Best iPhone 12 Pro Cases iMore 2021

Apple has launched the amazing new iPhone 12 Pro and a lot of you are going to get your device on launch day, or not too long after that. You're going to want to pick up an iPhone 12 Pro case if you want to protect it and why wouldn't you? Even though the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro has the all-new design with flat edges and Ceramic Shield on the front glass, you can protect it further with a case. Here are some of the best iPhone 12 Pro cases we've found so far.

The official solution: Apple Silicone case with MagSafe

Staff Favorite

Apple's official silicone cases for the iPhone 12 Pro support Apple's new MagSafe connector and accessory system. They just slide and snap right onto your iPhone and support MagSafe accessories like Apple's new wallet attachment and the MagSafe charger. Comes in just a silly number of colors.

$49 at Apple

Officially cleared: Apple Clear Case with MagSafe

Like the silicone case, this clear case from Apple is equipped with MagSafe, ready to attach to any compatible accessory. And because it's clear, the beautiful color of your iPhone 12 Pro will come right on through.

$49 at Apple

Rugged protection: Spigen Rugged Armor for Apple iPhone

Rugged Armor is one of Spigen's "tougher" cases, but it still retains a slim profile compared to the competition. The textured back also adds grip so you can keep your phone in your hands, not the floor. There are precise cutouts for the Apple logo, speakers, camera, and charging port.

$13 at Amazon

Show off!: Spigen Ultra Hybrid for Apple iPhone

If you'd like to show off your iPhone 12 Pro, especially that new blue color, you should get the Ultra Hybrid. This shell case features a clear back, so your iPhone 12 Pro color shines through, but you still get the protection from the bumper around the frame.

$14 at Amazon

Slim, stylish protection: Spigen Neo Hybrid for Apple iPhone

The Neo Hybrid is another one-piece shell style case that is protective and flexible. The textured pattern makes it easier to hold on to your device, and the aluminum-style frame makes it look even more sophisticated.

$14 at Amazon

Kick back: Spigen Tough Armor for Apple iPhone

The Tough Armor is another rugged case, but with an overall slim profile. There are cutouts for the Apple logo, camera, speakers, and charging port, as well as protective button coverings. But this one also has a built-in kickstand so you can use your device hands-free for videos and FaceTime.

$17 at Amazon

Beautiful leather: Nomad Rugged Case

This Horween leather case from Nomad will keep your iPhone 12 Pro both protected and handsome. Nomad's Rugged case should develop a nice patina of use over time, giving your phone a look that's unique to you, and the internal shock absorption bumper will keep your iPhone safe from damaging drops.

$50 at Nomad

Tried and true: Casetify Impact

The iconic Impact case from Casetify is available in 27 color combinations. You can also customize the case by adding your initials. The case has been drop-tested up to 6.6 feet and uses a proprietary shock-absorbing material for its protection. The DEFENSiFY antimicrobial coating eliminates 99% of bacteria.

$65 at Casetify

Add some style: Bandolier Emma Pebble Leather Crossbody Bandolier

The Emma Crossbody Bandolier features a classic leather case and beautiful metal details with an adjustable shoulder strap. Effortlessly chic, Emma includes a hidden snapback credit card compartment that makes it a must-have for any on-the-go activity or chic stylish event.

$95 at Bandolier

Good for the planet: Lifeproof WĀKE

Made from recycled materials

The Lifeproof WĀKE is made entirely from salvaged fishing gear — about 85% ocean-based plastic. The unique textured wave pattern on the back is an eye-catching design, and the case is drop tested up to 2-meters. Every purchase of a WĀKE case donates a dollar to water conscious nonprofit partners.

$40 at Lifeproof

Show it off: Lifeproof NËXT

The Lifeproof NËXT is a slim profile case that offers a clear back, so you can show off your phone. The colored bumpers absorb any impact and shock, so your new iPhone 12 Pro is always safe and protected. Every purchase of a NËXT case gets a dollar donated to a nonprofit organization.

$80 at Lifeproof

Prismatic: Gear4 Crystal Palace

If you're getting one of the more colorful iPhone 12 Pro models, you're probably going to want to show it off with a clear case, but why not get a little funky with it? This sturdy case has drop protection, textured grip, and an iridescent glow.

$40 at Zagg

Camera nerds: Casetify Classic Camera 2.0

This is Casetify's Ultra Impact Case, the most rugged of the lineup. It features extra reinforcement at the corners, special shock-absorbing materials, and a print of a film camera for all you retro camera nerds out there.

$65 at Casetify

Poppin' fun: Otter + Pop Stardust Pop

If you hadn't already heard about the Otter + Pop series, you're in for a treat. This is a collab between Otterbox and PopSocket for a case that is better than chocolate and peanut butter. This year, they've added clear and Stardust Pop to the lineup so you can show off those colors.

$60 at Otterbox

Two-tone protection: BodyGuardz Stack

The BodyGuardz Stack case features a slick two-tone design available in four different color combinations. This case protects the iPhone 12 Pro with interior ribbing, non-slip grip, raised bumper, and shock-absorbing corners, giving it a 10-foot drop rating.

$40 at BodyGuardz

Get a grip: Speck Presidio2 Grip

Grippy protection

The Presidio2 Grip has rubber ridges on the back of the case to help you keep a solid grip on your phone. The ridges extend to the edges so it's an all-around grip. Not only will you get a great grip, but the case is quite durable too. And if you want to show off your iPhone color, there is a clear option.

