Save $72 on a 3-in-1 charging dock for iPhone, AirPods, Apple Watch

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Charging station for iPhone, AirPods, Apple Watch
Now just $29.99 for a limited time.
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Charge your iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch simultaneously and cut down on cable clutter with $70 off the PowerUp 3-in-1 charging station from Aduro. It uses speedy Qi wireless charging technology and ships with an included power adapter and charging cable.

Get yours for just $27.99 — its lowest price yet — before this discount disappears.

Use AirPods more seamlessly with your Mac with this $9 app

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This app lets you connect your Mac and AirPods
If you like your AirPods, and you like your Mac, you're gonna love AirBuddy.
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AirPods are awesome, but they’re more magical with iOS devices than with Macs. Unless, of course, you use AirBuddy.

The Mac app brings some of that iOS-style sweetness to your AirPods experience on an Apple computer. And right now, you can get a lifetime subscription to AirBuddy for less than $9.

AirPods 3 may debut in September at iPhone 13 event

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Apple has big plans for the AirPods lineup.
New AirPods will reportedly borrow the design of the AirPods Pro.
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Apple’s AirPods 3, the third iteration of its standard issue wireless earbuds, could make their debut in September alongside the iPhone, Digitimes reported Friday.

According to the report, the new AirPods — which are rumored to receive a redesign in line with the AirPods Pro, minus the active noise cancelling feature — will “remain price-friendly.” The current AirPods launched in March 2019 at $159 with standard charging case or $199 with wireless charging case.

Listen up! AirPods 3 could enter mass-production next month

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AirPods 3 might borrow some features of AirPods Pro.
Coming soon to a pair of ears near you.
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Apple’s next-gen AirPods, the third iteration of the company’s regular AirPods, will go into production next month, Nikkei Asia reported Wednesday.

This would be the first upgrade for Apple’s standard issue AirPods since the second-gen version debuted March 2019. The original AirPods made their debut in December 2016.

AirPods manufacturers sleep in factory ‘bubbles’ to avoid COVID-19

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Apple has big plans for the AirPods lineup.
It's all part of the effort to contain COVID.
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In order to quell the spread of COVID-19, at least one Apple supplier set up coronavirus “bubbles” for employees on its production lines, essentially sealing off workers from the outside world.

According to a Tuesday report by Nikkei Asia, several factories in Vietnam — including one owned by AirPods manufacturer GoerTek — took this precautionary measure as COVID-19 cases ramp up in the country.

Affordable EarHooks ensure your AirPods never leave you

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AirPods Pro EarHooks
Get yours from just $10.99.
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Breaking up is hard and painful, unless you’re an AirPod. They’re far from loyal, and they will leave you any time and anywhere. That’s why you need Elago’s awesome EarHooks.

EarHooks prevent an ugly breakup by ensuring AirPods and AirPods Pro always stay in your ear — whether you’re working out or squeezing onto a busy train. And you can get yours today from just $10.99.

How Apple uses US Customs and Border Protection to bust bogus AirPods

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AirPods
Not exactly authentic AirPods.
Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

When you think about the types of items typically seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, you might picture contraband like drugs or weapons. You probably don’t imagine knockoff AirPods as a target.

In fact, bogus earbuds are a big deal. Customs and Border Protection seized “roughly 360,000 counterfeit wireless headphones with a retail value of $62.2 million” since October, according to a story in The Information, citing previously unreported government data.

Apple is one several predominantly larger companies that work with Customs officers to help weed out copycat products upon their entry into the United States. And the counterfeit goods are not necessarily packaged to look exactly like actual Apple products. Here’s how it works.

Last chance: Save on stellar iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch accessories in our Fourth of July sale

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Juuk polished Revo
Save on the stunning polished Revo from Juuk, and lots, lots more.
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The Cult of Mac Store just kicked off its big Fourth of July sale, offering 15% off all items when you spend $50 or more.

Take your pick from some of the best iPhone, iPad and AirPods cases, stands, Apple Watch bands and more — all hand-picked and approved by members of the Cult of Mac team.

The offer ends today, so enjoy it while you can!