iPhone case: TidyTilt is the case Apple should have made

If this video demonstration of TidyTilt doesn’t thaw your cold, cynical tech-news-reading heart, we don’t know what will. This incredibly clever cover comes from the minds of two design students from Chicago named Zahra Tashakorinia and Derek Tarnow. In a way similar to the iPad’s smart cover, the TidyTilt isn’t what you expect from an iPhone case. The TidyTilt product has two parts: the frame and the back cover. The magnetic frame adheres to the back of your iPhone, and it allows the cover to latch on.

Now, the back cover doesn’t just sit there to make your iPhone look colorful. If you wrap your earbuds around your phone, the TidyTilt can now be closed over them with its built-in magnets. This will keep your cable in place, and prevent it from getting tangled. If that isn’t enough, the TidyTilt also acts as an adjustable stand for your phone. If you want to sit back and watch a movie, just fold the case in thirds, and prop it up on your desk. It’s surprising that Apple hasn’t done something similar yet for the iPhone.

As a bonus, you now have a strong magnet attached to your phone, so it will stick to magnetic surfaces. As shown in the demo, your iPhone will dutifully stick to your fridge as it displays your recipe while you cook. It’s not the product’s main function, but it’s certainly a nice bonus. There is a downside, though. When the back cover is attached, it can interfere with the compass. If that’s a problem, just pop it off, and the compass returns to normal.

The Kickstarter project is up for funding until January 29th. If you want your very own TidyTilt, you need to drop $19 USD with ten additional bucks if you want the product shipped internationally. As of publication, the project already has five times the $10,000 USD goal, so there is no worry about whether the project will be able to get off the ground. Let’s hope these clever design students can keep up with demand.

Hat tip to Cult of Mac

Grant is a writer from Delaware. In his spare time, Grant maintains a personal blog, hosts The Weekly Roar, hosts Quadcast, and writes for video games.