When the latest iPhones were announced, Apple also released an assortment of cases. The one that has peaked most people’s interest, including my own, has been their luxurious leather folio case with premium fit and finish and some cool smarts.

The magic of the magnets

Apple’s snap-on case lets you use all the best features of your iPhone X, like wireless charging, while keeping some cards or cash with you. Better yet, it will automatically wake your iPhone X when you open it, and lock it when you close it.

I was able to get ahold of one of these new cases and take it for a spin. Check out my hands-on video embedded below to see how it looks and feels for yourself.

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The case is crafted from specially tanned European leather, giving it a premium feel and finish.

Premium fit and finish, indeed

The leather feels very similar to Apple’s other cases and sleeves like those for the MacBook, Apple Pencil and iPad. On the left side of the folio are two pockets. The top, smaller pocket can hold 2-3 credit cards easily. Below that is a larger pocket capable of keeping track of some cash, business cards or other small items.

It is important not to put any credit cards in the bottom pocket as the lower-left corner houses a magnet. That magnet is important as it allows the case to automatically wake the phone when you open it and lock it when you close it.

This is very akin to the Smart Covers for iPad. I’m excited for this because it means other manufacturers can take advantage of this feature as well for their cases.

The case comes in four different colors.

I have the Cosmos Blue option, but you could instead opt for Berry, Taupe or Black. One thing that is always a minor complaint about Apple’s cases, is the lack of bottom protection.

Final words

The bottom of this particular case is exposed, which could lead to some damage if you dropped it the wrong way. I don’t mind it myself, and I find it works with more docks, but I know it is something I hear quite often.

That being said, I really love Apple’s iPhone X folio case.

I love the feel of the leather, and it really offers a lot of protection and versatility. I hate carrying a wallet around, but storing my cards on the back isn’t possible if I want to take advantage of the wireless charging. This gives me best of both worlds. My girlfriend also loves that she can leave her purse at home when we go out on the weekends.

Pricing

Price is the biggest hurdle, but Apple does its best to justify the price with features and quality materials. I think they do an acceptable job at that, but it is hard to overlook many third-party options out there. The biggest standout feature is the auto sleep/lock, but I can easily see this coming to other cases in the near future.

Availability

If you’d like to pick up one of Apple’s new folio cases for your iPhone X, you can find them in your nearest Apple Store or from Apple’s website for $99 in any of the four colors.

Let us know what you think of the iPhone X folio case, down below in the comments. Are these unique features enough to make you part with a hundred bucks?

  • The Blank

    After launch, you will be able to get a better quality case that looks exactly like this for $15. Never buy accessories from Apple. Apple Watch owners already know this. It’s a fact 3rd party apple watch bands are better than the originals.

    • Qiren

      Uh yeah… Genuine leather for $15…. Good luck finding one that isn’t some cheap China knock off made with PVC lol.

      • The Blank

        You clowns are all retards for even buying an apple watch in the first place. $500+ to receive notifications on two devices. lol, cash could have been better used invested in floating rate corporate note. I bet you buffoons also purchased the iPhone X. Pays $1000 on leather instead of a $15 band. I guess not everyone knows how to manage their money like a pro. Sheeps. It cost Apple $10 to make that band.

      • Vinnie Bones

        Why you mad bro? If someone buys a certain product that’s because they can afford it, it’s simple as that. The name callings wasn’t necessary imo.

      • The Blank

        Flawed logic. If someone buys it, it’s because they can afford it? Are you sure about that? I’ll prove you wrong easy… Financial crisis of 2008. I guess all those buyers of ARM mortgages could afford them, huh? There are millions living beyond their means… Hence why Apple gave them installment plans on their phones.

      • Vinnie Bones

        dude chill lol.. it’s just $1000, I know some average joe’s spend that in one night at a stripper club. And i live in Boston, 1br apartment is like 1800-2200 (average price), trust me they can afford it. I’m also one the many who purchased it, not because I want it, but I know some fool will pay $300-$500 extra for it on eBay 😀

      • The Blank

        Are you bragging about cost of living? I can tell you, California cost of living makes those numbers laughable…

        Also, higher cost of living in a non essential state makes their ability to afford an iPhone worse… not better.

