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iPhone 12 Pro Mac: a new case brings one of Apple's most polarizing design choices to smartphones

The iPhone 12 Pro with its new cheesegrater case. (Source: Yanko Design)
The iPhone 12 Pro with its new cheesegrater case. (Source: Yanko Design)
Have you ever looked at your iPhone 12 Pro and thought it just wasn't 2019 Mac Pro enough? A new case means you can indeed apply the desktop's signature "cheesegrater" texture to the mobile device - provided you have a 3D printer, of course. Its designer has taken inspiration from alleged Apple IP that might make the idea a reality.
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The Apple Mac Pro 2019 launched with the passive cooling option that has been widely disparaged as the "new cheesegrater" ever since. It consists of a matrix of closely-interlocked, precisely machined circles that PC enthusiasts seem to be ambivalent about at best. Now, a tech and lifestyle designer with the firm Yanko Design has produced a case that brings the design tweak to the iPhone 12 Pro.

Therefore, those who may have dreamed of bringing that Mac Pro look (shrunken down to match the smartphone's proportions) to their new mobile Apple flagship may have had their wish granted. Obviously, the case isn't overtly intended to confer any thermal-management properties, although its series of pores appear to go all the way through its depth in a more or less authentic way.

Its designer, Sarang Sheth, was moved to create the accessory following reports that Apple had in fact patented a true iPhone/Mac Pro hybrid (possibly as a joke) that may or may now allow for the cheesegrater pattern to be cut right into the device's rear panel. The resulting case can be obtained by 3D-printing it and its unique texture out, the files for which are available to download from the Yanko Design website.

Alternatively, grab an Otterbox Commuter for your 12 Pro instead.

Equip your iPhone 12 Pro with its very own cheesegrater. (Source: Yanko Design)
Equip your iPhone 12 Pro with its very own cheesegrater. (Source: Yanko Design)
 
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-04-12 (Update: 2021-04-30)