SoundFreaq’s Sound Step Lightning 2: A Bluetooth speaker that does it all and does it loud [Deals]

The Lightning 2 offers all the convenience of Bluetooth with the ear-pleasing sound of a big stereo.
The Lightning 2 offers all the convenience of Bluetooth with the ear-pleasing sound of a big stereo.
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Too often, portable speakers are all about the convenience of wireless audio, and less about killer sound. That’s why we were excited to find out about the Sound Step Lightning 2, a sleek, feature rich Bluetooth sound station that’ll still blow the walls off the place. And right now they’re going for a whopping 60% off, just $59 at Cult of Mac Deals.

This simple Lightning dock solution would help avoid unnecessary breakages

Apple's Lightning dock as released earlier this year.
Apple's Lightning dock as released earlier this year.
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Apple started selling its brand new official Lightning connector dock earlier this year. While it turned out to be a bit less fragile in reality than it looks on first glance, we can’t help but wish Apple had released the Lightning dock shown in a newly-published patent today.

Designed for durability, Apple’s concept connect features a movable Lightning connector that is able to rock back and forth, thereby absorbing what Apple calls “undesirable forces … reducing a likelihood of the connector breaking from misuse.”

It’s such an elegant solution we can’t help wonder — why didn’t Apple use it?

Charge your iPhone 6 in style with Apple’s new Lightning Dock

Apple's Lightning dock as released earlier this year.
Thunder and Lightning, very very frightening.
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Here’s one for the “better late than never” category: Almost three years after releasing the Lightning connector for the iPhone 5, Apple has unveiled its brand new official Lightning connector dock for use with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, and fifth-generation iPod touch.

Lego Lightning Dock For The iPad Appeals To The Kid In All Of Us

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There aren’t many good docks out there for Apple devices with the new Lightning connector, especially the fourth-gen iPad and iPad mini. While you’re on the hunt for a viable docking solution, check out this neat iPad dock made entirely of Legos. It’s from the same people who made the iPhone 5 Lightning Lego dock we showed you last year.

It’s a pretty cheap dock alternative that appeals to the kid in all of us. You assemble the kit yourself, and it works with any iPad that uses a Lightning connector.

Philips Announces Four New Lightning Speaker Docks, Teases A Fifth

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The new "Lifestyle Music System" from Philips

Philips has joined the likes of JBL by selling Lightning-compatible speaker docks for Apple’s latest iOS devices. Today Philips announced not one, but four new speaker docks with Lightning connectors. Each speaker set serves a different purpose, ranging from a nightstand dock with alarm to a portable speaker.

These speakers should start hitting retail channels this month, but Philips hasn’t given any pricing info yet.