Elevate your iPhone charging with Forté MagSafe stand [Review]

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Twelve South Forté review
Twelve South Forté
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The Twelve South Forté turns Apple’s MagSafe iPhone charging puck into a stand. So rather than your handset lying flat on a table it’s held up where you can more easily see the display. And the elevated charging mat swivels so you can pick your viewing angle for watching video or making FaceTime calls.

I put the Forté to use in my home office. Here’s what it’s like to use in real life.

How to get ready to pre-order iPhone 13 with the iPhone Upgrade Program

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How to get ready to pre-order iPhone 13 with the iPhone Upgrade Program
The iPhone Upgrade Program gets you a new model every year.
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The iPhone Upgrade Program is Apple’s equivalent of a carrier’s monthly contract. You can upgrade your iPhone every year, and pay a monthly fee instead of buying the handset outright. The upgrade path is simple — there’s a new iPhone every year, and you can upgrade every year.

Here’s how to get ready so you can be ready for iPhone 13 preorders this Friday. Don’t wait until the last minute.

Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds harmonize on set of Apple TV+ musical Spirited

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Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds star in the holiday musical comedy
Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds star in the holiday musical comedy "Spirited" from Apple TV+.
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The streets of Boston have recently been all dressed up in Christmas cheer, but not because consumerism has gone wild even earlier than usual. It’s because the Apple TV+ holiday musical comedy Spirited is in production there. Stars Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell harmonized rather nicely their entry in the TikTok “Grace Kelly challenge” while on set.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs leaves and rejoins Apple

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Steve Jobs before and after, with maybe a little judgement about water sales.
Two significant days in Jobs' career took place on this day.
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September 16: Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs leaves and rejoins Apple September 16, 1985 and 1997: Twice on this day, Steve Jobs makes significant moves with regard to his career at Apple. In 1985, he quits the company he co-founded. Then, a decade and a half later, he officially rejoins Apple as its new interim CEO.

In terms of the emotions associated with those historic occasions, it’s hard to think of two more polarizing days in Jobs’ life.

Twelve South adds MagSafe to its leather BookBook case for iPhone 13

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Is it a great read? No, it's an iPhone 13 and some credit cards.
Is it a great read? No, it's an iPhone 13 and some credit cards.
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Twelve South has added a new chapter to the story of its leather iPhone case known as BookBook, cracking open a MagSafe version of the book-style case and wallet for iPhone 13. It looks like something you’d blow the dust off sitting next to a fireplace with a glass of cognac in hand.

Bag brand-new AirPods Pro for just $179.99 and save $69

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AirPods Pro with black background discounts
Bag yours before the discount disappears.
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Pick up a brand-new pair of AirPods Pro on Amazon today for just $179.99 — a full $69.01 off the usual retail price. This is one of the biggest discounts we’ve seen on new units so far, and it won’t last long.

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Apple details new ways to shop for iPhone 13 and latest iPad models

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Shop iPhone 13
It's now even easier to give Apple your cash.
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Preordering iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro tomorrow? Apple now gives you new ways to shop for its newest devices. Take advantage of additional pickup, payment, and delivery options, as well as carrier offers at Apple Retail stores.

The same options are also available for the new iPad and iPad mini, which are already up for preorder ahead of their debut on September 24.

Take a shot at becoming a photographer with these intro courses for less than $50

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This awesome photography course is $40.
Your photos will be picture-perfect after taking this photography course.
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If you want to get into photography and learn like a professional, then give the Intro to Professional Photography, Lightroom, & Photoshop Bundle a try. This pack of courses is a great starting point for new photographers, and it’s on sale for $40.