Need to protect your iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus? The good news is that most (but not quite all) of the cases for the earlier iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models should fit their respective siblings. Page through to see our favorite picks, along with details on compatibility for all four iPhones.
All of Speck's "old" iPhone 6 cases are compatible with the new iPhone 6S (the same is true of its iPhone 6 and 6S Plus cases). Its MightyShell + Faceplate combines a case and a faceplate screen protector in a compact package that proves excellent protection. It starts at $50 for the iPhone 6 version (some colors cost more). Add $5 for the 6 Plus.
Otterbox's flagship tough case, the Defender Series ($50), is now available for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. While it isn't waterproof, it does have a built-in screen protector. Available in many different color options.
Otterbox's slim but protective Symmetry Series is Otterbox's answer to Speck's Candyshell cases. It's available in multiple color options for $40 and fits the iPhone 6/6S and comes in a version for the iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus for $10 more.
For the same price there's also a version with a clear back called the MySymmetry Series.
Zagg makes a couple of attractively designed cases for the iPhone 6/6S and iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus, including its durable Shockguard case, which retails for $30 and comes in a few color options. The $25 Dropguard sports a similar design but is a slightly slimmer case.
Spigen's Ultra Hybrid Tech Series reminds me of Tech 21's cases -- both in terms of look and feel. With a clear back, it comes in a variety of trim colors and offers decent protection (it's "military-grade" drop tested) in a slim case that has some nice grip to it. Depending on the color, you're looking at a price of $15-$19.
Note: This is one of Spigen's newer cases, released in the fall of 2015. Other new models include the Tough Armor Tech and Thin Fit Hybrid. All are good cases for reasonable prices.
Mophie has created a lighter, slimmer and more affordable battery case: The Juice Pack Reserve ($60).
The adds .3 inches of thickness to your phone and weighs a shade less than 3 ounces.
The only downside is that its 1,840mAh battery provides 60 percent extra battery life rather than a full 100 percent or more Mophie's earlier iPhone 6 cases, the Juice Pack Air ($100) and Juice Pack Plus ($120) provide more juice but are more expensive and add more bulk to your phone.
It's also worth mentioning that since the headphone jack is covered by the bottom of the case, some larger headphone plugs may not be compatible with the case with out using a heaphone adapter. (Mophie doesn't include a headphone adapter with this case like it does with its step-up battery cases).
All of Mophie's battery cases are equipped with the company's "smart charging circuitry" to deliver the right amount of power for a "safe, quick charge."
The Juice Pack Reserve ships in mid October and comes in 5 different color options. It will not be available initially for the iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus.
Speck's CandyShell Inked iPhone 6 cases are available in several striking designs. The Inked has been one our favorite cases for the last couple of years and it fits both the iPhone 6 and 6S (6/6S Plus versions are also available).
The Inked carries a list price of $39.95 but can be found for closer to $30. The case also comes in a Luxury Edition, which retails for $50 and comes in a variety of eye-catching designs with metallic finish.
Otterbox now offers a pretty swanky folio-style case, the Strada Series ($50), that offers strong protection in a more stylish package. The case is available in two colors and the cover remains shut, thanks to a magnetic clasp.
The only downsides to the case are that it doesn't convert into a stand and it only holds one credit card and a bill or two. But that's better than nothing.
We liked PureGear's Slim and DualTek cases for the iPhone 6, which cost $25 and $35 respectively in multiple color options (converted, about £15 or AU$28 for the Slim, and about £16 or AU$40 for the DualTek).
With the release of the iPhone 6S, we get two new models: The Puregear Slim Pro Shell ($30) and the DualTek Pro ($40). I like the look of the two new models better, but they are slightly more expensive -- at launch anyway.
Otterbox makes a few special-edition versions of its Symmetry Series cases, including some that have graphics from well-known designers like Nina Garcia. But it's limited-edition Leather Edition case is the best of the bunch and one of the best iPhone cases out there. It's a premium case at $50, but it's both protective and swanky. My only gripe with the case is that the Otterbox logo isn't a bit smaller on back.
Pad & Quill, which makes swanky handmade folio-style wallet cases, has both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S versions of its Little Pocket Book case (my personal P&Q favorite) for $69.99. It comes in brown or black.
