Colorful charging pad powers up iPhone and curbs cable clutter

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Elago's MS pad is a perfect accessory for your iPhone and MagSafe charging puck.
Elago's MS pad is a perfect accessory for your iPhone and MagSafe charging puck.
Photo: Elago

If you use a MagSafe charging puck with your iPhone, you may want to try Elago’s MS Charging Pad for MagSafe with it. Not only does the pad surround the little charger with soft silicone to get a good grip and protect your handset and surfaces from scratches, it helps channel the cable and brings a welcome splash of color.

You can choose from seven fun colors for the Elago MS Charging Pad in the Cult of Mac Store — white, black, red, lavender, pink, mint and jean indigo.

Prehistoric Planet 2 teaser reveals fascinating and fearsome dinosaurs

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Prehistoric Planet 2 debuts May 22 in a week-long event on Apple TV+.
Photo: Apple TV+

On Tuesday, aka National Velociraptor Awareness Day, Apple TV+ dropped a teaser trailer for season 2 of its award-winning natural history series, Prehistoric Planet. And it comes complete with an exciting “new” lineup of dinosaurs.

Narrated by the inimitable Sir David Attenborough — the voice of nature — the series uses new research and technological wizardry to create an in-depth nature documentary. But this one, returning May 22, takes you to landscapes filled with fearsome predators and gentle giants of many millions of years ago.

Rode unveils all-in-one Streamer X and RodeCaster Duo for content creators

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The compact, portable RødeCaster Duo can do everything the RødeCaster Pro II can do.
The compact, portable RødeCaster Duo can do everything the RødeCaster Pro II can do.
Photo: Røde

Australian audio powerhouse Røde introduced five new products and two major software updates Monday — its “biggest product announcement ever,” it said — at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas.

Two new products headlined — the Streamer X audio interface/video capture card and the compact RødeCaster Duo AV production tool. The new PodMic USB, important firmware updates to the Wireless Go II mic system and the RødeCaster Pro II production tool, and handy new accessories rounded out the mix.

Behind-desk lighting takes MacBook Pro rig to ‘next level’ [Setups]

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A light strip -- in this case one from Nanoleaf -- can make a big difference.
A light strip -- in this case one from Nanoleaf -- can make a big difference.
Photo: TjDeAdPoOl@Reddit.com

A humble light strip can have a huge impact on a computer setup and even the room it’s in, providing functional lighting as well as setting a mood with white or colored lights at different temperatures (cool, warm, etc.). Today’s featured MacBook Pro setup uses nothing but a Nanoleaf Essentials light strip behind the desk and a Xiaomi monitor lamp to light its way. And they do so to great effect.

Read more about the lighting below, plus the setup’s use of a Sonos Bluetooth speaker for audio and an iPhone with Continuity Camera for effective videoconferencing.

Magnetic MagEasy Skin band keeps Apple Watch secure and stylish [Review] ★★★★☆

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The starlight-colored band looks and feels like it'll be just right for summer.★★★★☆
The starlight-colored band looks and feels like it'll be just right for summer.
Photo: David Snow/Cult of Mac

Most folks have their favorite materials when it comes to Apple Watch bands, like classic leather, stainless steel or smooth silicone. For my take on its interesting version of a silicone band with magnets in it, SwitchEasy recently sent me its MagEasy Skin Silicone Magnetic Apple Watch Band to try out.

It’s a comfortable, stylish, durable and convenient silicone band available in the Cult of Mac Store. The easy-on, easy-off magnetic closure keeps it secure on your wrist. But it’s not without minor drawbacks.

World’s first lossless Wi-Fi headphones come from unexpected place

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HED Unity lossless Wi-Fi headphones come with a hefty price tag -- $2,199.
HED Unity lossless Wi-Fi headphones come with a hefty price tag -- $2,199.
Photo: HED Technologies

Rumors swirled over the past few years that Sonos would take on Apple’s AirPods Max by releasing its first headphones, possibly with Wi-Fi in addition to Bluetooth. But a little-known Swiss startup has beaten both companies to the punch with a pricey new set of cans.

HED Technologies recently unveiled HED Unity, the world’s first wireless headphones to offer lossless, high-resolution audio streaming over a local Wi-Fi network at up to 24bit/96kHz.

How Jennifer Garner found her ‘dream role’ in The Last Thing He Told Me

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Garner plays a new wife and unwanted mom to a teen in the thriller, out Friday on Apple TV+.
Garner plays a new wife and unwanted mom to a teen in the thriller, out Friday on Apple TV+.
Photo: Apple TV+

At a screening for the Apple TV+ limited series The Last Thing He Told Me in New York City Tuesday, actress Jennifer Garner revealed why playing Hannah Hill is her “dream role.”

The thriller, based on the same-titled book by Laura Dave that spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, comes out Friday with its first two episodes on Apple TV+.

MacBook Pro drives ‘minimal’ and moody space-gray rig [Setups]

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There's plenty going on this
There's plenty going on this "minimal" computer setup.
Photo: JVillaPhoto@Reddit.com

People love their “minimal” computer setups, but everyone has a different idea of what that means. Today’s featured M1 MacBook Pro setup is on the spare side — not to mention beautifully photographed — but it actually has a lot going on.

