Even though it’s hard to believe, the iPhone is nearing its 10th anniversary in 2017. And in that time, Apple has sold more than 1 billion handsets – a staggering amount.
While the handset can do so much on its own, the wide amount of accessories help add another layer of usefulness to the awesome smartphone. Here are 10 perfect holiday gift ideas for iPhone owners on your list.
Anker Slim Shell for the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus
Black is back with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. With the new handsets, Apple unveiled a pair of unique shades – matte black and the very popular jet black. If you’re wanting to protect your expensive new iPhone but show off its color, take a look at the Anker Slim Shell.
The SlimShell is made with a hardened polycarbonate material for maximum protection. Along with a smooth finish, the case also sports removable side buttons. A complete clear version for the iPhone 7 is just $9.99 while the case for the larger handset is $3 more.
Eero Home Wi-Fi System
In a modern home, Wi-Fi is almost as important as electricity and running water. And while you can pay your cable or phone company a bundle for fast Internet service, actually getting those super speeds in every nook and cranny of a home is often times easier said than done.
Eero wants to throw the idea of using just a single router out the window. In its place, the system is designed to create an enterprise-like mesh network around your home using multiple access points. One device is recommended for every 1,000 square feet.
There are two different ways to get started as you can purchase a single unit for $190.02 or a pack of three for $461.83.
The retail price for the three Eero system is somewhere the neighborhood of twice as expensive as the most advanced consumer-grade router. That’s a pretty penny, but at least in my testing, it passed my testing with flying colors.
Bluesmart Black Edition International Luggage
Even luggage is getting smart. A perfect option for frequent travelers, Bluesmart’s Black Edition International Luggage can do a lot more than carry your clothes. The carry-on rolling bag sports built-in GPS and 3G connectivity, so you can locate it anywhere in the world using the companion iPhone app. Take that lost luggage.
That’s far from the only trick in up its sleeve. A built-in power bank can charge your iPhone if it ever goes dead. The app can also control the TSA-approved lock so you can control the contents from an iPhone. It can be set to even automatically lock if you move far enough away from it.
And you’ll never have to hope that your bag clocks in below airline-mandated weight limits. Weight sensors can tell you exactly how much your carrying before traveling.
Dog & Bone LockSmart mini
While technology like Apple Pay is helping us leave our credit cards at home, most of us still need to carry around a host of keys. But with the Dog & Bone LockSmart mini, you can lighten your load a bit. It looks like a normal padlock, but there’s one big twist – there’s no place to insert a key. Instead, you’ll use the companion iPhone app to lock and unlock it. Completely waterproof, it can be placed anywhere, and the built-in battery can go for up to two years before needing to be recharged via the micro-USB plug. With the app, access can be shared with other users and you can even track who has access the lock.
You can purchase the lock now for $69.95. There are three different colors to select from – black, red, and blue.
Founded by three former Apple employees, Pearl Automation first device is designed to help give your older vehicle a big upgrade. As you could probably tell by the name, Pearl RearVision is an iPhone-connected backup camera made for any car.
The completely wireless camera-equipped license plate frame connects to the back of you vehicle. The weatherproof device is charged by the sun and connects to an iPhone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. You’ll need to connect a small dongle to a car’s OBD port as well.
There are two HD cameras with wide-angle lenses built into that can provide a view exactly what’s behind you, even at night. When connecting to the app, you’ll be able to see a rear view and the app will even alert you to obstacles in the car’s path.
You can purchase the entire system for $499.99. And make sure to keep a lookout as we’ll have a full review soon.
Griffin iTrip Clip
If you’re an iPhone 7 users, there’s no need to trash your regular wired, headphones. Griffin’s iTrip Clip can turn any old pair of headphones into a wireless set.
Users will plug their wired headphones into the small adapter than can connect to any Bluetooth-capable device. The adapter features a play, volume, and track control buttons. An integrated microphone will allow anyone to receive handsfree calls and even access Siri.
As a nice touch, the adapter will automatically connect to paired devices once in range, which is around 30 feet. The built-in battery can provide up to six hours of use and 180 hours of standby time. It can also be used in a car with an AUX in port but without Bluetooth capability.
Blink Home Security Camera System
While there are a huge number of Wi-Fi enabled home security cameras to select from, most still require at least one wire, the power cable. But the Blink system is completely wireless. Each camera is powered by a pair of included AA lithium batteries. Blink says the batteries should last for up to a year with “normal” use.
Each camera is a little wider than a deck of cards. The middle is dominated by the motion sensor. The camera is on top while under it is a small LED that turns on when the camera needs to capture video in low-light scenarios. There is no true night vision capability found on other camera systems designed for home use.
Since there are no wires to contend with, a camera can be placed virtually anywhere inside your home, as long as it is within 100 feet of the sync module.
Mevo Live Event Camera
Facebook Live and other live video platforms have continued to become more popular. And a new video camera is helping anyone step up from behind the camera and be part of the action.
While Livestream is well known in the business world, the company is taking a big leap into the consumer market with the introduction of the Mevo video camera.
Made for capturing and broadcasting live video, it features a 150-degree glass lens and 4K video sensor. With that high resolution, you can control up to nine different virtual HD cameras with the companion iOS app.
Users can even edit video live with the ability to pan, zoom, and cut between the different camera angles. Built-in movement tracking and face detection can also help make it easier to find that perfect camera shot.
Aukey 30000mAH Portable Charger
This backup battery should be able to recharge pretty much iPhone, and then some. The 30,000 mAH charger can juice up a completely dead iPhone 7 up to 10 times and cab even charge the smaller iPad Pro more than twice. The adaptive charging technology makes sure that it provides the quickest charging speed to whatever device you’ve plugged in.
And it’s greatest feature is that it can be recharged with either a micro-USB or Lightning cable. That means a single Lightning cable can charge the power bank and your iOS device.
Vuzix iWear Video Headphones
Who needs headphones when you can rock out with Vuzix’s iWear Video Headphones. An on-the-go-home theater, they can plug directly into almost any device, including an iOS device when using a Lightning-to-HDMI adapter. Equivalent to watching a 130-inch TV from 10 feet away, the device can show both 2-D and 3-D content along with VR experiences. The built-in battery can provide up to three hours of video usage and 10 hours audio-only.
Just slip it over your head, and adjust the headphones. You can even wear glasses while using the headset.