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.
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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.

Secure your home or office with an encrypted camera [Deals]

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Watch your home from your mobile device with this encrypted security camera.
Watch your home from your mobile device with this encrypted security camera.
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These days, there are tons of wireless home security cameras on the market. So it’s easy to keep an eye on your home or office even when you’re away, just by using your mobile device. Unfortunately it’s also pretty common to learn your web-connected home security system is hackable.

New iPhone SE 2 renders reveal gorgeous glass back

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iPhone SE 2 looks good in these renders, but they may not be accurate.
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New renders of the upcoming iPhone SE 2, which depict its gorgeous glass back, have been revealed by a popular case-maker.

Olixar is already producing accessories for the device based on information it has gleaned from sources in China. Its new screen protector indicates the iPhone SE 2 will be a big surprise, with an edge-to-edge display just like iPhone X.

Possible iPhone SE 2 photos show off a couple of big surprises

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Two of the iPhone SE 2 images shared online.
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If you’re on the lookout for a new iPhone with 3.5mm headphone jack, your dream may be answered with the upcoming iPhone SE 2.

Despite a previous report stating that Apple would ditch the popular port for the new handset, photos circulating on Chinese social media suggest this may not be the case after all. Whether that’s a good thing or not will largely depend on whether you’re still mourning the arrival of earbuds with a Lightning connection!

And that’s not the only surprise…

Jumbo wireless charging station juices up 2 devices at once [Deals]

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Charge your Apple Watch and iPhone at the same time with no problem.
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Charging up a device without wires used to sound like science fiction, but now it’s getting more and more common. With Qi charging technology, it’s a capability that most new devices will have. Wireless charging is growing more popular, so the charging stations are growing too.

Apple’s AirPower wireless charging pad could arrive next month

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Coming to Apple Stores everywhere in March. Maybe.
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Apple’s AirPower wireless charger still doesn’t have an official release date. However, a new report claims that Apple’s charging pad — allowing users to charge their iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch simultaneously — will debut in March.

While no date is given, the report suggests that the AirPower Qi charging pads will be available to buy in Apple Stores, as well as other select retailers, as soon as next month.

Zens brings super-fast wireless charging to your iPhone

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Did you ever dream that wireless charging could be up to 50% faster?
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Ever since the iOS 11.2 update back in November 2017, the iPhones 8 and X have supported “wireless” fast charging. This allows inductive charging mats to pour 7.5 watts of battery-juicing power into Apple’s latest iPhones. Previous to that, Qi charging mats could only supply a pathetic five watts of charging power. To take advantage of this, you’ll need a charger capable of Apple Fast Charging. Zens has a few new gadgets that will do just that. Let’s take a look.