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

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HiRise Duet is a luxury charging stand that powers iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time.
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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.

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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If you’ve just dropped some serious coin on the beautiful, new Apple Watch Series 4, no ordinary band will seem to do. Consider Strapa — the Netherland’s-based company — that makes some of the best-made, gorgeous leather bands we’ve seen. Trust us, you’ll love these bands.

Cult of Mac Watch Store customers are likely aware of Strapa (fka Strapple) for its inclusion in our online shop. Our very own Lewis Wallace reviewed the brand’s Crocodilus band earlier this year, and I took the Primus for a spin in August. These straps are really well-made and luxurious — the perfect compliment to your Series 4. See our gallery below. 

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.

Cult of Mac Magazine: New iPhones, New Apple Watch, and much more!

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In this week's Cult of Mac Magazine: New iPhones (loads of 'em).
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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine: New iPhones (loads of ’em). New Apple Watches that could save your life. While some big leaks spoiled this week’s Gather Round event, we still got some surprises.

And now we’ve got plenty to talk about, starting with head-to-head comparisons: iPhone XS vs. iPhone XR and Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Series 3.

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

Best bands to pimp out Apple Watch Series 4

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OleksynPrannyk's Double Tour in Black.
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Apple Watch Series 4 orders open midnight September 13 (tonight!) with shipping beginning on September 21.

In the meantime, grab yourself a strap or two befitting Apple’s fourth-generation smartwatch. The 40mm band works with the 38mm straps; the 44mm band works with the 42mm straps. You’re going to love the Series 4 and Cult of Mac’s lineup of best bands to outfit it.