Soft to the touch: Speck Presidio2 Pro

The Speck Presidio Pro features a soft-touch matte finish that is comfortable to hold. The case also features Microban antimicrobial protection, so it stays clean and safe.

Show it off: Speck Presidio2 Perfect-Clear

$40 at Speck

The Perfect-Clear allows you to show off your iPhone color while keeping it safe and protected with Speck durability. Speck also adds in anti-yellowing to the plastic, so it should retain the crystal clear clarity for a while.

$40 at Amazon

For the gamers: Razer Arctech Pro

The Razer Arctech Pro helps to reduce and dissipate heat from your device, so you can game in peace longer. While helping cool off your phone during those intense gaming sessions, the case is also durable and will help keep your iPhone 12 Pro safe from scuffs and scratches from everyday use. The thermaphene material is also soft to the touch, giving you a nice grip.

$45 at Amazon

Classy and elegant: Caudabe Sheath

The Caudabe Sheath is an ultra-slim and minimalist case that will protect your iPhone from everyday scratches and scuffs. It's drop-tested for up to 6.6-feet and has great shock absorption.

$28 at Caudabe

Slim and tough: Caudabe Synthesis

This is Caudabe's most protective and durable case yet. Despite being super protective, it still retains a super slim profile, and it is soft and flexible. If you want something that will hold up to anything you throw at it while not being bulky, then this case gets the job done.

$30 at Caudabe

Slim and clear: Caudabe Lucid Clear

The Lucid Clear is a super slim but protective case that will keep your phone safe from everyday wear and tear. This one also comes in clear or graphite, so you can show off your beautiful iPhone color if you want, or give it a frosted gray look and matte finish.

$26 at Caudabe

Impossibly thin: Caudabe Veil

If you're looking for a super-thin, barely-there case, then the Caudabe Veil is it. This one is super thin and designed to mimic the form and feel of the iPhone itself. While this won't protect the device from 6-foot drops, it will keep it safe from everyday scratches and minor bumps.

$25 at Caudabe

Elegant leather wallet: Mujjo Full Leather Wallet Case

Mujjo makes excellent leather cases, and the Full Leather Wallet Case is one of them. This case is made from vegetable-tanned leather, and the wallet on the back of the case can store between 2-3 cards as you see fit. Never forget your wallet again.

$49 at Mujjo

Dress it up: Mujjo Full Leather Case

The Mujjo Full Leather Case will wrap your iPhone in gorgeous, vegetable-tanned leather. Since it is leather, it will develop a beautiful patina over time, so the more you use it, the more it ages. It's a simple but elegant solution and makes you look ready for business.

$44 at Mujjo

Recycled discs: Nimble Disc Case

Remember CDs and discs? They get another chance at life with the Nimble Disc Case. Each of these crystal-clear cases is made from 100% recycled compact discs. They will protect your phone from any wear and tear, and you can show off your preferred iPhone color. Who knew that old CD would end up around your iPhone?

$40 at Nimble

MagSafe compatible design: OtterBox Figura

OtterBox is the exclusive third-party manufacturer that can make MagSafe compatible cases for now. The Figura series has fun colors and designs and retains a slim profile while giving you the best protection. It's exclusive to the Apple Store.

$50 at Apple

Slim and sleek: OtterBox Aneu Series

If the Figura series has too much color for you, then the Aneu may be more your style. It features one solid color and is also MagSafe compatible. It also has a slim profile while giving you the best protection. It's another Apple-exclusive.

$50 at Apple

Ultra-rugged: Survivor Extreme

Get 16-foot drop protection with the Survivor Extreme's four-layer construction and FortiCore™ shock absorption technology. Textured sides, covered ports, and antimicrobial protection make this one of the toughest cases you can buy.

Quick card access: Incipio Stashback

The Incipio Stashback case offers excellent protection to the sides and back of your iPhone 12 in case of drops, but it has a bonus: the case lets you keep up to three physical payment cards handy, sitting just behind your iPhone in a small storage compartment.

$40 at Incipio

Are MagSafe cases necessary?

While Apple and other manufacturers have made MagSafe compatible cases, there have been some questions on whether non-MagSafe cases will work with the MagSafe charger.

We can say it's been proven that at least one non-MagSafe case works with the MagSafe charger, and likely that means others will too. However, it depends on the case.

The case would have to be thin enough on the back to allow the magnets to connect and allow the induction charging to take place. The good news is there are plenty of thin cases that should work just fine. If you go with a thick, heavy-duty case you may run into issues.

Ultimately, if you buy a case that's not considered MagSafe compatible, you do run the risk that it may not work — so consider your choice wisely.

Our recommendations

It's an odd time to buy a new case for a brand new iPhone, especially with the addition of MagSafe to the iPhone 12 lineup. If you're looking for the best iPhone 12 Pro case to get right now, I'd have to say that the Apple Silicone case with MagSafe is probably your best bet. It supports Apple's new MagSafe system of chargers and accessories (you know there'll be more than a wallet attachment sooner or later), and it just slides and snaps right onto your phone.

If you're looking for something a little less expensive but still protective, check out the Spigen Rugged Armor, which offers solid protection but still has a slimmer profile than other rugged cases. We also love the OtterBox Otter + Pop series, because the addition of the PopSocket in the case is one of the most convenient features of any iPhone 12 Pro case. You're always ready for a selfie, and it can help you keep a grip on your phone anytime, anywhere. Another great iPhone 12 Pro case option is the Speck Presidio2 Grip, because you're getting fun colors, a ton of extra grip so your phone is never out of your hands, and it's super durable.

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