can I reuse my previous device‘s case to save money when I upgrade my phone?
In the case of moving from an iPhone 11 to the newer iPhone 13 model, the answer is typically no. Based on dimensional differences and hardware changes between these models, an iPhone 11 case will not adequately fit and protect an iPhone 13 in most situations.
Key Size and Dimension Mismatches
According to testing data from top case manufacturers like OtterBox and LifeProof, the iPhone 13 runs slightly smaller than the iPhone 11 in key measurements:
- iPhone 13 height: 5.78 in (down from 5.94 in on iPhone 11)
- iPhone 13 width: 2.82 in (down from 2.98 in)
- iPhone 13 depth: 0.30 in (down from 0.33 in)
Additionally, published specs from Apple show internal hardware shifts from older to newer models. The iPhone 13‘s camera module and button placement differs enough to cause most iPhone 11 cases to misalign or fail to accommodate these components.
Trying to stretch an ill-fitting case to work on iPhone 13 risks issues like:
- Compromised protection against drops and impacts
- Obstructed camera reducing photo/video quality
- Difficulty accessing buttons and charging ports
A Cost/Benefit Analysis: New Case vs. Damaged Phone Risk
From a small business owner‘s perspective, is it worth gambling tens or hundreds of dollars in phone repair costs to save $20-50 on reusing an old case?
Industry testing shows that iPhone 13 screen repair alone starts around $279 for an iPhone 13 mini. Costs escalate further for pricier Pro models.
- iPhone 13 Pro screen repair: $329+
- iPhone 13 Pro Max screen repair: $379+
At those prices, skimping on a properly fitted case is risky business! Meanwhile quality cases designed specifically for iPhone 13 models can be purchased for as little as $20-50.
Viewed through a lens of dollars and cents, a new case is inexpensive insurance compared to the financial hit of a damaged device. By investing in the right case, small business owners can protect their connectivity and avoid disruptions from broken equipment.
Bottom Line for Small Businesses
Reusing an iPhone 11 case with newer iPhone 13 models is not advisable for most small business owners. The dimensional and hardware differences mean older cases don‘t fit right in many situations. An ill-fitting case can‘t deliver reliable protection over years of use.
For entrepreneurs counting every tech investment, purchasing a properly-fitted iPhone 13 case makes solid financial sense. A quality case optimized for your specific model safeguards your phone through busy days of emails, calls, and web use – ensuring you stay connected with colleagues and customers when success depends on it.