Compact wireless charger juices all your Apple devices at once [Review]

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Native Union Drop XL Wireless Charger (Watch Edition)
The Native Union Drop XL wireless iPhone charger also has a Apple Watch Edition.
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Anyone packing iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods doesn’t have to deal with charging them separately. The Native Union Drop XL Wireless Charger (Watch Edition) can handle all three of these at once. And it won‘t take up much room on your nightstand.

I tested this multidevice wireless charger from a top-notch brand in my daily use to see if it lived up to its promises.

Move over, Dropbox: How to share iCloud folders in iOS 13.4

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Some folders, which could totally be shared.
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In iOS 13.4, you can share iCloud folders with other people for the first time. You’ve long been able to share a single file via iCloud, but now you can share folders, so all the people sharing can drop files in there. Just like Dropbox has done since, like, forever.

This new capability, which arrived Tuesday in iOS 13.4 and macOS Catalina 10.15.4, will finally let people ditch Dropbox and go all-in on iCloud. Let’s see how it works.

Apple preps 14.1-inch MacBook Pro with mini-LED display

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The smallest MacBook Pro is about to get a big upgrade.
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Apple plans to make an aggressive push adding mini-LED displays to its products in 2020, according to one of the most reliable Apple analysts in the game.

TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo updated his forecast for Apple’s mini-LED product roadmap Tuesday, saying that the company is working on four more mini-LED products than we originally knew about — including a 14.1-inch MacBook Pro.

The aluminum Kaweco Sport is the fountain pen Jony Ive would use [Review]

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The Kaweco Sport aluminum
The Kaweco Sport: compact, sturdy, and beautiful.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

It’s totally tempting to use a fountain pen. These throwback writing utensils carry a promise of a slower time, when people had hours to write — and when the main writing tool wasn’t a $1,000 computer or an $800 iPhone, but a tube of ink with a sharp tip.

However, fountain pens also can prove intimidating. Are they messy? Do you need to refill them from a bottle of ink? Can you toss one in a pocket like a cheap gel pen?

The fact is, you can have all the style and enjoyment of a fountain pen in a package that’s as practical as a cheap biro. More practical, really, as you can refill it yourself. If you want to try a fountain pen, you should begin with the Kaweco Sport. And if you want the Jony Ive-compatible version, you will buy the reasonably priced aluminum one.

How to turn your old Apple devices into quick cash

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Cult of Mac can help you get the best price.
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Now that the holidays are out of the way, Apple’s newest devices are readily available everywhere (unless you want AirPods Pro). If you’re planning to upgrade, or you’ve already upgraded your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch for 2020, turn your old devices into quick cash today.

Your aging Apple gadgets could be worth a small fortune — and Cult of Mac wants to buy them! We typically pay more than other trade-in services, and we won’t leave you waiting forever for your money.

I hated the iPad Pro Smart Folio Keyboard, but now I love it

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Smart Keyboard Folio
As a keyboard, the Smart Keyboard Folio makes a great stand.
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I picked up the Smart Folio Keyboard for my iPad Pro a few weeks back, because I was traveling and needed to do some work on the go. I’ve avoided the expensive accessory in the past, because a regular Bluetooth keyboard is so much better — on paper anyway. Even the most basic Bluetooth keyboard offers far more essential features than Apple’s own keyboard case. But after trying the Apple keyboard, I like it a lot. The keys themselves are still awful, but the convenience factor is off the charts.

Goldenerre’s gorgeous Apple Watch bracelets are an ideal Valentine’s gift

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A bracelet unlike any other.
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Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it, and we have the perfect gift idea for the Apple Watch lover in your life. Goldenerre’s gorgeous new bracelets are available now from the Cult of Mac Store.

Made from premium stainless steel, they quickly take any Apple Watch from drab to fab. And they can be accompanied by matching bangles that are just as pretty.