See, touch, hear
This week's roundup of iOS accessories offers you new ways to see, touch, and hear your iPhone and iPad, while giving you some new power options, as well.
Finding a place to charge your iPhone 5 or fifth-generation iPod touch just got easier, thanks to $40 MiniDock, now available in a Lightning-connector version. The MiniDock’s USB plug couples with the USB port on Apple’s diminutive iPhone charger, giving you a convenient and compact charging dock that sits snug against the wall—no cable messes here. It’s a nice arrangement for travel charging or for keeping your countertop clear of wires.
The $19 LensMag is actually a two-pack of magnifying lenses for the iPhone 5 camera. Both lenses, one 10x and the other 15x, attach to your phone by magnet, allowing you to see and shoot pictures from farther away (or as it will appear, closer up).
The $110 Props Power and Keyboard Case for iPad 2/3/4 offers a Bluetooth keyboard with an 8000-mAh battery that you can use to charge the tablet. The vendor tosses in a voucher for $100 worth of Zinio digital magazines for your iPad.
Apple’s 1-meter charge/sync cables are great for some uses; but at times, you just don’t need all that length. The $19 LightLinez XS (available from RadTech), a 5-inch version of Apple’s USB-to-Lightning-connector cable, is perfect when your iPhone or iPad happens to be sitting right next to your computer or charger. (The company includes a 1-meter USB extension cable for occasions when you do need a longer cable.)
The $400 KMC 3 Wireless Music System offers big 2.1-channel sound with a built-in subwoofer, dual 2-inch drivers, and 130 watts of power. Thanks to Bluetooth support and AC or battery power (eight D cells), you can stream music at home or go completely wireless on the move.
The $70 Flex Pocket Charger is a 2600-mAh battery that more than doubles the battery life of your iPhone 5. It’s tiny and weighs less than 3 ounces, so you can easily carry it in a pocket or bag when you're not using it. To juice up, simply plug the charger directly into your device's Lightning-connector port.
The $200 ExpeditionExpress PA offers a nifty twist on the classic PA: Thanks to Bluetooth, you can stream music and other audio wirelessly from your iOS device. The system weighs 10 pounds and offer great sound for up to 8 hours between charges of its internal battery. It offers additional wired inputs for MP3 devices, guitars, and microphones.
The $30 Innotraveler Universal Car Mount attaches to the inside of your car’s windshield, letting you mount your iPhone for easy access—say, for GPS guidance—while you’re on the road.
The $12 OEM Apple Lightning 8-pin w/ 3.5mm Aux to 30-pin Dock Converter (shown here) serves as an adapter for folks who love their new iPhone 5 and its Lightning connector but don’t want to give up their favorite 30-pin dock. It’s available in blue, white, purple, or yellow. Also new from USBFever is the $19 Magnet Stick-on Periscope Lens for iPhone.