Any time there's an updated iPhone, new iPhone cases are sure to follow. And that's what's happened with the iPhone XS. While the major differences between this new 5.8-inch phone and last year's iPhone X lie beneath the surface in the form of a new processor, faster LTE performance and camera enhancements, case makers have plenty of new offerings for the XS. If you're on the lookout for accessories that offer style, protection or a mix of both, we've found some new iPhone XS cases that deliver.
Apple has updated its Smart Battery Case accessory to fit its current iPhone lineup, streamlining the look of the battery on the back of the silicone case. The iPhone XS version increases talk time up to 37 hours, internet use up to 20 hours, and video playback by up to 20 hours. Considering the iPhone XS turned in a rather lackluster time of 9 hours, 41 minutes on our battery test, that extra juice is sure to come in handy. Best of all, you can charge both the case and the phone inside wirelessly, as the Smart Battery Case is compatible with Qi wireless charging pads.
Neither drops nor dampness should trouble the Catalyst Waterproof Case for Apple's latest 5.8-inch iPhone. Drop the $90 case, and it should protect your iPhone XS from any falls up to 6.6 feet. As the name implies, Catalyst's case also promises protection from water up to 33 feet. Because the front and back house is clear, you'll still be able to see your iPhone from every angle, even as you protect it from the elements.
For the now available iPhone XS, Mujjo says its Full Leather Wallet Case features a slim profile thanks to a new in-mould production process. Even though the $48 full-grain leather case fits your XS like a glove, there's still room to insert two to three credit or ID cards in a slot on the back. Mujjo's case covers most of the iPhone's buttons while a leather chamfer curves inward for the dual rear cameras and the mute button. A 1mm ridge of leather rising above the phone keeps the OLED screen from coming into contact with any surfaces should the XS slip from your fingers.
Otterbox is a well-known case maker in the iPhone world, and the company's latest Symmetry case should go a long way toward keeping your iPhone XS safe. The case comes in a variety of colors, including clear, and wraps around both your handset and the buttons to keep them all safe during a fall. There's no screen protection, though, so if your display falls against the corner of a desk, you might have some trouble. Still, the Symmetry is a slim, streamlined case that, at $39.95, is a nice value.
Tech21 turns to bubbles to jazz up the iPhone XS's look. The $40 Pure Soda case is a see-through design with an ice blue or orchid tint. A buble design on the case's back makes it look like your iPhone XS is floating in a fizzy beverage. There's more than just a unique look to the Pure Soda case, though: it also offers drop protection up to 10 feet, courtesy of Tech21's BulletShield impact material.
If you're in the market for a case designed to both keep your iPhone safe and keep you organized, consider the Silk Wallet Slayer. The case has a hard outer shell and airbags around the handset to keep it safe in case it falls off a table. A slot on the back can hold up to three credit cards and cash. And if you want to watch video while you're using the Slayer, you can extend its kickstand and prop it up. Not bad for just $23.99.
The folks at Catalyst offer one of the more interesting cases in this roundup with the $39.99 Impact Protection. The case comes in a variety of colors, including blue, red and black, and wraps around your iPhone XS. The case is waterproof and drop-proof, according to Catalyst, and it offers a raised bezel to keep your phone's screen safe. Arguably, the Impact Protection's most interesting feature is a rotating mute switch that allows you to mute and unmute your iPhone XS with ease.