Don’t be fooled by the 2018 AirPods ‘leak’

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New AirPods this year? Probably not.
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Apple could surprise us with updated AirPods before the end of 2018. But don’t be fooled by supposed “leaked” photos that claim to offer our first glimpse at the new headphones and their packaging.

The publisher claims the refresh will bring Apple’s long-awaited wireless charging case, better sound, and more. Some things just don’t add up in this case, however.

Ring in Apple’s big announcement with our top iPhone accessories [Deals]

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Even with a new iPhone, you're still going to want the right accessories, so we've rounded up some of the best.
Even with a new iPhone, you're still going to want the right accessories, so we've rounded up some of the best.
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Today, Apple adds another generation to its line of mobile devices and operating systems. iOS 12 and iPhone Xs come with a whole new set of features that you can read about elsewhere, but one thing that hasn’t changed about iPhone is the need for the right accessories. So we’ve rounded up some of the best deals on iPhone accessories in the Cult of Mac Store, from an affordable AirPod alternative, to a wireless charging pad, a DSLR-style grip, and more. Read on for more details:

We may finally know AirPower price

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AirPower won’t be cheap when it finally launches.
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The long-awaited launch of Apple’s AirPower wireless charging pad may coincide with the launch of the 2018 iPhone lineup.

Based on a new report out of Asia, Apple engineers are in the debugging phase of the AirPower rollout. The product may not launch on the exact same day as the 2018 iPhones, but a Chinese site claims to know the planned price. And it’s not going to be cheap.

Apple wants to turn all its devices into wireless chargers

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Adding wireless chargers to the MacBook Pro seems a no-brainer.
Adding wireless chargers to the MacBook Pro seems a no-brainer.
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What if your every Apple device could wirelessly charge almost every other one? Engineers came up with plans to put wireless chargers in MacBooks, iPads, and iPhones so they could charge each other, or an Apple Watch.

Building inductive chargers into macOS laptops is such an obvious idea it’s a bit surprising the 2018 MacBook Pro doesn’t include them. But Apple took this idea to its logical extreme.

Gloo is half wireless charger, half quirky ambient smart light

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Looking for an unusual charger? Gloo is your hookup!
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Apple’s AirPower charging pad is still M.I.A., but if you’re looking for an innovative and awe-inspiring wireless charging option, look no further than a new Kickstarter campaign.

Called Gloo, it’s a sleek bottle-shaped wireless charging station that doubles up as a multicolored ambient light source you control with your iPhone.

Apple’s new AirPods case could charge your iPhone in a pinch

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Will we finally get a release date for AirPower?
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Apple’s upcoming AirPods case will offer more than just wireless charging for your headphones, according to a sketchy new report.

A source familiar with Apple’s plans claims the case will double as an iPhone charger that will give you a boost in battery life when you’re in a pinch. The device could be available before the end of this year.

Apple considered ditching the charging port for iPhone X

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Yep, this would have caused some big headlines last fall!
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In its quest to create the ultimate streamlined products, Apple sure loves getting rid of ports. When it came to the development of the iPhone X, however, it temporarily toyed with an idea that would have made ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack pale into insignificance.

At least, that’s according to a new report which claims Apple considered getting rid of wired charging completely for its 2017 iPhone, in favor of embracing its vision of a wireless future.

AirPower to arrive in September after design problems are solved

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Will we finally get a release date for AirPower?
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Apple will finally deliver its AirPower charger in September after solving “a series of technical hurdles,” according to a new report.

Overheating is one problem company engineers have had to contend with. Another is AirPower’s complex circuitry, which is necessary to allow compatible devices to be placed anywhere on the mat for charging.

2018 iPhone lineup will bring even faster charging

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Topping up your iPhone could be faster than ever this fall.
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The 2018 iPhone lineup will pack improved charging technologies to make topping up faster than ever, according to a new report.

Apple might team up with new suppliers who can provide higher-powered charging components. The upgrade should finally allow the iPhone to compete with its Android rivals when it comes to charging speed.

This wireless iPhone charger can stand up to splashing water

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Not even water can stand between an iPhone and this charger.
Photo: CheeNYC

Our iPhone charging cables will soon disappear thanks to the promise of wireless chargers. CheeNYC, a relatively new Qi tech company, has a beauty aptly named ONYXX.

It is smooth black and shiny, looking very much like the gemstone with the same name, especially when it is wet. The ONYXX is made for the outdoors with components that are resistant to dust and “splashing” water.