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This wireless charging case for iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch is perfect for travelers


Momax Airbox stores and charges your Apple devices.
Momax Airbox stores and charges your Apple devices.
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Momax’s Airbox Portable Power Cabin may be the ultimate companion for your Apple devices. The clamshell case not only charges your gadgets fast with its built-in 10,000mAh battery, it also stores them on the go — including iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods or AirPods Pro.

It’ll top up your iPad quickly via USB-C as well. And there’s even a special, non-charging slot to store your Apple Pencil.

The company calls the Airbox the world’s first foldable power bank. And Momax is offering a limited-time deal that drops the price considerably — plus an additional discount for Cult of Mac readers only!

Amazing deal knocks $50 off AirPods Pro 2


AirPods Pro 2 could act as heart monitor and hearing aid
You don't want to miss this AirPods Pro 2 deal.
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A whopping 20% discount brings the price of AirPods Pro 2 down to $199. These are the best wireless earbuds you can buy for your iPhone, Mac and other Apple gear.

Some Bose or Sony earbuds might deliver slightly higher sound quality or better noise cancellation. But nothing can match how seamlessly AirPods Pro integrate with Apple devices.

3 more simple AirPods tricks everyone should know


3 more simple AirPods tricks everyone should know
AirPods have some nifty features you should be aware of.
Image: Ed Hardy/David Snow/Cult of Mac

AirPods have no obvious controls on them, so it’s easy to think you just stick them in your ears and start listening. But these wireless earbuds offer features that aren’t immediately obvious.

We recently published six hidden tips and tricks for AirPods. Now here are a few more you might not know.

The latest group covers how to more easily control your AirPods, how to find a lost one, plus a simple way to extend the battery life.

AirPods Pro 2 deal knocks 20% off the best wireless earbuds for iPhone


At a glance, they could be AirPods Pro, but they're AirPods Pro 2, with many internal upgrades.
What's your reason not to buy the AirPods Pro 2 at its discounted price?
Photo: David Snow/Cult of Mac

If you are looking for a new pair of earphones for your iPhone, the AirPods Pro 2 are an obvious choice. And if you take advantage of Amazon’s latest deal, you can grab the earbuds for as low as $199.

This is a sweet $50 off the earphones’ retail price, making them much more affordable.

Sweet deals on Mac, iPad and Apple accessories linger on after Prime Day


The new MacBook Air features a spacious, high-resolution 15.3-inch Liquid Retina display — 25 percent larger than the 13-inch MacBook Air with M2.
The 15-inch MacBook Air is new but you can still find a discount on it, and other Apple products, in after-Prime Day sales.
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Although Amazon’s Prime Day is over, you have not missed your chance to save money on iPad, MacBook or AirPods. These Apple products are still on sale with enticing discounts.

But don’t wait — these deals could disappear at any time.

Next-gen AirPods Pro could measure your body temperature


AirPods Pro 2 in hand with case opened
AirPods Pro 2 charging case with USB-C could debut this year.
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Apple is exploring adding health-focused features to future versions of AirPods Pro, including sensors that measure body temperature. The company also is working on features that would make the earbuds a viable hearing aid replacement, including an advanced hearing test to evaluate the wearer’s capabilities.

Apple also reportedly plans to transition the AirPods Pro’s charging case from Lightning to USB-C this year. This could happen alongside the iPhone 15 series in September.

Formidable workstation scores 2 Apple ‘hat tricks’ [Setups]


It's pretty much all Apple here, with special appearance by other companies for recording and lighting purposes.
It's pretty much all Apple here, with special appearance by other companies for recording and lighting purposes.
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The only reason today’s featured setup isn’t 100% Apple is that Cupertino doesn’t make its own condenser USB microphones, lighting or desks.

Literally everything else in the setup is from Apple, including a computing “hat trick” of desktop Mac, laptop Mac and Apple tablet, plus a second hat trick for peripherals, with an Apple display, Apple input devices and Apple audio.

AirPods Pro 2 software update will bring awesome new features


AirPods Pro 2 internal view
An AirPods Pro 2 software upgrade will add important new audio features. And all Apple wireless earbuds are getting some enhancements.
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An upcoming software update will add multiple new listening modes to AirPods Pro 2. These are designed to make it easier for the user to listen to music while also hearing what’s going on around them.

Apple also announced at WWDC23 that all AirPods will get better at switching connections between devices, plus a change intended to make conference calls easier.

5 reasons you desperately need a desk mat [Setups]


What's missing in the picture?
What's missing in the picture?
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You may already have a mouse pad in your computer setup, but what about a desk mat? Similar concepts in some ways, those two. But many folks may not even think of a desk mat as a necessary item in a computer setup. Or they may consider it an afterthought rather than any sort of priority.

But the humble desk mat, reminiscent of grandpa’s desk blotter, has its benefits. And that came up with today’s featured, desk-mat-free M1 MacBook Air setup.