Hello everyone It’s Clear Crypt and today we’re taking a look at some of the best accessories for the iPhone 14, as well as the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. Most of these will also work with older models too, like last year’s iPhone 13. But if you’re lucky enough to have upgraded to the 14 already, hopefully this article will give you some ideas. They could even make great Christmas gifts for friends and family. As always, I’ve linked to everything I covered in this article. If there is something that you like the look of, you can check it out.
iPhone Screen Protector
One of the most important accessories that you can buy is a screen protector. There are numerous options available, but I believe that the Spigen screen protectors are the best. In the box, it comes with two hard plastic frames, and they actually have the screen protector built in already, so you just clean your phone first, then remove the back plastic line. Rub it up over your phone, rub the centre piece and just wait for 30 seconds. Once that’s done, remove the case, remove the plastic film, and check for bubbles.
99% of the time, there are no bubbles at all, and if there are any, just push them out using the provided tool. What I like about these over the others available is that there’s no cut out at the top, so it covers the entire screen and looks a lot cleaner. This also works fine with the camera and face IDs, so there’s no worries there. The iPhone’s screen is supposed to be scratch resistant.
I’m not taking any risks I actually did that a few years ago when I didn’t put a screen protector on for the first week and within those first few days I did actually scratch the screen. Here’s what it looks like on both the iPhone 14 pro and the 14 pro Max, and as you can see, full screen coverage makes it look so clean.
Next up, which is another accessory to keep your phone that little bit more protected, is a case. There are quite a few out there to choose from, but there are always two versions. I always come back to First up are the official Apple leather cases. These are really nice. They fit well, they look good, and they have the MagSafe built into the case.
They also feel nice to the touch, but the only issue that I have found with their leather ones is that they tend to wear around the edges quite quickly, almost fraying or tearing. This might just be down to my normal use of it being in and out of a tripod most days. But these are definitely my favourite cases to use.
There are, of course, other cases, like the Spigen range. They have a lot of options available that will pretty much fit any need. You’ve got the ultra thin case, which is called the liquid air. These are really slim and look nice with a textured pattern on the back. Then there are more rugged cases like their armour range These have different styles and features too. Some have a built-in stand for propping up on your table, while others are thicker and simply more protective of your phone.
So yeah, a case is always a nice addition to add, even though most of these completely hide the color of your phone. Unless, of course, you go for a transparent one, you can still see it right.
This next one is something totally different but an awesome accessory. That’s the official PlayStation Backbone One controller for the iPhone, and this is a handheld gaming controller that essentially turns your iPhone into a portable gaming console. It’s designed to be used with the PlayStation Remote Play, so you can literally play your PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 while on the move. but it can also be used to play app store games like Apple Arcade, Call of Duty, and a lot more.
Basically, any game that supports a controller input, you’ll be able to use this controller with. The fact that it’s PlayStation branded means it has all of the usual PlayStation icons, buttons, and triggers as well. I did actually review this in the article about five or six weeks ago. But at the time, that was on the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Well, you’ll be pleased to know this also fits the 14 pro and the 14 pro Max. You just need to use the adapter that comes with the box for the camera bump. It doesn’t need charging either. So it’s always ready to use. Just plug in your phone and start gaming.
When it comes to listening to music or watching movies on the iPhone, everything looks and sounds great. But if you want to improve the whole experience, it’s always worth picking up some headphones or earphones. There are, of course, the new AirPods Pro Gen 2 which launched very recently. But I’m still using the Airpods third generation. They pair with the iPhone as well as the iPad, MacBook, and even my TV. But for the iPhone, they are awesome. They also sound incredible.
So I would definitely recommend picking a pair of these up now. If you want to take your audio to a whole new level, there are, of course, the AirPods Max headphones instead, and these are insanely high quality. Now, not only do they look great ignoring the case, but they also pair with everything and sound awesome. These have active noise cancelling as well as transparency mode, so the same as you get in the airpods Pro. They also last for about 15 to 20 hours on a single charge.
