Elevate your iPhone charging with Forté MagSafe stand [Review]

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Twelve South Forté review
Twelve South Forté
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The Twelve South Forté turns Apple’s MagSafe iPhone charging puck into a stand. So rather than your handset lying flat on a table, it’s held up so you can more easily see the display. And the elevated charging mat swivels so you can pick your viewing angle for watching video or making FaceTime calls.

I put the Forté to use in my home office. Here’s what it’s like to use in real life.

Twelve South’s PowerPic Mod picture frame juices up your devices

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Twelve South's PowerPic Mod Wireless Charger looks like an unassuming piece of decor.
Twelve South's PowerPic Mod Wireless Charger looks like an unassuming piece of decor.
Photo: Twelve South

Your iPhone charger doesn’t have to look like a charger when it’s off-duty. Twelve South launched its PowerPic Mod Wireless Charger on Wednesday. The Qi-enabled charging stand serves as a picture frame, with a detachable magnetic lucite frame that fits any 4 x 6 photo or graphic.

Top 10 MagSafe-compatible iPhone 13 cases

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Totallee's iPhone 13 cases are thin and light.
Totallee's iPhone 13 cases are thin and light.
Photo: Totallee

With many new iPhones 13s already shipped to customers and many more on the way, now’s the time for folks to find the right case to protect their new investment. Accessories makers have obliged with many, many choices, from minimalistic to stylish to super-tough.

We offer a top 10 list below, but not a ranked one, because that would be comparing apples and oranges, so to speak. Several different types of cases are included.

Make Apple Watch workouts more comfortable with ActionSleeve 2

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Twelve South ActionSleeve for Apple Watch
Always comfortable and out of your way.
Photo: Twelve South

Do you find your Apple Watch is uncomfortable on your wrist during intense workouts? Wear it on your arm where it’s out of your way with the superb ActionSleeve 2 from Twelve South — now available from the Cult of Mac Store.

Made from a soft and lightweight fabric, ActionSleeve 2 feels good even when you’re hot and sweaty. It doesn’t prevent Apple Watch from tracking your heart rate and other statistics, and it’s machine washable so you can keep it clean.

Twelve South adds MagSafe to its leather BookBook case for iPhone 13

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Is it a great read? No, it's an iPhone 13 and some credit cards.
Is it a great read? No, it's an iPhone 13 and some credit cards.
Photo: Twelve South

Twelve South has added a new chapter to the story of its leather iPhone case known as BookBook, cracking open a MagSafe version of the book-style case and wallet for iPhone 13. It looks like something you’d blow the dust off sitting next to a fireplace with a glass of cognac in hand.

Pocket-size USB hub adds 4 useful ports to iPad or Mac [Review]

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Twelve South StayGo mini review
Tremendously expand the usefulness of your iPad with this tiny USB-C hub.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Plug the Twelve South StayGo mini into the USB-C port on an iPad Pro or Air and you’ll add a USB-A port, HDMI and a headset jack. All without sacrificing the USB-C port. And it can be used with a Mac thanks to a handy cable.

I put this matchbook-size adapter through its paces. Here’s how it stood up to my testing.

Dual-display home office relies on built-in cable management [Setups]

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A dual display, dual MacBook Pro home office relies on built-in cable management.
A dual display, dual MacBook Pro home office relies on built-in cable management.
Photo: baby-yoda-stan@Reddit.com

Redditor baby-yoda-stan — Stan for short, let’s say — posted pics of his home office computer setup, which features dual Dell displays and a couple of Intel-powered MacBook Pro laptops. He credits the clean look to built-in cable management in some of his setup’s components.

Super-small StayGo mini adds USB, HDMI and headphone ports to iPad

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Super-small StayGo mini adds USB, HDMI, headphone ports to iPad
Easily add USB accessories, a monitor or headphones to iPad with StayGo mini.
Photo: Twelve South

The Twelve South StayGo mini helps remedy the limited number of ports on the iPad Pro and Air. The adapter takes the single USB-C port and converts it to USB-A, HDMI and a headphone jack.

It fits snugly to the tablet but comes with a cable so it can be easily connected to a Mac.

Twelve South’s new PlugBug Slim USB-C charger fits where others won’t

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Twelve South's new PlugBug Slim USB-C charger packs 20W of power.
Twelve South's new PlugBug Slim USB-C charger packs 20W of power.
Photo: Twelve South

Accessories maker Twelve South has rolled out its new PlugBug Slim 20W USB-C charger. It’s a small but potent addition to the company’s charger lineup that could be particularly useful for travel and for those times when spacing is cramped around an electrical outlet.