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For iPhone enthusiasts, Apple's latest announcements were pretty major. The brand’s new iPhone 8/Plus and iPhone X (available for preorder Oct. 27) are smarter, faster and more sleekly designed than previous iPhone models.
And while there are tons of new features, the standouts include groundbreaking new 3-D face recognition, wireless charging (finally!) and of course those much-talked-about Animojis. But at some point the features end, and accessories swoop in to add even more tools to the Swiss army knife that is your Apple device.
So if you’re looking for extra ways to get the most out of your iPhone (new and old), we’ve listed a few items here that will take your smartphone from modern marvel to helpful, invincible superhero.
To Keep It Looking Stylish
With silver, space gray, rose gold and gold finishes, iPhones look sleek on their own… as long as you don’t drop it. These cases add some extra personality and a little cushion to protect against an unfortunate accident.
Sonix Tortoise iPhone Case, $45, Urban Outfitters
Personalized Chevron Monogram iPhone Case, $16, Amazon
Otterbox Case with Custom Photo and Monogram, $62, Zazzle
Hex Leather iPhone Wallet Case in Vachetta Leather, $60, Amazon
Native Union CLIC Wooden Case, $24, Amazon
To Keep Your Phone in One Piece
Even if a phone is touted as “shatter-proof,” we all know there’s a chance one weirdly angled drop can completely obliterate the screen. These cases give you an extra layer of security when you fumble, and even help you out in the snow or near water.
OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES Case, $57, Amazon
IPX-6 Water Resistant Ultra Slim Thin Light Shockproof Dust/Snow Proof Case, $9, Amazon
Temdan Floatable Waterproof Case, $21, Amazon
To Help You Take Even Better Pictures
iPhones have advanced cameras and large sensors that create nearly studio-quality photos. These gadgets will make your pics look even more professional, whether it's to get a better focus, keep it steady or light your selfie.
LuMee LED Selfie Light Case, $55, Amazon
Zodiac 5-In-1 Bluetooth Selfie Remote Shutter, $15, Amazon
Manfrotto Twist Grip Universal Smartphone Clamp, $53, Amazon
Joby GripTight PRO GorillaPod Stand for Smartphones, $59, Amazon
To Ensure It’s Always Charged
Whether you’re going to use the new iPhone X’s wireless charging capabilities, or plug it in old-school, these cool chargers and docks get the job done fast and look good while they’re at it.
Belkin MIXIT Lightning to USB Leather Tassel, $24, Amazon
Native Union Anchor Charger Cable, $32, Amazon
Belkin Charger Kit, $32, Amazon
Mophie Wireless Charging Base, $67, Amazon
To Enhance Your Listening Experience
You better bet you’ll be using your new phone to stream music. These are the best ways to amplify and listen on the go. They’re all wireless (R.I.P. headphone jack).
Urbanears Stammen Wireless Multi-Room Speaker, $350, Urban Outfitters
JBL Flip 3 Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker, $76, Amazon
Sony SBH70BK Headphones, $69, Amazon
Ava Wireless Headphones, $50, Urban Outfitters
Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear Headphones, $99, Amazon