The iPhone distinguishes out as one of the best cellphones available. What about accessories? It’s fantastic. Because the iPhone supports common protocols such as Bluetooth and Qi wireless charging, there is no shortage of accessories that may be utilized for things like music listening and device charging. Not all accessories are made equal; you’ll usually get the best experience from ones that are specifically built for the iPhone.
Although you may use any Bluetooth earbuds with your iPhone, the seamless integration of Apple’s AirPods Pro (2nd generation) is difficult to top. These true wireless earbuds deliver powerful sound while also unlocking a slew of other functions, such as activating Siri with a simple voice command and having your incoming messages read to you while you’re on the road. Better better, once you’ve linked them with your iPhone (hold them nearby, open the case, and follow the prompts), they’ll instantly sync via iCloud and pair up with your iPad, Apple Watch, MacBook, or even your Apple TV. Everything works, and you can switch between devices with ease; your AirPods Pro will connect instantly whenever you start playing audio.
You can also say “Hey Siri” while wearing your AirPods to summon the voice assistant and use it to listen to music or podcasts, check messages, set reminders, or even operate your home appliances without having to use your iPhone. Furthermore, if you have a buddy who also owns a pair of AirPods or Beats headphones, you can effortlessly wirelessly connect them and let them listen to your favorite tunes on Apple Music and Spotify. Best of all, you’ll receive up to six hours of listening time from the earbuds on a single charge, plus up to 30 hours extra by recharging them in the case.
The second-generation AirPods Pro have active noise cancellation, which filters out ambient noises that interfere with your music or podcast. They also include adaptive transparency, which allows some sound through so you can keep aware of your surroundings while out walking. In the packaging, Apple offers a MagSafe Charging Case with a built-in speaker and lanyard loop.
There are frequently better and less expensive options to Apple’s first-party accessories, but if you have a new iPhone, the company’s MagSafe wireless charger is worth considering. This charging pad, like all other MagSafe devices, uses magnets to attach to the back of the current iPhones, and it’s quite robust. Not only can you pick up your phone and use it while the disk is still attached, but the iPhone can also dangle from the charger’s cord without slipping off. The charging plate is only about a quarter-inch thick, so it adds very little weight to the iPhone. The magnets only attach to the most recent iPhones, but it will still wirelessly charge previous models dating back to the iPhone 8.
Spigen’s $25 ArcField magnetic wireless charger is a good fake for Apple’s MagSafe charger adapter, which costs $39 if you want to spend less. Its magnets aren’t as powerful as those on the Apple MagSafe charger, so you shouldn’t pick up your iPhone with this connection, but it will charge it and keep it in place.
3. Apple AirTag
We’ve all misplaced our wallets and keys at some point, so if you’re looking for a Bluetooth tracker to keep a better check on your belongings, the Apple AirTag is without a doubt the greatest option for iPhone users. Because AirTags are compatible with Apple’s Find My network, if another iPhone or iPad user walks past your lost AirTag, you’ll be notified of its whereabouts via the Find My app, which you may then use to trace it down. Unlike many other Bluetooth trackers, there is no guessing involved in pinpointing the specific location of your AirTag.
It is worth noting, however, that the AirTag lacks a loop or a grip that allows it to be easily attached to your belongings. Instead, you’ll need to purchase a separate AirTag holder, which can end up costing you somewhat more than other trackers when everything is added together, but the AirTag’s additional knowledge is worth the price of entry.
4. JBL Charge 4
JBL’s Charge 4 tops the pack among portable Bluetooth speakers for iPhone users, whether listening to calm songs at home or livening things up at a beach party. It’s difficult to surpass the mix of sound, durability, outstanding wireless performance, and pricing. With a tough build and an IPX7 waterproof rating, you can carry the JBL Charge 4 anyplace without fear of rain, splashing, or even dropping it in the pool. It’s meant to float, so even if it falls off the side of your boat, you can simply retrieve it. Even at maximum volume, the single full-range driver gets shockingly loud and preserves the sound crisp, clean, and distortion-free. The 7,500mAh battery provides up to 20 hours of listening time on a single charge, and owing to its USB connector, it can also charge your iPhone. While the Charge 4 only has one driver, you can connect it to another JBL speaker for a proper stereo soundstage, or use the built-in JBL Connect+ technology to connect up to 100 more JBL speakers to sync and play the same tunes.
iPhones have become notable for their very dependable camera setups following the massive camera redesign that Apple announced on the iPhone 11 and has continued to develop in the years since. Although zoom powers and detail are surpassed by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, iPhones may produce consistently trustworthy images, which can be a blessing for amateur photographers. Part of the iPhone’s photographic powers are due to its computer processing, but the actual sense of taking images on a smartphone in general can be lacking when compared to holding a dedicated camera in your hands. The ShiftCam SnapGrip seeks to address this by adding a haptic camera grip to the iPhone’s rear.
You can buy gripping iPhone cases, but nothing beats a PopSocket for ensuring you have a strong grip on your costly iPhone. When not in use, the PopSocket flattens to the greatest extent feasible to remain out of the way. While it won’t completely disappear, it won’t prevent you from placing your iPhone down on a flat surface or slipping it into a pocket of your skinny jeans. To take advantage of wireless charging, position your PopSocket near the top or bottom of your iPhone, avoid the central Qi wireless charging zone, or use PopSocket’s specifically built wireless charger.
A PopSocket is also much more than merely holding your iPhone. When extended, it can also function as a stand, allowing you to prop up your iPhone to watch films, take photos, or even hang it off the side of a cup or glass. The reusable adhesive allows you to effortlessly remove your PopSocket if you upgrade your iPhone or wish to change its position. PopSockets come in hundreds of patterns and designs, so you’re sure to find one that suits your taste.