Like Pad & Quill, Dodocase made a name for itself selling handcrafted book-style cases for iPads and iPhones. The leather-bound Lorna, which holds three credit cards comfortable, is arguably the company's nicest wallet case. You get a few different color options and the leather changes colors as it gets worn in. Price for the iPhone 6/6S version is $65 while the 6/6S Plus version will set you back $75.
I tried out the black version of this slider case/battery pack combo from Moshi. It combines the company's slickly designed iGlaze case with a battery pack that doubles the battery life of your iPhone. Thus the name iGlaze Ion.
What's nice about it is that if you want to go more minimalist, you can detach the battery pack and leave it home or in your bag. What's not so great is that like a lot of slide-on case/battery pack combos, this one is a bit bulky and is somewhat pricey at $100. However, it is one of the more attractive looking versions of a slide-on battery case that you'll find out.
Rokform is known for its rugged cases that feature a mounting system. Its Clear Slim case, available in three color options, includes a magnet mount that you can use in your car (you simply stick the magnet to your dashboard) or anywhere else you want to mount your phone.
The case is compatible with Rokform's wide selection of additional mounting accessories.
Lunatik makes some rugged cases, including an upcoming waterproof model called the Taktik 360, but it also has some nice slim cases in its line. The Architek features a transparent outer hardshell and co-molded, shock-absorbing inner Diagrid or diagonal grid core that's inspired by Chicago's structural architecture. Its eye-catching design comes in a few color options, including black, pink, purple, and blue. Cost: $35. At this time it's only available for the iPhone 6/6S.
Lander is a new iPhone case brand and its first case is the Powell, which comes in a few different color options, including, blue, black, clear, and green. It's a relatively slim case that has a unique look and offers decent protection. The case has textured edges and a set of ridges on back that are "inspired by reinforced steel containers" to add strength to the case. The Powell is available for iPhone 6/6S and iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus and will get wider distribution in the coming months.
While the case is a tad expensive at $35, its packaging converts into a travel case for storing cables (lander also sells Lightning cables) or your in-ear headphones. That's a nice extra.
If you're looking for a tougher case that also has a compartment for storing credit credits and cash, Urban Armor now is serving up its Trooper case for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus for $40. It's a little bulky but definitely protective and the door on the compartment snaps securely shut and blends into the back of the case nicely.
The RokFolio is a first for Rokform: a folio-style case.
It offers the same mounting options as other Rokform cases but also has an integrated cover to protect your screen (it serves as a stand in landscape mode) with slots on the inside to stow credit cards.
The RokFolio is available for both the iPhone 6/6S and 6 Plus/6S Plus, with a retail price of $45 and $55, respectively. Black only for now.
Tech21 has a full assortment of cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and while currently only the Evo Mesh Sport series ($40) is listed as being compatible with the iPhone 6S/6S Plus, the company says its legacy iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases fit the "S" models.
I was a fan of the Classic Frame case ($34.99) that comes in clear and smokey backs, but the Evo Mesh Sport is equally appealing.
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Lifeproof, now owned by Otterbox, is the leader in waterproof cases and its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases ($80-$130) are available in three models: the Fre (full screen coverage), Nuud (no screen protection but still waterproof), and the Fre Power, which integrates a battery that doubles the battery life of your iPhone (it has full screen coverage).
Lifeproof's Nuud case for iPhone 6S and 6S Plus cases are now available after a lengthy delay in their production.
Otterbox has a new Statement Series case for the iPhone 6/6S that looks both cool and a little odd at the same time.
That's because two-thirds of the case on the back is translucent but the lower-third is covered in swanky premium leather.
Usually Otterbox cases have a good-sized Otterbox logo on the case, but the Statement makes a statement by showing off the Apple branding on the back of the iPhone and only having the Otterbox brand carved into the side in a more subdued manner.
While Otterbox wouldn't comment about the branding on the case, the Statement is being sold exclusively at Apple Stores (as well as on the online Apple store and at otterbox.com), which might make one think that Apple preferred it's brand get a little more exposure.
The Statement case comes in black, gray, maroon and blue and lists for $40, though US customers can get it for $30 on the Otterbox website (this may be a limited time deal).
