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10 must-have accessories to buy for your new iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Mini

Moriba Cummings
·7-min read

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Every year, Apple releases a new lineup of iPhones that quickly become instant best sellers. During a keynote presentation on Oct. 13, 2020, the tech juggernaut announced plans to take a slightly different and more expansive approach: two separate launches for the iPhone 12 devices.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro began on Oct. 16, 2020, with the phones made widely available starting on Oct. 23. Now, on Nov. 6, exactly three weeks after the first round of pre-orders went live, the remaining two highly anticipated devices — the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone Mini — have been made available to the masses via a second and final pre-order system.

Shop: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, $1,099.99

Credit: Apple
Credit: Apple

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is also available at Apple.com.

Shop: Apple iPhone 12 Mini, $699.99

Credit: Apple
Credit: Apple

The iPhone 12 Mini is also available at Apple.com.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max boasts a 6.7-inch “Super Retina XDR” display. In terms of size, it stands as the largest iPhone ever released and comes in four colors: silver, graphite, gold and pacific blue.

Subsequently, the iPhone 12 Mini boasts a 5.4-inch “Super Retina XDR” display and stands as the smallest iPhone in the entire four-device lineup. The colors available for this device include black, white, Product Red, green and blue.

Setting it apart from the iPhone 11 and many of the iPhone’s earlier iterations, the iPhone 12 lineup of phones features flat edges, maintaining a nearly edge-to-edge display.

All iPhone 12 devices run on Apple’s new A14 bionic chip, which the company says guarantees 15 percent faster speeds and 30 percent more power efficiency than the A13 chip. Along with the other newly released iPhones, the iPhone 12 also supports mmWave and sub-6 5G connectivity in the U.S.

One of the most shocking tidbits about these new Apple launches is the fact that EarPods and charging adapters are no longer included in the iPhone’s box. (Shocking news, we know!)

With this in mind, while you wait for your new device to arrive, we’ve rounded up 10 must-have accessories for both the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Mini, some of which are necessary to buy in place of the previous iPhone package inclusions.

Definite Must-Haves

1. Apple AirPods Pro, $219 (Orig. $249)

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

Why you should buy it:

For the first time ever, Apple has decided to no longer include wired EarPods and a charging adapter in the box. Instead, the packaging will now only include the iPhone 12 device and a USB-C cable.

To ensure that you can get the most out of your new iPhone, Apple’s latest AirPods Pros are a recommended investment. Also, it helps that they are currently on sale for $30 off at Amazon.

2. Anker USB-C Wall Charger, $19.99

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

Why you should buy it:

Because of Apple’s decision to no longer include its “charging block,” investing in a new, long-lasting option from a reliable brand is your best bet. This No. 1 best-selling option from Anker has garnered over 4,000 reviews on Amazon and has an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. It also was recently upgraded to best suit the iPhone 12 lineup.

Chargers And Sanitizers

3. PhoneSoap Wireless, $99.95

Credit: PhoneSoap
Credit: PhoneSoap

Why you should buy it:

If you’re more into just placing your iPhone on a charging mat or pad and would rather rid yourself of those annoying cables altogether, these next two options are right up your alley.

First up is the PhoneSoap Wireless. In addition to charging your phone wirelessly, this popular device kills 99.9 percent of germs on the phone’s surface in 10 minutes and fits all smartphones and most cases. With studies showing that phones can be 10 times dirtier than a toilet set, it’s important to put in a bit of extra effort into keeping your most-used device clean.

4. Nomad Base Station Pro, $229.95

Credit: Nomad Goods
Credit: Nomad Goods

Why you should buy it:

If you’re on the market for a more luxe wireless charging pad that simply does what it needs to do (charge), then this minimalistic leather-covered option from Nomad is absolutely perfect.

Boasting a simple and high-quality aesthetic, the Nomad Base Station Pro can charge up to three Qi-enabled devices at once. Also, unlike most other charging mats on the market, this option features built-in technology that allows you to rest your device in any position — that means there’s no need to ensure that your phone is perfectly straight to begin the charging process.

Also, as a bonus, in early 2021, shoppers will be sent a complimentary Apple Watch mount to attach to the device, giving it the ability to charge four devices, simultaneously.

Phone Protection

5. Nomad iPhone 12 Pro Max Rugged Leather Case, $49.95

Credit: Nomad Goods
Credit: Nomad Goods

Why you should buy it:

After paying so much for a premium device that you will be likely using daily, it’s important to ensure that it’s protected. That’s where cases come into play.

If you’re looking for a phone case that’s both optimally protective and beautiful to look at, the Nomad Rugged Case for the iPhone 12 Pro Max is an excellent choice. This sleek case is made of high-quality Horween leather and was most recently re-crafted to provide what Nomad describes as “even greater protection than ever before.”

6. Oakywood Wooden iPhone 12 Mini Case With Bumper In Walnut, $29

Credit: Oakywood
Credit: Oakywood

Why you should buy it:

If leather isn’t your jam and you’re still looking for a case that covers all edges and corners of your device, the Oakywood Wooden iPhone 12 Mini case is perfect (also available in sizes suitable for the rest of the iPhone 12 lineup).

This case is crafted from hand-polished walnut wood and features a polycarbonate base to provide full shock resistance. It’s stylish, protective and eco-friendly.

7. Casetify iPhone 12 Pro Max Custom Case, $70

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Credit: Casetify

8. Casetify iPhone 12 Mini Custom Case, $45

Credit: Casetify
Credit: Casetify

Why you should buy it:

If your style profile is on the trendier side or if you would prefer showing off your iPhone’s gorgeous color and logo, this clear case from Casetify definitely fits the bill.

These two options for both phones are a part of Casetify’s recently released collection of protective cases specifically designed for the iPhone 12 lineup, offering all-around protection.

Starting at $45, the cases come in seven color options (depending on the phone variation and model) and can be customized with a label or special colorway to fit your personal aesthetic.

9. EGV iPhone 12 Pro Max Tempered Glass Screen Protector, Pack of 3, $4.99

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

Why you should buy it:

For reinforced device protection, investing in a tempered glass screen protector is highly recommended. A survey conducted by OnePoll found that the average American “drops their phone on the ground four times every week.” A screen protector can serve as a simple preventative solution, and this massively popular option (approved and designed for the iPhone 12) retails for only $7.

This option from EGV is highly popular on Amazon and comes in a pack of three.

Investing in an accidental damage coverage plan is also a great choice, and Yahoo Plus Mobile Protect‘s plan only costs $5 a month.

10. Case-Mate iPhone 12 Mini Tempered Glass Screen Protector, $15 (Orig. $30)

Credit: Case-Mate
Credit: Case-Mate

Why you should buy it:

While quality phone screen protectors don’t need to be steep in price to get the job done, some folks prefer to snag theirs from a brand they trust even if that means shelling out a few extra dollars.

Case-Mate remains one of the most reliable names in the phone accessories space and the newly released iPhone 12 mini tempered glass screen protectors are said to feature “maximum scratch protection, high touch sensitivity, anti-fingerprint technology” and more. Above all, they’re said to be extremely easy to apply and are thin in profile.

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