What are the best accessories you can get for iPhone 7 right now? He are my latest picks!
iPhone 7 has only just launched, but that's exactly when everyone wants to buy all the accessories they need to go with them. Pickings may be slim at first, as manufacturers do final tests and ramp up productions, but there's already some really good gear on the market, and more to come!
Below are my favorites, as of launch week. As more and better iPhone 7 accessories become available, I'll update with the best of what comes next, so check back often!
- iPhone 7 Leather Case
- iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case
- Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones
- Apple Lightning Dock
- Apple Watch Series 2
- CLEAN Screen Cleaner Kit
- Maxboost screen protector
- Anker PowerCore+
iPhone 7 Leather Case
It breaks my heart to put something as iconic as iPhone 7 — especially in the new blacks! — in a case, but here's the deal: If you want that finish to last, you need to take care of it. Apple, of course, has the advantage here. They've known for a while exactly what iPhone 7 looks like, and so they're once again first out the gate with high quality, high finish cases.
They feel different this year than last, fit the different-sized camera on the back of iPhone 7, and match the rest of Apple's fall color lineup. They're not ultra-protective, and they're not ultra-slim. They're affordable luxury, with microfiber lining and rich, soft-tanned European leather.
And you can get it in sea blue, storm gray, tan, saddle brown, midnight blue, black, and (Product) red.
Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones
Note: Apple will be releasing their own AirPods in October. They use the W1 chip and software magic in iOS 10 to make pairing and switching easier and better than ever. I've used them, but can't really include them here until they ship. So, if you need a BT headset now, now, now...
iPhone 7 has no headphone jack — maybe you heard? I know I did, which is one of the reasons I picked up a pair of Bose Q35 back in July. That and about a dozen hard recs from colleagues here and friends everywhere. And like them, I was blown away by the sound quality.
Connect the Q35 over Bluetooth, strap them on, and Bose's incredible noise-cancelling technology takes over. Then the coffee shop din, the airplane engines, the shouting in the park, even the relatives visiting for the day — what? — all go away. Well, for up to 20 hours per charge, at least.
These are over the ear headphones and they're big. Full on cans, so to speak. But they're not overly heavy, and they're hella comfortable, as the name implies.
You can get them in black and silver to match your black or metallic iPhone.
Apple Lightning Dock
If you need a dock that can both charge your iPhone 7 and let you listen to 3.5mm headphones at the same time, Apple has you covered. You can keep it at your desk or beside your bed, and then charge and listen as much as you want. It might be a nice-to-have for watching video, but it's a must-have for people with low or no vision.
Available in silver, gold, rose gold, and — of course — all new black!
(If you need a charge-and-listen adapter for when you're on the go, check out what Belkin has coming).
Apple Watch Series 2
See, iPhone is the starship and Apple Watch is the shuttle craft. No, wait. iPhone is the right cross and Apple Watch is the jab. No, seriously, I can nail this! Sigh. Fine. Here's the deal:
As great as iPhone is, it's always a reach a way. Your wrist is right there. That means, with Apple Watch, you can go for a workout or use Apple Pay without lugging your phone with you, see notifications without reaching for your pocket or bag, control your accessories from across the room, and the list goes on.
Series 2 even has GPS, a slightly bigger battery, and swim-proofing so you can take your workouts into the water.
Available in gold aluminum, rose gold aluminum, silver aluminum, space gray aluminum, and ceramic while.
CLEAN Screen Cleaner Kit
While everyone is worrying about smudges on the jet black iPhone 7, every glossy black iPhone 7 screen is ripe for fingerprints. What's more, those fingers might just have been eating, working with tools, or touching other fingers that could have been almost anywhere.
I don't mean to gross you out — OK, I do! — but unless you're actively trying to build immunity against the oncoming super germs, you're going to want a way to keep your iPhone 7 screen clean. Hey, even if you are trying to build immunity, you still need a way to get any goop that actively obstructs the screen.
That's where the CLEAN Screen Cleaner kit comes in. It includes a small, super-soft cloth, and a natural, non-toxic, odorless spray. Once you start, you won't want to stop. iPhone, iPad, Mac... And you'll feel great doing it!
Maxboost screen protector
The Maxboost tempered glass screen protector is an anti-scratch, protective cover for your iPhone 7, and something anyone who's at all afraid about damaging their iPhone's display should seriously consider.
Yes, sure, the ion-exchange glass on modern iPhones is tough. But keys, buckles, and bits of barely discernible debris on tables can be tougher. That's where Maxboost comes in. It's not bulky, but it won't hesitate to step in front of you iPhone and take any scratches or gouges coming its way.
Like a bodyguard, but for your phone!
iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case
I love the iPhone Smart Battery case. Hump or no hump, it's the most efficient way to keep your iPhone 7 powered well past the night and into the next day. The key is the "smarts". Apple not only designed it to avoid obstructing the iPhone antennas, they included antenna boosters in the case. That means the radios don't ramp up to get through the case, which can cost you power even while you're trying to stay charged.
Moreover, because of the deep integration with iOS, your iPhone won't mistake the battery case for an outlet. That means it won't start spinning up all the background and network activity it does when plugged in, which also waste power just when you need it most.
Add a microfiber interior and soft touch coating — in black or white to match your new iPhone — and you get the absolute best iPhone 7 battery case on the market. One that will keep you Snapchat-ing, Pokémon Go-ing, or simply working well past the wee hours.
If the Smart Battery Case isn't enough for you, and you need even more power on the go, you need the Anker PowerCore+. It's small, but it really packs a power punch. Sure, stand alone battery packs aren't as convenient as battery cases, but they're much more flexible. You can plug any gadget that charges over USB and get it back up and running in jiffy.
It also holds enough charge to replenish an iPhone 7 up to four times. That'll get you through even the toughest "roaming while traveling with Snapchat in the background and spinning all the PokéStops" day.
Available in silver, gold, and black.
What are your must-have accessories for the iPhone 7?
If you have any questions or any experiences with iPhone 7 accessories you want to share, let me know in the comments!
Additional research by Cella Lao Rousseau