The 11 Best Accessories for Your New iPhone 7
And even if you weren’t, you have probably noticed by now that the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cameras don’t quite line up with the last generation’s cases.
Of course, there’s more to the iPhone accessory world that just protective cases and wireless headphones (though there are plenty of standouts in those categories, too). Improve your Instagram game, polish your personal tech style, and make the one item you’ve probably never traveled without even more of a multi-tasking essential.
Mophie Juice Pack
Last month, mophie (one of our favorite battery cases) released overhauled products for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. New Juice Pack cases are as durable as ever, and provide 27 and 33 total hours of talk time, respectively. Best of all, cases are now equipped with magnetic charging technologies, allowing you to sync the cases with wireless charging systems typically found at airports, coffee shops, and—of course—the brand’s own charge force accessories.
To buy: bestbuy.com, $100
Gone are the days of unflattering selfies and poorly lit snaps of your dinner. LuMee, which initially launched a cellphone case with integrated forward facing LED’s for glowing selfies, just launched a case with dual lighting features. Now, no matter how where you are in the world (or how dimly lit the restaurant) you can capture bright, crisp photographs with your iPhone 7 and 7 Plus—without that over-exposed, greasy quality created by using the phone’s built-in flash.
To buy: lumee.com, $70
Apple iPhone Lightning Dock
Ultra slim and lightweight, Apple’s own Lightning Dock makes it easy to charge and sync your iPhone while keeping your phone accessible. Headphones can be plugged directly into the dock so you can listen to music while charging, and the phone’s upright position is ideal for charging at desks, and taking calls on speakerphone. The iPhone Lightning Dock is compatible with every iPhone starting with the 5, as size doesn’t matter (only the lightning connector does).
To buy: apple.com, $49
Amber & Ash Cell Phone Case
If your iPhone is your most important style accessory, give it a fashion-forward case like the ones engineered by Amber & Ash. Launched in the fall of 2016, the always in-vogue capsule collection features classic tones like cotton white and denim blue. Trendsetters should shop their seasonal collections, which include inspired hues like Burgundy Wine, Mint Ice, and an eye-catching Lemon Zest.
To buy: amazon.com, $17
Tap your Apple AirPods to your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, and they are automatically turned on—and always connected. A seamless relationship to your phone is the top reason to splurge on the company’s answer to the absent audio jack: they sense when one AirPod is taken out of your ear and will pause your music. A full charge gives you five hour of listening time, but the carrying case itself holds 24 additional hours. Just try not to lose one.
To buy: apple.com, $160
Jaybird X3 Wireless Sport Headphones
If even your most laidback vacations include morning runs, afternoon bike rides, and other adrenaline-pumping activities, this is the only pair of headphones you need. Jaybird’s latest sport-series headphone, the X3, is a perfect solution to the iPhone 7’s missing audio jack. Tiny ear buds comfortably fit under helmets, and are equipped with eight hours of battery life—perfect even for overseas flights. They’re sweat-proof and fully customizable, ensuring every wearer finds a perfect fit.
To buy: bestbuy.com, $130
IK Multimedia iKlip Grip Pro Multifunction Camera Stand
Get truly professional-quality photos with your iPhone by packing this compact, four-in-one camera stand. IK Multimedia’s iKlip Grip Pro serves as a tripod, an extendable monopod (a.k.a. selfie stick) tripod adapter, and a video handle (for steady footage). Weighing less than eight ounces, the iKlip Grip Pro won’t weigh down your suitcase, and the mount allows for a full 360 degrees of rotation. Another highlight is the included Bluetooth shutter, which allows you to snap a photo remotely.
To buy: apple.com, $60
Caseology Parallax Case
After passing 26 military standard drop tests (and a few accidental Travel + Leisure editor drop tests) we deemed this high-design case highly functional, too. Thanks to its shock-absorbent thermoplastic polyurethane construction, it’s also one of the most affordable cases on the market. We particularly love the three-dimensional geometric pattern of the Parallax series, which is as easy to grip as it is attractive.
To buy: amazon.com, $15
Beats Solo3 9 (RED) Wireless On-Ear Headphones
Enjoy a round-trip, long haul flight without having to charge your headphones once with the Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones. And even if you only have five minutes to recharge at the airport, the Fast Fuel feature quickly gives you three hours of playback. Other reasons to pair these headphones with your new iPhone 7? They instantly connect with any Apple device using Class 1 Bluetooth technology (no more cumbersome pairing mode song and dance),you’re your purchase will contribute directly to the global fund to fight AIDS.
To buy: apple.com, $300
Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar
The greatest frustration with the iPhone 7 may not even be the absent audio jack (Apple did, after all, include an adapter). Instead, it’s the inability to listen to music with the Lightning Audio headphones while your phone is charging. Belkin’s new RockStar solves this problem with a simple, straightforward adapter. One lightning port facilitates charging, while the other lets you listen to music. The device is compatible with any lightning device that runs iOS 10 or later.
To buy: amazon.com, $40
ExoLens PRO Wide-Angle Kit
The same camera lenses that were used to shoot such cinematic masterpieces as Lord of the Rings have been adapted, miniaturized, and retrofitted to work with your new iPhone 7. The ZEISS wide-angle, aspherical lens (equivalent to an 18mm camera lens) allows you to capture every scene while you travel, while an aluminum lens cap prevents smudges and damage while on-the-go. You may find it hard to tell the difference between your cell phone snaps and the ones you take with a DSLR.
To buy: apple.com, $200