From the powerful laptop and 4K display to the big-time external storage, backup power and extensive smart lighting, the setup’s more than a match for its owner’s photo editing work.

Get up to 86% off Apple accessories while you can

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Here's your chance to stock up on Apple accessories at super-cheap prices.
Here's your chance to stock up on Apple accessories at super-cheap prices.
Photo: Woot!

Amazon bargain site Woot! is selling a slew of Apple’s accessories at steep discounts through May 1. Sale items include Apple Watch bands, iPhone cases, an iPhone wallet, AirTag cases, and chargers and cables.

The discounts range from 21% off to an astounding 86% off (by Woot’s calculations), so don’t miss this one.

Last call for Easter Sale savings on fantastic Apple accessories

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These elegant Milanese mesh bands from Laut are 25% off.
These elegant Milanese mesh bands from Laut are 25% off.
Photo: Laut

The Cult of Mac Store’s Easter Sale is winding down. Before it ends, don’t miss your chance to get up to 60% off a variety of accessories, including Apple Watch bands, iPhone and AirPods cases and more.

Visit the Easter Savings collection for all the deals and see some cool highlights below.

Huge OLED TV makes ‘perfect’ display (for some) [Setups]

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That's a 42-inch OLED HD TV for a monitor.
That's a 42-inch OLED HD TV for a monitor.
Photo: FrankyHi5@Reddit.com

New computer displays tend to get not just better over time, but bigger — within reason. Unlike TVs, they’re designed to be viewed from just a few feet away at most. But increasingly, we see people using smart TVs as external monitors to get that extra size into their desktop setups.

Today’s featured setup sports an M2 MacBook Pro driving a 42-inch LG OLED smart TV that the user describes as “perfect.”

Get Steve Jobs’ new ‘memoir’ for free

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The new digital book comes out April 11 for free.
The new digital book comes out April 11 for free on the Steve Jobs Archive website and Apple Books.
Photo: Steve Jobs Archive

The Steve Jobs Archive released its first book Tuesday, Make Something Wonderful: Steve Jobs in his own words. It’s a memoir of sorts because almost everything in it comes directly from Jobs, from major speeches and interviews to emails he sent to himself. It covers the Apple co-founder’s life from a young age until he passed away in 2011.

The new book includes never-before-seen content, the archive said, and it’s free from multiple sources.

Slick new Soundcore hi-fi speaker sports spatial audio

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The new speaker has a stainless steel grille and an aluminum handle.
The new speaker has a stainless steel grille and an aluminum handle.
Photo: Soundcore

Soundcore unveiled its elegant new Motion X600 Portable High Fidelity Speaker Monday. The compact speaker offers hi-res, spatial audio in a handsome package with a metal grille and a choice of gray, green or blue colors.

When it becomes available in early May, it’ll go for $200. But you can get an early-bird discount. See below.

Updated OnePlus Nord earbuds add noise cancellation at low price

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Now with ANC and improved sound quality, OnePlus Nord Buds 2 cost $59 and come in white or gray colors.
Now with ANC and improved sound quality, OnePlus Nord Buds 2 cost $59 and come in white or gray colors.
Photo: OnePlus

Another week, another set of active-noise-cancelling (ANC) wireless earbuds. The latest buds vying to take a piece of the AirPods pie are the updated OnePlus Nord Buds 2. They add ANC and improved sound quality over their super-affordable predecessor.

Nord Buds made a splash with good sound quality at a bargain-basement price of $39 when they came out. Now Nord Buds 2 piles on more features and boosts quality at a still-low $59 price point.

New HaloLock wallet is also a battery and stand for iPhone

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Charge your iPhone on the go, carry a couple of cards and set it up as a stand to watch videos.
Charge your iPhone on the go, carry a couple of cards and set it up as a stand to watch videos.
Photo: ESR

Accessories maker ESR unveiled its new HaloLock Power Bank Wallet on Wednesday. Now on Amazon, the magnetic 3-in-1 device charges your phone, keep your cards in order and lets you “enjoy hands-free viewing in a sleek, pocket-friendly package,” the company said.

Affordable iMac rig sees no need for Apple silicon [Setups]

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You won't find any M1 or M2 Macs here.
You won't find any M1 or M2 Macs here.
Photo: OptimalOutrage@Reddit.com

Not every computer setup flaunted and much-admired on social media is an Apple silicon powerhouse with an ultra-fast M1 or M2 chip. Today’s featured setup leans on a 6-year-old iMac and a MacBook Air almost twice as old as that.

But with the help of an impressive-yet-affordable audio gear list and a trio of gaming systems, the rig gets the work and play done. And don’t miss the beefed up iPod classic in the mix.

Easter Sale: Make AirPods even better with these accessories

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Elkson's case will keep your AirPods Pro safe and comes with a handy keychain ring.
Elkson's case will keep your AirPods Pro safe and comes with a handy keychain ring.
Photo: Elkson

No matter which AirPods you have, the Cult of Mac Easter Sale has something for you. Check out the selection of cool cases and stands in the Easter Savings collection.