Obliq makes a series of affordable tough cases that may or may not be knock offs of other tough cases. The Obliq Xtreme Pro is available in multiple colors, regularly $35, it can be found for less on Amazon right now. (Available worldwide, pricing for the Xtreme Pro converts to about £23 or AU$40.)
We're showing the $90 iPhone 6 case in walnut in center (it will also be available for the 6 Plus for the same price). But it also comes in a $130 leather folio version (left), as well as a bumper for $60. iPhone 6S and 6S Plus versions are available now.
Grovemade ships internationally, and pricing converts to about £55 or AU$100 for the full iPhone 6/6 Plus case; £80 or AU$145 for the folio; and about £30 or AU$55 for the bumper.
The affordable Luvvit Clear Grip case, which comes in several color options, has an updated look for the iPhone 6S (it also works with the iPhone 6). I don't like it quite as much the old model, but it's still a good value.
What makes this battery cases a little different is that it has touch controls to turn on the case (no switch) and check battery life. There's also a companion app that allows you to configure the case to automatically start charging when you reach a certain battery level.
Note: We've confirmed that the existing iPhone 6 model is compatible with the iPhone 6S. Phonesuit also makes battery cases for the iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus.
We liked SwitchEasy cases in the past and the company's got a full lineup of cases for the iPhone 6, including a couple of folio-style cases.
My current favorite is the Rave, which has a cover that folds origami-style in to a stand and has an integrated magnet. It retails for $25 for the iPhone 6/6S version and $30 for the 6 Plus/6S Plus version.
Prices for SwitchEasy's more basic cases start at around $13.
SwitchEasy bills its Play case as one of lightest cases to feature full drop protection (from as high as 1.5m anyway). Available in two color options -- transparent black or white -- this one also has a built-in kickstand and comes with a lanyard. It costs $25 for both the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus versions.
Antenna started out making cases under the Pong brand that were billed as cases that absorbed radiation emitted by your phone. Those cases are still around but now the company has developed a new line of cases under its ReachCase brand that are designed to help you get a strong cell-phone signal.
On the back of the ReachCase 79X you'll find a sliding panel that extends downward, increasing the length of your phone. We're still in the process of testing the case to verify if it does what it claims to do, but it's nicely designed, is fairly lightweight, and offers good drop protection. It comes in white and black for the iPhone 6/6S and 6 Plus/6S Plus. Both cost $60.
Note: The 79X case you buy does have to match with the carrier you use so make sure you buy the version for AT&T if you use AT&T, for example.
If you're looking for an inexpensive wallet case, the Silk Vault Slim Wallet fits the bill (and three credit cards) for less than $15. It's comes in a few different color options and the iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus version costs the same.
If you're looking for an alternative to Lifeproof in waterproof case market, Catalyst has been steadily making improvements to its case designs with each new generation, although I still think Lifeproof case are slightly better.
At $70, the Catalyst for iPhone 6S, which comes in a few different color options, does cost a little less than the Lifeproof Fre. If you're an iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus owner, the larger version of the Catalyst costs $5 more or $75.
I really like Speck's MightyShell Clear. It started out as one of two Best Buy-exclusive cases Speck was serving up. It's gotten wider distribution and also come down from its $49.95 list price (it's also less at Amazon.com)
Lifeproof's waterproof battery case, Fre Power, is now available for the iPhone 6S for $130 (sorry, there's no iPhone 6S Plus version). It comes in three colors -- black, blue, and white -- and doubles the battery life of your iPhone while really protecting it.
Note: The earlier iPhone 6 version of the case is now being discounted, selling for $100 on Lifeproof's website.
Mophie was recently purchased by accessory-maker Zagg, but not much is expected to change as the Mophie brand continues on with such new battery cases as its Juice Pack H20, which doubles the battery life of your phone. As its name implies, this is a waterproof case that is fully submersible and is designed to compete with Lifeproof's Fre Power, which also costs $130. The case recently became available for the iPhone 6S Plus/6 Plus with a slightly larger integrated battery.
Although they are really expensive and pretty bulky, I like both the Lifeproof Fre and Juice Back H20. Aside from the added weight, their one downside is they require you to use an included adapter to access the headphone jack (unless you have a very compact headphone plug such as the one found on Apple's Earpods).
