So Apple released a new battery case for the iPhone 6 and 6s which is supposed to extend the battery life of the two models up to the 25-hour mark. It goes for $99 per piece and is available in black and white (so far). The “what is that?” bump-y design leaves a lot to be desired and will probably start a trending hashtag soon but let’s not jinx it at this point.
Instead, we’ll look at some third-party cases that are upping the game and giving Apple a run for their money. In this list, we have iPhone cases that take smartphone protection to the next level (and underwater), cases that makes charging, or staying connected, a breeze, as well as cases that double as storage space for earphones, a full layout keyboard or a second screen, and more.
Mous Musicase is designed to untangle and retract your earphones for easy storage so you can enjoy your music while on the go. With its high-quality premium material and soft touch paint finish, this case is designed to offer you a comfortable grip and solid protection. Available in black and white or blue and pink. [Price: £19.99]
This next generation case, R79X Antenna, has an incorporated multi-patented, micro-thin antenna. Its unique slider design inside the antenna case will automatically couple with your phone and extends its antenna power. It helps you to stay connected by maximizing the antenna and enhancing network signals. [Price: $59.99]
With its professional-grade lenses, Ztylus gives you limitless options for iPhone photography. You can let out the professional photographer in you with its Z-Prime lens, Revolver 4-in-1 lens, LED Ring Light, and GoMount Disc, which lets you capture the photograph in any scene or environment. Available in a variety of colors. [Price: $99.95 – $114.95]
A case for divers, Proshot is a waterproof and shockproof durable housing for iPhone 6 that also comes with two interchangeable lenses ideal for shooting in extreme environments. You can take it down with you in up to 90 feet underwater. It is also mountable onto your diving gear, or onto a surface to make it easier to take shots. Ships out early 2016. [Price: $99]
With the PWR Case, charging your iPhone becomes a wireless experience. The case is both a quick-release detachable battery pack and wall charger built in one. The battery pack is also small enough for you to keep inside your pocket, and it comes with an LED charging indicator. It is available in 4 color combos. [Price: $99.95]
The Mega Tiny Anti-Gravity Case is a case which allows your iPhone to get a good grip on any surface. This thin yet durable case has slightly raised edges that protect it from accidental drops, and its nano-suction material not only keeps your iPhone secure on a smooth surface but can be cleaned just by using water or a cleaning solution. [Price: $39.99]
Snap6 is an ergonomic and professional photo case that allows to capture amazing photos with high clarity and wide angles, with just one hand. Its slim design complements well with add-on telephoto, fisheye, and macro lenses, and a holding strap makes for a safer single-hand snapping experience. [Price:$79.90]
Enjoy the freedom to charge wirelessly with Latitude, a universal wireless charging case, which is compatible with every type of wireless charger already available out there. Latitude has a slender and sleek design that makes it easy to slip into any pocket and will not make it difficult to charge it the traditional way if need be. [Price: $45]
Sunny Case harnesses the power of the sun and charges your iPhone using solar energy. If you are always on the go and getting your iPhone charged is a constant pain, this may be the case you are looking for. No wires, no power plugs, no heavy battery packs, just place your faith in the Sun to keep you always connected. [Price: $79]
Capture Kit puts your iPhone in a Quad Lock case and using the tripod adaptor, locks it down to a tripod for a fast, easy and secure lockdown before you start taking professional photos even in abnormal terrain. A steady camera will give you the best possible shots so this is a must-have for nature-lovers who are always on the go. [Price: $44.90]
Pong, provides the ultimate protection against cell phone radiation in a minimalist style. Alongisde its claims of being able to lower radiation by up to 67% compared to a bare phone, it’s also a case that gives your phone drop protection. Pong is available in black and white. [Price: $49.99]
Keyboard Buddy offers a slide-out keyboard within a case, which provides more screen area that would be otherwise hidden by the on-screen keyboard. The QWERTY key layout raised keys lets you type easier and faster. Moreover, backlighting for the keyboard lets you type in the dark. The onboard battery keeps it running up to two weeks. [Price: $89.95]
popSLATE is is a case with a second, always-on ePaper screen. It is an energy-saving way to quickly and easily access news headlines, stock quotes, social media updates, memos, appointments, boarding passes and more. The second screen is powered by its own 240 mAh battery. The case is available in three colors. [Price: $129]
The world’s first battery pack and WiFi speaker case, Peri Duo, lets you link up 64 similar speakers to stream and broadcast music via Wifi or Bluetooth. It’s the ultimate party music companion. The battery case has a 3000 mAh capacity and is available in three colors, red, white and black. The first batch goes out in early 2016. [Preorder: $189.99]
TurtleCell is sold as the world’s first protective case with built-in retractable earphones that gives you premium sound quality. It also has a built-in kickstand and you can take calls with the earphone as well. No more messing around with cables. The case is available in multiple colors depending on the iPhone model. [Price: $59.95]
Just for fun, we’re going to do an honorary mention section where we introduce to you 2 more iPhone cases that are still not available to buy but have pretty cool concepts worth looking into.
Moscase is an iPhone case which measures and monitors your health signs such as heart rate, body temperature, stress level etc. But more importantly, it is also a modular smart case that has a customizable back plate. The backplate can be turned into an extra screen, a battery, a solar cell for charging, speakers, a breathalyzer and more.
This iPhone Case from Nikola Labs is a wireless power technology that recycles unconventional energy, radio frequencies, to provide more power to your smartphone. It harvests these frequencies and aims to increase the phone’s battery life by up to 30%.