It has happened again. Apple announced its latest round of iPhones in September and now whatever model you have is no longer the new kid on the block. It may even be an elder statesman if you have an older phone.
You can always sell your iPhone 7 or iPhone 6 and make a few bucks to put toward that iPhone 8 or iPhone X, but what do you do with an iPhone that’s past its prime? Here are five fabulous ideas that can transform that phone from a paperweight into a useful gadget again.
1) Keep an eye on your house
Put the high-quality camera in your old iPhone to good use by turning your smartphone into a sophisticated security camera for your home. There are several apps available that do just this. Presence is a popular option, but you can also check into Manything and Alfred. Install the app, set it up, and place your iPhone in a strategic spot. These apps offer live video streaming and motion-detection alerts. You can keep an eye on your front door, use it as a nanny cam, or check in on your pets when you’re traveling.
On a related note, your old iPhone can act as a video baby monitor through the use of the $4 Cloud Baby Monitor app, which can send noise and motion alerts to your current phone and let you look in on your young one.
2) Entertain yourself with a VR headset
You’ve probably seen commercials where people strap a phone in front of their eyes and have a blast playing games and experiencing new worlds through virtual reality. It can be a lot of fun, but it also requires moving your phone in and out of a VR headset mount. Your old iPhone can become your full-time VR gadget.