Looking for the best iPhone 6 accessories? Here’s a guide to all the essential accessories that you need to make life with an iPhone even better. Whether you’re looking for little accessories you use every day with your iPhone 6, or creative accessories that enhance your home’s Apple ecosystem, there’s something on this list for every need (and every budget.) Read on to see our picks for the iPhone 6 accessories you just can’t live without. (NOTE: prices listed are subject to change over time.)
1. SmartThings Smart Home Starter Kit
Check out a demo of a house with SmartThings home automation installed in the video above.
If you’re intrigued by the idea of having a “smart home,” then this starter kit from SmartThings is the perfect first step. This kit includes one SmartThings Hub, one SmartSense motion sensor, one SmartSense open/closed sensor, and one SmartSense presence sensor. With these items, you can get notifications on your iPhone 6 about the comings and goings of your family members.
You also get alerts in the event of break-ins and floods, and you can even use one of the sensors to help ensure that you never lose your keys again. The home of the future can be yours for relatively little money, and the ability to control your smart devices from your phone never gets old. There are no monthly fees, and set-up involves no messy wires and takes just 15 minutes.
Netatmo lets you track weather, air quality, and more. Learn more about this cool accessory in the video review above. The weather station offers real time notifications and graphs that record new data every five minutes. Netatmo Weather Station also monitors noise pollution, making this an appealing iPhone 6 accessory for city dwellers.
Netatmo has a range of optional accessories, including additional modules and a rain gauge. If your local weather man has a reputation for being less than reliable, having your own weather station that’s controlled by your iPhone 6 is a pretty appealing option.
One satisfied customer shares her experiences with the Misfit Shine in the video above.
The Misfit Shine is a relatively new daily activity tracker. It tracks walking, running, swimming, cycling, soccer, tennis, basketball and more. It’s waterproof up to 50 meters, and has this cool “halo” of lights that show you how close you are to meeting your fitness goals for the day.
Not crazy about having to wear a fitness tracker on your wrist all the time? The Shine is interesting because it can be popped out of the wristband and placed in a beautiful ‘Bloom’ necklace. The Bloom necklace is made from hand-polished stainless steel, and has a magnetic feature that lets you securely mount the Shine. Who says wearables can’t be fashionable?
The Verge video above compares the MacBook Air against the Surface Pro 3.
Is something still an accessory if it costs more than your phone? While a MacBook Air does cost more than an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, the OS X Yosemite system that powers MacBook Air laptops has a ton of features built-in that make it the ideal partner for iOS devices. So, in a way, the best possible accessory for your iPhone 6 is a MacBook.
Handoff is a great feature in iOS 8/OS X Yosemite that lets you start a task on your iPad, and finish it on your computer or other Apple device. The MacBook Air is extremely lightweight, making it great for students who need to lug an already-heavy backpack all over campus. It also has some great productivity tools that can help you make stunning presentations for your job. On top of all that, it’s reliable.
Price: $899 and up, depending on size and features
Check out the video above to see how the urBeats headphones stack up against the Beats Tour headphones.
Now that Beats and Apple have a closer relationship, more and more iPhone owners are thinking about getting a pair of Beats headphones. There are tons of headphone and earbud style options to consider from the Beats line, but these in-ear headphones are a pretty solid option. If you dislike either the quality or the fit of the Apple earbuds that came with your phone, these are a good replacement.
6. Logitech Wireless Speaker for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
If you want to play music on your iPhone 6, this accessory offers easy music streaming and room-filling sound. This wireless, Bluetooth-capable speaker plays nice with your iPhone 6, as well as your iPod Touch or an iPad. If you don’t have a receiver that supports AirPlay or Bluetooth, this speaker fits the bill nicely (and at the fraction of the cost of a full TV audio receiver.)
