How Apple keeps crappy cases off its shelves

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Apple won't just let any iPhone or iPad case in its retail stores.
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Apple put up a new page on its website detailing the qualifications that third-party iPhone and iPad accessory makers must meet before the company will start selling those products in retail stores or online in the Apple Store. It’s not exactly the easiest process to meet Apple’s high quality standards. In fact, Apple now touts that these cases are “tested to the limit” before they make it on store shelves.

These 3-D-printed Apple Watch stands will show off your shiny smartwatch

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Tossing your Apple Watch on the table just doesn't feel right.

After spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on your new Apple Watch, it’s hard to justify tossing the device on the table to charge like discarded jewelry. If you’ve got a 3-D printer, it’s easy to class things up by printing out an Apple Watch stand.

These 3-D-printed Apple Watch stands will protect your high-tech timepiece from scratches and, more importantly, provide a platform to show off your new smartwatch to friends and family — even when you aren’t using it.

A variety of 3-D printing files are available to download completely free of charge, and they get the job done just fine. Take a look at some of the best designs out there — all of which cost nothing to download.

Speck’s Candyshell AMPED iPhone case will help you boost your volume

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Whether you’re listening to music or watching a video on your iPhone, sometimes you just want to have the volume loud. While your iPhone may have decent sound on it’s own, Speck’s new CandyShell AMPED case claims to have a fix to boost your volume even more. Advertised to have up to 2X louder sound and clarity, all while maintaining quality protection, will this become your new go-to iPhone case?

Take a look at the video to see what you think.

Add simplicity and comfort to your back pocket with the EZGO Wallet [Deals]

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Isn’t it time to replace your bulky old wallet with something that really does make a difference? Sure it is – and Cult of Mac Deals can help you out with that!

EZGO is a new kind of wallet that brings ingenuity and many new useful features. A modern, buoyant, slim and lightweight wallet designed with no moving parts, for easy access to cards, cash, digital media and more. And Cult of Mac Deals has the EZGO Wallet for 42% off the regular price – just $19.99 – during this limited time offer!

Get Unmatched iPhone Photography With The Ultimate iPhone Lens Kit [Deals]

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Apple revolutionized your iPhone’s camera with the introduction of the 5S, but you can unlock its full potential with this deal from Cult of Mac Deals.

The Ultimate iPhone Lens Kit arms you with six different lenses so you can take virtually any kind of photo in any imaginable situation – from microscopic organisms to full-blown landscapes. And Cult of Mac Deals has this incredible iPhone 5S accessory for 65% off the regular price for a limited time. That’s right. You can get The Ultimate iPhone Lens Kit for just $69 through this offer!