It may feel like just having an iPhone is the be-all and end-all. While that may be true for many people , unless you have explored all the extras the device has to offer – including the enhancements that dedicated accessories can add to your experience – you are not reaping all the benefits of owning one of the best smartphones on the planet. Whether you seek a new way to charge up your new iPhone 12 or need some extra help to shoot the best photos or video, there is bound to be an accessory available to turbocharge your efforts. Here are some of our favorite hardware helpers for the iPhone:
Apple MagSafe Wireless Charger
Forget about fumbling around for a charging cable and adapter; the MagSafe wireless charger magnetically snaps onto the back of your iPhone 12. Shaped like a puck and a perfect size for sitting on a desk, it will charge from 0-50% in an hour. It is still not as fast as traditional charging but it is undeniably convenient. A big upside is it also charges older iPhones (8 or later) and Qi-compatible devices such as Google and Samsung handsets.
Fujifilm Instax Mini Link
Apple has done a great job implementing some of the best mobile cameras on iPhones. With the Fujifilm Instax Mini Link, your next capture can be more than just a memory on your gallery app. The pocketable device can be paired to your iPhone via Bluetooth and print out any picture of your liking. Simply download the Instax Mini Link app, take a picture or choose an existing one, customize the framing and print away. The Instax Mini also has a neat trick that lets you quickly reprint an image by turning the printer upside down and pressing the power button – it is a helpful feature for when you want to share a photo with friends and family. You will have to buy the film separately but it is available worldwide and relatively affordable.
Stick one of these little Apple-branded trackers onto your iPhone and you will be able to locate your smartphone quickly. It has a one-tap set up on iPhones and will work hand-in-hand with the FindMe app. Perfect for peace of mind for anyone who gives their smartphone to their young children and finds it mysteriously goes missing.
Apple AirPods Pro
If you want to pair your iPhone with an Apple-branded set of wireless headphones, the premium AirPods Pro is one of the best options. Sure, they are a little pricey but you get excellent audio quality, active noise cancellation and more than 24 hours of battery via the case. Perfect for traveling, commuting or working out.
Jackery Power Outdoors
Wherever your adventures may lead, you can rely on the compact Jackery portable power station with its built-in cables for super-fast charging of all iPhones. The UL certified 6000 mAh battery charger, which fits neatly in your pocket, fully charges an iPhone 6, 7 and 8 up to two times within 1.5 hours, an iPhone 6 Plus, 7 Plus and 8 Plus up to one and half times within 2 hours or an iPhone X or XS up to 1.4 times within 2.5 hours. The Lightning cable is certified by Apple as 100% compatible with any iPhone or iPad and facilities pass-through charging, letting you charge devices while the battery pack is plugged in and charging. An open USB port accommodates other gadgets as well.
Razer Kishi for iPhone
If you use your iPhone for gaming and want to help replicate a console experience, especially on games such as PUBG Mobile or Call of Duty Mobile, the Razer Kishi is the peripheral for you. It connects via the charging port and clamps to the sides of the phone. Sure, it looks more Game Gear than Nintendo Switch but it gives you clickable analog thumbsticks and a d-pad – that’s rare for mobile gaming.
Let us know in the comment section below what are your favorite accessories to use with your iPhone.