31 Of The Best iPhone 12 Pro Cases To Protect Your New Phone
Back when Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone, I drank deep of the Kool Aid. When he scoffed at the idea of a case, saying that, despite it being a slab of glass and thin metal, it didn’t need one, that became my worldview. Four or five shattered iPhones later (which isn’t all that bad out of nearly a dozen upgrades), I’m not taking any chances with the new iPhone 12 series. I will be selecting an option from this list of the best iPhone 12 Pro cases below.
While I love the new design, it does give me flashbacks to the iPhone 4, which the iPhone 12 Pro borrows design cues from. The iPhone 4 was my first glimpse into just how much iPhones need cases — I broke the back, then the front of my iPhone two days before trading it in for an upgrade. While the front ceramic glass on the iPhone 12 might truly be the most durable glass Apple has ever used in a phone, it’s not completely scratch proof. Then there’s the fact that the rear uses the same shatter-prone material of previous iPhones.
Thankfully, manufacturers have been lining up to create new cases ever since the iPhone 12 series devices were announced. There are a myriad of options to make your iPhone 12 Pro look incredible while keeping it safe. You can choose between plastic, silicon, clear, and leather cases. There are even MagSafe cases that auto-magically click onto the back of your phone. Here are 31 of the best iPhone 12 Pro cases that have caught my eye.
Note: This story was originally published on 10/16, when the iPhone 12 series became available for pre-order. It has since has been updated to include even more MagSafe, clear, and traditional cases.
Of course, Apple has a new collection of MagSafe cases in a wide assortment of colors. Apple’s clean design aesthetic really shines in their cases. In-hand, the soft-touch silicone just feels nicer than other cases. The micro-fiber interior keeps your iPhone safe from errant grit that might find its way into the case.
is the only official third-party MagSafe provider at the moment and they’re making it count with their Figura series. These painterly cases are eye catching and remind me more of Impressionistic paintings than cases. They pop on and off just like Apple’s MagSafe cases and offer the protection that Otterbox is known for.
The slim profile fits the iPhone 12 Pro perfectly and feels great in hand. The buttons on Everweel’s cases are always just a little more prominent than the official cases, which makes them easy to find without looking. I also like that the raised edge of the case keeps your iPhone from falling flat on its screen.
If you’re looking for something that’s a little more standard, Otterbox has also launched their Aneu cases. Like the Figura, these are slim, MagSafe cases, but they come in single or two-tone colors. The edges are a little grippier for better handholds and the raised edge of the case protects the screen.
If you’re looking for the ultimate protection in a MagSafe case, then you’ll want to check out the Symmetry Series+ cases. These are rated to three times military drop standards and have long-wear antimicrobial coatings. The case itself is infused with a silver-based additive to inhibit microbial growth. It’s more expensive than Otterbox’s other offerings, but it’s also going to keep you and your iPhone more protected.
Best iPhone 12 Pro Cases
Especially if you’ve picked up one of the new colors, you might be hesitant to cover up your new iPhone 12 Pro. That’s why these clear cases are perfect for adding drop protection (and maybe a bit more), while keeping your new device safe.
If you’re looking for a clear case that’s also ruggedly tough, take a look at the Survivor clear case. It’s tested to military standards and offers 6-foot drop protection thanks to the sidewalls that use their shock-dampening absorbers. The front bezel is raised to protect your front screen when you drop your iPhone 12 Pro on its face. It’s, of course, Qi charging compatible and won’t interfere with your MagSafe charger. Survivor guarantees the case for life, this includes discoloration, something that clear cases are prone to suffer from.
Made from 50% recycled materials, the Casetify Ultra Impact cases also have an antimicrobial coating to keep your iPhone 12 Pro germ free. The bigger bumpers on the Impact case will protect against drops of up to 9.8 feet. And like all of Casetify’s products, it’s fully customizable. If clear isn’t your thing, There are hundreds of designs and customization options on the Casetify site.
