Scoshe BaseLynx wireless charging system becomes Apple Store exclusive

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Scosche BaseLynx Modular Charging System Pro Kit is four chargers in one.
The Scosche BaseLynx Modular Charging System isn’t identical to AirPower, but it does the same thing.
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The Scoshe BaseLynx modular charging system just became an Apple Store exclusive. This can wirelessly power an iPhone and an  Apple Watch, and it has slots to hold several iPads or iPhones while they charge.

It not the only such multi-device charger that Apple offers to customers in the wake of its botched attempt to create its own AirPower charger.

Keep your PopGrip on with this wireless charger

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PopPower Home Charger in Cosmic Cloud
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CES 2020PopSockets was a wildly successful brand that was in danger of losing its grip.

Wireless charging is becoming a standard feature in smartphones and the stick-on PopGrip it created for reducing drops suddenly looked like an unintended battery barrier.

But the company finally figured out a way forward in the emerging wireless world with a round wireless charging pad with a hole in the middle.

Tap your AirPods Pro case to check if it’s charged

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Tap the AirPods Pro battery case to show the charge status LED.
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The AirPods Pro come in a Qi-enabled wireless charging case, which means you can just drop it onto a charging mat, grab them a while later, and everything is topped up and ready to go. But the LED indicator on the case blinks off soon after you start charging. What’s up? How do you find out if your AirPods are full yet?

Elegant wall-mounted charger turns iPhones into art

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MagEZ Bar from Pitaka
Wireless charging that's pretty as a picture hanging on a wall.
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There are wall-to-wall alternatives on the market for what was supposed to be AirPower. One actually mounts to the wall and looks like a piece of art while it charges multiple devices.

The MagEZ Bar from Pitaka charges two phones simultaneously. It holds them in place with strong magnets that easily align the phones or AirPods with the charging coils. To the right of the charging coils, a hidden magnetic array provides a space for keys or AirPods.

iPhone 11 supposedly is capable of two-way wireless charging

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There's still hope for two-way wireless charging.
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One feature we expected but didn’t get from the iPhone 11 lineup is two-way wireless charging. But Apple could surprise us with it later.

A new rumor claims the 2019 iPhones come with the necessary hardware, but Apple disabled the functionality in iOS. If true, Apple could activate the feature for iPhone 11 owners at a later date.

iPhone 11’s Apple logo will shift for big new feature

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No, it won't look like this.
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The Apple logo on the back of this year’s iPhone 11 lineup will shift to make way for a brand new feature, according to a new report.

The logo won’t disappear, but it will be perfectly centered for the first time in the iPhone’s history. The change will allow for a huge upgrade in wireless charging functionality.

Zens’ 16-coil wireless charger fills the AirPower gap

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Zens Liberty
Place iPhone and Androids anywhere on the Zens Liberty to wirelessly charge them.
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The Zens Liberty is designed to overcome one of wireless charging’s hassles: it won’t be necessary to carefully arrange the handset on this pad thanks to its 16 charging coils.

This was one of the promises of Apple’s AirPower, but packing too many coiled into a small pad reportedly caused such such problems with excess heat that this product was eventually cancelled.

What to expect from next month’s iPhone 11 refresh

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Here are all the things we think Apple has up its sleeve.
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The 2019 iPhone lineup is just weeks away from getting its grand unveiling. And according to recent rumors, it could be a lot more exciting than we first anticipated.

Faster chips and an extra camera sensor may not be the only reasons to upgrade this year. Two-way wireless charging, improved Face ID, and Apple Pencil support could also be on Apple’s list.

Here’s everything we expect from next month’s iPhone refresh.

OtterSpot’s new stacking batteries take wireless charging to fresh heights

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The OtterSpot Charging Base can power multiple OtterBox Wireless Charging Batteries and a device at the same time.
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The OtterSpot is a new twist on mobile wireless charging. It starts with a base station sending current to a portable battery that has built-in Qi inductive charging. This battery powers up an iPhone or Android, either at home or one the go. Multiple batteries can be stacked and charged at once.

The company behind this new system is OtterBox, well known for its rugged phone and tablet cases.