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Best cases for iPhone 5s, iPhone 5

Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s on 10 September and we've already seen an influx of new iPhone 5s cases from accessory makers. Plus, as the iPhone 5s has the same dimensions as the iPhone 5, there are lots of great cases that were originally launched for iPhone 5 that can help you protect your iPhone 5s too.

Here, we round-up the best new iPhone 5s cases we've seen, and also bring you our pick of the best cases for iPhone 5 that will now fit iPhone 5s. We expect to see more and more iPhone 5s cases released in the coming weeks, so check back here regularly for new updates.

See: iPhone 5s vs iPhone 5c comparison review

It's worth noting that the iPhone 5s has a bigger flash, which could be partially obscured by some cases, and also has a Touch ID fingerprint sensor beneath the Home button, so you won't want a case that covers that.

Apple's iPhone 5s cases

Price: £35.00

First up is Apple's own offering. The company has launched its official iPhone 5s cases. They're made with genuine leather and have a soft, microfibre lining to protect the interior of your iPhone too. They're precision crafted to fit the iPhone 5s, which means they're a really snug fit. This also means it can be difficult to remove them, though.

Apple's leather cases are available in six colours: Brown, Beige, Black, Yellow, Blue and Red. They cover the back and sides of the iPhone, leaving only the camera, mute switch and from of the device exposed. This means that the colour of your iPhone is disguised though. If you've got the gold iPhone 5s with one of these cases protecting it, you'll hardly know it's gold at all, which seems a shame.

iPhone 5s Shell cases

Shell cases protect the back and sides of the iPhone, but leave the front bare. They're among the most popular type of case, but it's worth highlighting that you might want to pair a shell case with a screen protector. Many shell cases come with a screen protector included, so check before buying to find out whether your chosen case does too.

Griffin Separates Series for iPhone 5/5s

Price: $29.99 (£19)

Griffin's new Seperates series for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s is a range of two-piece cases that combine a polycarbonate backplate with a polycarbonate/TPU frame, which means sturdy protection for the back, sides and corners of your iPhone. They also have a raised rim, a bit like Apple's old bumper cases, to keep the iPhone's screen off the surface if you place it face down on a table.

With 15 different designs in the series, Griffin suggests that you could buy multiple Seperates cases and switch up the designs if you fancy a change one day. The back of the Seperates cases can be removed and replaced with any other design from the series.

Incipio Stowaway for iPhone 5/5s

Price: £29.99

Incipio's Stowaway case for iPhone 5s or iPhone 5 is designed to be impact resistant, stylish and practical. Available in eight colours, the new iPhone case has a back compartment that can hold up to three credit cards and also doubles as a handy stand.

It will add a significant amount of thickness to your iPhone though, as it's 13.32mm compared to the 7.6mm that the iPhone 5s is without a case. However, with the ability to store three cards, it could mean you no longer need to carry your wallet or purse around with you, therefore freeing up space in your bag or pocket.

Proporta & Ted Baker Collection

Price: £29.95

Proporta has teamed up with fashion house Ted Baker London to bring iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s owners a collection of stylish cases to protect the device. There are also iPad versions of the Ted Baker cases available.

Belkin View Case for iPhone 5/5s

Price: £19.99

Belkin's View Case has transparent design to show off the back plate of the device while protecting it from bumps and scratches. It's available in black, green, white, red and pink.

Otterbox Prefix for iPhone 5/5s

Price: $24.95

Otterbox's iPhone 5/5s cases include the Prefix, a protective shell with a rubber outer layer and free screen protector.

Belkin's Lego Cases for iPhone 5/5s

Price: £24.99

Belkin has teamed up with Lego to launch thie Lego Builder Case for iPhone 5/5s -- every big kid's dream. Turn your iPhone into a buildable brick while also protecting it from bumps and scratches.

Cygnett Alternates Series for iPhone 5/5s

Price: £19.95

We rather like Cygnett's Alternates series for iPhone 5/5s. The cases stick to the iPhone's two-tone style, and also use the same anodised aluminium as the iPhone 5's backplate, giving you the opportunity to switch up the colour the top and bottom portions of your device. While at work, you might prefer to have an all black or white case for your iPhone, but when you're out of the office you could add a splash of green, blue or pink to suit your mood.

Case-Mate Madison

Price: £75

For something a little more glamorous (and pricier too) you might like Case-Mate's Madison iPhone 5/5s case, which features Swarovski crystals and is made with real leather.

