The best iPhone accessories

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Accessories can make your iPhone easier to use.
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The iPhone comes in such a simple form that you could think of it as the core brain of a larger system. If you need to go underwater, you can get a case for that. If you want to turn it into a satnav for your bike or stroller, you can do that, too (see below).

The iPhone accessory market is huge, and there is a gadget or gizmo for almost anything. Here are some of our favorite iPhone accessories, for the new iPhone X as well as for older iPhones.

The best Bluetooth speakers for iPhone and iPad

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Bluetooth speakers are the default kind of speaker for today's cable-free iPhones. Here are some of the best.
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The speakers in iPhones and iPads get better with each new model, but they’ll never power a party, or even shift enough air to accompany an action movie. Bluetooth speakers are the way to go for most people. You skip the annoyance of wires, and you don’t have to deal with the hassle of AirPlay, which never seems to work right. Also, Bluetooth is universal, so you can also use the speaker with an Android device or PC.

Apple slashes prices on Beats headphones

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The Beats Solo2 headphones are on sale.
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If you’ve been wanting to get some Beats headphones on your ears, there may be no better time to buy them from Apple than now.

The online Apple store rarely offers discounts on the company’s own products, but this morning Apple launched a new promo on select Beats headphones and speakers, dropping prices on some items by as much as 50 bucks.

Best List: Moshi’s AirPlay Spatia speaker looks old-fashioned but is anything but [Review]

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Moshi's Spatia Wireless AirPlay Speaker speaker has retro looks, but is thoroughly modern under the hood.
Moshi's Spatia Wireless AirPlay Speaker speaker has retro looks, but is thoroughly modern under the hood.
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Best List: Spatia wireless speaker by Moshi

Wireless speakers tend to be cheap and nasty — or fantastic and expensive.

There are exceptions, though, and Moshi’s Spatia wireless AirPlay speaker is one of them.

At $399, the Spatia isn’t cheap by any means, but its sound and features rival systems costing much more.

And does it sound sweet. With five drivers, including a subwoofer, the Spatia serves up a rich, wide soundstage. Lots of speakers claim “room-filling sound,” but the Spatia truly fills the bill.

$50 Bluetooth speaker … is it any good? [Review]

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Want a cheap speaker that can blow your socks off? Look no further.
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The speakers in our iPhones and iPads keep getting better and better, but they’re not close to replacing Bluetooth speakers just yet. If you’ve just splashed out hard-earned dollars for a new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, a low-priced, quality speaker may come as a welcome relief.

There are a few rare finds out there that deliver good bang for buck, and the $60 DKnight Big MagicBox is one of them.

Check out the full video review below.

Sexy hardwood speakers easy on eyes and ears

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Grovemade's hardwood desktop speakers aims to improve the sound coming out of your Mac.
Grovemade's hardwood desktop speakers aims to improve the sound coming out of your Mac.
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A small woodwork shop in Oregon has a fondness for Apple products and goes to great lengths to craft eye-appealing iPhone cases, iPad docks, and monitor stands.

Now, Portland-based Grovemade makes a play for the ears with horn-shaped hardwood desktop speakers that debuted this week.

Libratone Zipp(s) up powerful sound into stunning design [Reviews]

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Improve your speaker game this summer with the new Libratone Zipp.
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I’ve made no secret in declaring my love for Libratone speakers, having covered the Zipp and Loop in the past.

So, when Libratone got in touch asking if I’d like to take a look at the latest iteration of the Libratone Zipp, of course I jumped at the chance.

Watch the video below to see my full thoughts!

iPhone 7 unibody has four speaker grilles, larger camera lens

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The iPhone 7 may not be such a boring upgrade after all.
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A new iPhone 7 leak emerged online over the weekend, showing an apparent Italian case manufacturer that boasts a few tantalizing changes from the current generation iPhone — including iPad Pro-style speaker grilles at both the top and bottom of the case, as well as new layout for the rear camera and flash.

Check them out below.