Apple should go all in on iPhone 12’s reverse wireless charging

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Apple should go all in on iPhone 12’s reverse wireless charging
What if you could charge your AirPods just by putting them on your iPhone?
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Turns out the iPhone 12 could do reverse wireless charging all along — Apple just didn’t talk about it until this week. And now that the cat’s out of the bag, Apple should embrace the capability and let iPhones wirelessly charge any other compatible device.

Nomad looks to protect and beautify your MagSafe Charger

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Nomad offers a new leather case for your Apple MagSafe Charger.
Nomad offers a new leather case for your Apple MagSafe Charger.
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Accessories-maker Nomad Goods wants to cover your world of Apple gadgets in leather. Even the ones you probably don’t carry around every day. Its newest product is a leather cover designed to protect and beautify the iPhone 12 series’ magnetic charging puck, Apple’s MagSafe Charger.

Charge 3 devices at once with this $17 multitasking Apple Watch cord

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This 3-in-1 Apple Watch & Lightning Charger Cable can charge three devices at once
This Lightning cable is the perfect way to minimize cable clutter.
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There’s probably nothing more annoying than your phone dying right when you need it the most. Ditto for your AirPods or Apple Watch in the middle of a workout. Instead of dealing with a mess of different cables and chargers to power up your favorite devices, this 3-in-1 Apple Watch & Lightning Charger Cable can charge three devices at once.

It’s the perfect way to minimize cable clutter and ensure that all your necessary charging cords can be located quickly and conveniently. And it’s on sale now for just $16.99!

Keep your Apple gear charged with a 4-in-1 wireless charger, now just $41

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This versatile wireless charger powers up four devices at once.
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There are two universal truths in life: 1) We will always want the latest iPhone, no matter how perfectly fine the one we currently have is. And 2) You can never have enough chargers.

Never underestimate the luxury of always having your devices charged. Having easily accessible chargers usefully placed around your home simply makes life a breeze.

One of the best ways to do that? With this awesome 4-in-1 Versatile Wireless Charger, which is on sale today for just $40.95. That’s a 31% discount off the regular price of $60.

SurfacePad iPhone 12 case stores credit cards without interrupting MagSafe charging

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Twelve South SurfacePad iPhone 12 case stores credit cards without interrupting MagSafe charging
The SurfacePad wraps an iPhone 12 in leather and provides slots for two cards. All without getting in the way of MagSafe charging.
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The Twelve South SurfacePad is a folio leather wallet case for iPhone 12. It’s designed to hold ID and credit cards and protect the handset’s screen. And it does so without interfering with MagSafe wireless charging.

This iPhone and iPad stylus will drive your co-workers mad with envy [Review]

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Stand out in the boardroom with Adonit Prime iPhone/iPad stylus [Review]
The Adonit Prime looks like a top-tier writing instrument. But it’s a high-quality stylus for either iPhone or iPad.
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Adonit Prime is a stylus for iPhone or iPad that combines a premium form with top-quality function. It’s for anyone not satisfied with everyday styli — anybody who wants one that stands out from the crowd.

I tried both the Prime – Dash (the version for iPhone) and the Prime – Note (for iPad). Here’s why they would be at home on any executive’s desk.

With Father’s Day coming up, the Adonit Prime might be just right for the dad who has everything.

No cloud, no problem: How to auto-store your photos and videos

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This backup stick protects and stores your photos and videos from virtually all devices.
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We all go through a similar thought process when our phones, laptops or iPads break, get lost or are stolen. Somewhere between trying to remedy the situation and coming to terms with the loss comes the sharp realization that all your content is gone. Saying goodbye to your photos is never fun, but you can prevent this nightmare from happening by taking precautions now.

What’s better than using cloud storage? Keeping your photo and video content in the palm of your hand. While the cloud can be convenient, the Photo Backup Stick automatically backs up pictures and videos — without having to rely on an internet connection. It can eliminate the need to pay for monthly cloud-storage fees.

MagSafe in iPhone 12 makes PopGrips so much better [Review]

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PopSockets PopGrip for MagSafe review
Magnets in the iPhone 12 series means PopSockets PopGrip for MagSafe doesn’t have to use sticky adhesives.
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PopSockets PopGrips are already wildly popular, and the new MagSafe system in the iPhone 12 series improved on the design. Instead of having to attach with adhesive, the pop-up phone handles cling tightly to magnets built into Apple’s handsets.

I tried the standard PopGrip and the wallet version with an iPhone 12, and they stood up brilliantly to real-world use.

$13 turns your MagSafe Charger into a stand and grip for iPhone

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MagSafe Grip Stand for iPhone
Make MagSafe charging even better.
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Make your MagSafe Charger even more useful by turning it into a stand and grip for your iPhone 12. Elago’s aptly named Grip Stand accessory, priced at just $12.99, makes your iPhone easier to hold onto and easier to see while it’s charging. Bag yours today from the Cult of Mac Store.

Also check out Elago’s new Charging Pad, which keeps your MagSafe Charger tidy and prevents it from moving around on your nightstand.