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Our 3 favourite things about the new iPhone 7

Our 3 favourite things about the new iPhone 7

Why we think you're going to want to get your hands on the iPhone 7

Can you feel it? That gentle rumbling, growing ever louder? As far as we know, they haven’t opened a new Jurassic Park nearby, so that must mean it’s that time of the year again – yes, it’s iPhone season once more.

Yes, the iPhone 7 is coming and it’s lighter, brighter and can even come with two rear facing cameras, if you’re so inclined. Of course, there’s a good deal more to it than that. So, before you break out the cash and dust off your ‘sitting outside an Apple store all night’ waterproofs, what do you need to know about the new iPhone? Here’s three things:

It’s now waterproof
Hurray! Apple have finally caught up to Android phones and ensured that their latest handsets are water-resistant and dustproof to a rating of IP67. What does that mean? Well, it means your stunning new gadget can be submerged in water that’s shallower than a meter (3.3 feet) for up to 30 minutes before you do some irreparable (and expensive) damage. So, the next time you drop new iPhone 7, you won’t need a waterproof phone case to protect your phone. 

The headphone socket has gone

Despair, for Apple has killed the headphone socket. Well, not killed it, per se, but you won’t be finding it on your shiny new iPhone 7. Not only does this mean that every aux cable, headphone and headset you own is now connectable only via an (included) dongle, but it also means your old iPhone 6/6 Plus case is no longer going to work either. Apple has used the extra space along the bottom of your phone to revamp their speaker design. So, unless you want to lose half of your speaker volume, it might be time to upgrade to one of our fantastic Tough iPhone cases with their dual layered protection.

Our amazingly Tough dual iPhone Case

There’s a stunning jet black option, but it’s going to scratch very easily

Apple didn’t shake things up dramatically with the design of the iPhone 7, but they did introduce a new colour option – Jet Black. It’s a high gloss paint job that recalls the glossy black of the iPhone 3G, and people are going wild for it. Just don’t imagine that it’s going to survive without a hard wearing case. Apple have already warned that the high gloss surface will show “fine micro-abrasions” with use, which is a fancy way of saying it’ll scratch easily. All the more reason to wrap it up in our awesome iPhone 7 Pizza case though, isn’t it?

Top 5 Summer iPhone 6 and 6S Cases

Top 5 Summer iPhone 6 and 6S Cases

Our fave Summer iPhone Cases to warm you up!

Need something colourful, fun and summery for your iPhone 6/6S? We know its not been exactly been the blisteringly hot summer we all hoped for, but we think we have the perfect solution. If its too chilly to dress up in your favourite summertime outfits at least you can slip something hot and summery on your phone. These are our top five Summery iPhone cases. Check them out and treat yourself.

Shop: Summer Faces iPhone 6 6S Case

We love this lady she is so on trend with her crazy head dress and red lipstick!


Shop: Colourful Leaves iPhone 6 6S Case

Who wouldn't LOVE this summery iPhone 6 case with its Matisse style palm leaf cutouts and cute background pattern of Black on pink polka dots... cute!


Shop: Watermelon iPhone 6 6S Case

Yummm! Watermelon Phone cases never fail to bring those summer time feels, this colour way is super cute. We also do a different colour, browse our cases to see!


Shop: Palm Leaf iPhone 6 6S Case

As if palm leaves weren't cool enough we've teamed them up with a bang on trend grid pattern, summer time magic for your iPhone 6 or 6S!


Shop: Fruit iPhone 6 6S Case

Just because there is nothing more tropical than wearing fruit on your head! She has the summer look down, will you?

These are just a few of our favourite Summer iPhone 6 6S Cases, find plenty more in our shop!

Keith Haring

Keith Haring

Keith Haring has long been on of my favorite artists, but I must confess I didn’t know much about him. Recently I decided to find out a bit more, and what I found was so humbling I just had to share it with you here.

Early life

Haring started drawing from a young age thanks in part to his Cartoonist father. He quickly became interested in cartoons and the bold and colorful way in which they could portray a message. In 1978 Haring moved to New York where he found a thriving alternative art community that was developing outside the gallery and museum system. He joined this community and started making murals and large drawings on the downtown streets, the subways and spaces in nightclubs. Here he became friends with fellow artists Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Haring enjoyed exploring the possibilities of using public sites that were not usually dedicated to art to share his artistic and political messages to multiple audiences. He wanted his work to be inclusive no matter your age, gender, race or sexuality. His main aim was to spread his message of inclusivity far and wide. By working both on the streets and in galleries he was able to reach even more people.

Getting heard

Artist and activist, he saw that through bold colorful and instantly recognizable style he could tackle serious issues in a lighthearted way, which would appeal to a larger, and more varied demographic.

His work addressed major philanthropic issues such as poverty, HIV, drug addiction, homosexuality and apartheid. He was committed to education and supporting children from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Another way he came up with to further spread the reach of his work and the message it carried was to open “The Pop Shop.” The shop opened its doors in 1986, Manhattan, New York. It was an extension of his work, a fun boutique making art accessible to everyone. It was stocked with inexpensive items, such as t-shirts, posters, magnets and badges. Haring painted the wall, ceilings and floors with his instantly recognizable 2D line drawings making it an all-immersive experience of his work. Haring was quoted as saying:

“The Pop Shop makes my work accessible. Its about participation on a big level.”

The Pop Shop has since lost its physical presence but still trades online where you can pick up your own memento of this fascinating Artist.


Tragically it seems too often the case that the most wonderful people are taken away young. Haring was just 31 when he died of HIV related complications. In his short life he achieved so much. Working for just over 10yrs he produced a rich catalog of work, including hundreds of drawings, paintings, sculpture and street art. Recently Harings designs have been featured by Gap Kids, Uniqlo, Adidas and DKNY to name but a few, demonstrating the timeless appeal of his work.

One year before he died Haring set up a foundation charged with sustaining, protecting and expanding his legacy. To this day they help support charities that assist children as well organizations that are involved in education and research relating to HIV.