Accessories

Lightning to Micro USB Adapter Now Available in the U.S.

Apple is now offering Lightning to Micro USB adapters to help customers cut down on their growing piles of cables. The adapter allows users to connect the Lightning connector to a micro USB cable to sync and charge the iPhone, iPad, or iPod. The new adapter is available for $19 via Apple's online store, and should be available at brick-and-mortar locations soon. Apple also offers Lightning to 30-pin adapters for $29, and Lightning to VGA adapters for connecting to VGA-equipped TVs, monitors, or external projectors for video mirroring. The VGA Adapter is $49.

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Striiv Announces Wireless Pedometer and iPhone Fitness App

Striiv has launched a new wearable Play Smart Pedometer which works with the free Striiv iPhone fitness app. The Striiv Play Pedometer uses Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to your iDevice to help you easily keep track of your fitness activities wirelessly. Its built-in rechargeable Lithium ION battery allows for up to one week of usage on a single charge, and its nickel-plated clip fastens to any workout gear or clothes.

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The Striiv Play plus app allows users to measure their activities like walking and running, play games and share their achievements with friends via Facebook and Twitter.

New Case Turns Your iPhone Into a Swiss Army Knife

If you have you ever wished your iPhone was more like Batman's utility belt then you should check out the ReadyCase Indiegogo campaign. The surprisingly thin case (less than 3mm thick) not only protects your iPhone, but it also crams in a multi-tool, a USB memory stick, a kickstand, a headphone clip and three lenses for the iPhone camera.

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The case ships with a knife / screwdriver / bottle opener multi-tool, your choice of 8GB or 16GB memory stick (which doubles as a kickstand) and an integrated lens ring for attaching a variety of lenses (a macro lens, a fish eye lens and a wide angle lens) specifically designed to work with the iPhone. The case keeps is slim pocket-friendly design by allowing you to snugly attach the multi-tool and memory stick to the back of the case, and the headphone clip eliminates knotted cord headaches by keeping your EarPods tangle free.

What iPhone 5 Case Are You Going to Buy? A Few Suggestions!

The iPhone 5 gives Apple fans the perfect excuse to splurge on a new iPhone case, and as usual there is no shortage in options. iPhoneFAQ has been recommending the invisibleSHEILD from Zagg since 2010, and there is already an iPhone 5 version of the popular screen protector available. The invisibleSHEILD isn't really an "iPhone case," but it's a great way to protect your device from scratches and damage. Just like the previous iPhone screen protectors, the iPhone 5 version comes with a lifetime guarantee, and the same high-tech scratch proof capabilities. You can head over to zagg.com to learn more about, or buy the invisibleSHEILD.

iPhone 5 Cases

If you're looking for a more traditional iPhone case OtterBox has released an iPhone 5 series. OtterBox is known for their high-quality smartphone cases. The iPhone 5 series offers the standard port protection with complete access to all functions, a polycarbonate skeleton, built-in screen protector, and a face-in belt clip holster for added protection. The OtterBox Defender Series for iPhone 5 is available for $50 from Amazon.com and BestBuy.com

Does the iPhone 5 come with new earbuds / EarPods?

Yes. Apple will ship the iPhone 5, iPod touch and iPod nano with completely redesigned earbud headphones, named EarPods. Not only do EarPods have 5 ports for air flow that improve bass, but they are hooked up to a microphone for calling and an audio remote control.

Apple has been shipping its mobile devices with included white earbud headphones since 2001. The company has engineered the EarPods to drastically improve sound quality and ergonomics. Made of white plastic, the EarPods are also designed to be more durable than older models.

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