Best iPhone X and iPhone 8 camera accessories

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The new iPhone 8 and X cameras are incredible. These accessories make them even better.
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The iPhone’s camera is good enough that it can be most people’s only camera — including professional photographers. The iPhone is a multi-purpose computer, though, not just a camera, so it can sometimes do with a little help when it comes to ergonomics, or to adding a little extra reach with a telephoto lens. These are the iPhone 8 camera gizmos you should buy:

Best wireless charging pads for iPhone X and iPhone 8

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Ikea is even building chargers into the furniture.
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Apple’s new iPhone lineup finally supports wireless charging. It uses the Qi standard that’s been popular for years, which means there’s already an endless list of compatible charging pads, mats, and stands available.

So, which one should you buy? We’ve rounded up some of the best to make your buying decision that little bit easier.

Best iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus cases so far

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Most iPhones end up inside a case. It should probably be one of these.
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The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus may cost as much as the top-end iPhone X, but that certainly doesn’t mean you don’t want to protect your new iPhone.

You’ll find a range of cases on the market. Ultra-thin “skins” will to protect your iPhone 8 from scratches without changing its appearance much. Heavy-duty armor will save it from concrete smashes. And wallet-style cases let get organized. Here are our top picks for the iPhone 8/8 Plus cases you need to know about.

Casetify’s nylon Apple Watch bands hit all the marks [Watch Store]

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These fabric-like, breathable nylon Apple Watch nylon bands from Casetify are scratch-resistant and sweat-proof.
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Nylon bands for Apple Watch are in high demand for their comfort and versatility. Add in great engineering and style, and you’ve got the ideal strap to fit your everyday needs.

Enter Casetify, a company that believes in being radically unique, creating beautifully designed, made-to-order products that are hand-inspected from beginning to end.

The company recently launched its line of Nylon Fabric Bands for Apple Watch, and we’re now featuring them all in our Watch Store. A great value at $40!

Apple Watch 3 reviews: LTE is big, but battery life suffers

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Is Apple Watch 3 worth the upgrade fee?
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Early reviews of the Apple Watch Series 3 are now dropping ahead of its official debut on Friday, September 22. If you’re still in two minds about whether you should upgrade, they should help you make that all-important decision.

The general consensus is that LTE is a great addition to Apple’s wearable lineup. Just don’t expect a drastically different experience, and prepare yourself for some early teething troubles.

iOS 11 will change the way you use your iPad [Review]

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New features in iOS 11 make the iPad a multitasking beast.
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IOS 11 is a huge update to Apple’s mobile operating system, but only if you’re using an iPad. While the iPhone gets its fair share of tweaks and polish, the iPad is transformed into a different machine. When you install iOS 11, your iPad will be transformed from a big iPhone, into a slick mobile computer. It has completely changed how I use my iPad, to the extent that I probably never need to buy another Mac again.

The headline features are drag-and-drop between apps, a new Mac-like Dock, a Finder-like app named Files, and a radically re-thought Control Center that echoes the one found in — you guessed it — the Mac. IOS 11, then, brings many of the Mac’s best features to the iPad, but redesigned to suit the touch screen.

What does this mean for daily use? It means that Mac and PC users can switch to the iPad without having to relearn how to do everything, and existing users will no longer feel like they have their hands tied while trying to do the simplest tasks.

Apple Watch just got way more stylish [Review]

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We love the high quality of Bezel & Bytes' genuine leather Apple Watch bands with added bling. All hardware is stainless steel and nickel-free.
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Ladies, take note: Now’s the time to up your style game for fall with beautiful Apple Watch bands designed for women by women.

Transform your tech into a chic fashion accessory with Bezels & Bytes’ decidedly girlie collection of bling-accented bands that’ll take you seamlessly from work to play.

And, get a free pair of Triple Stud Earrings from Bezels & Bytes (a $25 value!) while supplies last when purchasing through Watch Store.

iPhone becomes a reliable light meter with Lumu Power [Review]

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Is that an iPhone or a light meter? It's both.
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Lumu Power light meter for iPhone

The iPhone democratized photography and disrupted the video and camera industry. Now a new product that plugs into the iPhone’s Lightning port aims to replace an important photographer’s tool — the handheld light meter.

The Lumu Power light meter is a small, plug-in photodiode that looks like a pingpong ball cut in half. The light meter, a product of Lumu Labs from Slovenia, rose out of a Kickstarter campaign in 2015. It’s won favorable reviews from photographers and photo websites as the company works to improve the companion app.

Eliminate tangled cords with this gadget organizer [Review]

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The BUBM case corrals the little things in your everyday tech carry.
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Best List: BUBM gadget and cord organizer by ATailorBird

Pulling your charging cord from your shoulder bag or backpack can resemble that gag where you think you’re opening a can of peanuts and get surprised by springy snakes. Your bag’s other contents can catch on your cords and fly out.

The BUBM cord and gadget organizing case offers just one surprise. The mundane task of organizing your cords and other small accessories turns out to be fun and satisfying.

Think Tank camera bag makes it easy to sling your gear [Review]

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The Think Tank TurnStyle V2.0 is a camera bag with a different look for a different feel.
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I’ve never been one to wear a camera bag with the shoulder strap going across my body. I put all the burden on my right shoulder and, as time wore on, I wore out my shoulder.

The TurnStyle V2.0 sling bag by Think Tank Photo changed the way I carry my camera gear. For one, I now carry it more comfortably.