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Are you ready for the Apple announcement for the new MacBooks on October 27th?
If you've been waiting to grab the latest tech from Apple, make sure it's protected so you don't damage your MacBook and void its warranty!
What we're offering
Gumdrop Cases has designed a new durable DropTech case for the current 13" MacBook Air.
After learning more about Apple's upcoming MacBook announcement we wanted to begin a Kickstarter campaign to also create a revolutionary case for the new 2017 MacBook Pro 13".
By supporting our Kickstarter project you have the choice to select one of these cool new White/Blue colored MacBook cases, based on your pledge: MacBook Air 13", or the 2017 MacBook Pro 13".
Your support will allow us to begin working on the new MacBook Pro case and complete production of the current MacBook Air 13" case. Here's an approximate sketch at what our White/Blue colored MacBook Air 13" cases will end up like:
The DropTech MacBook Air 13" case currently in production will be compatible with 13" MacBook Airs manufactured between 2013 and 2016.
One of the World’s Most Durable MacBook Cases
Let us guess: you've never dropped a computer before.
Just because it's never happened to you before, doesn't mean it never will. Once you drop a MacBook, it's too late to try and protect it!
You don't have to be a klutz or walking disaster to worry about your computer hitting the ground or getting scratched up from regular use. You could simply be:
Someone who uses their MacBook in the field and need something to protect it
A student who carries their MacBook between home and class
A commuter who knocks out some work with a MacBook on their lap
An employee carrying their MacBook around the office and into meetings
A teacher who stores MacBooks in a cart
Someone who slips their MacBook into a briefcase or bag often
Whatever the situation, if you're a mobile, on-the-go Mac user you should protect your computer with a case! And, if you are a bit of a klutz, then you shouldn't need any further convincing to protect a computer that cost you $1000 or more.
Why are cases so important?
Case protection is incredibly important for keeping a device within warranty, and saves customers from spending a considerable amount of money on repair (or even full replacement cost!).
You can settle for a hard shell case, or a sleeve of some kind, but those may only help protect from scratches and splashes. Zippered sleeves can get left behind. Clip-on shells pop-off off at the first hint of trouble and don't always offer adequate protection. Any decent drop can crack the screen or casing, or damage the insides (including the battery) - even with your MacBook covered in a hard shell or sleeve!
FYI: Apple’s warranty DOES NOT cover damage caused by accidents! If they see any damage on the outside, it will most likely void your warranty and you will have to pay for repair or replacement.
In fact, just a single 1-foot drop can dent the casing, as shown in a drop test video we took a year ago with two 11" MacBook Airs; one protected by our SoftShell case and one completely unprotected:
You might be surprised to know that Apple technicians and Geniuses have even used a Dent Inspection Tool to check for visual damage that will help them determine if your MacBook can still be covered under their warranty. This was reported by Cult of Mac.
The DropTech case not only protects from scratches and splashes, but also from disastrous, damaging drops. It's our most rugged case design yet!
The DropTech's unique design strategically employs a combination of rugged and high impact materials that have no problem protecting the edges and corners of the MacBook from normal use and repeated abuse.
The bumpers in each corner are made from 10mm of silicone to maximize protection without added bulkiness:
Beneath the protective bumpers is a clear Polycarbonate inner top shell. The shell is tough, and lightweight, allowing for lasting protection from general wear-and-tear. Plus, it's easy to clean!
Why a window?
You bought an expensive Apple computer. Now show off a bit! The window on the top of the case allows instant recognition of the world's most recognizable brands. It's made of clear Polycarbonate and can be wiped down quickly to keep it clean and pristine.
Plus, it's a great way to show off personalization decals. Or even asset tags and school logos, if you are an educational institution that wants to protect MacBook deployments while easily managing your hardware inventory.
Installation is a snap!
No tools, no sweat. Just slip it into the case, and give it a simple snap and click! It will stay on when you open and close your MacBook, allow access to all ports, and provide proper ventilation so your MacBook doesn't overheat!
A look at our design process
A lot of time goes into designing a Gumdrop case! Turning a concept into a workable design requires a lot of CAD-work and a bit of sketchiness. Here are a couple of CAD drawings for the Blue/White colored MacBook Air 13" case we are currently in production with:
We want to make sure you know where we are in the process, each step of the way, as we bring the MacBook Air 13" case to market!
UPDATE - OCTOBER 11: We received our first White/Blue prototype for the MacBook Air 13" case, and you can see this in the main image of our Kickstarter project. We are sending back our changes, including altering the blue color of the Polycarbonate shell, before moving forward with production.
UPDATE - OCTOBER 5: We have already worked through the design process for the MacBook Air 13" and are now messing around with a black colored tooled sample to work out any kinks with the manufacturing process.
Why we are raising money
Gumdrop Cases has been around for about 7 years, and we've manufactured a bunch of cases for tablets, phones, Chromebooks and more. We haven't focused on the MacBook market much, but have dabbled in it a bit.
With the excitement building from Apple's rumored announcement of new MacBooks, we think it's the right time to sell MacBook users on protecting one of the more expensive computers on the market. Investing in a new market can be tough when we have so many other case designs already in the hopper, so we are hoping a successful campaign on Kickstarter will help us continue to meet demand for new hardware hitting the market.
We have already begun production on a special Blue/White color combination case for the MacBook Air 13". Raising money on Kickstarter will help pay for the tooling, packaging, engineers, and the first order of 13" MacBook Air cases. We have also added some pledge options to help fund the production of MacBook Pro 13" cases for the new 2017 model, as soon as Apple makes the announcement. If the demand is there for our Blue/White color combination (if we go way over our funding goals!), we would love to even add some new colors in the future!
We claim no ownership of trademark on products that are not made by Gumdrop Cases. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
All international duties, taxes, or clearing fees are not included in the prices. We highly recommend you consult your local tax authorities first. Different countries have different tax policies. If you must pay the duties/taxes, but you refuse to, your package will be abandoned. If that happens, we can neither ship another package nor issue a refund.
Risks and challenges
Gumdrop Cases promises to do its best to deliver the new DropTech MacBook cases on time and on spec. We've been in the case business a long time and have extensive experience in design and engineering, manufacturing, and keeping the overall customer experience the same for small or large orders. This means that we know how to take a case design project to market, including one funded through Kickstarter.
We hope to have the current White/Blue colored MacBook Air 13" cases completed within the next 30 days. So, yes, this is happening whether we are funded or not!
We will keep you updated on the progress with the 2017 MacBook Pro 13" cases as we wait for Apple's announcement.
Help us meet our funding goals and reap the benefits of being an early adopter of our new MacBook cases. Help us go well beyond our goal and this may open up some new options...
Missed being an early adopter? Or, just want to help us out a bit more? We will still send a big thank you your way by sending one of the White/Blue colored MacBook Air 13" cases from our first shipment!
Missed being an early adopter? Or, just want to help us out a bit more? We will still send a big thank you your way by sending one of the White/Blue colored MacBook Pro 13" cases from our first shipment!