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Welcome to our new, continuously-updated First Looks - a collection of previews showing brand new iPod, iPhone and iPad accessories that we’re currently in the process of testing. Here’s what’s hot right now:

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Company: Apple

Models: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

Price: $199-$499

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

The newest iPhones — iPhone 6 ($199/16GB, $299/64GB, $399/128GB) and iPhone 6 Plus ($299/16GB, $399/64GB, $499/128GB) — are the physically largest models yet of Apple's iconic smartphone. While iPhone 6 has a 4.7" screen and is a clear successor to the iPhone 5/5s, the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5" screen. Both come with Apple's new "Retina HD" display, boasting improved color accuracy and viewing angles, though only the iPhone 6 Plus has a higher pixel density than the iPhone 5 series. Both models have a thinner body with curved edges, compared to the prior iPhone 5s. Apple's faster new A8 processor can be found in both phones, and the same goes for the company's updated M8 motion coprocessor. A new camera with a protruding lens can also be seen on both devices. Additionally, the iPhone 6 Plus comes with a considerably larger battery, the ability to view landscape apps as if it were an iPad, and optical image stabilization for the rear camera. We'll be putting both devices through their paces — look for our one-of-a-kind, comprehensive review, coming soon.

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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Company: Incipio

Models: DualPro Shine, Edge, NGP

Price: $25-$35

Compatible: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

Incipio DualPro Shine / Edge for iPhone 6 + NGP for iPhone 6 Plus

A few more iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases are showing up before the devices have even been released. Incipio's DualPro Shine ($35) for iPhone 6 is a dual-layer rubber and plastic case with an aluminum finish on the back of the plastic shell. Edge ($30), also for iPhone 6, is a hard plastic shell slider case with a matte finish. Though it's a slider, Edge still retains the same standard port openings at the bottom of the case as seen in the DualPro Shine. NGP ($20) is a soft shell, flexible plastic case for iPhone 6 Plus. It comes in a number of colors, all translucent.

Incipio DualPro Shine / Edge for iPhone 6 + NGP for iPhone 6 Plus

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Company: Belkin

Models: WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set

Price: $100

Compatible: iPhone 3GS to 6 Plus, iPod touch 4G/5G, iPad 2 to Air, All iPad minis

Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set

The WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set ($100) is the newest entry in Belkin's lineup of home automation products that began two years ago with its WeMo Switch and WeMo Switch + Motion, and has been more recently expanding into everything from crock pots to humidifiers. With this latest entry, Belkin goes back to WeMo's roots with a lighting solution that is both functional and easy to install. The LED Lighting Starter Set includes two Smart LED bulbs that can be screwed into any standard light fixture along with a new "WeMo Link" bridge that plugs into a standard wall receptacle, providing connectivity between the bulbs and the Wi-Fi network. Additional bulbs sell for $30 each, and the system provides support for up to 50 bulbs on a single WeMo Link. The bulbs can be controlled individually or in groups using the free WeMo iOS app.

Belkin WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set

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Company: PureGear

Models: DualTek, HIP Case+, Slim Shell

Price: $25-$35

Compatible: iPhone 6

PureGear DualTek Extreme Shock Case, HIP Case+ and Slim Shell for iPhone 6

PureGear has debuted several new cases for the iPhone 6 already, starting with the DualTek Extreme Shock Case ($35), a matte plastic and rubber case with a small piece of shock absorbing material in the shell. The HIP Case+ ($35) is a two-piece multi-use case. A simple plastic shell houses the iPhone 6, offering a kickstand, but little coverage. However, that shell can be inserted into a larger and more protective holster, which also includes two slots for ID or credit cards. Finally, the Slim Shell ($25) is a thinner one-piece case made from a mix of plastic and softer rubber, capable of flexing to accommodate insertion and removal of the iPhone 6.

PureGear DualTek Extreme Shock Case, HIP Case+ and Slim Shell for iPhone 6

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