Twelve South Debuts New SurfacePad Case for iPhone X

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Twelve South today announced the launch of a new SurfacePad case for the iPhone X, expanding its popular SurfacePad design to Apple's latest flagship iPhone.

    The SurfacePad is a folio-style case, but rather than being bulky like most cases with this design, it's ultra thin because it attaches to the back of an iPhone using Twelve South's "SurfaceGrip" technology.


    Basically, SurfaceGrip is an adhesive that lets you remove and reapply the SurfacePad to the iPhone X over and over again without losing tackiness.


    The SurfacePad offers front and back protection with its leather back and microfiber-lined leather cover, which also happens to have slots to hold two credit cards. A cutout at the back leaves the camera exposed so there's no interference with taking pictures, and the sides and bottom of the device are also left uncovered.

    Like all SurfacePad cases, the SurfacePad for iPhone X's cover can be folded back and arranged into a stand for the device.


    Twelve South has added a few features that are exclusive to the iPhone X, including automatic sleep/wake functionality when opening or closing the front flap and a new full-grain leather that Twelve South says will last longer and will develop a rich patina.

    The SurfacePad for iPhone X is available in black, cognac, and deep teal, with the latter two being colors unique to iPhone X. It can be purchased for $49.99 from the Twelve South website.

    Article Link: Twelve South Debuts New SurfacePad Case for iPhone X
  2. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    I had the surfacepad on my iPad a while back and loved it. Awesome case if you're going for minimalism and style.
  3. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.

    This doesn't make sense.
    It's totally protected but the sides and bottom are not protected so it's BS.
  4. PastaPrimav macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2017
    I had one of these for the iPhone 5 and it was a complete piece of junk, just like every Twelve South product.

    I especially liked the iPhone dock that I got from them a while back - which was painted to look like aluminum and turned out be cheap plastic.
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I think you’re being slightly pedantic. It Means the case is protecting the display AND the back of the phone entirely without any exposure in those area’s. Obviously there are cut outs for the lighting port, camera and buttons for accessibility.
  6. cknibbs macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2012
    So if I have tap enabled on my debit card/credit card that I put in my case, and I go to use Apple Pay with the case folded back on itself, what ends up getting charged? My debit card? My credit card? Apple Pay?
  7. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    No, I am not pedantic, the glass back and display are not protected from the side, one drop on a concrete floor brings terror.
  8. bmustaf macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2007
    Telluride, CO
    Yeah, when a manufacturer press release is lifted and put directly into the "article" as "news" without any actual thought or critical view it impugns the credibility.

    This should be clearly marked as advertising/promotion/a press release and not an actual piece of news.

  9. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    " device protection..." "...cut outs for ports, buttons, and camera..."

    You use those phrases, but I do not think they mean what you think they mean.
  10. menace3 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Have to agree that while yes the case provides protection for the phone while in the wallet, if you take your phone out of the wallet; then it offers no protection. I have a wallet made my LAB-C and the phone is in a case that also slides into the wallet. So times that I take my phone out of the wallet, it's still protected with a case.
  11. AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    "Total protection"
    Here's to hoping Twelve South never makes condoms.
  12. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    I phrased this badly, what I meant was front and back, and I've updated with clearer wording. Thank you for calling me out on it.
  13. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    You win the internet.
  14. splogue macrumors 6502


    Aug 1, 2008
    RTP, NC
    I have the version of this for my iPad and love it. However, I'd be terrified to put it on an iPhone X. One day I'd drop it, and that would be the end of the phone.

    It is a very nice cover, but it isn't going to save anything from even a small fall.
  15. Glavin, Feb 14, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2018

    Glavin macrumors member


    May 7, 2014
    It offers zero fall protection. In what kind of fall does a device's edge never touch the impact surface?
  16. rossdavidson3729 macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2017
    I had a Louis Vuitton case for my iPhone 6. Was the same sort of stuff. Kind of lost its stickiness after a while
  17. eVolcre macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2003
    iPhone X is surprisingly durable actually. I always go case less. Enjoy using and feeling high end tech gadgets. The Most I did was a tempered glass screen protector on my 7+.

    On the X don’t even have that. I yanked it off rhe side table the other day. It fell 3 feet onto a concrete floor right on the screen. Cue heart failure. Not even a scratch!!! I was stunned. The 7+ with the protector fell about the same distance totally smashing the glass protector (phone was fine) but the X, wow. Not even micro scratches at this point from keys or coins. The 7+ was always in a separate dedicated pocket in my pants and yet after two months without the glass protector micro scratches were visible to the naked eye.

    Didn’t research this part before buying But is this some kind of a new tough screen or the same gorilla glass? I’m impressed.
  18. kagharaht macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2007
    $50 with ZERO drop protection. Even a minor one. People will pay for this! LOL
  19. BrennanWDavis macrumors member


    Oct 10, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    I have the Surface Pad for my iPad Mini and I love it. It doesn't offer complete protection, but it gives me what I want and need. And I love the look. But on an iPhone? Gross. It would be too much crap for me to put in a pocket, or even hold in the hand. Plus it just looks clunky on the iPhone.
  20. pdaholic macrumors 65816


    Jun 22, 2011
    I'm sure there are lots of people out there who like them, but the screen flap on these folio style cases drives me nuts.
  21. vinsalducci macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2016
    Got mine this past week. Doesn't provide much protection, but I don't mind that.

    One thing that did concern me a bit is the adhesive that sticks the SurfacePad to the phone. Eventually it would lose it stickiness. So, I ordered a sheet of Airstick micro-suction plastic. Easy on, easy off, and never loses it's stick.

    Incidentally, there is a cool handmade wallet "mini-case" I discovered a couple of years ago on Uncrate. Website is, handmade in Ohio. Love those too-that's how I got turned on to Airstick adhesive.

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