iPhones are the most popular smartphone in the world and boast the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, iOS. To get your money’s worth out your iPhone, you may want to consider looking into some of the following accessories.
Accessories For iPhone
Apple TV - $99
The Apple TV is a great media player for watching Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, HBO, ESPN and dozens of other media apps. One feature that works with most Macs, iPhones and iPads is called AirPlay. With AirPlay, you can play any media that is on your iPhone or iPad wirelessly to your Apple TV. Along with media streaming from iTunes and most media apps, you can wirelessly display your device's entire screen to your TV through a feature called "mirroring". Seeing everything from your iPhone on a big screen can be very useful when showing presentations or documents as well as for entertainment purposes.
Bluetooth Speakers - $40+
The iPhone speaker is great for watching a video or listening to music by yourself but when you’re with friends or want to listen to music in a big room, a Bluetooth speaker may be a better solution. Bluetooth speakers provide a significant volume and audio quality boost compared to the iPhone's internal speakers. Bluetooth speakers are also the most convenient way to strengthen the sound from your iPhone because everything is wireless. Here at CityMac, we carry the Zimri speaker ($39.99), Braven speakers ($199.99 - $299.99) and the Big Jambox by Jawbone ($299.99).
Olloclip Camera Lens - $70+
With photo-taking and sharing being such an integrated part of the iPhone experience, taking the best possible pictures is very important for some users. Getting a lens attachment, like the olloclip series we carry here at CityMac, can greatly improve your zoom capabilities as well as allowing for a better focus control. We carry three different olloclip adapters for the iPhone 5 & 5s:
- Olloclip Telephoto + Circular Polarizing Lens: $99.99
- Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens (includes fisheye, wide-angle, 15x macro and 10x macro lenses): $69.99
- Olloclip Macro 3-in-1 Lens (7x, 14x and 21x): $69.99
There are a lot of benefits of getting a case for your iPhone. First, they will protect your iPhone from scratches, cracks and dents, which makes your experience more enjoyable. A case also allows for the ability to customize your phone and make it unique to you. If you want a cool design or a custom picture or a better grip for your hand to hold the phone, then a case can really help. There are also water-proof cases such as the LifeProof case we carry at CityMac so you never have to worry about getting your iPhone wet.
A screen protector is a must have for an iPhone. Avoiding scratches can help with resale value and make your phone look better overall. Nothing is worse than running your finger over a scratch dozens of times a day because your phone had no protection. Many screen protectors (especially the cheap ones) peel off easily. Some may think the more expensive screen shields are a waste of money but they tend to have lifetime warranties, are easy to install, and are less likely to get bubbles under the surface or come off. They also tend to have much better scratch resistance. We carry the Moshi iVisor series for the iPhone ($24.95) and highly reccomend it to customers looking to protect their iPhone screen.
HP, Epson, Canon, Brother, Dell, and many other brands have wireless printers. This means you can use a PC or Mac on the network to print without cables. This, however, doesn’t mean that your iPhone can print to it. The technology that allows mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, etc) to print wirelessly to a printer is called AirPrint. Some printers that are not AirPrint compatible have apps you can use to wirelessly print, but AirPrint is built in to the Photos app, all document editing apps and many others. The AirPrint feature can be very helpful and will make printing from your iPhone far simpler than relying on third-party printing applications. Here at Td Curran, we carry two Canon AirPrint Printers:
- Canon Pixma iP7220 AirPrint Printer: $119.99
- Canon Pixma MG5420 All-In-One Airprint Printer: $149.99
I hope this has helped provide you with an overview of a few of the many awesome accessories for your iPhone! There are, however, many more fun accessories that we carry here at CityMac. Stop on by, we would love to show you them!
What about you? What are some of your favorite or most-desired iPhone accessories? Let us know in the comments below.