Finest iPhone 14 Circumstances So Far


This story is a part of Focal Level iPhone 2022, CNET’s assortment of reports, ideas and recommendation round Apple’s hottest product.

Apple has modified issues up a bit for the iPhone 14. Gone is the Mini mannequin (it simply wasn’t promoting effectively), and now there are two sizes of the usual iPhone 14, together with two sizes of the iPhone 14 Professional. Each traces now are available in 6.1- and 6.7-inch sizes: The iPhone 14 and the bigger iPhone 14 Plus, in addition to the iPhone 14 Professional and the bigger iPhone 14 Professional Max (each of which boast further cameras, always-on screens and the distinctive “Dynamic Island” show characteristic). Every mannequin has its personal particular case, so ensure you’re getting the proper case to suit your specific iPhone 14 mannequin.

As all the time, relating to any new iPhone, you’ve got a large assortment of instances to select from that can assist shield it from dents and dings, and most significantly, forestall your display and glass again from cracking. Listed below are a number of the greatest case choices for all of the iPhone 14 fashions in quite a lot of kinds and value factors from slimmer to extra rugged instances. We have tried all these instances with an iPhone 14 and can proceed so as to add different prime instances as we discover others that we predict are worthy of being on this listing. 

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Speck has introduced a lot of its iPhone 13 case designs to the iPhone 14, together with such fashionable clear fashions because the Presidio Excellent-Clear and Excellent-Clear Grips, and the Presidio2 Professional. Speck’s instances with built-in MagSafe value round $50, whereas its Candyshell Professional case stays the least costly at round $25 however doesn’t have MagSafe.

All the brand new fashions have good drop safety (13 to 16 ft, relying on the mannequin) in addition to Speck’s Microban antimicrobial safety. Irrespective of which mannequin you select, Speck usually provides a reduction for first-time patrons.


MagSafe instances can get fairly dear, however if you happen to’re in search of a cheap clear MagSafe case in your new iPhone 14 collection telephone, Spigen’s Extremely Hybrid MagFit is an effective worth at round $24. Spigen additionally sells a non-Magazine model of this case for about $8 much less, and likewise has a number of different iPhone 14 case choices. 

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OtterBox made a reputation for itself with its super-protective Defender collection case, however most individuals need one thing much less cumbersome lately. I just like the Symmetry Sequence Plus instances, which are available in numerous shades (together with the brand new Euphoria shade) and have MagSafe. The Symmetry Plus Pop case integrates a PopSockets PopGrip and is wi-fi charging-compatible, which is vital. OtterBox gives a reduction for first-time patrons on its website.

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Caseology has made some respectable funds instances prior to now, together with the NanoPop, Parallax, Skyfall and Vault. Its new Capella Magazine Clear is likely one of the cheaper clear Magsafe instances we have seen.

Lupa Legacy

Lupa Legacy makes a few completely different pockets instances for the iPhone 14 fashions. I just like the folio model that has a magnetic clasp and is product of fake leather-based in quite a lot of shade choices. It has three slots on the within of the duvet to retailer credit playing cards or money and gives respectable nook safety from drops. The fake leather-based seems to be respectable (the case seems to be slightly costlier than it’s, which is an effective factor).

The one drawbacks are that there is no MagSafe constructed into the case and the case does not convert right into a kickstand. However you’ll be able to cost your telephone on a wi-fi charging pad simply high-quality. 


Cyrill is a sister model to Spigen, and its instances are arguably barely extra fashionable, though they value a couple of dollars extra. I just like the UltraColor Magazine ($20), and the Kajuk Magazine ($27) can be fairly good, owing to its fake “vegan” leather-based again. The clear Shine Magazine ($30) instances are attractively designed with “a contact of sparkle” for individuals who like a little bit of flash of their iPhone case.

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British case-maker Gear4, now owned by Zagg, makes instances which might be proper up there with OtterBox and Speck, all of them lined with the corporate’s D3O shock-absorbing materials and that includes beveled edges to guard your telephone. I like the brand new Milan Snap (pictured) and Santa Cruz Snap, each of that are MagSafe-equipped and rated for 13-foot drop safety. Nevertheless, a number of different case kinds can be found, most of them with eye-catching designs. They begin at $30 for non-MagSafe instances, however most MagSafe fashions listing for $50 to $60.

