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The 12 Essential Cases for iPhone 12 in 2021

All the cases that you should consider.

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When choosing a case for your iPhone, there is no clear-cut “best overall” winner. A lot of it depends on you and how you use and treat your iPhone. Do you want a super-thin case so that your iPhone fits nicely in your pocket? What about a case that add some extra protection? Also, how much do you want to spend?

With the iPhone 12, there's another thing you have to consider: MagSafe. These are the first iPhones that Apple has integrated a fancy magnetic technology allows them to wirelessly charger faster and be compatible with an ecosystem of magnetic accessories, such as special car mounts and minimalists wallets.

The thing is that a lot of iPhone 12 cases don't fully support MagSafe. This means that they might not magnetically lock in or support the super fast wireless charging speeds (up to 15 watts) if connected to a MagSafe charger. Most of the MagSafe cases that are available are still made by Apple, but more and more third-party gadget makers are releasing their own iPhone 12 cases that work with MagSafe.

All the below MagSafe cases are designed to fit the iPhone 12 but are also available to fit the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Max.

Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe

This is admittedly one of the most basic iPhone cases that Apple sells, but it's also some of our favorite. It's protective, slim and works with MagSafe. Plus, it's available in a lot of different color options.

Price: $49


Apple Leather Case with MagSafe

If you're looking for a case that has a more premium feel and will get better looking (if you're a fan of patina) over time. This is one of the only leather cases that fully supports MagSafe. It's available in a number of different colors.

Price: $59


Moment Thin Case With MagSafe

The big advantage of Moment's Thin Case is that it's specifically designed to work with Moment's photography accessories, such as mounts and extra lenses. It's also fully compatible with MagSafe. You can purchase it in several colors.

Price: $50


Nomad Goods Rugged Folio

This is our favorite folio case. It's designed for people who want a beautiful and protective leather case that also doubles as a folio wallet. The Horween Leather case has three credit card slots and a single slot for cash, too.

Price: $70


Otter + Pop Symmetry Series Case

These Symmetry Series cases are collaboration between PopSockets and OtterBox, so you get a rugged and drop-resistant case that's also integrated with a signature PopGrip, making it easy for you to hold one-handed. This case is available in a number of different colors and designs. The catch is that doesn't support MagSafe.

Price: $60


Apple Clear Case with MagSafe

This is one of the few clear cases that fully supports MagSafe. Like all clear cases, it's designed for the person who wants to show off the true color of their new iPhone. The only real catch is that the case has a big white circle on its back, which some people might feel is a bit of an eye sore.

Price: $49


OtterBox Figura Series

If you're looking for a rugged and colorful case, check out the OtterBox's Figura Series cases. Each one is made out of a "flexible, soft-touch material" and they're available in four different colorful designs. These are also one of the few third-party cases that Apple actually sells, and they fully support MagSafe.

Price: $50


Apple Leather Sleeve with MagSafe

Apple's leather sleeve is a bit odd and a bit expensive, but it's also unlike any other iPhone case out there. It protects your iPhone on all sides, which also means that you can't use or look at your iPhone — save for the time — when it's in the sleeve. There's a small integrated credit card sleeve so you can leave your big wallet at home. Additionally, it comes with a leather strap that you can clip to a belt loop or backpack.

Price: $129


Razer Arctech Pro

Razer is one of the biggest names in PC and smartphone gaming, and its Arctech Pro is specifically geared toward that exact community. Those dots on its back? That's Thermaphene cooling technology, so your iPhone 12 doesn't overheat while you're playing hours of Fortnite or Apple Arcade.

Price: $45


Totallee Super Thin

Totallee has long made some of our favorite cases that are super thin — the thinnest you can find. It's available in a number of styles, including a clear case to show off your iPhone 12's natural color.

Price: $39


Mujjo Full Leather Wallet Case

Mujjo's leather wallet case is both slim and sophisticated. It will patina over time and look nicely aged. It has an attached minimalist wallet that can keep up to three credit cards. It's available in a few of different colors, including black, blue, olive green and traditional brown.

Price: $50


Catalyst Vibe Series

The Vibe case is a good all-around option. It's a rugged case that promises 10-foot drop protection, but it's still relatively thin and pocketable. It has a carbon fiber weave pattern on the back that helps make it easier to hold. However, it does not support MagSafe.

Price: $40


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