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7 useful ways to resurrect your old iPhone from the junk drawer

Still plenty of life in the old thing. Photo: Rob LeFebvre, Cult of Mac

Still plenty of life in the old thing. Photo: Rob LeFebvre, Cult of Mac

If you’re like me, you’ve got a junk bin full of old technology. It’s just the way we’re made; there’s nothing better than sifting through the detritus of technology that you loved.

I’ve traded in my iPhone for the last five generations, from the iPhone 3G to the iPhone 5, or passed them along to my kids or significant others. The first generation iPhone, however, was something special, so I kept it.

As I was looking for ways to let my daughter listen to music at night without the temptation (or networked connection) of her more modern mobile phone, I chanced upon this lovely little rounded gadget from 2007 in the plastic bin I lovingly refer to as my Dead Technology Museum.

I figured I’d add some music to the thing, and that would be that. But the more time I spent messing around with it, I realized that I could make it into a pretty great little device; even though it pales in comparison with the iPhone 6, there’s still plenty of use in this baby.

Here are seven things, then, that you can do with your own old iPhone to make it just a bit more useful, whether it’s an original iPhone or an even more modern model.

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Reuse An Old Cassette Case For A Retro-Fun iPhone Dock [Image]

DIY Style, Retro looks, and budget conscious.

DIY Style, Retro looks, and budget conscious.

Those of us over a certain age (ahem) remember the days, after the LP and the 8-track, but before the CD, when cassette tapes were all the rage. I belonged to a couple of different tape clubs back in the day, and still have quite a few of these bad boys in a case under my house, somewhere.

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Apple Will Now Buy Back Your Old iOS Devices and Macs

Apple Will Now Buy Back Your Old iOS Devices and Macs

Apple has extended its electronics recycling program to introduce a new “reuse” option that provides users with the option of selling their old iOS devices and Macs back to the Cupertino company in return for an Apple gift card.

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