Apple is examining how to produce iPhone cases from knitted fabric instead of molded silicone, similar to not just the braided Apple Watch band, but also potentially like the long-gone iPod Socks.
Future Apple iPhone cases could be made from a fabric process rather than silicone or leather
Put the thought of iPod socks out of your mind. Apple’s newly granted patent about fabrics, textiles, and knitting, is for making snap-on cases like its silicone ones. Just made from fabric, and also with options for knitted designs on the back.