Automatic is the best iPhone accessory you’ve never heard of. This little box syncs with both your iPhone and your car’s onboard computer system, allowing you unprecedented access to your car’s driving information. Automatic can help you save money on gas by analyzing your driving habits. Additionally, Automatic can help diagnose what your “check engine” light means.
You can never have too many charging cables, but we particularly like this third party Lightning cable because it’s extra long, making it much more convenient to use in rooms with a limited number of outlets. Having a six-foot cable really is a nice perk, since you’ll have more range of motion while you’re charging. This cable is available in both white and black.
9. Sony MDRZX550BN Bluetooth and Noise Cancelling Headset
Check out an unboxing video featuring these headphones in the player above. These Sony MDRZX550BN headphones are great for frequent flyers, since they have noise canceling properties. In addition, they have Bluetooth, which means no annoying wires to get all tangled up in your briefcase or purse.
Volmate’s car charger has multiple ports, and works with tons of other devices beyond the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This ability for simultaneous charging makes this accessory great for families who all want to charge their devices in the car. Each USB port has its own microchip, which correctly detects what device is being plugged in and adjusts charging speed.
A car mount is an essential iPhone 6 accessory for anyone who spends a lot of time on the road. Whether you have a long daily commute, or you have a lot of kids to ferry around to after-school activities, a car mount is a great way to have your maps and notifications visible while you’re behind the wheel. The car mount from EnGive is easy to install, with the mount staying in place thanks to a suction cup with lock clip.
Some iPhone 6 cases come with a flimsy plastic screen protector. They’re better than nothing, but they can’t hold a candle to a tempered glass screen protector. This screen protector from Aerb is durable and rugged, and it’s a mere .2 mm thick. It also boasts bubble free installation.
Fitbit recently announced three new devices: the Fitbit Charge, Charge HR, and Surge. Check out the video above from CNET, which outlines the differences between these new devices.
The new devices from Fitbit are all good options in their own way, but the Charge hits a sweet spot in terms of size and functionality. The Charge shows the time of day, steps taken, and Caller ID when paired to your phone. In terms of real-time data, you can also use this fitness tracker to see your current pace.
14. SmartFIT Wireless Bluetooth Personal Bathroom Scale
Chances are, you’re probably already using some kind of app on your iPhone 6 to track your calories and exercise. Take the next step with this smart scale, which does so much more than just tracking your weight. This scale measures body fat percentage, muscle/bone percentage, and even your hydration levels. You can store up to 10 different profiles on the scale, making this great for families or roommate situations. It works with a free app that syncs wirelessly with the scale and your smartphone.
15. 8Bitdo Bluetooth Wireless Classic NES Controller for iOS
Are you a fan of jailbreaking your iOS devices? The 8Bitdo NES-style controller works on jailbroken devices, as well as with non-jailbroken devices. The controller is not MFi certified, so you may need to go the jailbreak route to play some games. However, iCade-compataible iOS games can be played with this controller without jailbreaking. If you love gaming on your phone and you love the retro look of this controller, consider taking it out for a spin. Do note that jailbreaking can be dangerous, and may permanently brick your device or cause you to lose data in some cases, so jailbreak with caution.
See how the Jawbone UP stacks up against the Fitbit Flex in the video above.
The Apple Watch looks cool, and it should have some nice fitness features…but it’s not due out til next year. That being said, Apple doesn’t really have anything like a slim fitness band in its product pipeline. If a band is more your style than a full-on smartwatch, the Jawbone UP might be what you’re looking for. There are a lot of fitness tracking wristbands out there, but the Jawbone UP has gotten top marks in a lot of device comparisons. It also has a sleeker look than many other fitness bands.
The UP has a long-lasting battery, and can be beneficial even for people who aren’t actively trying to lose weight. Because it tracks your sleep cycles, the UP can wake you at just the perfect moment in your sleep cycle, allowing you to feel refreshed.
