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Protect your iPhone 12 with these stylish, durable cases

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There are four new iPhone models on the way: 12 Mini, 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. From a camera upgrade to a durable screen, your new iPhone will be one epic device. That being said, we want you to keep your newest device protected and stylish while highlighting the phone’s greatest features.

But first, with Apple no longer including wall plugs in the box, in order to reduce its carbon footprint, we have a few replacements to recommend. If you need one, we like the Anker Nano ($19.99; amazon.com) or the Belkin Boost Charge ($34.95, originally $49.99; amazon.com). Both can fast charge your iPhone and will work with the included USB-C to Lightning cable. You can check out our other recommendations for Apple MFi-certified Lightning cables.

Whether you’re opting for a bold new color (like Pacific Blue or green) or choosing a sleek metallic finish, we’ve found cases that will work perfectly. Plus, we’ve picked out our top screen protectors to ensure that screen is scratch- and crack-free.

Leather cases

Rugged Case ($49.95; nomadgoods.com)

Rugged Case
Rugged Case
PHOTO: Nomad Goods

Nomad’s leather accessories look classic and get better over time. This light brown Horween leather case has an internal shock bumper to protect from drops. It’s also available for the iPhone 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini.

Rugged Leather Folio Case ($69.95; nomadgoods.com)

Rugged Folio
Rugged Folio
PHOTO: Nomad Goods

This case covers your entire phone with a folio that keeps your screen clear and doubles as a wallet. Boasting the ability to hold three cards and cash, it’s available for the 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini.

Leather Custom iPhone Case ($50; casetify.com)

 Leather Custom iPhone Case
Leather Custom iPhone Case
PHOTO: Casetify

This customizable option from Casetify pairs leather with a personalized monogram. If you want to show off your personal style in sleek leather, this is the option.

Clear cases

iPhone 12 Pro Max Clear Case With MagSafe ($49; amazon.com)

iPhone 12 Pro Max Clear Case With MagSafe
iPhone 12 Pro Max Clear Case With MagSafe
PHOTO: Apple

Apple’s own clear case will show off the beautiful finish of your phone while keeping it protected. And, of course, it’s MagSafe-compatible, making charging a breeze. It’s available for the iPhone 12/12 Pro and iPhone 12 Mini.

Custom iPhone Case ($45; casetify.com)

Personalize your case with your name or monogram. Choose between different fonts and colors to create a case that’s every bit as exciting as your new phone.

Tough Groove for iPhone 12 Pro Max ($40; case-mate.com)

Tough Groove for iPhone 12 Pro Max
Tough Groove for iPhone 12 Pro Max
PHOTO: Case-Mate

This iridescent case adds a fun dose of color to the back of your iPhone. It also offers 10-foot drop protection, and the raised groove provides a tactile feel for a nice grip.

Soap Bubble for iPhone 12 & 12 Pro ($40; case-mate.com)

Soap Bubble for iPhone 12 & 12 Pro
Soap Bubble for iPhone 12 & 12 Pro
PHOTO: Case-Mate

Another iridescent option, the Soap Bubble case highlights your iPhone with swirls of color. It’s also equipped with MicroPel, Case-Mate’s antimicrobial protection.

Crystal Palace Case ($39.99; zagg.com)

Crystal Palace Case
Crystal Palace Case
PHOTO: Zagg

This slim option offers drop protection up to 13 feet, is soft to the touch and adds a chic iridescent flair.

Totallee Thin iPhone Case for iPhone 12 & 12 Pro ($35; amazon.com)

Totallee Thin iPhone Case for iPhone 12 & 12 Pro
Totallee Thin iPhone Case for iPhone 12 & 12 Pro
PHOTO: Amazon

A super-slim option with a rubbery finish for added grip, this case pick from Totallee will show off your device while keeping it safe from accidents. It’s available for the 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini.

Environmentally friendly cases

Organicore for iPhone 12 & 12 Pro ($39.99; incipio.com)

Organicore for iPhone 12 & 12 Pro
Organicore for iPhone 12 & 12 Pro
PHOTO: Incipio

This 100% compostable case is derived from plant-based material and provides drop protection up to 8 feet.

