Wood MagSafe Charger is prettier, more affordable than Apple’s [Review]

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Limited77 Wood MagSafe Charger for iPhone
It's just as practical, but much more interesting.
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MagSafe is a huge step forward in wireless charging for iPhone. But Apple’s own MagSafe Charger is somewhat boring and pretty overpriced. The Wood Charger from Limited77 is a great alternative.

It works just like a MagSafe Charger, magnetically attaching itself to the back of iPhone 12, and it charges just as quickly. It’s also much more affordable. Want to know more? Here’s our full review.

New AirPods and lossless Apple Music HiFi rumored for next week

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AirPods 3 might borrow some features of AirPods Pro.
Coming soon to an ear (or even two) near you.
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New AirPods could be on their way next Tuesday, a sketchy rumor shared by AppleTrack suggests. The rumor comes from a YouTuber named Luke Miani, who doesn’t have a record when it comes to Apple rumors.

AppleTrack, which tracks the validity of Apple rumors, says it has heard “privately” that Apple is set to release new AirPods in the coming weeks. According to the report, Apple will make the announcement on May 18 in a press release.

Last chance: Save on sweet Elago accessories for iPhone, Apple Watch

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Save on Elago's new Apple Pencil cover
Get the new Apple Pencil cover for just $11.04.
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Elago’s awesome accessories for iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods are now available at 15% off ahead of Mother’s Day. This discount ends later today, so enjoy it while you can!

You can save on brilliant retro charging stands inspired by iconic devices like the original Macintosh and Game Boy, Apple Watch bands, iPhone cases, AirPods bumpers, and lots more. There’s also 15% off Elago’s new Apple Pencil cover.

Save on some of the best accessories for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch

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Cult of Mac Store Mother's Day sale
Save up to 72% before the discounts disappear.
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Save on some of the best accessories money can buy for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac in the Cult of Mac Store’s big Mother’s Day sale. Enjoy up to 72% of cases, bands, charging stands, and more from the likes of Elago, Laut, Juuk, Monowear, and SwitchEasy.

These are limited-time offers, so enjoy them while you can!

Switch between AirPods audio modes in Control Center [Pro tip]

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Switch AirPods audio modes in Control Center
The quick and simply way to toggle noise cancellation and Transparency.
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Control Center Pro Tips WeekWe want to help you master Control Center, one of the most powerful and underutilized features on Apple devices. Cult of Mac’s Control Center Pro Tips series will show you how to make the most of this useful toolbox on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac.

Switching between different AirPods audio modes is simple with Control Center on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. You can activate or deactivate Transparency and active noise cancellation in just a couple of taps.

We’ll show you how.

Activate Live Listen for AirPods inside Control Center [Pro tip]

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Activate Live Listen Control Center
Make it easier to hear other people in a crowded room.
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Control Center Pro Tips WeekWe want to help you master Control Center, one of the most powerful and underutilized features on Apple devices. Cult of Mac’s Control Center Pro Tips series will show you how to make the most of this useful toolbox on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac.

Activate Live Listen for AirPods and Powerbeats headphones inside Control Center to make it easier to hear other people in a noisy environment. The feature is built into iPhone and iPad and easy to use.

We’ll show you how.

How to get the latest AirPods Pro firmware update

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How to get the latest AirPods Pro firmware update
There’s a firmware update out for AirPods Pro and AirPods 2. Here’s how to get it.
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Anyone with AirPods Pro will want the just-released firmware update for these in-ear headphones. The same update is also available for the AirPods 2. Exactly what it offers isn’t clear, but there’s hope it makes changes to automatic audio switching.

The AirPods update process is indirect, but we can steer you through it.

Era of crazy growth for AirPods may be over

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Apple has big plans for the AirPods lineup.
AirPod sales have been growing at crazy speeds... until now.
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AirPods have been on a crazy upward trajectory since Apple introduced them in 2016. However, that unassailable rise may have finally stalled, according to a report from Nikkei Asia published Wednesday.

The publication claims that Apple has cut orders for AirPods by 25-30% after being stuck with excess inventory sitting around in warehouses. This is due to the ever-expanding competition Apple faces from other companies making their own rival wireless earbuds — many at a lower price point than Apple.

New Powerbeats headphones hit brand-new low — now under $80

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Beats-Powerbeats
Bag yours before they all sell out!
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Apple’s newest Powerbeats headphones can now be yours at their lowest price to date. Order them in black on Amazon today for just $79.99 — a generous $69.96 off the usual price.

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