You are considered the tech guru among your circle of friends. It is no surprise that you are the first to have the new iPhone 7. Apple’s latest phone surpasses the iPhone 6s with new features such as no headphone jack, water-resistant up to 1 meter of submersion, and two cameras with additional effects (the camera upgrade comes with the iPhone 7 Plus). This is also the time to pick up some new accessories to go along with your new toy. We put together a list the top 8 accessories, most costing under $20, you should have to get the most out of your iPhone 7.
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1. A new phone case
You know by now that having a heavy-duty case for your phone is a must. Look for a case that has a shock resistant, hard shell case to protect against accidental drops and bumps and a built-in screen protector to prevent scratches. Check out the iPhone 7 case from SUPCASE ($19.99 on Amazon). For a more stylish look, you might like the Spigen Style Armor case in black, mint, or rose gold ($13.99 on Amazon).
2. Wireless headphones
Apple did away with the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 with the idea that we would join the tech revolution and use wireless earpods. The feature has been met with a mixed reception and Apple has announced that Lightening Earpods and Lightening jack will be available with the iPhone 7. You’ll still want to pick up wireless headphones, which can range in price from cheap to very expensive. For those who don’t want to make a big investment, check out the Aukey EP-B20 headphones available ($17.99 on Amazon). For expert reviews on wireless headphone options for the iPhone 7.
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3. Lightening dock with audio output adapter
Apple is supplying iPhone 7 customers with a pair of Lightning Earpods and Lightning to 3.5mm adapter with purchase. But if you want to charge your phone and listen at the same time, you’ll need a Lightning dock with audio output. The TaoTronics Portable Wireless Adapter ($15.49 on Amazon) has a built-in microphone and is available on Amazon. For expert reviews on lightening docks and adapters for the iPhone 7.
4. Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter
We’ve already mentioned that new iPhone 7 costumers receive a Lightening-to-3.5mm headphone jack with their purchase. Since many of us lead an on-the-go lifestyle, it’s a good idea to buy some extras. Apple sells additional connectors for just $9.
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5. AmazonBasics Apple Certified 6-Feet Lightning to USB Cable
Apple’s Lightening to USB cables do not have the best track record and cost $19 to replace. The AmazonBasics Apple Certified 6-Feet Lightening to USB cable is twice as long as Apple’s and priced at just $7.99 on Amazon.
6. Smartphone air vent mount
Chances are you already have one of these handy devices installed in your car. If you don’t already have a smartphone air vent mount, it’s definitely time to get one now that you have the Iphone 7. Check out the TechMatte MagGrip Air Vent Magnetic Universal Car Mount Holder ($6.99) available on Amazon.
7. Smartphone stand for desktop
You are still in the honeymoon phase and your new iPhone 7 is never out of sight. Strengthen the bond with this handy accessory, which allows you to easily view and swipe while working at your desk. Check out the Lamicall Desktop Cell Phone Stand ($9.99) available on Amazon.
8. Airpod straps
Still, many are excited for the coming of the new AirPods with the W1 chip that filters out background noise and can detect when the user is speaking. Pricey at $159, Airpods will be available at the end of October. However, there is the problem of an airpod slipping out your ear with no wire attachment to stop it from falling to the floor. Thankfully, an airpod strap has been designed that can be worn around the neck and will save you from losing those expensive Airpods. Check out the Spigen Airpod strap ($9.99) available on Amazon.
You stay on top of the latest digital trends and understand that an upgrade in gadgets is usually followed by an upgrade in accessories. With its singular features, the iPhone 7 is forcing us to rethink the smartphone accessories we currently. There will be some inevitable glitches in this road of transition. But for now, by staying in-the-know, you can decide which accessories are necessary for you and fall within your budget.