Honey Bee Edition Wallet Case ($54.95; pelacase.com)

Honey Bee Edition Wallet Case
Honey Bee Edition Wallet Case
PHOTO: Pela

This 100% compostable case is eco-friendly, protective and functional, with a wallet that can carry two cards. The material is soft and durable to protect your phone.

Clear Eco-Friendly iPhone Case ($44.95; pelacase.com)

Clear Eco-Friendly iPhone Case
Clear Eco-Friendly iPhone Case
PHOTO: Pela

If you want a case that will highlight your bold iPhone color but also provide protection, this case from Pela deserves a look. Choose from a variety of border colors paired with a clear back for a clean look (and, of course, the case is 100% compostable).

Wake Case for iPhone 12 Mini ($39.99; lifeproof.com)

Wake Case for iPhone 12 Mini
Wake Case for iPhone 12 Mini
PHOTO: Lifeproof

Lifeproof’s Wake is crafted from over 85% of ocean-based recycled plastics. It’s a case that repurposes plastic to help the Earth while protecting your phone.

Next Case for iPhone 12 and 12 Pro ($79.99; lifeproof.com)

Next Case for iPhone 12 and 12 Pro
Next Case for iPhone 12 and 12 Pro
PHOTO: Lifeproof

This case is made with more than 50% recycled materials and is clear with a colorful siding. It’s a super-durable case that will protect your device while showing it off in the best way possible.

FRE Case for iPhone 12 and 12 Pro ($89.99; lifeproof.com)

FRE Case for iPhone 12 and 12 Pro
FRE Case for iPhone 12 and 12 Pro
PHOTO: Lifeproof

While on the pricier side, this case is 100% waterproof and made of over 60% recycled materials. It’s a slim profile with a simple modern design that’s sealed off everywhere so you’re ready to take on adventures.

Solid-color cases

iPhone 12/12 Pro Silicone Case With MagSafe ($49; amazon.com)

Available in a variety of colors, this simple silicone case keeps your phone protected while adding a nice pop of color. It’s also available for the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the iPhone 12 Mini.

Battersea Case for the iPhone 12 Mini ($49.99; zagg.com)

Battersea Case for the iPhone 12 Mini
Battersea Case for the iPhone 12 Mini
PHOTO: Zagg

Upping its game, Gear4 offers drop protection up to 16 feet with the Battersea Case. It features a grooved back and a slim profile.

Wrap Case for iPhone 12 & 12 Pro ($49.99; incipio.com)

Wrap Case for iPhone 12 & 12 Pro
Wrap Case for iPhone 12 & 12 Pro
PHOTO: Incipio

The Wrap case features a soft touch interior that won’t scratch your phone and a premium black crumb finish. It’s available for the 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini.

Duo for iPhone 12 & 12 Pro ($29.99; incipio.com)

Duo for iPhone 12 & 12 Pro
Duo for iPhone 12 & 12 Pro
PHOTO: Incipio

The Duo offers 12-foot drop protection and is scratch-resistant. The soft touch finish is sleek, and the color options range from subtle to bold. It’s available for the 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini as well.

Aneu Series Case With MagSafe ($49.95; otterbox.com)

Aneu Series Case With MagSafe
Aneu Series Case With MagSafe
PHOTO: Otterbox

Another new series from OtterBox, the Aneu cases support MagSafe. If you’re looking for a simpler design, this comes in four solid colors. It’s available for the 12 Mini and 12 Pro Max.

Kung Fu Grip ($14.99; smartish.com)

Kung Fu Grip
Kung Fu Grip
PHOTO: Smartish

This simple case has grippy sides to help you hold onto your device. If you happen to drop it, though, there are protective air-pocket corners that will provide a nice cushion.

Wembley Palette ($29.99; zagg.com)

Wembley Palette
Wembley Palette
PHOTO: Zagg

The reinforced top, bottom and corners on this case make it extra durable and protective. It’s available in three color options: smoke, a chic navy blue and a bold saffron yellow. It’s available for the 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini.

Wallet Slayer Vol. 2 ($24.99; smartish.com)

Wallet Slayer Vol. 2
Wallet Slayer Vol. 2
PHOTO: Smartish

The wallet built into this case can fit up to three cards and cash. It also has a credit card kickstand and high grip textured sides for a case that provides ultimate functionality at a relatively low price.

