Since the release of the iPhone 5 there really hasn’t been any rumors regarding iPhone 6. The best rumor I can provide is that Apple may release iPhone 5S a bit early. I am seriously doubtful, but it could happen. I can’t let the content stop if the rumors have. The show must go on! Here’s some fun and good things to do with your old iPhones.
Hook it up to your car stereo and leave it
I know many of you have already thought of this, but I figured it was worth mentioning for one reason. That reason is WiFi. I think it is awesome that I can park my car in the garage and make changes to the music library via iTunes over wireless. Another cool thing is the GPS still works. Mount the iPod on the dash and buy the Garmin app and you have a music player with navigation. Garmin doesn’t require cell phone service. Proclipusa has some good dash mounts for a variety of vehicles. Check out their video.
Get a stand for it and make it your Skype station
who needs a webcam when you got a spare iPhone? The benefit of this is you don’t have to sacrifice some of that sweet sweet real estate on your computer monitor. I found a sweet stand that tracks your movements so you can move around. I think it would be sweet for making video instructions where your hands are busy. The device is called Swivl.
Turn it into an oscilliscope
I know this option is sorta pricy, but for the features you get, it’s much cheaper than the next best thing. The iMSO-104 from OSCIUM looks useful for pros and amateurs alike.
Sell it on Ebay
Ok, selling your old phone looks like an obvious choice. I only mention this specifically because I would only sell on Craigslist or Ebay. Sure there are services out there that will buy your phone, but why pay the middle man? As an added bonus, if you can jailbreak/unlock your phone before selling you can get an extra premium.
Give it to charity
I was surprised with all of the ways charities can use an old cell phone. From selling them and sending the proceeds to a charity of your choice to supporting the troops. here’s a bit dated but good article on huffington post on the subject.
Buy an Arduino and breakout cable and experiment
I like this option the best as I have a love affair with Arduino. Makezine makes an approved cable that allows serial communication from the Arduino to the iPhone. I can only hope they have an 8 pin version on the horizon. The linked article also has a project to get you started.
Hopefully I have given you some good ideas on how to re-purpose your old iPhone. Let me what you have done with your old iPhone or let me know what you have seen others do.Joe Hoffman