Twelve South SurfacePad for iPhone 6 (image 004)

I’ve been on the lookout on a case to protect my iPhone 6 Plus and think Twelve South’s just-launched SurfacePad fits the bill. Priced at $39.99 for the iPhone 6 and $49.99 for the iPhone 6 Plus, the SurfacePad is a premium “buttery soft leather jacket” that protects the new iPhones without adding bulk and weight or concealing their gorgeous design.

It has reinforced stitching around the perimeter for long-term durability, with soft microfiber lines protecting your precious investment from the inside and soft napa leather protecting your device from the outside.

Both the $39.99 SurfacePad for iPhone 6 and $49.99 for iPhone 6 Plus are available through the Twelve South website.

I’m liking the fact that the inside front cover has two slots for plastic cards so if you’re not a fan of Apple Pay, you can keep your IDs, bank and credit cards in the SurfacePad.

Twelve South SurfacePad for iPhone 6 (image 007)

The reinforced stitching around the perimeter sure is a nice touch!

Twelve South SurfacePad for iPhone 6 (image 005)

As pictured top of post and below, the case enables hands-free use thanks to a built-in stand that lets you use your device for FaceTime, taking timed group shots and what not, without taking the sleeve off.

Twelve South SurfacePad for iPhone 6 (image 001)

“Flex the back of SurfacePad to put iPhone into display mode, and you’ll be ready for hands-free selfies, watching game highlights at the bar or catching a TED Talk in your favorite coffee shop,” Twelve South says.

Twelve South SurfacePad for iPhone 6 (image 003)

Twelve South SurfacePad for iPhone 6 (image 002)

Check out the promotional video.

“We designed SurfacePad for users who were so tired of bulky cases they chose no case at all,” the blurb says (yours truly fits the description perfectly).

The SurfacePad is available in Black, Red, White and a new Camel finish to fit your tastes and the iPhone 6’s Gold, White and Space Gray color ways.

[Twelve South]

  • Briggamortis

    I’ve never understood their design… Should have a cutout for the ear speaker so you can use it while its closed in the off chance you might have to SPEAK to someone lol

    • Jeffrey

      Umm, how would you answer the phone call without opening the front face cover?

      • Slifur

        Look who’s calling, answer it then close it so the leather wont flap on your face. And a cutout shuld be there.

      • Jeffrey

        That’s a real first world problem man don’t blame them for not resolving that ‘problem’.

      • Slifur

        That’s just my suggestion to have a cutout for ear speaker, so im not blaming.

      • Jeffrey

        Alrighty then.

  • TwinSon

    Looks nice, worthless as a case tho. One drop and your ass is cooked. Sticking with my Verus Damda for the 6+ until a better wallet case comes around.

    • mike

      I used TS’s SurfacePad for the iPhone 5/5S, and it really did hold up for quite some time. Realistically, the majority of all drops hit on an angle. With the SurfacePad, only one edge is fully covered, with the front and back covered minimally.
      As a former customer of the product, I can guarantee you that the case may feature “long-term” durability, but that is not the reality. It lasted give or take about three months until it started the self-destruct process. The front cover started to peel as the stitching came undone, and the spine of the case tore at the top due to gravity pushing the flap downward.
      If TwelveSouth upped the durability, maybe to match Apple’s new leather cases, I might give it another try. But at this point, I would not recommend paying ~$40 USD for this cover.

  • Cody

    This case is just stupid haha. It is indeed nice, but totally worthless. $40? I’m better off buying a spigen and be safe.

    • TwinSon

      Just waiting on the Slim Armor CS to hit Amazon in 6+ model for a cheaper price.

  • Guest

    Exactly. Slim Armor CS looks clutch I’m just waiting for a review and for it to hit Amazon for a lower price.

  • timoever

    Is it glued on or magnetic or what? I don’t get that from anywhere…

    • AnArcticMonkey

      It’s an adhesive that sticks to the back of your device. I had one for my 5 and it stayed on even after countless removals and reapplications. It is pricy, but I loved it on my 5.

      • timoever

        Aah okay. I have one of those pads as a phone holder in my car. Probably the same kind of nano stick pad then.

  • jack

    hmmm that thing is actually cool…….

  • NotTheLysander

    Had the Surface Pad for the iphone 5, and hopefully they worked out the kinks. Back then it looked great for a week or two, and then promptly fell apart. Got it replaced for free from Twelve South, and the new (supposedly improved manufacturing) Surface Pad lasted maybe a month, before again falling apart. Disappointing, to say the least.

  • yiiidddooooo

    always wanted a smart cover case for my iPhone this is the closest i’ve ever seen to that.. so might be worth a buy

  • Osama Hamdy El-Sharnoby

    Not protective enough I think

  • Umut Bilgiç

    Looks pretty nice! I think you can find cheaper alternatives, though the build quality and support would not be up to par.

  • Rahnold

    I used the SurfacePad case/cover on my iPhone 5s for about 3 months. It held up okay for the first week or two, then the pieces started delaminating. My use case is typical, I keep my phone in my front pocket most times and it comes in and out frequently throughout the day when I’m on the move– otherwise I set it on my desk or night stand when it’s not in my pocket.

    The leather is glued to the microfiber material inside, not stitched and you state in your article.. If it were stitched it wouldn’t be fall apart so easily. I re-glued it using high quality leather adhesive a couple times, but it continued to be a problem until I ultimately trashed it just a few months after purchase. I think my attempts to re-adhese the pieces failed because of the adhesive residue leftover from TwelveSouths attempt, preventing my adhesive from holding properly.

    I won’t be buying this product again. It makes using the camera a pain, offers little to no protection, doesn’t work well with car mounts and ultimately is overpriced for the durability it offers.

    I’m hopeful someone will come out with a more robust, and elegantly designed, leather folding case option that solves the camera and durability issues I experienced with the SurfacePad for iPhone 5s.

    • TwinSon

      I’ve seen a couple amazing hand stitched custom leather wallet sleeves for the 5S but they are like $100 a pop. I want one for the 6S but that would be one big sleeve. Spigen has a wallet case I may look into.

    • mike

      Not to totally pull up some dust, but I didn’t notice your post two months ago when I posted something similar above.

      Can definitely stand by everything you said that I didn’t mention. I now use Apple’s leather case with the i6. It’s an improvement, given the equivalent prices.

  • Jamessmooth

    Wait it’s held on with ADHESIVE?! No thanks.

  • Yujin

    So if you drop this on the floor the phone will still get damage on the sides. Doesn’t look like it protects the edges.

  • naomumu

    Is this available in Japan?

  • Mattias Nilsson

    I like the slim and aesthetically “clean” leather look of the SurfacePad wallet case, but I would like a wallet case that also protects the sides and edges of the iPhone 6. Do you know any similar looking slim wallet leather cases that also covers the edges?


    I wonder how much they paid IDB to get this article written? The case is terrible. Nothing new of other similar cases out there for much cheaper.

  • Blake

    Horrible overpriced case. I don’t like how the camera corner is naked. Many more out there that are better and also priced better!

  • Mark Kramer

    Hideous. Check out the Sena cases. They have some nice offerings for the 6+. Blows this “thing” away.