Apple raised the bar again at its September 2023 event: The Apple iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max are the two new top ways to experience Apple's smartphone world. These are the greatest iPhones available, with all of the new features and — excitingly for anyone who travels with a laptop or iPad — a USB-C port at the bottom. The iPhone 15 Pro is the phone to get if you want strong performance paired with a more manageable 6.1-inch display, and many would argue it's the perfect blend of size and power.
But while the iPhone 15 Pro may be more easily handled than the iPhone 15 Pro Max, that won't matter one bit if it takes a tumble out of your hand and onto concrete. This is a $1,000 phone, and if you're anything like us, you want to keep that investment as pristine as possible. Thankfully, it's easy to do. Simply slap on a protective case that can weather the everyday hazards you come across, including drops, bumps, and even just minor scratches. We have case options from across the accessory world, from slim cases all the way to the biggest, baddest rugged cases out there. Take a look, as there's sure to be something you love.
Speck Presidio Clear Case
The best clear iPhone 15 Pro case
- Good hybrid protection
- 13 feet of drop protection
- Slim and lightweight
- On the more expensive side
The Apple iPhone 15 Pro comes in a number of different, muted colors to match the titanium frame, and it's easy to see why you wouldn't want to hide that. The Speck Presidio Clear means you don't have to. It's completely clear, and has been treated to resist yellowing as it ages, so it'll stay clear and unobtrusive for as long as you need it.
"Clear" isn't synonymous with "low protection" either, as the hybrid construction of TPU and polycarbonate (PC) and Speck's clever design means it's rather well protected, with 13 feet of drop protection. It has a Microban coating for a 99% reduction in stain- and odor-causing bacteria, and the materials the case is made from are 50% recycled. It's generally on the more expensive side, but if you shop around, you can find it for cheaper.
Peel Super Thin Case
The best thin iPhone 15 Pro case
- So thin it's barely there
- Very clear
- Protection extremely lacking
If you're not keen on cases, but still want a case to protect against scuffs and scratches, Peel's Super Thin cases should be where you start looking. While these are absolutely not the case of choice for anyone who's worried about bumps, drops, or heavier damage, it's otherwise perfect for anyone who's not usually a fan of cases.
Basically a step up from a skin, Peel's Super Thin case is extremely, incredibly thin — to the point of being semitransparent even when it's not a clear case. There's a big range of options though, from clear colors to semi-transparent and matte options too. Incredible slim, sleek, and oh-so minimalist, Peel's cases aren't for those who want big protection, but they're perfect if you want the minimum.
LoveCases Caramel Macchiato Case
The best cute iPhone 15 Pro case
- Cute style
- Good price
- Ultra-thin design
- Lacking real protection
Every iPhone has been a hit in the style department, but sometimes you want your phone to have a little more to it — perhaps a cute little hit that sets it apart and makes it unique. That's where LoveCases's options come in.
This isn't the most protective option that exists, but we let it off because it looks great. This design is marked as a Caramel Macchiato style, but based on the inclusion of pumpkins, we'd wager there's an argument to be made that this could also be a Pumpkin Spice-based design, and perfect for autumn. It comes at a good price, and there are a lot of other designs available if coffee doesn't tickle your fancy.
Torro Leather Pouch
The best pouch iPhone 15 Pro case
- Easy all-around protection
- Stylish leather
- Wide compatibility
- Phone not protected during use
A pouch isn't really a case, but it's a good option to add some protection if you're not a fan of cases. This pouch from Torro is about as luxurious as you can get, and it has a price to reflect that, but it's worth the money if the concept appeals to you. It's made from top grain U.S. cowhide leather, and has a microfiber inner to keep your phone safe and unscratched.
The gap at the bottom helps you push your iPhone 15 Pro out, and also lets you charge it while keeping it protected. While it won't protect as much as a rugged case against bumps and shocks, it will still offer good protection against a number of everyday threats. As mentioned, it's expensive. But since it's a pouch, as long as you upgrade to a similar sized smartphone you can keep using it even when your time with the iPhone 15 Pro ends.
i-Blason Ares Mag Case
The best feature-rich iPhone 15 Pro case
- Durable and rugged design
- Built-in screen protector
- Drop protection up to 15 feet
- Lots of styles
- Not MIL grade
iPhones are not cheap, so if you’re going to bring yours with you everywhere, as you should, you’ll want top-notch protection for all of its surfaces and parts. That’s precisely what the i-Blason Ares Mag iPhone 15 Pro case offers. You get a built-in screen protector, edge protection with a raised camera and screen bezel and 15-foot drop protection with full 360-degree coverage around every surface of the device. It works excellent with Apple’s MagSafe technology, actually improving on it with twelve times stronger N55 magnets to keep your accessories and chargers in place.
It works great with the MagSafe wallet and magnetic car mount, by the way. Style options include more basic colors like blacks and grays but also more vibrant colors like pink, red, and purple, so there’s certainly a lot of customization available. But here’s the best part. Where most iPhone 15 cases are quite expensive, especially when you add in rugged protection, the i-Blason cases are incredibly affordable. For a limited time, Digital Trends readers can use promo code 15DTRENDS to get 15% off any iPhone 15 cases, until October 7.