Learn more about the Dropcam Pro in the video above. Boasting double the zoom power of the regular Dropcam, the Dropcam Pro is a great Wi-Fi camera for security use. You can set it up through your iOS device, or through a computer. It also boasts a wider field of vision, better audio quality, and improved night mode over the less expensive, regular Dropcam.
Love cooking? You can monitor your dishes as they cook using this thermometer and its companion smartphone app. If you usually do the cooking for Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, this is a handy kitchen accessory, and a great iPhone 6 accessory, too. Learn more about this device in the video above.
19. Kwikset 925 Kevo Single Cylinder Bluetooth Enabled Deadbolt
Check out an extended Newegg interview about Kwikset Kevo deadbolts in the video above.
If the idea of being able to open your front door with your iPhone 6 seems cool, then this doorknob is worth checking out. Kwikset’s smart doorknobs make your home feel futuristic, and it’s so cool to be able to open your front door with your iPhone. If you are out of town and someone needs to get into your house fast (say, in the event of flooding or emergency), you can grant them a temporary eKey…no more trying to explain where your hidden spare key is located.
See how Time Capsule works with Airport Extreme in the demo above.
The Time Capsule is Apple’s fancy word for automatic backup system. If you use iCloud to back up your Mac and iPhone data, you are protected from data loss on your iOS device. That being said, Time Capsule is a nice extra to have in your accessory arsenal because it stores so much stuff. It supports wireless printers, 50 users, and is backwards compatible with older Macs running anything from the newest OS to OS X Lion v10.7.5. If you want to back up multiple Apple devices, this is a handy device to own.
Are you constantly using your iPhone 6 to create presentations in Keynote? You can use the Satechi X-Presenter iPhone accessory to deliver your presentations at school or on the job. This little dongle plugs right into your phone, and allows you to control on-screen presentation software, including PowerPoint and Keynote. The dongle includes a built-in laser pointer. Despite what some product descriptions might say, this will work on any iOS device running at least iOS 7, though with the change in headphone jack placement in newer iPhones, using this accessory can be a bit cumbersome at times. Learn more in the video above.
The FRIEQ Universal Waterproof Case is ideal for iPhone owners who don’t want to risk their phones at the beach. While some waterproof iPhone cases can cost $100 or more, this is a far more reasonably priced option. Now you can use your iPhone near the pool or beach without fear. You can also store cash, cards, or keys in the pocket with your device.
Check out the video review above, where one user shares his thoughts about the Pebble Steel after wearing it for two weeks.
Pebble was one of the most successful Kickstarter projects of all time, and one of the first “true” smart watches to hit the open market. Being a bit older actually gives the Pebble an advantage over some of the newer smart watch offerings out there. Pebble has had longer to work out bugs, and they have a definite edge over other smartwatches when it comes to mobile gaming (at least compared to the Apple Watch).
People who appreciate good design will love the Pebble’s elegant lines and customizable faces. Plus, the Pebble syncs with a ton of apps you probably already use. The battery life can last up to a week between charges. The Pebble makes a gift because it strides the line between fashion and functionality. The Pebble is the base model, with the Pebble Steel being the more premium Pebble offering.
Battery can go up to to seven days between charges
Works with a variety of fitness, music, and notification apps
Tons of customization options
Works best with Android devices with Android 4.0 and up, iOS devices running iOS 6.0 and up (so if you plan to gift this watch to someone with an older smartphone after the Apple Watch comes out, this might be an issue)
You may have to pay for some apps to get the most out of the watch
Some user reviews indicate customer support is so-so
Check out the video above to go hands-on with this smart sleep system.
Withings is a consumer electronics company based in France, and over the past few years, they’ve made some really cool “smart” products that are compatible with iOS. The Aura sleep system consists of several parts: a contact-free Sleep Sensor which gets tucked under the mattress, a light and sound Bedside Device, and a smartphone app that is compatible with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, among many other devices. If you want to feel well-rested, this iPhone 6 accessory can give you the best perk of all: a good night of sleep.