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Reviews Stories September 20

The final versions of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are here. After three months of previewing Apple’s upcoming operating systems for the iPhone and iPad, here’s whether you should update or not.

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The final version of watchOS 8 is here. After three months of beta testing, here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s newest update for Apple Watch.

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A few years ago I purchased two new Hondas. My Civic came with Apple CarPlay, but the HR-V had a basic entertainment system so I upgraded its system with an Alpine unit with Wireless CarPlay. I really wanted Wireless CarPlay, but replacing my entertainment system was too disruptive.

Now there’s a solution for turning standard CarPlay into Wireless CarPlay, at least for some models, and it actually works!

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Reviews Stories September 9

We’ve seen a lot of MagSafe stands arrive over the course of the last year and OtterBox has thrown its hat in the ring with the Folding Stand for MagSafe. While there’s only so much room to innovate with an iPhone stand, OtterBox brings great flexibility which means you can adjust to the exact angle you want in a portable package for iPhone 12 and beyond.

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Reviews Stories August 26

Last month Satechi launched a new GaN lineup of compact and powerful USB-C chargers for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and more. We’ve been able to test out all the models including the most powerful that features 108W output with 3 ports – enough to juice up a MacBook Pro while simultaneously fast charging iPhone and iPad. Read on for a closer look at why these are the perfect chargers for Apple users.

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Reviews Stories August 15

I’ve made it clear in previous posts that I love MagSafe. After not initially thinking I would care much for it, I now use it exclusively to charge my iPhone 12 Mini. Since discovering that Apple’s MagSafe charger can also charge my AirPods Pro (thanks ATP!), I rarely use Lightning. Of course, charging in the car is a big part of an iPhone user’s life, so getting a compatible MagSafe in the car is a must-have. Since the iPhone 12 line was released, I’ve been the ESR HaloLock in the car, but I recently switched over to the Anker PowerWave, and it’s the best option to charge via MagSafe in the Car.

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Reviews Stories August 12

The Zens 4-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charger was announced last month as a complete charging solution for iPhone 12, Apple Watch, AirPods, and iPad.

At $150, it’s not a cheap option, so raises the question: Is it worth it … ?

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Reviews Stories July 28

Satechi launched its Aluminum Stand and Hub for iPad Pro/Air last month with a foldable design that brings 6 ports, integrated USB-C cable connector, and features like 4K output at 60Hz and 60W power. We’ve been testing out this handy iPad accessory that also works with MacBooks for a few weeks, read on for our full review.

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Reviews Stories July 19

We tend to be wary about crowdfunding campaigns, as not all deliver, but the Looking Glass Portrait was too interesting to pass up as a way to turn iPhone Portrait mode photos into three-dimensional holograms.

It won’t be available until (at the latest estimate) October, but I got a chance to try a pre-production model which I’m told is very close to the final version, and there’s a mix of good and bad news.

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Reviews Stories July 13

While a lot of MagSafe stands include metal for at least some part of their build, there’s usually a good amount of plastic involved. Native Union’s MagSafe Rise Dock takes the path less traveled with a solid metal build and a minimalistic (and portable) design. Read along for our detailed review of the MagSafe Rise Dock, Native Union’s 10-foot MagSafe compatible charger, and more.

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Tested: Harber London leather messenger bag for 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard

The Harber London leather messenger bag is the latest in the company’s line of premium bags pitched squarely at the Apple-owning demographic …

Reviews Stories July 11

Using the Google Pixel Buds A-Series with the iPhone has been a better experience than I expected, but it’s not as good as using AirPods. That should be expected given the fact that they are made by Apple’s biggest competitor. But Google’s Pixel Buds A are excellent wireless earbuds with great fit and decent sound. Long story short, they are an impeccable value over the standard AirPods even if you have to make some compromises. 

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Reviews Stories June 29

Mophie is out with its sharp MagSafe compatible accessory lineup for iPhone 12. But it went above and beyond by making Snap Adapters to bring the MagSafe functionality to all iPhones (and even Android smartphones). Here’s our full review of the Snap and Snap+ Mophie MagSafe accessories.

