Best iPhone accessories [2017 Gift Guide]

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iPhone Gift Guide 2017
Need gift ideas? Find them right here!
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Gift Guide 2017The holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to start picking out the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Cult of Mac can help! This gift guide offers up a whole bunch of awesome gift suggestions for the iPhone lover in your life.

We handpicked some of the finest cases, wireless chargers, Bluetooth earbuds and more. They’re better than a bookstore voucher, and they’re guaranteed to fetch a smile.

Duolingo for iOS now teaches you Mandarin

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Duolingo Chinese
The best language learning app is now even better.
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Duolingo, the wonderful language learning app, now has the ability to teach you Mandarin. It was one of the most requested language courses in Duolingo history, and just like all the others, it’s free to take part.

Apple now ships iPhone X in under 3 weeks

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iPhone X
Apple is catching up with iPhone X demand.
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Apple is quickly catching up with iPhone X demand.

Shipping estimates on its online store have dropped for the first time since the handset was made available to pre-order late last month. New customers are facing a wait of just 2-3 weeks.

Animoji may not require iPhone X’s TrueDepth sensor

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iPhone X Animoji
Animoji would work on other iPhones.
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You can’t enjoy Animoji unless you buy an iPhone X, but it’s apparently not because you need the device’s fancy hardware. It looks like Apple’s latest gimmick is powered at least partly by the handset’s front-facing camera rather than relying entirely on its advanced TrueDepth sensor.

Best wireless charging pads for iPhone X and iPhone 8

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Best wireless charging pads for iPhone X and iPhone 8
You've got a new iPhone. Now it's time to get ready for wireless charging.
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Update: Apple added faster 7.5-watt wireless charging in iOS 11.2, which is currently in beta. We’ve updated this guide and placed compatible fast-charging pads at the top of the list.

Apple’s new iPhone lineup finally supports wireless charging. Both the iPhone X and the iPhone 8/8 Plus use the Qi standard that’s been popular for years. That means you can choose from an endless list of compatible charging pads, mats and stands already on the market.

So, which one(s) should you buy? We’ve rounded up some of the best iPhone wireless chargers to make your buying decision a little bit easier.