See some highlights below, where the links go straight to the products. And if you think this sale is probably only for AirPods Pro, AirPods 3 and AirPods Max, guess again. Here’s six cases for AirPods 1 and 2, for example — all 25% off.

Floating iPad Pro works as a ‘perfect’ second screen [Setups]

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Whoah, how'd that iPad Pro learn to fly?
Whoah, how'd that iPad Pro learn to fly?
Photo: StatFlow@Reddit.com

We often see computer setups festooned with several big external monitors, Mission Control style. But some great setups get by with zero external displays, like today’s featured iMac setup.

The iMac provides the main screen, of course. And then “black magic” makes the iPad Pro levitate as a second screen. Or something like that. See below.

Save up to 40% on iPhone cases and accessories in our Easter Sale

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The Laut Prestige Folio is not just an iPhone case. It's also a stand.
The Laut Prestige Folio is not just an iPhone case. It's also a stand.
Photo: Laut

The Easter Sale in the Cult of Mac Store features an array of iPhone cases and accessories at great discounts — up to 40% off!

You can find a huge selection of Laut cases to fit any taste and almost any recent iPhone (not just iPhone 14 series). And if you want a screen or lens protector, the sale has you covered with various options.

Check out the Easter Savings collection! And see below for some sale highlights for iPhone. The links below go directly to products.

Easter Sale: Score up to 25% off stylish Apple Watch bands

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Mifa's Every Day Carry (EDC) nylon sports band comes in four colors/styles, including a new green color.
Mifa's Every Day Carry (EDC) nylon sports band comes in four colors/styles, including a new green color.
Photo: Mifa

In the Cult of Mac Store’s Easter Sale, you can slash up to 25% off regular prices on a variety of cool Apple Watch bands. Bands by Mifa and Elkson are 20% off while bands from Rilee & Lo and Laut are 25% off.

Check out the Easter Savings collection to browse the sale, and see some great highlights below.

Celebrating the joys of owning 2 Macs [Setups]

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Some people seem to an M2 Mac mini and an M1 MacBook Air in one setup is overkill. Others wouldn't have it any other way.
Some people seem to an M2 Mac mini and an M1 MacBook Air in one setup is overkill. Others wouldn't have it any other way.
Photo: Duane_dibbley@Reddit.com

Are two Macs better than one in a computer setup? People’s opinions differ. What’s overkill to one person could be a perfectly sensible use of resources to another.

Until recently, today’s featured setup ran just an M1 MacBook Air. But then the user added an M2 Mac mini. To discover all the reasons why — especially if you need an excuse to add a desktop machine to your laptop setup or vice versa — read on.

New Crystal Palette cases add whimsical color to iPhone 14

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The four Laut Crystal Palette iPhone 14 cases are colorful indeed.
The four Laut Crystal Palette iPhone 14 cases, which come in sizes to fit the four iPhone 14 handsets, are colorful indeed.
Photo: Laut

Tired of subtle, utilitarian iPhone cases that make your handset look like everyone else’s? Take a peek at the Laut Crystal Palette cases for the iPhone 14 series.

You might find they’re worth checking out in the Cult of Mac Store. They don’t skimp on colorful, whimsical designs and even metallic flashes of rainbow foil.

Heirs duel over wine trove in Drops of God trailer

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The drama series, adapted from Japanese manga, premieres April 21 on Apple TV+
The drama series, adapted from Japanese manga, premieres April 21 on Apple TV+
Photo: Apple TV+

When a young Parisian woman flies to Tokyo after learning of her estranged father’s death there, she finds something unexpected. He has left her the world’s greatest wine collection. It’s worth $148 million. But she can only have it if she defeats a brilliant young wine expert in a series of wine-tasting tests.

That’s the premise neatly poured in the trailer Apple TV+ released Tuesday for Drops of God. The live-action drama series, adapted from a popular Japanese manga (comics), premieres April 21 on Apple TV+.

In Jane trailer, Goodall inspires globe-trotting kids to save animals

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"Jane" premieres on Apple TV+ April 14.
Photo: Apple TV+

Kids inspired by famous primatologist Jane Goodall go on epic quests to help protect wild animals in the upcoming Apple TV+ show Jane.

The first Jane trailer, which Apple released Monday, offers a glimpse of the new “live action/CGI blended” series. In it, 9-year-old character Jane Garcia says, “Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Jane Goodall said that.”

“I know,” her mother replies, drily, at her bedside. “You recite it every morning.”

First-gen iPhone with rare ‘Lucky you’ sticker could (not) break auction record [Updated]

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The packaging's not perfect, but the rare
The packaging's not perfect, but the rare "Lucky you" sticker could add value.
Photo: Wright

Last week we asked if you were lucky enough to have about $65,000 to spend on an iPhone that can’t connect to anything. Now we know you didn’t need that much money after all.

The original, sealed iPhone (1st generation) that went up for auction Thursday sported a rare “Lucky you” sticker on the box. But that wasn’t enough to vault the handset into the record books ($63,356). Bidding started at $32,000.

Update: And … bidding ended at $40,320, the low end of the projected range of $40,000 – $60,000. Too many old iPhones up for auction lately? Maybe.