It may have launched a little later than usual, but the iPhone 12 is now with us. It introduces a newly revamped design featuring flat sides in the vein of the iPhone 4 and 5 (and also the new iPad Pro). It also comes with slimmer bezels, a narrower notch, 5G support for the first time, and the powerful A14 Bionic processor. It certainly looks like the kind of smartphone you’d expect to exist in 2020. But even if it features Corning’s new Ceramic Shield glass, its crisp display still isn’t immune to damage.
This is why we’ve rounded up the five best iPhone 12 cases available right now. Regardless of your particular budget, these will increase the durability and strength of your iPhone’s display, helping it to live a longer, fuller life. And if you’re looking for another iPhone (or still looking for one), check out our best Apple iPhone deals article.
Genuine Stingray Skin iPhone 12 Case, the main thing you want from a screen protector is protection, and with a hardness rating of 9H, this tempered glass screen protector from Spigen fits the bill perfectly. Sold in a pack of two, it also includes an auto-alignment kit, with the frame making it very easy to apply to your iPhone 12. Aside from being hard enough to resist scratches from a knife, it’s remarkably transparent and clear, while it has been cut finely to fit the outline of the iPhone 12’s screen. It also has an oleophobic coating (i.e. it’s fingerprint-resistant), repelling the kinds of smudges that can make your screen look more than a little grotty and grimy
Another tempered-glass iPhone 12 screen protector with a 9H rating, this cover from FILUV is scratch-proof, fingerprint-proof, and waterproof. It will protect the phone from minor scuffs as well as more high-impact damage, such as falls and collisions. Not only does it protect the iPhone 12’s screen, but it’s designed to be highly transparent and sensitive, allowing you to use your iPhone 12 just as normal. It’s sold in a pack of three, is designed to provide a 1:1 fit with the iPhone 12’s screen, and even has its own installation tutorial video to help you apply it.
This tempered-glass iPhone 12 screen protector by ESR is sold in a three-pack and offers lots of protection. It has a hardness rating of 9H, like many of the protectors listed. However, ESR claims this screen protector can tolerate 5 kilograms/approximately 11 pounds of force with its three-layer construction system. It’s resistant to impact at a higher level and resistant to scratches often found in commonly used household metals. This screen protector has a straightforward, dust, and bubble-free application process with its installation frame and kit to clean your screen prior to application.
The iPhone 12 screen protector by Floveme also comes in a three-pack and is the skinniest protector listed. At only 0.25mm, this protector has a touchscreen accuracy of 99.9% and is almost entirely transparent. Don’t let its thinness fool you because it has a hardness rating of 9H, meaning it can take quite a beating and continue to protect your screen. Its oleophobic layer also prevents the presence of unsightly fingerprints. Finally, this protector comes with an installation frame, a useful, though not entirely necessary to use cleaning kit, and improved ABS glue to fit itself to the iPhone 12 screen securely.
This iPhone 12 screen protector is also thin, measuring only 0.33mm thick. With its tempered glass at a hardness rating of 9H, this protector also does an excellent job of protecting the display from chipping and cracking. Its oleophobic and hydrophobic coatings prevent the display from water damage and reflecting both smudges and fingerprints. The laser-cut cover is a perfect fit for the phone screen and is also equipped with 2.5D curved edges to make gripping and applying the protector an easy application process. You can buy this is in a three-pack with a transparency rating of 99.99%.