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Reviews Stories June 24

The Zens ZEPP03M dual-sided MagSafe-compatible powerbank is one of four models the company announced earlier this month. Its USP is that it can simultaneously charge both an iPhone 12 and an AirPods case.

The company’s marketing is a little naughty, saying MagSafe in some materials and MagSafe-compatible in others…

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Reviews Stories June 18

AirTags are here and the accessory market around the new item tracker is expanding quickly. While there are lots of keychains, cases, and other similar options to attach an AirTag to things, we haven’t seen as many wallets that are compatible with it. With a super minimal design, the Snapback Slim Air wallet for AirTags caught our eye, here’s our review.

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Reviews Stories June 3

When it came to trying the upcoming Brydge Max+ keyboard for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, it seemed most sensible to write it up as a head-to-head against the Apple Magic Keyboard. Both are premium-priced keyboards with integrated trackpads, and are essentially chasing the same user demographic.

I’ve long been a fan of Brydge keyboards, and have used them with all my iPads – but have so far been using Apple’s Magic Keyboard with my 12.9-inch iPad Pro…

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Reviews Stories June 2

Review: Unistellar eVscope eQuinox is the easy-to-use telescope for iPhone and Android

In 2017, Unistellar released the original eVscope as part of a Kickstarter. Now, Unistellar is releasing its next product, the eVscope eQuinox.

Reviews Stories May 25

The Withings Body Cardio has been a smart scale leader for some time and the advanced device just got a valuable update with Vascular Age measurements earlier this month. We’ve been testing out the new feature that offers “a cardiovascular check up at every weigh-in” along with the Apple Health integration Body Cardio includes. Read along for all the details on Vascular Age and everything you’re getting with this updated smart scale.

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Reviews Stories May 21

The Nomad Titanium Band got a refresh this month, with a much neater magnet-assisted snap closure mechanism, a more streamlined design, and a coating designed to improve durability.

Let’s begin by acknowledging that this is an expensive Apple Watch band – until you compare it with Apple’s stainless steel Link Bracelet …

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Reviews Stories May 19

A few weeks ago, Apple debuted a new “Find My Certification Asst.” app today designed to let third-party companies test how their accessories will work with the Find My application. This news comes after Apple announced at WWDC 2020 that it would open up the Find My network to third-party products. Ahead of the debut of AirTags, Apple announced that Chipolo would be one of the early partners for Find My integration. I received an advanced unit ahead of the June release, and I can confidently say that it’s every bit as good as AirTags unless you want the U1 chip for precise item tracking. Read on to learn more about the Chipolo ONE Spot.

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Reviews Stories May 12

I love Time Machine. As the old saying has it, the only reliable backup is a fully automated one, and that’s what Apple’s Time Machine utility provides. But… it’s perhaps a little too automated for some situations – and that’s a problem the free TimeMachineEditor app sets out to solve.

Unless you want to do them totally manually, Time Machine offers you no control over when backups take place …

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Reviews Stories May 11

Tested: Drop + THX Panda headphones are an interesting alternative to AirPods Max

The Drop + THX Panda headphones are either a very interesting alternative for anyone considering buying Apple’s AirPods Max, or wouldn’t be in the running. Which applies depends entirely on what it is you’re looking for…

Reviews Stories April 9

Mophie recently launched a solid new iPhone and AirPods wireless charger – the Charging Stand+ – and after checking that out, its larger brother caught our eye, the 4-in-1 wireless charging mat. This iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch charger is a great fit for couples or families who want the convenience of simultaneous wireless charging without having to buy multiple devices.

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When I was in my early 20s, I worked for an independent telephone company in Ringgold, Georgia. One of the projects I worked on was building a home and business security product. I ended up working with customers in a sales role after we got the product up and running. I say all that to make the point that I am somewhat of a veteran in the home security industry. I’ve been using the abode system for the past year, so if you’re researching the best options for a Homekit alarm system, keep reading to learn more about abode.

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