It also has a permanent antimicrobial treatment so that your iPhone stays germ-free. Nimble has done edge-test drops of up to 6-feet, so you can feel confident that your iPhone 12 Pro is protected from drops. I especially like that in every package there’s an e-waste recycling bag so that you can properly dispose of your old case (or earbuds or batteries). Doing so will get you 15% off your next Nimble purchase.
Best Traditional iPhone 12 Pro Cases
If you don’t care about magnets and clear cases aren’t your thing, don’t worry. There are plenty of traditional cases out there for your iPhone 12 Pro.
If you’re looking for a unique iPhone case that’s not only attractive but anti-microbial, check out the Copper Case from Aeris. Truly unique, the real copper outer nanocoat will develop a patina over time. Copper can also inhibit germ growth and the company is currently testing its efficacy against Covid. Inside, there’s a polycarbonate case that will protect your iPhone 12 Pro from drops and accidents.
Totallee cases buck the over-engineering trend and do something that could be called, well, “under-engineered.” Their Thin Case for the iPhone 12 Pro is .02 inches thick. It barely adds any bulk to the iPhone and yet it still protects the back glass and sides from drops and scratches. The raised lip around the camera keeps it protected as well. There’s even a clear version if you want to get more minimalist.
Made from recycled bottles, the Holborn Slim is a great case from Zagg. The bumper incorporates D3O – an industry-leading high impact absorption material used in helmets and other protective gear.
While it doesn’t have the 20-foot drop protection of some other Zagg cases, it still has an impressive 10-foot drop protection. That’s well beyond what many slim cases provide. The Holborn case also uses their proprietary antimicrobial technology to keep your iPhone 12 Pro germ free.
Made from 85% recycled plastic the Lifeproof Wake is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to protect your device. Lifeproof works with commercial fishermen to reclaim fishing nets at the end of their useful life. Usually these nets end up in landfills or worse, cut loose and drifting on the bottom of the ocean.
Instead, Lifeproof breaks them down into black, dark green, or light green pellets, then turns that plastic into ultra-thin, drop-proof, one piece cases. There’s a nice wave design on the back of the case that makes it easy to grip as well.
If you’re looking for a case with a Pop Socket built right in, then you have to check out the Otter + Pop Symmetry series from Otterbox. They have the three-times drop protection of the other Symmetry cases (but not the antimicrobial coating). The only caveat is that you might need to remove the Pop Socket when you wirelessly charge your iPhone. If you’re a plug-in charging type, then don’t worry about it.
Oakywood hand polishes the Cherry or Walnut wood that makes up the back panel of their durable bumper cases. The raised bumper on the front of the case will protect the screen in the even that you drop your new iPhone 12 Pro on its face.
The Oakywood cases look even better when paired with one of their wooden charging stations. They may not have the magnetic “snap” of Apple’s MagSafe charger, but they look undeniably better than anything Cupertino is putting out.
Gray’s Morpheus Carbodyne case might be “traditional” but it is in no way “standard.” The unique pattern on the back of the limited edition case stacks three sheets of carbon fiber in three different directions to create a unique, organic pattern.
The rest of the case is aggressively styled with hard edges and raised angles that are eye-catching and far different from other iPhone 12 Pro cases. It’s a case that’s meant to be talked about as its eye-watering price tag attests to. If carbon fiber isn’t your style, there are several titanium and aluminium backplates to choose from in a wide variety of colors.
Best Protective iPhone 12 Pro Cases
While clear is nice, you know that you need the most rugged protection available for your new iPhone 12 Pro. These cases are for you.
If you’re looking for full waterproof protection, but want a recycled materials case, you’re in luck. The Fre from Lifeproof offers full wraparound waterproof protection and uses 60% recycled plastic. Fre features an integrated screen cover and can keep water away from your iPhone 12 Pro for up to an hour in 2 m. of water. It also has closed speaker grates and a sealed (but still accessible) bottom port so that you don’t have to worry about gunking up your charging port. Lifeproof will donate $1 to a water-minded charity for every Fre purchased or registered.