Presidio Perfect-Mist for iPhone 12 Pro Max ($44.95; speckproducts.com)

Presidio2 Grip
Presidio2 Grip
PHOTO: Speck Products

The soft-touch matte finish of this case resists discoloration and has anti-yellowing materials so it always looks frosty and flawless. It’s available for the iPhone 12/12 Pro and 12 Mini.

Presidio2 Grip ($44.95; speckproducts.com)

Presidio Perfect-Mist for iPhone 12 Pro Max
Presidio Perfect-Mist for iPhone 12 Pro Max
PHOTO: Speck Products

This case is a classic Speck design with no-slip grips on the side and Amour Cloud technology to keep your phone protected from falls up to 13 feet. It’s available for the 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini.

Patterned cases

Symmetry Series Graphics Case ($49.95; otterbox.com)

Symmetry Series Graphics Case
Symmetry Series Graphics Case
PHOTO: Otterbox

This one-piece case features a black marble design with pops of gold that gives it a very chic look. Plus, you’re getting OtterBox’s durable protection from bumps, drops and other accidents. It’s available for the 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini.

Camo Light Blue ($45; casetify.com)

Camo Light Blue
Camo Light Blue
PHOTO: Casetify

A simple camouflage pattern in muted blue tones makes this case stylish. It comes on Casetify’s Impact Case, which is lightweight while also adding protection to your device.

Figura Series Case With MagSafe ($49.95; otterbox.com)

Figura Series Case with MagSafe
Figura Series Case with MagSafe
PHOTO: Otterbox

The Figura series launched with the announcement of the iPhone 12 and is designed to interact with MagSafe. It’s made of a flexible soft-touch material and comes in a variety of colors to show off your artistic side. It’s available for the 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini.

Razer Artech Pro for iPhone 12 & 12 Pro ($44.99; razer.com)

Razer Artech Pro for iPhone 12 & 12 Pro
Razer Artech Pro for iPhone 12 & 12 Pro
PHOTO: Razer

The iPhone’s gameplay is optimized in the new models, and this case from Razer pairs perfectly. It features Thermaphene technology to keep your phone cool while your game heats up.

Sunset by Ali Yeadon Case ($55; casetify.com)

Sunset by Ali Yeadon Case
Sunset by Ali Yeadon Case
PHOTO: Casetify

This case has a sunset design on the back for a dreamy vibe. We like this case paired with the new gold iPhone color option for a look that’s perfectly Insta-worthy.

Harmony Case With Unequal Technology ($44.95; bodyguardz.com)

Harmony Case with Unequal Technology
Harmony Case with Unequal Technology
PHOTO: Bodyguardz

A transparent ombre design on the back adds fun color in an eye-catching way with this case. It has shock-absorbing bumpers to keep your phone protected from drops up to 10 feet.

Screen protectors

Glass Elite Privacy+ ($44.99; zagg.com)

Glass Elite Privacy+
Glass Elite Privacy+
PHOTO: Zagg

Smooth aluminosilicate is treated with a two-way filter that provides full-screen privacy when viewed from the side to keep your phone screen private when using this screen protector. It’s available for the 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini.

Glass Elite Vision Guard+ ($49.99; zagg.com)

Glass Elite Vision Guard+
Glass Elite Vision Guard+
PHOTO: Zagg

This option has reinforced edges to protect the corners of your screen to prevent chips and cracks. It also features a blue light filter to prevent digital eye strain. It’s available for the 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini.

Glass Elite Anti-Glare+ ($44.99; zagg.com)

Glass Elite Anti-Glare+
Glass Elite Anti-Glare+
PHOTO: Zagg

The matte finish on this screen protector reduces glare from direct light so you can use your phone anywhere. It’s available for the 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini.

Pure 2 Eyeguard ($39.96, originally $49.95; bodyguardz.com)

Pure 2 Eyeguard
Pure 2 Eyeguard

This screen protector filters out up to 43% of harmful blue light. It will also cover your screen from edge to edge for protection all around. It’s available for the 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini.

PTRX Shatterproof Synthetic Glass Screen Protector ($35.96, originally $44.95; bodyguardz.com)

PTRX Shatterproof Synthetic Glass Screen Protector
PTRX Shatterproof Synthetic Glass Screen Protector
PHOTO: Bodyguardz

PTRX is engineered for extra-strong impact protection and has touch sensitivity like glass. It’s shatterproof and water- and smudge-resistant. It’s available for the 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini.

