Protect the back of your precious iPhone while giving it a bit of vintage flair with one of these Fire Hose iPhone Covers ($20-$40). Made from salvaged cotton & nylon blend fire hoses, they measure 2mm thick, adhere to your phone with a high-quality 3M adhesive that allows them to be removed with no damage to the device, are available in white, red, or yellow, with or without text and stripes on them, and in sizes that precisely fit the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5. A nice alternative to the common case.
Attempting to stay fit — especially over the holidays — can be a tough task. The Tinke Wellness Monitor ($120) can help. This diminutive device connects to the bottom of your iPhone* and has you place your thumb on its sensing platform, where it detects changes in skin blood volume to give you a real-time look at heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, and blood oxygen saturation. Thanks to the free app, it also tracks these measurements over time to give you a larger picture of changes in your fitness score and stress levels. *Sorry iPhone 5 users, looks like you'll be ponying up for an adapter.
Ever try holding your iPad funny at one end so you could aim the sound back at you? Us too. That's why they're making the Ora iPad Sound System ($150). Designed by a team that has created products for the likes of TDK, Intel, Vizio, and Nike, the aluminum case/stand packs eight front-spacing speakers (tuned by the former engineer lead of Bose) into the space surrounding the screen, giving you a far more immersive sound experience than you're used to from your tablet. Of course, it's louder, too, but you might not even notice when you're getting blown away by audio from apps you used to consider "tinny". We backed the Kickstarter project. It's the least we could do since they decided to offer an Uncrate orange version.
Apple's iPhones, iPads, and iPods are seemingly everywhere these days — which means there are just as many, if not more, chargers and charging cables hanging around. Personalize yours with Whooz ($10). These removable vinyl labels are designed to cover your iDevice power adapters and USB cables with fun designs that make it easy to tell which ones are yours.
Bring your iOS playtime off your device and into the real world with these Moto TC RC Cars ($30-$60). Available in large Monster truck or smaller Racer varieties, each is controlled via app, letting you use virtual controls — or accelerometer movements — to guide the vehicle. While the Monster connects via Bluetooth, the Racer comes with a RF transmitter — but either way, they're both compatible with most newer iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads.
Anyone who's ever "enjoyed" listening to an entire night's worth of radio buzz from a traditional baby monitor can appreciate the Belkin WeMo Baby ($90). This new system connects to your home network via Wi-Fi, letting you check in on the little one using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. While the free app offers clear digital sound and easy-to-see graphics, you can upgrade to Evoz service for an extra fee and access advanced monitoring, cry notifications, history, and analysis of your baby's sleep patterns.
We've played some pretty good pinball games on the iPad — but somehow, we still missed the visceral experience of button-mashing that comes from playing a real game. The Duo Pinball iPad Controller ($60) bridges this gap by holding your iPad at a reclined angle and adding a spring-loaded plunger, two side buttons, and realistic bump and tilt mechanics to your iPad via Bluetooth, getting you far closer to the feel of a real machine. It's also compatible with the iPhone and certain versions of the iPod touch, but somehow we guess a smaller screen just won't do it justice.
Enjoying your iPhone 5? Good. If you're anything like us, you're seriously considering ditching the case this time around. That said, it's still nice to have some protection in transit — and these Makr iPhone Sleeves ($95-$200) are a perfect compromise. Hand sewn from extremely high quality Horween leather, they're perfectly tailored to your device, feature skived and rolled edges and a small, classy label at the bottom, and are great for those times when you want protection but don't want to be pulling a piece of rubber out of your pocket.
If you're still trying to get your vinyl collection converted over to an iPhone-friendly format, A) What's taken you so long? and B) You might want to pick up an iLP Digital Conversion Turntable ($100). This handy gadget features an iPad, iPhone and iPod dock built-in right next to the turntable, letting you convert your records straight to the device. Of course, there's a USB port for connecting it to a computer if you'd rather go that route, and RCA outputs mean you can still enjoy your vinyl via a home stereo when you feel like jamming out old-school.
Well, you won't be wearing this one on your wrist. The new iPod nano 7 ($150) mixes the touch controls of the last version with the candybar-style body of the originals. Dropping in October, it features a 2.5-inch multi-touch display, a Home button, Bluetooth, physical controls running down the side of its 5.4mm-thick body, the new Lightning connector, built-in fitness and pedometer, 16GB of storage, and comes in seven colors. Beware of the jelly bean icons.
As goes the iPhone, so goes the iPod touch. The iPod touch 5 ($300-400) is the first major upgrade for the line in two years, and features a 6.1mm anodized aluminum body, an A5 processor, improved battery life, a 5 megapixel iSight camera, a hidden Loop that pops up to let you connect the included wrist strap, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n 5GHz support, a FaceTime HD camera, Siri, the all-new EarPod headphones, 32 or 64GB of storage, a variety of color choices (!) and — most importantly — the same 4-inch widescreen Retina display found in the iPhone 5. Arriving in October.
Sure, it's likely to be replaced in the next few months, but if you plan on hanging on to your touchscreen nano and need a way to slap it on your wrist, the Loop Nano Watch Band ($20) is a good choice. Available in a variety of colors and made from comfortable silicone, if offers full access to all ports and controls, a sleek, low-profile design, and a stainless steel buckle.