At long last, the iPhone 6 has been unveiled—along with the even more anticipated Apple Watch. As assumed, the phone sports a larger screen and therefore larger profile in general, meaning it’s time to start thinking about what sort of cover will best protect your latest investment without putting a dampener on your style. From battery-imbedded to leather-wrapped and metal-forged, the following six cases offer a range of options for keeping your new iPhone 6 safe.
Apple iPhone 6 Leather Case
It’s no surprise one of the sleekest cases to debut alongside the new Apple phone comes from the Cupertino-based maker itself. A single piece of leather wraps the case while a microfiber lining protects the phone from inside. Plus the color is deep-dyed, ensuring it won’t rub off after initial use. Find it from Apple for $45.
Squair Dimple Bumper
The nearest thing to going without a case, is a bumper. And while we’d certainly prefer to keep our iPhone unsheathed, it’s not the smartest option. Smart, The Dimple is. The immaculately crafted bumper is made of a single piece of “Extra Super Duralumin”—a superior grade, age-hardened aluminum—to ensure your phone stays safe for longer than you’ll likely own it. The intricate diamond-like pattern is rather lovely too—though one would expect nothing less from a $500, Japanese-made case.
As we’ve seen before, CalypsoCase offers some extremely well-made options in the phone accessory world. And that certainly holds true for the simply named, limited edition Wallet—which is in fact more of a pouch than a case, but who’s counting. As we’ll soon see the need to carry multiple credit cards dwindle (thanks to the introduction of Apple Pay) this clever accessory is even more useful. The distinctive, handmade leather wallet sells for $149.
Silk Pureview Slim Case
Designed for minimal aesthetic impact, the low profile Pureview Slim case covers nearly all sides of the device to ensure maximum protection, while leaving the back clear for viewing—or stashing a picture of your favorite pet like a picture frame. Two colorways compliment all phone iterations, and embellished corners help diffuse impact when dropped. For $12, it’s one of the best (and most affordable) bets out there.
BuQu Tech PowerArmour
As we all have unfortunately found out before, phone batteries never last quite as long we’d like—though the new 6 does boast a better life. For drop-protection and battery extension, there’s the PowerArmour from BuQu Tech. With just the right number of bells and whistles—on/off switch to conserve juice, LED lights to gauge the charge, secure fit—it’s functional without looking like something MacGyver would carry. Plus it doubles your battery life—which is pretty great for $80.
Native Union CLIC Wooden Case
There’s something so attractive about organic materials juxtaposed against the cold steel and glass of an iPhone. As we’ve seen before, Native Union does this well, and their CLIC Wooden (now available for iPhone 6) is always a favorite. And, of course, a little pop of color never hurts. Available for pre-order now for $40, with delivery expected for early October.
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