After a long cold Winter, Summer is the time to get back outside and enjoy everything the world has to offer. Whether you plan on visiting a beach, conquering a hiking trail, or laying next to your pool, we’ve got you covered. On this list, you’ll find some of the best Summer accessories that go perfectly with your iPhone and other Apple devices.
The ideal outdoor wireless speaker should be durable and at least offer splash and dust resistance. It should also provide lots of battery life between charges and be light enough to carry with ease. The following speakers fit that criteria very well.
Bang & Olufsen audio products don’t just sound good, they’re also made to be seen. The Beoplay P2 Bluetooth speaker is no exception. This splash and dust-resistant speaker is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand but strong enough to become the star of any outdoor party.
Available in multiple colors, including black, blue, umber, and lilac, the Beoplay P2 offers up to 10 hours of playtime per charge and weighs just 0.75 pounds. This speaker is equipped with a built-in microphone for clear calling and voice activation. This item ships with a USB-C cable for fast charging.
The Wonderboom from Ultimate Ears is a powerful little speaker designed for outdoor fun. Offering 360-degree sound, this speaker provides up to 10 hours of music on a single charge. Add two Wonderboom speakers to “Double Up” the fun.
The Wonderboom is rated IPX7, making it waterproof to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Weighing 1.32 pounds, the speaker is available in multiple colors and styles.
The JBL Flip 4 is another fun speaker perfectly suited for summer. Offering 12 hours of music between charges, the Flip 4 has been described as an “all-purpose, all-weather companion” because of its waterproof fabric materials. It’s available in six vibrant colors, including red, blue, and teal.
If you own an iPhone, the odds are high that you’ve already purchased or at least considered a pair of Apple AirPods or something from Beats Electronics. For something different, find one of these wearables:
The Bose QuietComfort 35 remains one of the best wireless headphones on the market, nearly two years after the first version was released. Available in black or white, these headphones offer a noise-rejecting, dual-microphone system for clear calls and voice access, plus industry-leading noise cancellation.
Providing up to 20 hours of wireless play between charges, you can also use the Bose QuietComfort 35 in wired mode. When you do, you get 40 hours off noise canceling enjoyment with each battery charge.
Version II, which was released in 2017, adds Google Assistant support. This version also ships without an airplane adaptor, which was standard in the first version.
Using Siri is a breeze with the Rayz Plus wired headphones from Pioneer. Featuring smart noise canceling, these buds adapt to your ear and the world around you with ease thanks to the companion Rayz app.
Looking for more? With the Rayz Plus, you can make a call at the same time it’s charging using your phone’s Lightning port. You can find these headphones in graphite or bronze.
The Sennheiser HD1 might make your rethink the around-the-neck headphones design. Featuring soft-stitched sheepskin Nappa leather, these wireless headphones are among the most comfortable on the market.
Offering Bluetooth 4.1 with AAC codec support, the HD1 includes multi-connection support for two devices at the same time, plus three-way calling capability. You can enjoy 10 hours of music between charges.
You don’t want your outdoor festivities ruined because of a little summer rain. These waterproof accessories will let the party continue, regardless of the weather.
Since the iPhone 7 launched in 2016, Apple’s handsets have been splash, water, and dust resistant. For added protection, you should consider the LifeProof FRĒ case, which makes your handset waterproof to 2 meters for up to an hour.
Available in various color combinations including chakra, banzai, and night lite, the LifeProof FRĒ includes a built-in screen protector with touch sensitivity.
Here’s a rugged, high-capacity power bank just waiting to get outdoors. Snow-proof, dirt proof, drop proof, and waterproof, the FosPower PowerActive 10200 mAh power bank is great for smartphones, tablets, and other portable electronic devices.
The bank also includes a LED flashlight, compass, and a carabiner.
Built for scuba diving, the ProShot Dive offers iPhone protection up to 130 feet. With the ProShot Dive, you can’t use the touchscreen on your phone. However, the free ProShotCase app provides you with full camera functionality that you can access with your device’s Home button. Includes a 115-degree wide-angle lens and ProShot lanyard.
Available for iPhone 8, iPhone 7, and iPhone 6/6s only, including Plus sizes.
Cameras and drones
Summer is a great time to capture beautiful moments with your iPhone camera or compatible third-party camera accessories, including:
The GoPro Hero Session camera includes a 2-inch touchscreen and works on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Waterproof and durable, the action camera lets you capture all of your adventures without worries. With voice control, you can record your photos and video hands-free.
You can purchase the GoPro Hero Session separate or as part of a bundle. These include the Family Bundle, which consists of an SD card and GoPro Shorty extension pole and tripod, and the Spring Break bundle that comes with an SD card and GoPro Handler floating hand grip.
Currently available through Kickstarter, the Fairy Drone is fast becoming one of my favorite low-cost drones. Perfect for novices and pros alike, the Fairy ships with a remote controller or you can use your iPhone for control.
The drone includes a 1080p FHD camera with auto tracking, motion control, and 16 minutes of fly time between charges.
At just 140 grams in weight, the Fairy Drone requires no FAA registration. Just charge it, and enjoy the ride.
When you’re ready to kick your drone play to a new level, consider the Mavic Air from DJI. With support for 4K video at 30 fps, this drone offers 180-degree panoramas and 21 minutes of flight time per charge.
Available in red and flame red, the DJI Mavic Air comes with a dedicated remote controller, or you can use your smartphone.
You should also consider two other accessories, the Motorola Lumo and iOttie Car Mount.
The Lumo is a smart lantern that connects to iOS and Android devices through Bluetooth. Thanks to this connection, you have access to 16 million color settings. The light also includes real-time weather information and is water-resistant (IPX4).
The iOttie Easy One Touch 4 Dashboard & Windshield Car Mount Phone Holder works with current-generation iPhone models. To apply, place the semi-permanent dashboard disk directly to your car dashboard. Features adjustable viewing with a telescopic arm.
Best Summer accessories
This summer, take your iPhone or other Apple device outside and enjoy the season. Enhance your experience by considering the accessories offered here, or share with us what you think would make some of the best Summer accessories.