Amplify Glass Antimicrobial Screen Protector ($49.95; otterbox.com)

Amplify Glass Antimicrobial Screen Protector
Amplify Glass Antimicrobial Screen Protector
PHOTO: Otterbox

This pick has anti-scratch defense for vivid clarity and features antimicrobial agents to help keep your phone screen as clean as possible. It’s available for the 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini.

Amplify Glass Blue Light Guard Screen Protector ($54.95; otterbox.com)

Amplify Glass Blue Light Guard Screen Protector
Amplify Glass Blue Light Guard Screen Protector
PHOTO: Otterbox

With shatter-resistant drop protection and reinforced edges, this screen protector provides protection for your phone and your eyes. It filters out blue light from your screen to keep your eyes sharp. It’s available for the 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini.

Amplify Glass Privacy Guard Screen Protector ($54.95; otterbox.com)

Amplify Glass Privacy Guard Screen Protector
Amplify Glass Privacy Guard Screen Protector
PHOTO: Otterbox

Another privacy option, the Amplify Glass Privacy Guard will keep unwanted eyes off your screen. It’s also scratch-resistant and has antimicrobial technology. It’s available for the 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini.

CleanScreenz Antimicrobial Ultra Glass Screen Protector ($35; case-mate.com)

CleanScreenz Antimicrobial Ultra Glass Screen Protector
CleanScreenz Antimicrobial Ultra Glass Screen Protector
PHOTO: Case-Mate

This tempered glass screen protector has built-in antimicrobial protection and offers shatter protection two times stronger than an unprotected screen. It’s available for the 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini.

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NIH director says Covid-19 vaccine authorization ‘might not happen’ this year

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French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd L) chairs a meeting with the medical staff of the René Dubos hospital center, in Pontoise, in the Val d'Oise, on October 23, 2020, as the country faces a new wave of infections to the Covid-19.
French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd L) chairs a meeting with the medical staff of the René Dubos hospital center, in Pontoise, in the Val d’Oise, on October 23, 2020, as the country faces a new wave of infections to the Covid-19. Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

France reported a new daily record for coronavirus infections with 42,032 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to numbers released by country’s health agency on Friday.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in France to 1,041,075, according to French government statistics, and marks the first time the government’s coronavirus case tally has surpassed 1 million. 

France also recorded 298 additional coronavirus deaths, bringing the death toll to 34,508, according to the French Health Agency. 

According to government data, an additional 976 coronavirus patients have been admitted to the hospital, and a further 122 coronavirus patients entered intensive care in the last 24 hours. 

Speaking at a health center this afternoon, French President Emmanuel Macron said he expects France will have to live with the virus until at least the summer of 2021.

“When I listen to the scientists, and the Scientific Council, we foresee [living with the virus] at best until next summer,” Macron said. “It is still too early to say whether we are moving towards wider local re-confinements, we will try each time to reduce the places, the moments when we have identified that the virus was circulating a lot. This is the strategy we will pursue.”

Macron added that the government aims to implement new restrictions in the most targeted way possible. 

From midnight on Friday, France’s nighttime coronavirus curfew will be extended more widely, with 46 million French people affected, announced French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Thursday. 

To note: According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, France has recorded 1,048,924 coronavirus cases and 34,236 deaths. CNN’s Paris Bureau is working on clarifying the discrepancy between state statistics and the university’s numbers.

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US COVID-19 deaths could hit 500,000 by February, researchers say

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The death toll from COVID-19 in the United States could exceed 500,000 by February unless nearly all Americans wear face masks, researchers said on Friday, as 14 states set new records for one-day increases in cases.

The latest estimate by the widely cited University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) reflects concern that cold winter weather will drive Americans indoors, where the coronavirus spreads more easily, particularly in confined, poorly-ventilated spaces.

Nationwide, 76,195 new cases were reported on Thursday, according to a Reuters analysis, just shy of the single-day record high of 77,299 reported on July 16. Only India has reported more cases in a single day: 97,894, on September 17.

