The Week in iOS Accessories: Hear your music better with Aqua

This week's roundup includes "the world's lightest micro-amplifier"—a gadget that'll help your iPhone music sound better.

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This week’s roundup includes “the world’s lightest micro-amplifier”—a gadget that’ll help your iPhone music sound better. Read on!



Aqua ($80 MSRP) is billed as “the world’s lightest micro-amplifier”—it pairs with a regular pair of headphones to create a high-fidelity audio experience when listening to music on your iPhone or iPad.



Blink Home Security System ($219 MSRP, same price on Amazon) includes a bundle of three cameras that relay video to the Blink Home Monitor app on your iOS device; when motion is detected, the camera records a short burst of video, then saves it to cloud storage. (A live view feature is also included.) 



You know about Roombas by now. The Roomba 980 ($900 MSRP, $885 on Amazon) lets you use the iRobot Home app to schedule cleanings by your robotic vacuum cleaner. The Roomba itself can run up to two hours between charges; it can navigate multiple rooms and clean around tables and chairs, but—thanks to cliff detection sensors—won’t go falling down the stairs.

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The Battery Stick ($16.88 on Amazon) holds 2,600 mAh of power in reserve—it’s also tiny and great for carrying with you, and includes a portable flashlight.



Omnicharge Portable Power Bank ($129 MSRP) is a mind-boggling 20,400-mAh power bank with two USB ports for your iOS devices and an AC/DC outlet to power up your MacBook. It’s apparently popular—with more than a week left in its crowdsourcing stage, the makers’ production goal of $50,000 has already been exceeded by a factor of 10.



ThinCharge ($130 MSRP, $59.95 on Amazon) calls itself “the world’s thinnest iPhone battery case.” It holds 2,600 mAh of power in reserve, and uses your iPhone’s Lightning charging cable to charge itself and your phone at the same time.


Twelve South

The BookBook for iPad Pro ($100 MSRP, same price on Amazon) “is a gorgeous leather case reminiscent of a vintage sketchbook”—and in keeping with the iPad Pro’s capabilities, it has a holster for your Apple Pencil. Create in “sketcher’s mode,” then show off your masterpiece to the world in “presentation” mode. 



Rugged Book keyboard case ($150 MSRP, same price on Amazon) is a companion to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro; the rugged case survives big drops and collisions, and the two-year battery means you can keep working without fear of losing function.