IFA 2022: Catalyst packs all apples waterproof

Among Apple’s accessories, the Watch, AirTag and AirPods also receive the protection they deserve.

The end of the quasi-zero day of IFA was closed by the Showstoppers event, where small and large manufacturers and brands presented their products. One of the booths belonged to a company called Catalyst, who have been producing shock and water-resistant cases for Apple phones since the iPhone 4, currently the 13 series is the latest, but the company’s representative assured that after the iPhone 14 premiere next week the cases for those devices will be available to order in a day.

Shockproof case for iPhone 13.Shockproof case for iPhone 13. Shockproof case for iPhone 13. [+]

In Hungary, the accessory is also available at Alza and iStyle, but the company delivers from a European warehouse Catalystcase.eufrom orders placed directly with them. The Vibe case is magnetic, so MagSafe accessories can be used easily. The edge of the piece with the fantasy name Influence glows in the dark and amplifies the speakers. And Total Protection, as you can guess from its name, offers complete protection against shocks, dust and water, and we had the opportunity to try it out on our own phone.

Total Protect protective case for an iPhone 13 Pro.Total Protect protective case for an iPhone 13 Pro. Total Protect protective case for an iPhone 13 Pro. [+]

The back of the case has to be stretched from the right point to be able to put the phone inside. We have to make sure that the mute switch is properly inserted into the rollable button, but otherwise the phone snaps into place easily. According to Catalyst, their case can also be used with foils, for me the glass foil on my own phone pushed up the touch-sensitive surface on the case a bit, so it wasn’t perfect, but it was with an iPhone without foil, from which you can conclude that my case was the problem. The cameras will have a slightly lower image quality due to the extra layer of Plexiglas in front of the lenses, but the speakers will not be drowned out by the case.

Extra protection is also being prepared for Apple Watch 7.Extra protection is also being prepared for Apple Watch 7. Extra protection is also being prepared for Apple Watch 7. [+]

The buttons can be changed to a different color, they can be bought separately, the Lightning connector is protected by a rubber door at the bottom of the case, and there is a place to attach a wrist strap or carabiner at the bottom corner of the case. The back panel is transparent and, according to our experience, is weak enough to hold a MagSafe accessory, but it transfers wireless charging smoothly.

The AirPods case can also be closed airtight, making it waterproof.The AirPods case can also be closed airtight, making it waterproof. The AirPods case can also be closed airtight, making it waterproof. [+]

According to the manufacturer, the iPhone can withstand a depth of ten meters if it is submerged in such a case, but they promise 100 meters for the AirPods case, and the same for the Apple Watch. The sealing rings in each accessory can be removed, replaced and cleaned. The manufacturer also offers an AirTag protector, which is recommended, for example, for dog collars, because in this way neither water nor dust will damage the tracker.

AirTag on a collar.
AirTag on a collar. [+]

In addition to the IP68 rating, the cases also met the MIL-STD-810G military durability standard. Based on our quick impressions, if you often find yourself in a situation where your phone is heavily exposed to drops, shocks, water, and dust, Total Protect may be worth the price of HUF 12,000 to 16,000, even if the device is damaged.

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Source: Hírek és cikkek – Mobilarena by mobilarena.hu.

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