Apple highlights accessories in its 2019 Mother’s Day gift guide

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Looking for a Mother's Day gift? Apple has some ideas.
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Sunday May 12 is Mother’s Day in the United States — meaning that you’ve got got just under one month to pick your mom up something that lets you know how much you appreciate her.

While flowers or chocolates are standard fare, Apple’s got an even better idea: Why not buy her an Apple product? With that in mind, the company has debuted its Mother’s Day gift guide for 2019.

5-in-1 cable gives you one dongle to rule them all

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High Five packs all the ports you need.
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The dark days of dongle hell might finally be over thanks to a brilliant new accessory that packs five different ports in one cable.

Vonmählen, a smartphone accessory maker based in Germany, revealed its new creation called the High Five. The company claims it’s the first ever 5-in-1 cable that’s so small it fits on your keychain. Best of all, it’s super cheap too.

Cheap accessories that make iPad Pro a productivity powerhouse

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Satechi's iPad Pro USB-C hub packs four commonly used ports.
Get real work done on your iPad Pro.
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Is the iPad Pro a laptop replacement? Despite what you might think, and what many reviewers will tell you, it can be for a lot of professionals. But not by itself.

If you’re going to use your iPad to get real work done, and to be as productive as possible, you’ll need some things to go with it. In this roundup, we’ve listed affordable accessories that turn iPad Pro into a productivity powerhouse.

These are the best accessories for your 2018 iPad Pro

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The awesome new iPad Pro deserves some awesome accessories.
The awesome new 2018 iPad Pro deserves some awesome accessories.
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You’ve got your new iPad Pro, and it’s all set up. Now, you might want to start tricking it out with accessories. The bad news is that most of your old accessories won’t work. The good news is that some of them will, and the rest can be replaced, or hooked up with dongles. Let’s check out the best accessories for the new 2018 iPad Pro.

Belkin’s gorgeous dock charges iPhone XS and Apple Watch with style

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This is one of the prettiest docks we've ever seen.
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iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 owners looking for the perfect chargers to both of their new devices just got a lot of love from Belkin with a dock that works on both iPhones and Apple Watch.

Belkin introduced its new BoostUp wireless charging dock for iPhone + Apple Watch today that not only keeps your new tech juiced up, but it’s also so pretty you won’t be ashamed to have it on full display in your house.

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Satechi’s new extended keyboards gives you Apple looks on a budget

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Satechi's Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard is the perfect match for your Apple setup.
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Accessory maker Satechi has been around for years, offering a wide range of charging solutions, headphones, dongles, and computer peripherals for both Mac and PC. Their newest Mac accessories, the Aluminum Bluetooth keyboard and Aluminum USB keyboard offer Apple-inspired design at a fraction of Apple’s keyboard prices.

You can now preorder accessories for this year’s ‘iPhone XI’

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Please don’t use these names, Apple.
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One retailer has already started taking preorders for new accessories made for this year’s “iPhone XI” and “iPhone XI Plus.”

Those are the names that will be given to Apple’s new flagships, according to one accessory maker. A more affordable device with a 6.1-inch LCD screen, believed to be called the “iPhone XS,” is also on the way.

We hope for Apple’s sake that these names are inaccurate.

Foxconn is buying a renowned Apple accessory maker for $866 million

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Belkin has long been a manufacturer of high quality Apple accessories.
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Long-time Apple device manufacturer Foxconn is about to get even closer to Apple — thanks to its acquisition of well-known iPhone accessory maker Belkin.

According to a new report, Belkin International will be bought by FIT Hon Teng, a Hong Kong-based subsidiary of Foxconn for a massive $866 million. The acquisition also includes Linksys and Wemo-branded products and services, as well as the smart home water management company, Phyn.

ecobee Switch+ with HomeKit also an Alexa smart speaker

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ecobee Switch+ works with HomeKit and Alexa.
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ecobee began taking pre-orders for the Switch+ today. This smart-home light switch includes HomeKit support so it can be remotely controlled with an iPhone.

But it goes beyond that: with Amazon’s Alexa built in, this wall switch acts as a smart speaker all on its own.