iPhone 5 cases, round 2

By Kirk Hiner | for Apple Tell

Almost immediately after Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 at last week’s press event, iPhone case manufacturers were bombarding us with new designs and updates to previous models. Seems they trust the rumor sites more than we do. Since then, even more cases have been announced, and we want to make sure you know about those, too.


Coming soon

Ballistic Case Company just debuted its latest collection of protective cases, all of which are compatible with the iPhone 5. The collection consists of five individual series, two of which (the Ballistic Shell Gel and the Ballistic Smooth Series) are currently available. You’ll find the remaining three series here.

Ballistic iPhone 5 cases


Available now

The ever-popular Case-Mate has a new line of more than 40 iPhone 5 cases, and the majority are ready to ship now. Others will be ready to ship on September 21—the same day the iPhone 5 goes on sale.

iPhone 5 - Case-Mate


Coming soon 

Cygnett’s iPhone 5 cases aren’t ready to ship just yet, although a recent press release seems to suggest they’ll be available in Australia, the UK and the United States on September 12.

Cygnett iPhone 5

For the fashion conscious: UrbanShield, Lavish and FlipWallet. For the art enthusiast: The ICON Art Series. For the rough-and-tumble: WorkMate and the Bulldozer. And the classics: AeroGrip Feel, AeroGrip Form, Vector, Polygon and SecondSkin.


Accepting pre-orders

iLuv has announced its new line of protective and kid-friendly cases for the long-awaited iPhone 5. All of the newly-designed cases allow for complete access to all controls, including the new adapter.

iPhone 5 iLuv


Coming soon

Kensington announced 14 new accessories that are ready for use with the new devices. The company says the products will be available soon for pre-order.

iPhone 5 - Kensington


Accepting pre-orders

Marware, a designer of accessories for mobile devices, just announced its new lineup of cases, shells and accessories for the iPhone 5.

Marware iPhone 5 case

The new products are available now for pre-order, and include the SportShell Convertible, rEVOLUTION, Stash, MicroShell, C.E.O. Prestige Plus, FlipVue and Zoey.


Accepting pre-orders is now open for iPhone 5 case pre-orders; the company expects to begin shipping the Defender Series and Commuter Series on September 21.

Otterbox iPhone 5

For more information about the iPhone 5 case selection from OtterBox, visit


Accepting pre-orders

Seidio, a manufacturer of mobile technology accessories, announced its line of signature cases—and a screen guard—for the Apple iPhone 5.

iPhone 5 Seido

Seidio’s Surface and Active cases are available with or without a kickstand. The metal kickstand is designed to prop up the iPhone 5 in an easy, comfortable multimedia viewing position. Leaving your hands free, the user can multi-task while watching videos or slideshows.


Available now

Universal Electronic Accessories announced a complete line of cases for Apple’s newly released iPhone 5.

UNIEA iPhone 5

6 Comments on iPhone 5 cases, round 2

  1. Cool cases :). I’m looking forward to

  2. That does it. It’s sad what has become of the once primary e-reading news source. Luckily we still have Nate and Mobileread.

  3. @igosrk – Just so you know, we’re planning on making a few minor category changes in the near-future. One of those changes will involve instituting a separate page (or maybe a separate section) for press releases, as well as for posts (like this one) that consist mainly of content from various press releases. We think it’ll be a good overall resource for readers who are interested in that sort of thing. At the same time, that content will be easily avoided by readers who, like yourself, would prefer not to have to scroll past those posts. We hope you understand, and in the meantime, thanks for your comments; they’re always appreciated.

  4. @Igorsk: Please speak out in detail with specifics, so Dan can benefit from your valuable feedback, especially since you’ve been following the TeleRead site for many years. Same for feedback from other TeleRead community participants on any matter! I am curious, for example, if people want more posts from fellow community members (edited and on topic, of course). Or material from some of the blogs that TeleRead used to pick up items from. If so, which ones in particular?

    Dan will do his best to listen. I no longer oversee TeleRead, but after reading that crappy post on the iPad covers, I myself suggested the advertorial section he’s talking about—something openly presented as a place for press releases and the like. In fact, we’re talking in effect about an honestly labelled ad section similar to those run in prominent dailies. Let business people pay to finance the SEPARATE presentation of genuine news and opinion! Meanwhile the real writers and e-book lovers can go about their business of writing for TeleRead community, not advertisers. As you’ve noticed, in the material that Dan picked up, I haven’t shied away from kicking Amazon’s butt on issues such as TTS and line spacing. And I was delighted to see Mike Perry write a detailed and very outspoken comment expanding his own thoughts on Amazon (even though I myself remain a huge Kindle fan despite Jeff Bezos’s stubborn refusal to do ePub).

    I won’t always agree with Dan—just as I fervently disagreed with Mike about the DOJ and thought that this particular post wasn’t e-book-ish enough—but I’m pleased to see TeleRead continue as both a news and opinion site rather than become just another bland trade publication. People of different views can learn from each other, and I hope Dan will publish all kinds of perspectives as long as the facts, logic and relevance are there. One of the most passionate advocates of e-books and e-libraries during the 1990s was none other than my political opposite, William F. Buckley, Jr., who wrote two “On the Right” columns on behalf of the TeleRead national digital library concept. Me? Not only voted for Obama despite his being insufficiently progressive, but also helped register voters for him a few weekends ago.


    David Rothman, Founder, TeleRead

  5. I just want to say I think Teleread’s ratio of actual posts vs. unedited press releases has actually improved greatly lately. Glad to read about upcoming changes to how the site is organized, I think it will help – but in general on the right track!

  6. Katherine, I really appreciate your thoughtful comments to help Dan. If time allows, perhaps you can add to them with further specifics. Same for other community members. What do you most like and what do you most dislike about the ever-evolving TeleRead as it now exists? Remember, Dan is a fellow writer and e-book fan and is trying to do the best job he can with the resources he has. I totally agree with you that the real-post / PR release ratio has improved under Dan! Just wait. He and NAPCO have many other improvements in mind.

    TeleRead has been around since the 1990s and should be of interest to technical historians in the future, given its leadership over the years in such eras as e-book standards, DRM and, of course, the national digital library issue. So often TeleRead has been at the forefront. One of the best ways to preserve it as a resource for the e-book community is for people to speak out in a constructive way on its strengths and weaknesses, share their own editorial and business ideas for the site, and help keep it in touch.


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