The iPhone 6 came out in September 2014, but it seems like the really interesting, feature-rich cases for this device didn’t start popping up until this month. Pictured above is a new iPhone 6 case from Body Glove. It’s called “The Optrix,” and it’s a waterproof case that will have interchangeable lenses, and also offer the ability to do real-time media editing on your phone. You can look for it in stores starting in April. The case will stay watertight at depths of up to 30 feet. Body Glove also offers non-waterproof cases for the iPhone 6. If you’ve been frustrated with the quality of your existing case, you might be interested in some of the new iPhone 6 cases that debuted at last week’s CES, or some other new cases that may have flown under your radar. January has been full of interesting iPhone 6 case releases, both from established companies and from newcomers. Here are five of the coolest iPhone cases that debuted this month. Our list focuses primarily on the iPhone 6, but some options on this list are also available for the iPhone 6 Plus.
1. LifeProof Fre Power Case for iPhone 6
Check out the video above from CES, which features a new mount and new battery case from LifeProof (skip ahead to 1:10 to get right to the case info.)
The original LifeProof Fre case for the iPhone 6 has only been out for about a month or so, but there’s already an upgraded version of this case on the horizon. LifeProof just introduced a version of the Fre that will offer a battery boost, in addition to the case’s waterproof properties. This case will cost $130 when it debuts later this year, which is a bit jump from the $80 “base model” of the Fre.
Another new battery case for the iPhone 6 that got announced this month is the PhoneSuit Elite 6 battery case, which will set you back $80. PhoneSuit has a history of great iPhone battery cases (you can check out their case for the iPhone 5 here), as well as offering iPhone 6-compatible pocket chargers.
2. Incipio Trestle iPhone 6 Case
Remember Bendgate? While most people are no longer afraid of accidentally bending their iPhone 6 or 6 Plus in their pocket, Incipio is offering a case that claims to prevent all bending. According to the Incipio blog, the new Trestle case for the iPhone 6 Plus will include two metal rods inside the case to prevent any accidental warping. The case is designed to have a great deal of drop protection as well, though we imagine it will be a bit heavier (and more expensive) than other Incipio iPhone 6 cases. It’s due out later this year.
3. Otterbox Resurgence iPhone 6 Case
Get a closer look at this case in the video above.
The Otterbox Resurgence case, which had previously only been available for the iPhone 5/5s, is now available for the iPhone 6. Unlike the older version of the case, which had a pretty small 2,000 mAh battery, the iPhone 6 version of the case has a 2,600 mAh battery. The case boasts military-grade drop protection. The iPhone 5/5s version of the case is on sale now, but the iPhone 6 version won’t be available until later this year.
4. Reach79 iPhone 6 Case
Reach79 is a new brand that makes iPhone 6 cases. These cases have a special feature. Thanks to a built-in antenna, the case offers faster webpage loading times, fewer dropped calls, and improved streaming music quality. Some users see doubled signal when using this case. Reach79 is owned by the same parent company that makes the Pong cases for the iPhone 6. While the Pong case offers a balance of increased signal and decreased radiation going into your head, the Reach79 cases are all about boosting the signal.
5. Beeline Kevlar Cord Case for iPhone 6
Announced this month and going on sale soon, Beeline offers iPhone 6 cases with a built-in cord. This Kevlar lanyard in built into the case, and lets you attach your phone to a backpack or other item. This way, you can’t walk off and forget your phone. It’s also great for preventing accidental loss or theft of your device. Looking for a cheaper iPhone 6 lanyard case? We found one on Amazon that’s available now, and costs less than half what Beeline is charging. Check it out here.