updated 08:10 pm EDT, Thu May 1, 2014
Case+ system uses a magnetic mounting system for four case configurations
Computer peripheral manufacturer Logitech introduced a new case option for the iPhone 5 and 5s today, dubbed the Case+. The Case+ system works on a magnetic, modular design to bring options like a tilting mount and a battery pack to easy, everyday use for consumers.
The basis of the modular system revolves around the Case+ itself, which makes use of a metal mounting plate on the back of the case. The plate incorporates into the case, appearing as nested into the back as part of the design while offering some protection to the phone.
Options for the attachment to the case include the tilt and wallet modular pieces. The tilt is a magnetic panel which folds up at one end to make a kickstand on the back of the device. The tilt also allows the device to attach to a metal surface. Ear buds can be wrapped up inside of the folded portion of the piece when used as a kickstand. The wallet option uses a compact sleeve to hold cash and credit cards inside using Magnashield technology to protect the cards inside from being demagnetized.
Two larger add-ons in the set are the energy and drive pieces. The energy add-on attaches via the same magnetic panel, but brings a 2300 mAh battery to the back of the phone for extra power. The drive module uses a suction-cup mount, featuring a twist lock to position the phone to the dashboard or window. The phone with the Case+ on it connects to it magnetically to secure it in place. Another universal adapter is included with the kit, in order for another device to be used with the drive system.
The entire kit, which Logitech refers to as "the story" on their website, is currently up as a pre-order on the company's website for $200 with the beginning of May listed for availability. The Logitech Case+ system was recently named as a 2014 gold Edison Award winner at the end of April.