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Like Lifeproof, Catalyst made a reputation for itself with waterproof instances, nevertheless it now focuses on commonplace protecting case choices and has two new fashions for the iPhone 14: the $40 Affect (pictured) is my favourite, however the brand new $50 Crux case can be good (each are MagSafe-enabled). They’ve perforations on the corners that assist you to connect numerous equipment (a lanyard is included, however Catalyst additionally sells different equipment). Each have 10-foot drop safety.

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Nomad’s line of leather-based instances involves the iPhone 14. Nevertheless, now Nomad is providing two grades of leather-based — the usual selection and a higher-end Horween that prices $20 extra ($70 quite than $50). At the least the Horween model is designed to develop a “rugged” patina because the oils out of your pores and skin work together with the leather-based over time. The brand new Trendy Leather-based Case is obtainable in black, brown, English tan and a lighter pure shade that I like. They’re rated for 10-foot (3-meter) drop safety and geared up with MagSafe. (Personally, I just like the English tan shade pictured on left). In the meantime, the Trendy Leather-based Folio (pictured center) goes for $60 in black or brown.

There’s additionally a extra inexpensive Sport model for $40 that is geared up with MagSafe as effectively. It is not a leather-based case, nevertheless, however does look fairly slick — it is pictured on the appropriate. Moreover, Nomad has a brand new Rugged Case with “fortified” bumpers and 15-foot drop safety that prices $50 with MagSafe.

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Casetify has three base fashions that you would be able to customise with any of Casetify’s eye-catching inventory designs or one thing extra private (like your title). New to the road is the Bounce case, which gives much more nook safety than the Extremely Affect case (each of that are MagSafe-enabled). A number of the designs are hit-or-miss, and lots of are geared towards youngsters.

I ought to notice that costs seem to have gone up once more. Casetify instances now begin at $68 (sure, that is excessive), although we must always see some reductions.

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Rokform’s been making robust iPhone instances for years, and apart from their sturdiness, their key characteristic is the power to make use of them with numerous mounts — together with bike and motorbike mounts — which might be offered individually. I personally favor the Crystal collection, however the Rugged case is barely extra, effectively, rugged. The brand new iPhone 14 instances are additionally MagSafe suitable.

Rokform’s iPhone 14 instances have detachable magnets, and so they’re suitable with wi-fi charging if you happen to take away the included heart magnet. “With the decrease magnet nonetheless intact, you’ll be able to nonetheless wireless-charge whereas using magnetic mounting and all of our mounts,” Rokform says.

Incipio has numerous new instances for the iPhone 14, together with outdated favorites just like the Grip with MagSafe, sturdy Duo with MagSafe (12-foot drop safety), and the Organicore, an eco case that is 100% compostable and is now accessible with a translucent again. It additionally has licensing offers with Kate Spade and Coach, and a few of these instances provide eye-catching designs.

I like the brand new Forme with MagSafe (pictured left), AeroGrip with MagSafe and 16-foot drop safety (pictured center) and Idol instances. You need to dig round Incipio’s website to search out these instances, however they’re value trying out. The Forme is available in some cool designs — even higher than the pattern proven right here.  

Incipio instances begin at $35 for a non-MagSafe case and $45 for instances with MagSafe. 

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Tech21 has a variety of iPhone 14 instances, together with its fashionable Evo Verify (pictured), which is supplied with MagSafe for $50. There are additionally a number of different instances to select from, together with the ultraprotective Evo Max, which is rated for 20-foot drops and has a slide cowl to guard the iPhone 14’s again cameras, together with a holster you’ll be able to clip to your belt. 


Though they do not have MagSafe, I am a fan of Clckr’s instances, which characteristic a built-in kickstand and grip strap (it is accessible in purple or black) that folds out and clicks into place on the again of your telephone. Clckr sells simply the stand/strap accent to stay on the again of your telephone (or on a case), however the iPhone case with the built-in kickstand accent is best. At launch, solely the clear model of the case is obtainable, however hopefully Clckr’s faux-leather Saffiano case will return for the iPhone 14 (I appreciated the blue model of that for the iPhone 13).  

