Apple Card and wireless charging don’t play well together

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Apple Card with iPhone
A wireless charger can’t send power to this iPhone through an Apple Card.
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The end might be near for iPhone cases with slots to hold credit cards now that the Apple Card is starting to roll out. Not because this new credit card will make them unnecessary, but because tests by Cult of Mac show that putting an Apple Card in one of these wallet cases blocks the iPhone inside from wireless charging.

Fans of this type of case will need to decide how much they want Apple’s new credit card, or if they‘re willing to give up on wireless charging.

This is the most beautiful multi-device wireless charger we’ve ever seen [Review]

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Courant Catch:2 review
The Courant Catch:2 is simultaneously gorgeous and extremely functional.
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Like the AirPower charger Apple wasn’t able to deliver, the Courant Catch:2 can wirelessly send power to multiple devices placed anywhere on its charging mat — there’s no need to carefully arrange them. Plus, this accessory truly looks like the luxury product it is, with a handsome leather exterior.

Power through my review of this just-released product, which I tested with recent and older iPhones.

Pick the wireless charger that’s best for you [Deals]

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Wireless Charging Accessories
Browse our top four favorite wireless charging accessories.
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Wireless charging is becoming the new normal. If you own a Qi-compatible device, you’ll want a wireless charger that meets your needs, so we rounded up four of our favorites.

From wirelessly charging three devices at once to charging your phone while you drive, we’ve got the wireless chargers you’re looking for.

Fuse Chicken Universal charger with battery takes on the world [Review]

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Fuse Chicken Universal
The Fuse Chicken Universal is ready for your next international vacation.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Anyone headed for Europe or Australia needs a way to charge their iPhone or MacBook, and the Fuse Chicken Universal is ready. Despite its ridiculous name, this is a serious international charger and 6700mAh battery. Even better, it can wirelessly power up your iPhone.

We went on the road with this handy charger. Here’s what we found out.

Price drops on wireless chargers, meditation apps and more [Deals]

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Price Drop Roundup (1)
We've rounded up some of the best, extra-discounted gear and apps in the Cult of Mac Store.
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The Cult of Mac Store is always a place to find deals on gear and apps. But some deals are better than others, like these price drops on AirPods and iTunes alternatives, meditation apps and a three-in-one wireless charging pad.

Most are discounted by 75% or more!

Best summer tech: Turn up the heat with these great gadgets [Reviews]

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Summer tech
Summertime and the living is easy if your iPhone has the right gear.
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Summertime means everything from hitting the pool to heading out on vacation. And, of course, your tech is coming along for the ride.

We’ve compiled a collection of accessories you might find turn up the heat on summertime fun. There are smart glasses, travel chargers, wireless speakers and headphones, and more.

PhotoGrip Qi is a camera grip and wireless charger in one [Review]

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Adonit PhotoGrip Qi
The Adonit PhotoGrip Qi is charging this iPhone XS Max while taking this picture.
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Adonit actually found a way to make taking vacation pictures with your iPhone easier. The PhotoGrip Qi turns your phone into an old-school point-and-shoot. Plus it includes a tripod with a remote shutter button. On top of that, its flexible iPhone clamp wirelessly charges the handset.

I still remember the days before phone cameras. Come see how well Adonit did re-creating that experience.

Uniq iPhone battery is also wireless charger and phone stand [Review]

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Uniq HydeAir
The Uniq HydeAir sports several unique features along with the expected ones.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The Uniq HydeAir isn’t your standard 10,000mAh external battery. Beyond USB-A and USB-C ports, it also lets you enjoy the benefits of wireless charging when traveling. And it even has a built-in stand for your phone.

Charge into our hands-on review to discover if HydeAir is right for you.

Dual wireless charger takes the fuss out of juicing up [Review]

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Choetech Dual Wireless Fast Charger
Is a five-coil wireless charger bananas?
Photo: Lewis Wallace/Cult of Mac

You wanted an AirPower, but Apple failed you. While the Choetech Dual Wireless Fast Charger does not pack all the advanced features of Apple’s infamous vaporware, this five-coil wireless charger does deliver several welcome advantages over standard Qi chargers.

And these come at a fraction of the price Cupertino probably planned to extract from your overburdened wallet. If you want to charge two devices at once, this could be the charger for you.

Save 25 percent with exclusive offer on AluBase Wireless charger [Watch Store]

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You know you want this Just Mobile AluBase Wireless Charger and maybe a Gum Slim Hybrid Battery, too.
You know you want this sweet new wireless charger.
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If you’ve been waiting for a deal on a great wireless charger, your patience has paid off! Our friends at Just Mobile have set up an exclusive offer for Cult of Mac Watch Store customers on the AluBase Wireless charger.

You’ll save 25 percent on the AluBase with this special pricing. Normally $39.95, you can get the AluBase Wireless for $30. Add the optional fast charge power adapter for just $5 more. But don’t delay too long! This deal is only good while supplies last. Read on to learn more about AluBase Wireless.