This wireless iPhone and Apple Watch charger prevents bedtime battles [Review]

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ZENS Dual Watch Aluminum Wireless Charger for iPhone Xr iPhone Xs
The Zens Dual+Watch is all you need for charging.
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Our bedside table is lousy with chargers. My wife and I have separate chargers for our iPhones (Qi charging mats), my Apple Watch (a cool but bulky stand), and a new iPad Pro (a repurposed Android phone charger with USB-C). There is barely room for stacks of books and magazines, a bedside lamp, a Sonos speaker, earplugs, sleep masks, reading glasses, sleepy-time CBD tincture and other bedside junk.

Time to consolidate!

With Apple’s AirPower charging mat still AWOL and possibly dead forever, the Dual+Watch Aluminium Wireless Charger is a great three-device charger you can buy now.

Made by respected Dutch company Zens — an expert in wireless charging — the Dual+Watch charging mat fast-charges two iPhones, plus your Apple Watch. And it’s available now from the Cult of Mac Watch Store.

Why it’s time for Apple to pull the plug on Lightning cables [Opinion]

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iPhone Lightning connector
The Lightning port is a relic of the past, and it belongs with SCSI ports and buggy whips.
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On Tuesday, Apple is almost certainly going to unveil the first iPad with a USB-C port. This could easily mark the beginning of the end for the Lightning connector across all iOS devices.

USB is a welcome addition to the iPad, but Apple should take a more radical step for the iPhone line. Instead of exchanging the Lightning connector for another data/power port, maybe these handsets shouldn’t have one at all.

Wirelessly charge your iPhone at home or in the car [Deals]

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Wirelessly revive your iPhone at home or on the road with these convenient, quick chargers.
Wirelessly revive your iPhone at home or on the road with these convenient, quick chargers.
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Wireless charging is one of the coolest features of today’s smartphones. But depending on where you are, it can be more or less convenient. So we’ve rounded up a pair of wireless chargers for Qi-enabled phones, perfect for any home, office, or automobile.

Apple refuses to give up on AirPower wireless charger

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AirPower
The AirPower multi-device charger is really very late, but it's apparently still coming.
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Over a year ago, Apple announced AirPower, an accessory that’ll wirelessly charge three devices at once.  It has yet to be released, but there’s definite evidence the project hasn’t been abandoned.

The documentation for the new iPhone XR makes a clear mention of this unreleased product.

Update: A respected analyst predicts that AirPower will be released, but might not make Apple’s current deadline.

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

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AirPods
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
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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Gloo
Looking for an unusual charger? Gloo is your hookup!
Photo: Gloo

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.