With the stand clicked in place, you should use your system hands-free in both portrait or panorama mode. Notice that you would be able to wirelessly cost your telephone with this case on, although it’s a must to be extra cautious about inserting it in the appropriate spot on a wi-fi charging pad for it to work.

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Smartish’s inexpensive, easy, slim instances and pockets instances return for the iPhone 14. The Pockets Slayer 2.0 case (pictured) is available in a couple of completely different designs, together with the Groovy shade proven right here. It holds three bank cards plus money, and you should use one in every of your bank cards as a kickstand. Nevertheless, its one draw back is that it is not suitable with wi-fi and MagSafe chargers.

Smartish additionally sells a MagSafe case known as the Gripzilla. It is probably the most inexpensive MagSafe instances and is simple to grip, as its title implies.

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Some individuals favor to not have a case on their telephone or simply need one thing that is very skinny that gives minimal safety. In the event you’re that kind of particular person, a Totallee case could be what you are in search of.

There are a pair fashions to select from, with the frosted model (pictured proper) billed because the world’s thinnest iPhone case — it is virtually paper skinny. It is available in a number of shade choices.

The case prices $39, which looks like loads contemplating how skinny it’s, however it’s eco-friendly (it is compostable) and does have a raised “lip” across the digital camera that forestalls injury to the digital camera lens, Totallee says.

Totallee additionally makes a really slim clear TPU case, the “clear smooth” (pictured left within the iPhone 14) that gives slightly extra safety for a similar value. I like that one higher, however it’s barely thicker.

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How protecting of an iPhone 14 case ought to I purchase?

I personally like instances that are not too thick however provide respectable drop safety, with a lip over the sting of the display (typically known as a “display bumper”) and raised corners that assist forestall your display from cracking in case your telephone ought to fall face down. A folio case will extra absolutely shield your display. 

The excellent news is that you do not have to purchase a super-protective iPhone 14 case just like the OtterBox Defender to get good safety. Most instances are fairly skinny and nonetheless provide not less than 6-foot drop safety. I did embody one very skinny case on this listing for individuals who favor minimal safety. Earlier than you go along with a case like that, simply keep in mind how a lot your telephone prices — however it’s higher than having no case in any respect. Be sure to get a sound tempered glass display protector in your iPhone 14 mannequin to forestall deep scratches and safeguard the display.

Ought to I get a MagSafe case for my iPhone 14?

All of the iPhone 14 fashions are geared up with Apple’s MagSafe characteristic, which gives sooner wi-fi charging with suitable chargers. It additionally helps optionally available equipment — together with Magsafe pockets, mini wallets and numerous mounts — that adhere magnetically to the again of your telephone. Just like the iPhone 13, the iPhone 14 has “an array of magnets” (Apple says they’re recycled) embedded round a charging coil that may pull as much as 15 watts of energy. 

Nevertheless, if you wish to use these MagSafe equipment with out taking your telephone out of its case, you want a telephone case that is geared up with MagSafe assist. The MagSafe image is a circle with a brief pipe under it. You may see it on clear instances, nevertheless it’s embedded on the within of the case so if it is nontransparent, you will solely see it from the within. 

If you have already got a MagSafe accent — or plan on shopping for MagSafe equipment sooner or later — you will wish to get a MagSafe suitable case; it is a good choice to have. With that in thoughts, the vast majority of the instances on this roundup are geared up with MagSafe. 

Are MagSafe instances costlier?

Typically, sure — about $10 extra. There are some extra inexpensive MagSafe instances that value round $20, however most value upwards of $30. We see instances from sure firms which might be primarily the identical, however one has MagSafe and the opposite does not, and the MagSafe model often sells for $10 extra. It might look like slightly an excessive amount of to pay for one thing that does not look like a lot of an improve, however in time MagSafe compatibility might command much less of a “tax.” 

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