Your personal hero now has an S on its chest and, behind it, are some new superpowers. Behold, the iPhone 6s.
But wait: There’s still some money to be spent on a new suit of armor and some other accessories to exploit the talents of the latest hardware out of Cupertino.
Cult of Mac has drawn up a shopping list for you. You could probably squeeze the 6s into the same case and carry on with your current set of headphones, but hey — a new iPhone only comes around once a year.
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We know everyone has their own taste and personal philosophy for what a case should do, so we’ve picked from both ends of the cool spectrum.
The Spigen Tough Armor Volt will take some of the worry out of dropping your phone with a rugged, dual-layered protection case that doesn’t add bulk. This case will also let you cut the cord, the charging cord that is, with a built-in receiver for Qi wireless charging. The Spigen case, at $49.99, does not come with a wireless charging pad. That will cost an extra $39.99.
For a more luxurious look, check out the leather wallet case from Edward Field. This case will have a more high-end portfolio look with full-grain Italian leather. The iPhone will firmly bond to the right side with a micro-suction foam sheet that doesn’t leave a sticky residue. On the left, inside the cover, are pockets for credit cards, I.D. and cash. A little pricey at $95, but it’s made in the U.S. and will always have that yummy leather smell.
The Titan Loop MFI-Certified Lighting Cable from Fuse Chicken is made from a durable yet flexible steel that stretches and extends. But one of it’s best features is its mobility. Loop it in half to attach to your keychain and backpack loop. You can find it on Amazon for $29.95 or act now and get the Cult of Mack back-to-school deal here.
Sure the ones from Apple are nice but consider the Trinity DELTA Hybrid earbuds for an improved Apple Music listening experience. For starters, you’ll look good wearing the aluminum shells with multi-braid cable. Then there’s the sound, traveling through balanced 8 mm neodymium dynamic drivers and a 3X interchangeable tuning filter system. Trinity believes you will look “exquisite” for $135.
We’re so internal with our music when it is meant to be a social experience. The UE Boom 2 speaker will turn your playlist into the pulse of the party, whether it’s indoors, poolside or by the campfire. The designers from Ultimate Ears have certified its durability as “anywhere-proof.” It’s the size of a water bottle, so that means you can put it in your bicycle’s water bottle cage and jam as you pedal. It can get wet, muddy and it will still broadcast fantastic sound. Comes in six vibrant color combos.
Leave it to Logitech, which has been fine-tuning portable keyboards ever since the first tablets. It’s latest, Keys-To-Go, is ultra-portable and can attach to Apple TV, any iPad and, of course, the iPhone. Sometimes an email or even a text has to be more carefully written and, let’s face it, our thumbs don’t always hit the right keys. Keys-To-Go is slender enough to fit anywhere and is a handy accessory for $69.99, especially for those who carry an iPhone 6s Plus.
Quad Lock makes secure mounts for the car, an armband or your bike and even comes with a navigation app. The Quad Lock mount is an innovative twist and lock system that securely attaches your phone with a case that could be used as an everyday case. The bike and running kit are $69.95 while the car mount with cases is $79.90.
As a photographer, I decided to save the best for last. Apple has a great native camera and now with 12 megapixels, you can take your pictures from phone to museum-quality print with relative ease. There are several lens attachments on the market that help you change perspective without using the digital zoom. The best on the market is by Moment. They make three, telephoto, wide and macro, each with a hefty five elements that will bring your iPhonography to another level.
There are two ways to attach your Moment lens. There is an adhesive mounting ring that goes around the lens, but after pleas from the photo community to make a case, Moment did so with one that gives your phone, not only protection, but adds a few DSLR capabilities – like a shutter button for quicker shooting – without complicating your photography.
The lenses run $90 each, a bargain for quality glass. The case starts at $69.99 plus Moment offers other accessories like a fashionable strap to keep your iPhone ready around your neck or shoulder.