“We are heading into a very substantial fall/winter surge,” said IHME director Chris Murray, who co-led the research.

The number of possible deaths could drop by 130,000 if 95 percent of Americans covered their faces, the IHME said, echoing a recommendation by Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The country’s Health Secretary Alex Azar has attributed the increase in cases nationwide to individual behaviour, saying household gatherings have become a “major vector of disease spread.”

Asked about President Donald Trump’s claim that the US was “rounding the turn” on the pandemic during Thursday night’s presidential debate, Azar told CNN that Trump was trying to provide hope to Americans waiting for a vaccine.

Pennsylvania, a swing state that is expected to play a crucial role in the November 3 presidential election, reported its largest single-day increase in cases since the pandemic began. “Daily increases are now comparable with what we saw in April 2020,” the Pennsylvania Department of Health said in a statement issued on Friday.

Also reporting record one-day increases were the states of Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

More in hospital

On Thursday, there were 916 reported fatalities in the US, a day after the country recorded over 1,200 new deaths for the first time since August.

Also on Thursday, the number of COVID-19 patients in US hospitals climbed to a two-month high. There are now more than 41,000 people in hospital with coronavirus across the country, up 34 percent since the start of the month, according to a Reuters analysis.

North Dakota, with 887 new cases on both Thursday and Friday, remains the hardest-hit state, based on new cases per capita, followed by South Dakota, Montana and Wisconsin.

Eight states reported record numbers of COVID-19 patients in hospital on Friday: Alaska, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation say nearly all Americans should wear masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 [Michael Loccisano/Getty Images via AFP]

In Tennessee, hospitals in Nashville said they had experienced a 40 percent increase in patients admitted for the coronavirus.

Dr Jeff Pothof, an emergency medicine physician at University of Wisconsin Health in Madison, expressed worry about a lack of compliance with public health measures in the state, where some groups have challenged Democratic Governor Tony Evers’ COVID-19 restrictions in court.

“If we don’t get that and we have such tremendous prevalence of COVID-19 in our communities, I don’t see a great way out of this,” Dr Pothof said. “The picture isn’t rosy.”

Chicago Mayor Lori E Lightfoot announced a curfew on non-essential businesses beginning at 10pm on Friday (03:00 GMT on Saturday). She warned residents to avoid social gatherings of more than six people and end all gatherings by 10pm.

Nearly 2,500 people are in hospital with COVID-19 in Illinois, the state’s top public health official, Dr Ngozi Ezike, told a news conference.

The Northeast remains the one region of the county without a significant surge in cases, but infections are trending higher. Boston public schools shifted to online-only learning this week.

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Texas court blocks limits on mail-in ballot drop boxes

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Texas governor previously ordered each county have one drop-off location, drawing concerns over voter suppression.

An appeals court in the US state of Texas ruled Friday that Governor Greg Abbott cannot limit drop-off sites for mail-in ballots to one per county, in what could be a setback for United States President Donald Trump.

Upholding a lower court decision, the Texas Third Court of Appeals ruled that limiting the number of drop boxes would increase the risk that voters could be infected with COVID-19 and would infringe on their right to vote.

Trump has repeatedly criticised mail-in ballots, claiming without evidence that they would lead to widespread voter fraud ahead of the November 3 contest that pits the Republican president against former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump won Texas by nine percentage points in 2016.

Though a Democratic presidential candidate has not won the state in more than four decades, opinion polls suggest that victory may be in reach for Biden, partly due to voters’ dissatisfaction over Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Abbott on October 1 issued an order limiting mail-in ballot drop boxes to one per county, regardless of size or population.

The order raised concerns and criticism that it would put a strain on voters in larger counties like Harris, which encompasses the city of Houston and is home to a racially diverse population of over four million people.

Harris County often elects Democratic candidates, such as Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

In its unanimous ruling on Friday, the three-member Texas Third Court of Appeals expressed concerns that limiting drop boxes would increase wait times and create long lines, endangering the health of voters.

Attorney General Ken Paxton said his office would “immediately appeal” to the Texas Supreme Court in a statement released after the ruling.

The court’s decision in Texas is the latest blow to efforts to limit drop-off locations for ballots across the US.

On October 10, a federal judge rejected the Trump re-election campaign’s attempts to limit how mail-in ballots are collected in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

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