Monday, 17 September 2018 11:44

Plenty of case choices for Apple's new iPhones

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Pretty much every new phone that hits the market represents a new opportunity for case makers, and the latest wave of iPhones is no exception.

As reported, Apple announced the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR last week.

While some people prefer to use their iPhones the way Apple intended — sometimes likening the idea of putting an iPhone into a case to putting plastic covers on a lounge suite — others feel that a degree of added protection from drops and scratches is worthwhile, especially if they are in the habit of selling their old iPhone to help fund the purchase of the latest model.

So as usual, various companies will have cases ready to go when the new iPhones ship later this month. Here are some that iTWire has heard about.

3Sixt offers the $29.95 PureFlex (slim and clear, with impact-resistant edges), the $34.95 SlimFolio (featuring a cover, stand, and card storage), the $44.95 NeoWallet (genuine leather exterior, card storage, and magnetic closure), and the $49.95 NeoClutch (genuine leather, wrist strap, cash and card storage, and removable inner shell).

The company also offers a range of flat and curved glass screen protectors priced from $24.95 and $34.95.

3Sixt Neo Clutch

The 3Sixt NeoClutch.

EFM's Case Armour range is being expanded to accomodate the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR. The Clear variant ($49.95) has a three-layer design that's thinner than last year's model while providing better performance, according to the company. Aspen ($49.95) includes a hidden card storage slot.

Cayman ($59.95) features metallic accents for those who like the shiny look, and the company claims it is slimmer and offers greater impact resistance than the "current market leading protective case". Finally, there's the Monaco ($79.95) with the same 3DO impact protection material as the Cayman, plus genuine leather construction, storage pockets and an RFID blocking layer.

EFM Monaco

The EFM Monaco.

Mujjo isn't quite ready to share full details of its forthcoming cases, but it did provide some preliminary photography.

Mujjo 1

One of Mujjo's forthcoming cases for the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR.

Tech21 seems to be going for a case to suit practically every taste. The Pure series ($49.95) comes in the traditional clear material, clear grey, clear iridescent pink or blue, or with a bubble design in pink or blue.

Evo Check is similar to the Pure models, but will be available in a range of nine colours featuring a moulded check pattern.

The Evo Luxe series ($59.95) is coming with black (incorporating additional drop protection) or grey fabric finishes, and also in black or brown imitation leather. Evo Max ($59.95, black or blue) features drop protection from up to 4m, a lens cover that cleans the lens when opened, and a holster/stand function. Evo Wallet ($59.95, black or mauve) incorporates concealed storage for two cards and up to 3m of drop protection.

The company has also announced a range of screen protectors for the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR priced from $34.95 to $39.95.

Tech21 Evo Luxe Grey

The Tech21 Evo Luxe (grey fabric).

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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