Apple introduced the new reversible Lighting port back in September of 2012, with the iPhone 5, and ever since then its entire mobile ecosystem has received the particular connectivity upgrade — including the iPad and iPod touch line-up.

Furthermore, reports are confident that the September-bound iPhone 7 will be equipped with Lightning port as well, hence it is worth taking a closer look at the best accessories money can buy, that also make use of this new technology.

JBL OnBeat Mini iPad & iPhone Dock


JBL was first to the punch when it comes to Lightning-based accessories, with the release of the OnBeat Venue Lightning speaker dock back in 2012. Fast forward four years and the company still delivers a wide spectrum of options for iOS users.

The OnBeat dock offers elegant looks and a great deal of practicality, as it supports all the Lightning-enabled iPhones and iPod touch, as well as the iPad Mini. It measures 12 x 6.2 x 3.5 inches and weighs 3 pounds, making it easy to move around.

Sound quality is phenomenal while the range is also adequate enough. The device’s built-in rechargeable battery can last up to 8 hours of music playback. Moreover, single USB and AUX ports are also available, thus allowing users to plug all sorts of devices.

The OnBeat is available on Amazon for $74.99, free shipping included.

Twelve South HiRise Deluxe for iPhone and iPad


Twelve South’s HiRise Deluxe is one of the best-looking iPhone docks currently in the market.

It is made my metal, that way offering an exquisite building quality, though at the same time it does not compromise practicality, as it is purposefully designed not to block the speakers. Height-adjusting cable clips and adjustable rear support enables users to have a proper hands-free Skype or FaceTime session.

It is worth noting that few docks pack rear-side configuration. The particular feature allows you to install your device on the dock without having to remove its case.

Furthermore, microUSB is available as well, so users can connect a number of Android or Windows Phone powered handsets. You can even charge your Siri remote for Apple TV.

The HiRise Deluxe is available on Amazon for $74.99, free shipping included. Besides silver, the gadget can be picked in black and gold too.

Adoric 3Pack 10FT/3M Extra Long Nylon Braided Lightning to USB connector


If you have been part of Apple’s ecosystem for some while now, then you have probably already figured that the in-box cable does not usually last long — especially if you do not use it in a delicate manner.

Nevertheless, Adoric’s counterpart is built by the much sturdier nylon braided material, while simultaneously being tangle-free and more flexible than the average iPhone cord. It is a whopping 10ft long (3 meters), which effectively prevents any mishaps from taking place in case the user suddenly gets up while having forgotten that his phone is plugged in.

Three units are included in the package.

The Adoric 3Pack is available on Amazon for $11.99, free shipping and lifetime warranty included.

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