If you ordered one of the new iPhone 15 phones, you’ll need a few essential accessories for it, including some fun ones. Check out our list of what to have on standby when your new phone arrives.
I guess you know by now that new iPhones don’t come with wall chargers, just the charging cable. You probably already own a few USB chargers, but if you need a new one for your iPhone 15, we recommend just getting the official one from Apple.
Above: Apple 20w usb-c power adapter ($29.25).
This one fast charges the iPhone from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes, plus you know it’s safe and compatible. We like that the pins also fold in to become a compact cube that can be easily brought around.
The first thing we do after unboxing a new iPhone is to put a screen protector on it. The last thing you want is for even the tiniest scratch to appear on your flawless new device. If that won’t spoil your day, we don’t know what will.
Above: Belkin’s ScreenForce™ UltraGlass 2 Treated Screen Protector with applicator ($49)
The ultimate screen protector has to be the one from Belkin. We recommend the ScreenForce™ UltraGlass 2 Treated Screen Protector ($49 on Shopee) that’s 2.7x stronger than Tempered Glass and 0.29mm thin. We love that it’s antimicrobial and anti-fingerprint coated, and it comes with an easy applicator so everyone can fix it on themselves.
The choice of a phone case is very personal, but every new iPhone should have one. The good ones offer protector from bumps and drops, and some have neat tricks like an in-built stand. We also prefer cases that offer MagSafe functionality so we can easily charge our phones without removing the case.
Above: CASETIFY’s new impact ring case (USD83)
Every good case needs a good strap so you can go hands-free, and one of the original phone necklace brands is Berlin-based XOUXOU. This brand has some of the smartest-designed cases with matching high quality straps to go with them. Their signature case is a single-body construction with integrated eyelets that offer security when you hook a strap to them.
Above: XOUXOU phone necklace with slim lanyard in all black (approx. $123)
XOUXOU offers their cases in tons of colours and various types of straps (Carabiner Rope, Lanyard and our favourite — Slim Lanyard). We recommend the MagSafe cases for convenient wireless charging of your phone; these are currently available in four colours: Black, Burgundy, Moss and Chalk, all with beautifully matching straps.
If you’re a Grab driver or spend lots of time in the car driving to and from work, you obviously need a car charger for your new iPhone (if you don’t already have one). We really like the one from JOURNEY; it’s sturdy, reliable, comes with an adjustable mount, and has overall great design. You’ll also need an appropriate car charger or a ready USB-A port in the car to connect this to.
Above: JOURNEY Magnetic (MagSafe) Wireless Car Charger with Flex Pro Mount (USD59.99)
Above: JOURNEY PULSE 60 2-Port USB-C Car Charger – 60W (USD29.99)
It goes without saying that you’ll want earphones to use with your new iPhone 15. The obvious choice would be to get Apple’s newly released AirPods Pro (2nd generation) that now comes with USB-C charging. Pairing is ridiculously easy; just open the case and the phone detects them within seconds.
Above: AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe charging case (USB-C) ($362.35).
Audio on the AirPods Pro is decent too. You can read our full review of it here:
PORTABLE POWER BANK
We’ve tried many different portable chargers and we find ourselves always reaching for the one from iWalk. This model, the iWalk Scorpion X 12000mAh has four integrated cables (USB-C, Micro USB, USB-A and Lightning) so you don’t need to bring extra loose cables out with you. It pretty much charges all your portable gadgets, and it supports quick charging as well.
Above: iWalk Scorpion 12000x Black ($57).
It’s around the size of the iPhone 15 and we like that it’s flat so you can keep them together in your bag. And with the 12000mAh capacity, you can charge an iPhone 15 Pro Max roughly around two-and-a-half times.
The iPhone 15 series has an excellent camera system, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it even better. Adding a lens made specially for smartphones will open up new possibilities for mobile photography. We recommend checking out Moment, starting with their 58mm Tele lens, an 18mm Wide lens and a Macro lens — these will give you a good range of focal lengths to play around with.
Above: Moment 58mm Tele Mobile Lens (USD149.99) / 18mm Wide Mobile Lens (USD129.99) / 10x Macro Mobile Lens (USD119.99).