        We all know wage growth is lackluster compared to cost of living. You probably don’t own a home, so you wouldn’t know that most of your bills are being privatized and will essentially cost home owners more… did you know there is a shortage of building permits, construction, and housing availability that has caused rents to sky rocket and housing prices to soar forcing people to live at home longer, potential home buyers to buy apartments or rent.

        I know you didn’t know that… You’re probably 12. But, you buffoons need to learn how to invest your cash not spend it…. what buffoon buys stuff with principle?

        Better learn how to generate cash flow before it’s too late.

      • Vinnie Bones

        It’s. Just. A. Phone.

        Yeah I’m 12 and I just bought a 1K phone.. life is good.

      • The Blank

        Exactly

      • The Blank

        Mom’s money.

      • Vinnie Bones

        Dude, I’ve already moved on.. suggest you do the same. This is just a blog. Jesus F Christ!!

      • The Blank

        Mad?

      • Andre

        Take a Xanax and chill

      • Joshua Ventura

        Okay, slow your roll here. Why are you here “The Blank”? Your logic does not make sense here at all. Quote: “Apple Watch owners already know this. It’s a fact 3rd party apple watch bands are better than the originals.” But then you mention Apple buyers are retards so in a way you are implying you know what band is better because maybe you own a Apple Watch. If you are hating so much, why are you even on this exact page? This is a pro Apple website. If you can’t afford luxuries in life, do not hate. Most likely you probably own Apple devices. Now let’s say you own another brand, wouldn’t that make you a “sheep”, a follower since you are buying what everyone else in that category is buying? Think about it.

      • The Blank

        I follow all news around the world. I’m an investment analyst. My mother owns an Apple Watch, and I can confirm without a doubt, the 3rd party bands are much better than the one that it came with. I do not own a single Apple device. I own a OnePlus 5, and my workstation is a loaded HP Z820. I am pretty sure I can afford significantly more than you. Don’t mistake someone who is smart with their money as broke… Because with that logic, Warren Buffet is one broke buffoon… right?

        If you actually understood the time value of money, you’d calculate how much you robbed your future self before making a decision.

        Have you even asked yourself, what are you going to do on the new phone that you aren’t doing on your current phone? an iPhone 6 can do what this phone does.

      • Joshua Ventura

        As a government worker who makes amazing pay. I think I can afford great things.

        If I understood the value of money, I can tell you I think I have made a great choice.

        Since iPhone 4, I have a great payment plan. 7 years (84 months), I pay $20 a month for whatever device I get. That’s only $1,680. A rough estimate. Meaning I barely broke $1,000. I have to upgrade each year to keep my heavy discount from my provider. So in conclusion, I think I made a superior financial decision.

        Like I said once again, if you are hating, why are you even here? You must be interested or you can’t afford things.

      • The Blank

        I’m pretty sure I make more than you, considering your a government worker making average pay.

        Keeping up with tech news is called being informed.

    • Andrew O’Hara

      Also, Apple’s watch bands are amazing. As a tech reviewer I’ve reviewed coming up on a hundred watch bands. From big to small manufacturers. I’ve never found a better leather, or metal watch band. There are decent silicone, or nylon bands, but the expensive ones, there is none better.

      • Madhu Renduchintala

        Pad & And Quill’s leather is better IMO and a lot cheaper than the Hermès one for Apple. But I do agree that their leather phone cases are the best. Nomad’s Horween leather cases are a close second.

    • Jamessmooth

      LmaNoPE

    • Stefano

      This just in, it’s a fact, you are wrong.

  • Jamessmooth

    I enjoyed this video review. I get mine tomorrow, super excited! Mine is taupe, and I ordered a silicone case just in case I don’t like the folio. Andrew, you said this is one of your fav cases, do you typically use folio cases? I don’t, but bought it anyway.

  • Raphael

    I enjoyed this video review. I get mine tomorrow, super excited! Mine is taupe, and I ordered a silicone case just in case I don’t like the folio. Andrew, you said this is one of your fav cases, do you typically use folio cases? I don’t, but bought it anyway.

  • 919263

    Is anything “Apple” worth the price they charge for it….?? No…

  • PabloM6

    I seriously think that paying 10% equivalent of the X price in a folio is just too much. It’s leather, plastic and magnets.

  • anonymous

    Not for me rather get the other leather case