MediaDevil Grafikcase

Price: £19.97

If you fancy adding your own personal touch to your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s, MediaDevil allows customers to choose their own photograph to be transformed into a protective Grafikcase for £19.97. Despite being quite flimsy, here at Macworld we've been using one of the Grafikcases on our iPhone for more than a year and still love having our very own photograph on the back of our device.

Read more in our full review.

Gelaskins HardCase for iPhone 5/5s

Price: $34.95

Gelaskins has made its popular HardCase available for iPhone 5/5s, so customers can choose their own photograph to be printed onto the case or pick from a variety of arty designs that have been pre-made.

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Next Page: iPhone 5/5s flip cases, folios and other accessories

iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s flip/folio Cases

Flip and folio iPhone 5 cases protect both the front and back of the device. They are a little less popular due to the inconvenience of having to open the front flap before being able to access the touchscreen.

Proporta iPhone 5s Leather Case with Aluminium Lining

Price: £29.95

Proporta's Leather Case with Aluminium Lining for iPhone 5/5s is designed for style and protection, covering both the front and back of the iPhone and also featuring an aluminium lining for extra strength. It leaves cutouts for all ports and buttons, as well as the camera, although you'll soon realise you need to keep the front flap out of the way while you're taking photos.

Proporta's flip case is available in Central Red or Slate Black.

SurfacePad for iPhone 5/5s

Price: £22.70

Designed for iPhone owners who want to protect their device but would prefer no case at all, the SurfacePad is an ultrathin cover that weighs just 24g. While it won't protect your iPhone from a fall or spillage, the SurfacePad will prevent scratches without disguising your iPhone or adding bulk. What's more, the case also acts as a landscape stand for your handset, making it ideal for watching videos or making FaceTime calls.

Available in three colours, the SurfacePad could be just the case to put your mind at rest, while keeping your iPhone's minimalist design intact.

BookBook for iPhone 5/5s

Price: £50

We still love the quirky BookBook range from TwelveSouth, which has now launched an iPhone 5/5s version of the case that doubles as a wallet. Designed to look like an antique book, the genuine leather flip case has a built-in camera hole, and provides space for cards, notes, ID and other bits and bobs.

Book lovers will enjoy wrapping their iPhone in this protective case.

Cygnett FlipWallet

Price: £24.95

Cygnett's iPhone 5/5s FlipWallet can protect the iPhone while providing a space for your money and credit cards too.

Knomo iPhone 5/5s Leather Folio Wristlet

Price: £50

Knomo's iPhone 5/5s Leather Folio Wristlet has a lush, soft pebbled leather exterior available in black or teaberry, combined with a fairly sturdy moulded plastic shell which aims to protect your iPhone on your travels.

You can read more in our full review.

Pipetto Classic Flip Case for iPhone 5

Price: £39.95

iPhone 5/5s owners might like British fashion case maker Pipetto's iPhone 5/5s cases, which include the stylish Classic Flip Case, which is available in four trendy colours.

Capulet Emma iPhone 5 purse

Price: £199

This cute iPhone 5/5s case from Capulet is made with leather, and fits an iPhone 5/5s, credit card, cash, coins and keys all in one place. It also has a detachable wrist strap for extra security. It'll set you back £199 though.

iPhone 5 pouches/sleeves

If you prefer not to have your iPhone in a case at all while you're using it, then perhaps you should consider a pouch or a sleeve. These protect the iPhone 5 while in a bag, for example, but leave the iPhone in its naked form when in use.

Proporta iPhone 5/5s Leather Pouch

Price: £29.95

The Proporta iPhone 5s Leather Pouch has an aluminium lining and a pull-tab system to enable quick access to your device. It's available in Piccadilly Blue and Slate Black.

Knomo iPhone 5/5s Leather Slim

Price: £25

Knomo's iPhone 5/5s Leather Slim is available in Black, Burnt Ochre or Teaberry colours. It's cushioned with a microfibre lining to protect your device from scratches.

Other iPhone 5/5s accessories

Apple iPhone 5s dock

Price: £25

Alongside the new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s and their cases, Apple has also launched a pair of new docks for the iPhone models. You can now buy the iPhone 5c dock or iPhone 5s dock for £25 from the Apple Store.

These two docks are the first Apple-branded docks for Lightning devices, and support the iPhone in an upright position while it charges or syncs. They feature an audio line-out port for connecting to speakers, too. The iPhone 5s version of the dock can also be used by iPhone 5 owners.


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