Tylt's Energi Plus is a slider case that includes an integrated battery to double the battery life of your iPhone 6/6S or iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus. It comes in black and has been reduced from $100 to $80 (both versions cost the same).
The idea is that if you want to keep your iPhone in a slimmer case, you can. When you need extra juice, you then add the weightier battery attachment.
If you're looking for a tough case for your iPhone 6/6S, Pelican's $50 Voyager case is worth checking out (the 6 Plus/6S Plus version costs $60). What's nice about it is that it's tough without being too bulky.
It's available in several color options and comes with a holster that converts into a stand. There's no integrated screen protector, but if you put your phone in the holster upside down, the screen is protected.
Pelican finally has a waterproof case for smartphones, the Marine. I thought it would be bulkier but was pleasantly surprised to find that it's not that much thicker than the company's Protector iPhone case. The Pelican Marine case currently comes in black and is available for the iPhone 6/6 Plus ($79.95) and the iPhone 6S/6S Plus ($89.95). I'd personally like to see the case cost closer to $50 to give you a reason to buy it over competing options from companies such as Lifeproof.
This one was first pointed out to us by a reader who's owned a couple of Kavaj cases. I like the folio-style "Dallas" Kavaj with the card slots on back. It's a decent value at $30 and also comes in black.
X-Doria's got a full line of cases for the iPhone 6 and 6S (and 6 Plus/6S Plus), including the X-Doria Scene Grip (my favorite), which comes in a number of different colors. It's slim and protective, and, as its name implies, it's easy to grip.
I've always been a fan of Sena cases, which incorporate real leather and look swanky, but they are a bit pricey. The $54.95Lugano case you see here is a wallet case (but has no front) while the $79.95 Heritage Wallet Book (see next slide) has a front cover. They're available in a few different colors and come in versions for both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. There's no price bump for the 6 Plus, which is a nice.
With the launch of the "S" series iPhones, the case hasn't changed but there are some new colors available.
Sena makes a few different real-leather wallet cases. My personal favorite is the Heritage Wallet Book, which is available for both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and comes in black or cognac (pictured).
While it's expensive at $79.95 (it's the same price for iPhone 6 or 6 Plus), it definitely has the look and feel of a higher-end case. On the inside you'll find slots for storing credit cards and the case folds into a stand.
For an additional $8, you can have the case monogrammed with your initials and with the arrival of the 6S/6S Plus the case now comes in additional colors.
Prong cases are unique in that their battery pack incorporates a foldaway plug that allows you to dock your iPhone in pack and plug it straight into the wall to recharge both the pack and your iPhone. Like some slider-style battery case -- this one more than doubles your iPhone's battery life -- the Prong PWR comes with a second slim case that you can use when you want to go minimalist and not strap on the extra weight and thickness of the battery pack (yes, it's a bit bulky).
Griffin has a full set of iPhone 6/6S cases, including its flagship tough case, the Survivor Summit ($50) as well as slimmer version called the Summit Journey ($50). Both come in several color options.
I'm a fan of Logitech's Protection Plus case ($34.95), which is well designed and features some metal integrated the back of the case that makes the case stick to magnets (you can buy inexpensive magnetic mounts that attach to your car's air vent).
We're still waiting to confirm whether the iPhone 6 version fits the iPhone 6S, but the case is being discounted by as much as 50 percent to less than $20, so it may be on the verge of being discontinued.
The case is designed to work with Logitech's +Drive car mount ($50) and +Trip ($30, £25, AU$30), a small but powerful magnet that attaches to your car's air vent. I personally use the +Trip.
If you're someone who likes the idea of being able to slip a few credit cards and some money into a wallet-style case but don't like the whole folio-style concept, the Jimmycase ($39) is worth checking out.
It's made in the US, has a real wood back, and its elastic band holds up to six credit cards securely.
Pad&Quill made a name for itself with its folio-style hand-carved wood cases, but now it's branching out into thin wood cases. Using "real hand finished hardwood with DuPont Kevlar," it claims its new Woodline Series ($50) is the thinnest, strongest wood case on the market.
It's probably not the best material to have pressed against your skin in the summer months, but nevertheless the Fuz Felt case is unique in its soft, precision-cut design. The felt also absorbs shock and does it without adding bulk to the phone.