Apple retail stores and the online Apple Store are now offering an iPhone case from Lander that's designed to be used in extreme weather conditions, protecting the iPhone from both hot and cold with an insulated lining.
The new Torrey Case , available for all of Apple's recent iPhones, is equipped with a layer of ThermoLine, which regulates and insulates against harsh temperatures.
Apple's iPhones list an operating temperature of 32°F to 95° F and can become non-functional in temperatures outside of those parameters, rendering a device inoperable or less functional in extremely hot or extremely cold weather. In cold weather, the screen can become unresponsive and the iPhone can shut off when the battery inside drops to a certain temperature, and in hot weather, the processor can overheat leading to the same issues.
The ThermoLine interior of Lander's Torrey Case has been tested to help protect the iPhone against the effects of climates ranging from 0°F to 120°F.
We were able to go hands-on with the new Torrey Case ahead of its launch, and while we couldn't adequately test its thermal capabilities here in balmy Northern California, we can speak to its design.
The ThermoLine lining inside of the case is built into the back, with the rest of the accessory constructed from a flexible TPU material that also offers protection from drops and damage.
The case wraps all the way around the iPhone and covers up the volume and side buttons, while leaving the mute switch, Lightning port, and speakers uncovered. There's also a camera cutout, and a raised lip protects the display when the iPhone is face down.
Lander's Torrey isn't a case that's designed to offer full protection from snow, mud, water, and other elements like an Otterbox - it's strictly for thermal protection. The soft, rubbery material definitely offers cushion against drops, though. Lander says it will protect against drops up to 10 feet.
This is a thin case that adds surprisingly little bulk to the iPhone given its capabilities, and it's just a bit thicker and bulkier than one of Apple's own silicone iPhone cases. It comes in Mauve, Blue, Taupe, and Black (we tested black) and there's an included strap that can attach to the back for when you're using your iPhone for vigorous activities.
The addition of the strap is useful for times when you might want to use your iPhone in dangerous conditions where dropping it is a possibility, and the strap itself is both sturdy and easily removable for times when you don't want it attached.
Design wise, the case has a stylish speckled look with soft, rounded corners that nicely complement the iPhone X. All in all, it's an attractive case on its own even without the thermal protection features.
The Lander Torrey Case is available for iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, and iPhone 7. It can be purchased from the Apple online store or at Apple retail locations for $39.95. It can also be purchased directly from Lander's website.