Spigen Ultra Hybrid Zero One Case
The best geeky iPhone 15 Pro case
- Awesome design that mimics the iPhone 15 Pro's innards
- Great Spigen protection
- MagSafe compatible
- Can be expensive
Spigen has one of the largest case ranges around, and it keeps adding absolute stunners to the list. The Zero One is built on Spigen's popular Ultra Hybrid case, and it's a case that's really worth stopping to admire. The design mimics the internal construction of the iPhone 15 Pro -- and it's perfect for tech-lovers.
It's protective as well, thanks to Spigen's hybrid build of TPU and PC, while raised edges protect your camera and display, and textured edges give you the extra grip to make sure you keep your phone in your hand.
RhinoShield CrashGuard Case
The best bumper iPhone 15 Pro case
- Bumper-only option for purists
- Exceeds military standards for drops
- Good sustainable option
- Lacks all-around protection
This bumper case is another good option if you want minimal impact on your new iPhone's looks, while also adding protection. A bumper case is a case without a backplate, so it's essentially a flexible frame which fits around the edging of your iPhone. The edges are, statistically speaking, the parts of a phone most likely to hit the floor first, so adding protection here is a great way to keep your phone safe.
The CrashGuard has exceeds military standards for drops, and RhinoShield has some impressive eco credentials as well. It lacks all-around protection, such as protection for the back of your iPhone 15 Pro, but if you're happy to make that sacrifice, then this is a great buy.
Noreve Flip Leather Case
The best flip leather iPhone 15 Pro case
- Extremely customizable
- Good protection
- Great build quality and materials
- Customizations can get very expensive
Flip leather cases used to be the cases of choice for most phones, but their use has largely waned over the years. That's a shame, because they're really very good. If you're a fan of a flip leather case, then this one from Noreve is an excellent choice. It's made from high quality leather, and it's incredibly customizable, and you can choose everything from the color and grain of the leather, to whether it has card slots, images, and even wrist straps.
Those customizations add to the already high price of the case though, and can make a very dear product indeed, so we advise not getting overexcited when making your case. But regardless of that, Noreve's leather cases are top notch, and will protect your iPhone 15 Pro well.
Mous Limitless 5.0 Case
The best drop-proof iPhone 15 Pro case
- Very good drop-proofing
- Great style
- Lanyard attachments
Dropping any phone is a heart-stopping experience, and that's doubly true when it's a device as expensive as the iPhone 15 Pro. Thankfully, Mous' cases exist to take the edge off any fall. While it's impossible to guarantee drop-proofing, the Limitless 5.0 case is as close as you're likely to get to a truly drop-proof case.
A triple-material construction also uses a layer of AiroShock, a custom shock-absorber that helps to protect your device from the destructive energies of drops and falls. It looks great, thanks to a large variety of colorways and variants, and it's fully MagSafe compatible too.
Blackbrook Tudor Leather Wallet Case
The best leather iPhone 15 Pro case
- Gorgeous premium leather build
- Detachable wallet section
- Personalization options
- Storage for up to eight cards
- Very expensive
It's no secret that we love leather (just look back up this list), and Blackbrook's range shows some real versatility where leather cases are concerned. Not only is the Tudor leather case a gorgeous piece of work with premium full-grain burnished tan leather, it's also protective, thanks to the solid shock-resistant bumper around the outside.
The case attaches to the wallet section with powerful magnets, so you can choose whether you want the wallet with you today, and it also comes with eight slot for credit cards and two pockets for cash. The case is MagSafe compatible, and the wallet has RFID protection too. The downside? The price. It's a very expensive case, but it's easy to argue it also offers a lot in exchange.
Ghostek Nautical Slim Case
The best waterproof iPhone 15 Pro case
- Extra waterproofing for your phone
- Great all-around protection
- 12 feet of drop protection
- MagSafe compatible
- Boring design
The iPhone 15 Pro is already waterproof, thanks to its IP68 rating, but there's no harm in doubling down on protection if you're taking your phone for a dip. The Ghostek Nautical Slim is one of the best waterproof cases out there. It's fully sealed up to IP68 against immersion, and includes watertight port seals,so you won't get those pesky "charging port wet" alerts either.
Ghostek specializes in rugged cases, so it's no surprise this case is also well insulated against damage of all types. Raised edges and a thick bumper protect well enough to give the case protection of up to 12 feet, and it doesn't block MagSafe compatibility either. It's on the more expensive side, but for a waterproof case you can use every day, this is a bargain.
UAG Metropolis LT Case
The best rugged iPhone 15 Pro case
- Extremely protective
- Beautiful design
- Slim and lightweight despite rugged protection
UAG has long been in the business of proving that rugged cases don't have to be big, bulky, ugly hunks of plastic, and that's led us to this — the Metropolis LT. It's a beautiful piece of kit, with a kevlar back plate accented by the signature UAG corners. It all leads back into the case's protection, with the kevlar's texture offering extra grip, and the corners hiding the absorbent airbags.
The TPU frame and bumper only add to this, giving your phone a drop-resistance of up to an incredible 18 feet. That's a lot of protection! While it's a little light on extra features, it does have a magnet for MagSafe, and while expensive, it's among the best rugged cases you can buy today.
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