Twist-O-Flex Apple Watch band a brilliant blast from the past

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Speidel's Twist-O-Flex stretches up to 5 inches, making it easy to get on and off your wrist. Perfect for him or her!
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Vintage watch enthusiasts, take heed. The classic Speidel Twist-O-Flex that was all the rage mid-century is now available for Apple Watch.

The twisty, stretchy stainless steel bands you remember dad wearing are now adapted for 21st-century smartwatch wearers — and they’re better than ever.

Check out this modern take on a classic favorite in our Watch Store.

Your new Apple Watch Series 4 deserves a serious leather strap

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Strapa makes gorgeous leather Apple Watch Series 4 straps that combine craftsmanship with high-quality materials.
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So, someone who obviously likes you very much gifted you an Apple Watch Series 4 this holiday season. Now you’d like to add some personal style with an out-of-the-ordinary Apple Watch band. You should consider those made by Strapa, a company based in The Netherlands that produces some of the best leather Apple Watch bands we’ve seen.

Trust us, you’ll love these bands.

Bento box-inspired case stores all your new gear in style

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Running out of storage space to take all your Apple accessories on the road? The crowdfunded BentoStack solves your storage problems with a compact, multi-compartment storage solution.
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So you made quite a haul during the holidays, now where are you going to store all your new gear?

Japanese Bento boxes are synonymous with convenience, and have many designated compartments to hold and carry a variety of foods — all in one spot. Wiplabs has taken this centuries-old idea forward with the BentoStack, an all-in-one container for organizing all your Apple accessories.

Launched on June 1st, the BentoStack is Wiplabs’ latest crowdfunded product to reach the masses. The ultra-compact design will keep up to 10 Apple essentials organized — Bento box style!

Power up Apple Watch & iPhone with this all-in-one charging stand

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It looks good anywhere.
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Instead of waiting for the yet-to-be-determined release date of Apple’s AirPower charging mat to fire up your iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously, consider the HiRise Duet charging stand.

This luxury charging stand is fully compatible with all versions of Apple Watch (including Series 4) and all of the latest iPhones including XS, XS Max and XR. Best yet, this gorgeous stand is on sale in Cult of Mac’s Watch Store.

Hands on with Nyloon’s Moai band for Apple Watch Series 4

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Shop Nyloon's colorfully cool collection of NATO nylon bands for Apple Watch.
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Nyloon makes one of the best nylon NATO Apple Watch bands out there, and now offers a brand-new unboxing experience. Your shiny new Series 4 deserves a band made with really high-grade materials and hardware — Nyloon is that band.

First impressions are so crucial, especially when cold hard cash is involved. That’s why I love that Nyloon has such sleek and streamlined packaging, a nod to the high-quality Apple Watch band nestled inside. Cult of Mac takes a look inside the box for the Moai — Nyloon’s best-selling band. Let’s check it out.

See Ullu’s colorful leather cases for iPhone XS and XS Max

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Ullu's Hand-Colored leather Piggyback Case in Tangerine.
Ullu's Hand-Colored leather Piggyback Case in Tangerine.
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We know and love Ullu’s leather straps for Apple Watch, so much so that they are best-sellers in Cult of Mac’s Watch Store. The company’s bread and butter, however, is its popular iPhone cases.

Check out any of Ullu’s social media and you’ll witness tons of A-listers toting around their various iPhones in Ullu’s luxurious cases. From wallet and strappy to Ullu’s famous SnapOn and dual-iPhone cases, there’s a chic option for everyone.

Hands-on with the TimePorter Travel Case for Apple Watch [Unboxing]

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This gorgeous capsule is both a case and a stand.
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Traveling with Apple Watch is a fairly simple affair: strap on your watch and go. Traveling with all the extra accessories, however, is a serious pain in the butt.

There’s that 6-foot charging cable, for one, which always manages to get tangled up in my bag. Add extra Apple Watch bands and a wall plug, and you’ve got some serious carry, and we haven’t even mentioned dealing with the watch when you aren’t wearing it.

Twelve South has an answer to this conundrum, and it’s called TimePorter. And, Cult of Mac’s Nadine Kahney unboxes this great little case before our very eyes. 

Best chargers, stands and cases for Apple Watch Series 4

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The Apple Watch Power Bank by Zens is a handy little battery pack for your timepiece.
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If you’ve managed to order Apple Watch Series 4 last night, you’re going to need something to fire up your stunning new band.

From pocket-sized, portable chargers to sleek, modernist stands and cases, we’ve got your Series 4 charging needs covered. Some even double as iPhone chargers, or can charge several Apple devices simultaneously.

Check out Cult of Mac’s reviewed and recommended lineup of the best charging stands for Apple Watch Series 4.

See Nomad’s new cases for iPhone XR, iPhone XS, & iPhone XS Max

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A brand-new iPhone deserves a brand-new case. See Nomad's debut of three new cases for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.
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What’s good for Apple Watch Series 4 is good for the new iPhones XS, XS Max and XR. We’re talking about Nomad’s much-loved leather, Apple-inspired accessories including Apple Watch straps and rugged iPhone cases.

From folios to wallet to protective cases built from the best materials and finest leather sourced from the Horween Leather Co. in Chicago. These well-built cases will protect that gorgeous new iPhone in minimalist style.

Check out Nomad’s just-released lineup of strong and sturdy cases for Apple’s newest iPhones.

Cult of Mac Magazine: Set up your new iPhone XS the right way

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There's a right way to set up your iPhone. These iPhone setup tips will help.
There's a right way to set up your iPhone. These tips will help.
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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine: If you’re one of the smiling Apple fans who picked up an iPhone XS or XS Max today, use these tips to ensure you get everything up and running optimally.

You’ll find that story and much more. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.