With the launch of every new iPhone comes an onslaught of cases and accessories. The iPhone 6 is no exception. Here are a few of the standouts we’ve seen hit the market over the past couple weeks.
iHome iBN6 Waterproof Speaker – $100
The iHome iBN6 Waterproof Bluetooth speaker will make use of the iPhone 6’s new NFC capability. The speaker allows Bluetooth pairing via NFC by simply touching the phone to the top of the speaker. To boot, the iBN6 is completely waterproof and includes a pretty large battery that can then be used to charge phones and other electronics via USB. The sound of the speaker isn’t bad either, with decent bass and plenty of volume for while you’re sitting around the pool.
PureGear DualTek Extreme Shock Case – $35
PureGear continues to put out a great, diversified line of cases for the iPhone. We tried out the Dualtek, which is just the right amount of protection for daily use without feeling too bulky. We also tried out PureGear’s HIP case, which includes a clip for attaching the phone to your belt, as well as place to put a few credit cards. While probably too much for most everyday use cases, we could see this being a great option for biking or running, or anytime you might want your hands free.
Mobile Home – $80
While we actually checked this device out back in November, it’s worth a mention here. The Mobile Home from BT Technologies brings all of Siri’s
helpfulness to any car with Bluetooth connectivity. It’s pretty easy to set up. First you pair your iPhone with the car and then pair the iPhone the Mobile Home unit. From there you have full integration of Siri through your car’s existing Bluetooth system. While not perfect, it will keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road while listening to a text or schedule an appointment.
Verus Damda Slide – $30
Verus makes cases worthy of the iPhone’s meticulous design. The Damda Slide is a beautiful polycarbonate case that features a sliding back plate where you can store either two plastic cards or some cash. At a very reasonable $30, you won’t do much better than the Damda Slide when it comes to utility and good looks.
BioLogic Bike Mount WeatherCase – $35
For the biking commuter, the BioLogic Bike Mount WeatherCase is a must. The device mounts by a bracket to the handlebars of almost any bike and the phone can be removed separately in a zippered weatherproof case. While it’s probably not the most sophisticated implementation – I can imagine Otterbox doing this in a very different way – it is simple and very functional. The iPhone’s touchscreen can be easily manipulated through the cases’s transparent covering, which will keep the phone dry even when you’re caught in a downpour. Also, the $35 price tag is definitely worth it for the avid biker.
These few accessories are just a few of the highlights from this year’s crop of iPhone 6 extras. There’s sure to be more as Apple eventually rolls out Apple Pay, Healthkit and Homekit platforms so keep your eyes open.