A small surprise yesterday during Apple’s introduction of the new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s was the launch of new cases for the devices. The iPhone 5s gets a new leather case in six colors, and the 5c gets colourful silicone cases with small circular cutouts meant to show off the iPhone’s color underneath. The silicone 5c cases don’t seem to be getting the best response following yesterday’s unveiling, but the good news is there are already several reputable case manufacturers with cases available for both the iPhone 5c and 5s.

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 2.39.53 PMThe biggest complaint (apart from comparisons to crocs) seems to be lack of attention to detail, highlighted best in the image of the “iPhone” text to the right.  If Apple’s new cases won’t cut it, below we’ve put together a roundup of the best cases from around the web that are already available to order and coming soon for the launch of the device later this month. 

iPhone 5c cases:

The majority of the iPhone 5c cases below are already available to purchase or preorder online. Some, like the Otterbox Commuter & cases from Moshi are arriving shortly after the device launches later this month. It appears the trend for iPhone 5c cases will be to allow as much of the device’s colorful exterior to shine through, and I think a lot of the cases below do do a much better job than Apple’s own $30 case.

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Spigen Matte Hard Case ($10), Spigen Crystal Clear Hard Case ($11), Obliq Skyline Pro hard case ($15), Spigen Protective Bumper w/ clear back panel ($13), Invellop leatherette case ($1.99)

iLuv-iPhone 5c-cases

La Pedrera ($19.99), Vyneer ($19.99), Diary ($29.99), and Aurora Illusion ($19.99) cases for iPhone 5c from iLuv. All come in a variety of colors.


Belkin’s new lineup of iPhone 5c cases: Micra Folio ($39.99), Grip Candy ($29.99),  Slim Fit Armband ($29.99), View Case ($24.99), Sport Fit Plus Armband ($29.99), Wallet Folio ($39.99)


Cristal Hard Shell ($7.00), Skinny Matte Slim SF Premium Hard Case ($6.00), and the Clearview Slim Clear w/ Bumper ($8.00), all available now from Luvvitt for $20 or around $7 on Amazon.   


Otterbox Defender for iPhone 5c ($60), and the Otterbox Commuter for iPhone 5c (coming soon), both available in a large selection of color combinations. 

Tylt Ruggd ($34.99) & Tylt Band ($34.99) iPhone 5c cases (coming September 20)


iGlaze Remix iPhone 5c cases ($30) from Moshi coming in October.

iPhone 5s cases:

Since the iPhone 5s has the same dimensions and physical design of the iPhone 5, the majority of manufacturers are now selling cases designed for the iPhone 5 for both devices. There is one thing to keep in mind, however. The new fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5s home button, which allows users to use their fingerprint to unlock the iPhone and authenticate iTunes purchases, will require case makers do not cover the Home button. It’s likely you’ll have trouble using the feature if the home button is obstructed by the case. This is more of an issue for protective or waterproof cases that aim to cover the entire face of the device, and some companies will have to modifying existing designs. Otterbox is one of the first, announcing today that it has tweaked its Defender series case for the iPhone 5s to accommodate an unobstructed fingerprint sensor:


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Jordan Kahn

Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & Electrek.co. He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s Logic Pros series.