Built like a tank and easy to grip, the Defender Series Pro is a chunky screenless case that’s rigid and solid. It will protect your iPhone from drops (four-times military standard) and the port covers keep your charging port and mute switch free of debris. The soft microfiber backing will keep the glass back of your iPhone scratch-free as well. It comes with a belt holster that can double as a kickstand. As with most of Otterbox’s cases, the Defender Series Pro has an antimicrobial coating and is infused with a silver-additive to inhibit microbial growth.
Turning your iPhone into a gaming machine means one thing—heat. Add a case to a hot iPhone and that can mean disaster. That’s why I’m thrilled that Razer has released a new series of Arctech cases for the iPhone 12 Pro.
Gone are the confusing variations of the previous cases, now Razer’s thrown everything they’ve learned at a single next-gen case. The case has a layer of Thermapene inside that traps and directs heat out of the back of the case. That should keep your phone cool and protected. This year’s Arctech Pro line is also antimicrobial to keep germs from growing on your iPhone.
I also noticed that the interior bumpers are slightly thinner right around the areas where the 5G antennas are on the iPhone 12 Pro. It’s a nice touch and shows how dedicated Razer is to performance.
No, this isn’t a case inspired by Bradley Cooper’s character in a movie about mind-altering pharmaceuticals. The “Limitless” in this case refers to what you can do when you’ve wrapped your iPhone 12 Pro in Mous’s torture tested case. They’ve dropped them from 45 feet in the air, kicked them with ice skates, rolled them down rocky mountain trails, and more to prove the effectiveness of their AiroShock material.
The Limitless cases are as stylish as they are durable, with multiple leather, wood, and fiber choices. They also have a line of magnetic accessories that’s compatible with their line of cases. This is good, since the extra thickness of the case will interfere with MagSafe accessories like card wallets. What’s nice is that if you travel often, there’s a place built right into the case for extra SIM cards and a SIM removal tool.
Best Leather iPhone 12 Pro Cases
There’s something about leather cases. They feel nicer in-hand, they look great, and the best ones develop a patina over time that’s completely unique to the user. Usually Apple has a leather case available right away, in fact there was a peek-a-boo folio-style case seen during the keynote, but it hasn’t materialized yet. In the meantime, you’ve still got great leather options.
Nomad makes some of the best cases on the market today. The natural, vegetable-tanned Horween leather of the Rugged Leather case for the iPhone 12 Pro is a perfect example. It combines beautiful vegetable-tanned Horween leather with a rubber shock-absorbing bumper that can withstand up to a 10-foot drop. The leather of the case will age as you use it, darkening and developing the telltale scratches and imperfections of good leather.
There are also two lanyard attachment points on the bottom of the case in case you’re the type that likes to use a wrist strap with their iPhone. The colors available are also available in Apple Watch straps. So if you’d like your iPhone and Apple Watch to match, you can make that magic happen.
I’m a fan of the Mujjo leather case for one distinct reason, they’re one of the only ones out there that comes in blue. The dark blue leather of the Mujjo case will develop a rugged patina over time. This is a full leather case, including the sides, so you don’t have any ugly polycarbonate bumpers maring the design.
Mujjo’s cases also come in brown, black, and a lovely hunter green. If you’re looking for a place to stick your cards, they have a wallet case available that’ll let you stash a couple of cards on the back.
Pipetto added magnets to their leather cases before Apple decided magnets were cool. Their slim, form-fitting leather cases come with a special metal plate in the case that interacts with the bundled magnetic mount. What’s neat is that, while most magnetic cases interfere with charging, Pipetto has engineered a solution to maintain Qi charging compatibility.
I especially like that the buttons are anodized metal rather than the cheap plastic nubs you get on most cases. While the cases don’t work like the MagSafe cases do, I like that you get Pipetto’s entire magnetic mounting solution in one shot rather than having to buy additional accessories (or wait for them to be manufactured in the first place).