The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are both strong phones, but they’re not quite complete. While you can dunk them, you shouldn’t really drop them, so you’ll need a good case. And because they don’t come with a headphone jack, these handsets are begging for wireless audio. Plus, you could always use a battery life booster.
Here are 15 accessories that will make using the iPhone 7 far more appealing.
This accessory is designed to offer dual functionality to iPhone 7 owners who aren’t so keen on losing the headphone jack. The Rockstar plugs into the iPhone 7’s Lightning port features two ports on the other end: one for charging your phone and another to plug in the Lightning earbuds that come with the iPhone 7. Without the adapter, users cannot charge the device and listen to music at the same time. It’s a handy add-on.
This tiny cube costs just $24.99 and looks like a box sitting on a desk or floor. However, when it’s connected wirelessly to the iPhone 7, the speaker delivers solid sound for the price. And like the other speakers in this roundup, the iHome Bluetooth Rechargeable Mini Speaker Cube can connect with others to create a surround-sound effect. It’s a cheap way to get wireless sound from the iPhone.
HP has a neat accessory for those who like to snap pictures with the iPhone 7. Called the Sprocket, it’s a tiny photo printer capable of immediately outputting images to a 3 x 2-inch sheet of paper. The device connects to the iPhone 7 and allows users to print images from the built-in camera, social media accounts, and other apps. Additionally, the printer works with standard paper or stickers, and the prints are water-resistant and smudge-proof.
Designed to wirelessly connect to the iPhone 7, Apple’s Airpods are rather small and come with a similarly diminutive charging case. They feature Apple’s new W1 chip and use optical sensors and a motion accelerometer to detect when they’re in the user’s ears to deliver enhanced audio. The AirPods also come with a built-in microphone and last up to five hours on a charge.
The Belkin Car Charger is exactly what users would expect: an accessory to deliver power to the iPhone 7 while driving. The accessory, which also comes with a detachable Lightning cable, connects to the lighter port in the vehicle. Users then plug the accessory’s cable into the iPhone 7 and get all the charging they need while riding around town. It’s a simple but important accessory.
Those who want to listen to music in a different way on the iPhone 7 should consider a wireless speaker like the Sonos Play: 1. The device, which costs $199.95, is a single speaker designed to play tracks over the network with a companion Sonos app running on the iPhone. Those who want stereo sound or wireless speakers in multiple rooms can pick up a few Sonos Play: 1 speakers and control each device individually. If customers buy the Sonos Play: 1 at the Apple Store, they'll get a three-month Apple Music gift card.
Apple’s iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case might not have the best looks, but the hump on its back is a critical feature for customers who want more battery life in the iPhone 7. Inside that hump is an external battery that offers talk time of up to 26 hours and Internet use on LTE of up to 22 hours. The case effectively adds a second battery to the iPhone, making it last much longer on a single charge.