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The first iPhone has come a long way since its first release in 2007. There are now eight generations of the phone, with the latest iteration being the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which hit the market on September 19, 2014.
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7" 1344 x 750-pixel display, a faster A8 processor, an improved built-in camera, faster Wi-Fi and LTE, and more onboard storage. Stepping it up, the iPhone 6 Plus has a larger 5.5" 1080p IPS LCD screen, and its camera features optical image stabilization. Both of these Apple smartphones also feature Apple Pay, the NFC-powered payment system that turns the mobile device into a credit card. The fact that you can put all of this functionality into your pocket is remarkable. Therefore, choosing the right accessories is key, so you can get the most out of the features and functions of the iPhone 6/6 Plus.
Ten million iPhone 6/6 Plus units were sold during the first three days alone. So chances are you may be shopping this holiday season not only for yourself but also for a friend, coworker, or family member who is an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus owner. Let's take a look at the many accessories available at B&H, ranging from protective cases to photo/video accessories. Without a doubt, there’s something here for everyone.
Keep It Safe
First and foremost, protecting an investment like an iPhone 6/6 Plus is something any owner will be interested in, and luckily there is a plethora of protective cases to choose from. Even if it’s a bumper style or just a case for the back, it can help to cushion things and guard the phone against everyday scratches and dings. There are many styles and levels of protection, and one option is the Spigen Tough Armor Case for iPhone 6 or 6 Plus in several color choices. The air-cushioned corners reduce the thickness of the case while offering protection, and the spider-web pattern absorbs shocks. There is also a lip on the front so, when you put it face-down, the screen has a little bit of protection—and some have a built-in kickstand for hands-free viewing.
If you want both iPhone 6 protection and power in an all-in-one package, there’s the Urge Basics 2400mAh ArmorLite Charger Case, or the 3500mAh ArmorPro Charger Case. Each slim case has an integrated Lithium-ion battery that doubles the life of an iPhone 6 and can charge it in two hours. Each features protection against short circuit and overcharging to protect the phone, and has cutouts for access to all the features of the phone.
In addition to a case for the body of the phone, you’ll also want to protect the touchscreen display against scratches and damage. A solid choice is moshi’s iVisor Glass screen protector, which is made from anatomically strengthened IonGlass; it’s shock proof, bubble-proof, and scratch-resistant. Its surface coating resists fingerprints and the edges and cutouts allow for a comfortable grip and feel. But in addition to all that, it maintains optical clarity and touchscreen sensitivity so it won’t prevent you from using the touchscreen. It’s just 0.1" thick so you’ll have the protection without adding much thickness to the screen. It’s available in Black or White.
Keep it Charged
When you’re out and about, the last thing you want is a dead battery. If you have your charging cable and AC adapter, you might not be able to find an available outlet—or vice versa; if you find one, it’s easy to forget your cable and adapter. With the PNY Technologies PowerPack HD5000 Rechargeable Battery Pack, you won’t have to worry about that—it’s just about the size of an iPhone, so you can easily slip it in a purse or backpack. And when you need to use it, you’ll have two universal charging ports—one 1A (great for your iPhone 6/6 Plus) and one 2.1A port, which is great for a tablet or other larger device. It even has a digital battery-level display so you can easily see how much juice the HD5000 has left.
If you want something with a smaller form factor, there’s also the PhoneSuit Flex XT Pocket Charger that plugs directly into the Lightning connector on your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. It has a 2600mAh battery, and its extended connector allows it to fit through most protective cases. It has a machined outer shell with aluminum accents, and an LED status meter. Choose from Black Metallic, Blue Metallic, or Red Metallic.
In addition to the original charge/sync cable and power adapter for your iPhone 6/6 Plus, it can be handy to keep an extra somewhere you spend a lot of time, like the office or at school, so you’re not caught without a charge during a crucial time. Pick up an Apple charge/sync cable with a length of 3.25 feet or 1.6 feet.
Accessories for the Road
If you spend a lot of time on the road, chances are your phone can be useful for checking route directions and more. However, holding the phone and viewing can be dangerous because your eyes aren’t on the road. Resting it on the dash isn’t much better, as it can slide off. The iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Universal Car Mount attaches to a dashboard or other textured surface with a sticky gel pad so you can refer to your route or use voice dictation without taking your hands off the steering wheel or your eyes off the road. Not forgetting the importance of keeping an iPhone 6/6 Plus charged, there’s also a 6-foot Lightning charge/sync cable with car charger, so you can arrive at your destination with a fully charged battery.
Share Your Music
Since the iPhone 6/6 Plus has increased onboard storage, you’ll likely have many of your playlists stored on the phone. You may want to consider a speaker dock to share them with friends and family at parties or gatherings, or even just listen around the house. The Bose SoundDock XT Speaker connects to the Lightning connector and the phone will even charge as it’s playing your music, as long as it’s plugged into a wall outlet. You can also connect other devices to the 3.5mm auxiliary port.
Share Your Videos
You may want to share your photos and videos with friends and family, as well, or even enjoy a private movie once in awhile. Whatever your choice, with the Aiptek MobileCinema i55 Pico Projector you can do just that. This pocket-sized device projects your chosen media onto a wall or other flat surface from up to 80 inches away and shows a picture of up to 60 inches. It’s capable of providing up to 50 ANSI lumens of brightness and features VGA (640 x 480) pixel resolution. Plus, the integrated 3000mAh power bank can charge the battery of your iPhone 6. Its energy-saving RGB LEDs provide up to a 20,000-hour lifetime.
Enhance Your Photos and Videos
In addition to using an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus to share music and videos, many people also use their phone as their primary camera because it’s so convenient. Given that the iPhone 6/6 Plus built-in camera is so sharp, it can be a great way to capture a quick photo or video wherever you are. Next, we’ll mention a couple accessories that are designed to enhance the photos and videos you shoot with your iPhone 6/6 Plus.
It can be tricky to get shots in low-light situations and sometimes the built-in flash can be too bright for what you need, making your subjects look washed out. With the Xuma Mobile LED Light, you’ll get 51 bright LEDs for wide, even illumination for photos and videos. You can choose from three light modes to achieve just the right amount of brightness for the situation. It plugs into the headphone jack, and has a rechargeable battery for portability.
Another killer of smartphone photos is shakiness, which is easy to experience when holding your phone, and can cause blurry images. For stabilization, a versatile option is the foldable Joby GripTight XL Gorillapod Stand, which has three tripod legs with bendable joints. You can wrap them around pretty much anything to keep the phone stable for taking photos and videos. You can also attach it to a tripod, since it has a 1/4"-20 thread.
These are just a few of the many accessories available at B&H for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. To check out more, browse the B&H Website or visit the SuperStore in Manhattan. You can also call 800-894-9703 or go online for a Live Chat with a B&H sales professional.