The best accessories for your new iPhone: 7 ways to make your phone even better
Whether this is your first iPhone or your seventh new Apple handset, you’re probably excited to have just unwrapped the new phone this holiday season. And it doesn’t really matter if you got the new iPhone 12 or an older model — there haven’t been that many substantive updates to the iPhone in the last few generations, so an iPhone 11 can be just as thrilling if you’re stepping up from, say, an aging iPhone 8.
But how is your new phone dressed? Does it have a case? Do you have a modern charger to top the phone off wirelessly? Have you invested in a grip so you don’t accidentally drop it? There are all sorts of great accessories for the iPhone, and while you probably don’t need everything, there are certainly a few things here that will improve your iPhone experience.
As a general rule, I avoid going anywhere without a backup power source for my phone, and this 6,000-mAh Powerstation Plus is custom made for the iPhone with both a Micro USB and Lightning cable built in — so you can charge it up without bringing a spare Lightning cable with you.
I’m a big fan of the Totallee’s ultra-thin cases that help your iPhone 11, iPhone 12, or iPhone SE keep its looks while offering some drop protection and a grippier surface to hold onto.
The PS5 and Xbox One X might be completely out of stock, but you can turn virtually any iPhone into a mobile gaming console with Backbone One. The spring-loaded controller perfectly fits any phone and has a familiar D-pad/joystick configuration — plus it automatically works with the entire Apple Arcade library.
The iPhone 12’s signature feature is MagSafe, so why not get a MagSafe wallet attachment that lets you carry a few credit cards around with your phone?
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Nothing good can come from dropping your phone, and PopSocket is a cool grip that attaches to the back of your phone or case and pops out to slip between your fingers when you need it. Price varies depending upon which model you choose, including one with your very own artwork for $15.
Attach a Tile tracker to anything you lose a lot — keys, remote control, wallet, you name it. Then use your iPhone to find it — it’s that simple. If you’re new to Tile, this Starter Pack (which contains a Tile Mate and a Tile Slim) is a good start, but there are a variety of combo packs available that range from $50-$80.
This Qi wireless charging pad can accommodate your iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch all at the same time. And while $96 isn’t inexpensive, it’s currently $44 off the usual price of $140.
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