The chances are you’ve probably got a wallet already or you use Apple Pay. But, if you wanted to keep a couple of cards, If you have a store card and a credit card, you could use one of these magsafe wallets. This is a super slim accessory that connects to the back of your iPhone using the magsafe feature. It snaps on and off quite easily, but it’s also quite firm. So it’s not going to fall off when you’re using it. But it could slide off when you’re taking it in and out of your pocket. It’s a great little iPhone 14 accessory. if you don’t have a wallet, although it’s not something that I personally use.
If you drive and you want a really easy-to-use car mount, you should check out some of these magsafe brackets. The one that I have here is specific to Tesla as it clips onto the screen, but there are generic versions out there too. As a result, you can attach these to your dashboard, window, or even your air vents.
What I like about these is the fact that you can just pull your phone on and off without messing around with unscrewing or unclipping from a bracket. It just pops on and off using the magnet. You could also then feed a USB cable up to it to charge it while it’s mounted. I think the Spigen ones look really clean, but again, there are other versions out there that I have linked to.
MagSafe Charger Accessories
In the box, the iPhone comes with a USB C to lightning cable to charge it, but if you want to make the most of the magsafe capability, you’ll want to pick up one of these magsafe chargers instead. It won’t charge as fast as a wired connection, but sometimes it’s a little bit more convenient. It just clips on the back of your phone, and it means you can easily take it on and off charge or use it with one of the many docks. Then there’s a USBC plug to hold it in place, and again, a plug is not included in the box.
Most people will probably have one of these already, but if you want to charge it from a dedicated plug, you’ll want to pick one of these up. So, talking about the mag safe, if you want to display your iPhone on your desk or your bedside unit, these little stands are really nice.
It doesn’t come with a magsafe cable, you just need to attach your own to it. But now it means you can mount your phone on your desk. The one that I have here is from Grove. It’s one of their Walnut stands. As I’ve said, to me, these are probably the nicest looking max. It stands out there, and I think I’ve had this one now for about 18 months.
The next couple of accessories are useful if you want to use your iPhone to record videos. I find using a gimbal is a must-buy accessory. I mean, sure, the stabilisation is incredible on the iPhone, especially with the new action mode. But you still cannot beat using a physical gimbal. Plus, it’s a lot easier to hold it when you’re shooting one-handed.
I’m using the DJI Osmo Mobile 3, but I also have the 4th generation version with a magnet on the back. Although I do keep going back to the third gen as I do prefer it. The osmo is good because it not only comes with the gimbals, so you can obviously hold it one-handed, but it also comes with a tabletop stand. That means you can place it down and use it as a normal tripod.
So yeah, if you are using your iPhone to make any videos or even content for YouTube, I would definitely recommend picking one of these up.
Tripod / Monopod
If you need a tripod for your iPhone, I would look at the iFootage monopod. The footprint on this is tiny. It’s not like a normal three-legged tripod. So it takes up far less room on your floor. You can adjust the height too. So anyway, between knee height to head height, this is perfect for getting those pointer view shots. You can either do it like the way I do my unboxing videos on the channel, or you can actually dismantle the top part and just use the feet to make a tabletop stand. It’s not super sturdy though, so any knock it will probably fall over, but it’s perfect for those static shots. Then you just need to pick up one of these iPhone mounts to attach to the top, and now you’ve got yourself a pretty decent monopod and tripod setup all in one.
This one isn’t really for the iPhone itself, but it works well with it. That’s the Air Tags. These let you keep track of your items that you’re worried about losing or misplacing. I’ve got five of these now in various bags, so when I’m out I know I can track them quite easily. You just pop them in your bag or on an item like a camera or a bike, and they show up in the find my app.
You can see where they were last located or if they’re on the move now. These connect to your iPhone using Bluetooth or any phone that passes them by, and the batteries on these are actually supposed to last you one year. although I’ve had mine for 16 months and they still work without a charge.
Best iPhone 14 Accessories?
Okay, so I have all the accessories. I’ve shown you this article I would probably say the screen protector is the first one everyone should go for, although it’s a pretty boring accessory. Otherwise, the Backbone 1 controller is an awesome gift if you’re into gaming. Then the AirPods completely changed the way you listen to music, and the MagSafe stand if you want a cool way to display your iPhone.
But let me know which accessory you would go for or if there’s one that I’ve missed. I should have included now. Drop a nice accessory in the comments and I will give you a thumbs up.