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What headphones will Apple bundle w/ iPhone 7? Wireless AirPods? Lightning EarPods? Beats?

A big question up in the air for iPhone 7 is what Apple will do with its bundled headphones. If this is the first year Apple is to remove the headphone jack from the device as rumored, that means one of a few things for the bundled EarPods that usually come with its iPhones…

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Adapter, AirPods, Beats, Bluetooth, bundled, EarPod, headphones, in the box, iPhone 7, Wireless

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Jordan Kahn

May 12th

Apple

Mac

Apple invents ‘universal magnetic adapter’ to bring MagSafe to everything w/ a single port

Yesterday we detailed an Apple patent showing work on a stackable Smart Connector plug of sorts. Today we get a look at a similar invention aimed at making the I/O on future devices more versatile with Apple’s invention of a “Universal Magnetic Adapter” that could allow for more future-proof devices using only a single port. As pictured in the drawing accompanying the patent above, the technology allows for a single port that uses magnetic inserts as adapters for your various devices. Or in other words, MagSafe for everything using a single port and adapters for the various connectors.

In its patent, Apple describes the problem with the current mess of adapters and cables users have to deal:

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices, Mac Tagged: Adapter, Apple, iPhone, Mac, magnetic, MagSafe, Patent, single port, universal magnetic adapter, USPTO

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Jordan Kahn

March 31st

Apple

Mac

USB Type-C at CES 2016: hubs, displays, adapters & more for the 12-inch MacBook

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With the new 12-inch MacBook sporting just a single USB Type-C port, an adapter to get back some USB ports and SD card slots will be necessary for a lot of users. With more and more devices adopting the standard, we’re seeing a lot of USB C accessories announced at CES 2016 this year, many of which are designed specifically with 12-inch MacBook users in mind. So, as we’ve already done for HomeKit and Apple Watch products, below we’re rounding up all of the USB Type-C products for MacBook announced at the show this week.

In addition to hubs, companies are also showing off new portable battery packs, cables, adapters, displays and more, all made possible thanks to USB-C and compatible with the new 12-inch MacBook. 

When Apple made the switch to USB C for charging and everything else with its new 12-inch MacBook, it decided not to include its MagSafe technology, the magnetic charging connector it’s long included on its laptops. But we kick things off with a product that aims to offer a similar experience for people that were disappointed with that omission.

The BreakSafe USB-C adapter from Griffin is a magnetic charging solution similar to Apple’s own MagSafe technology, but in the form a USB-C adapter:

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Griffin


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Hyper


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Belkin

  • Belkin launches new USB-C accessories

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Acer & Lenovo


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Kanex


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LaCie+ Seagate


 

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Samsung


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Incipio


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Check back for more this week as CES unfolds and hit up our other CES 2016 roundups below:

CES 2016 Roundup: The best iPhone, iPad, Mac, & Apple Watch accessories on show this week

Apple Watch at CES 2016: docks, battery packs, bands, and more


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 12-inch, 2016, Acer, Adapter, Apple, CES, charging, Display, hub, Hyper, MacBook, passthrough, Type-C, USB-C

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Jordan Kahn

January 7th

Apple

Mac

Review: Leef’s new Lightning thumb drive has a microSD card slot for quick transfers to iOS devices

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I first reviewed Leef’s USB to Lightning thumb drive last year when I compared a handful of similar products just hitting the market at the time. The products are essentially standard USB stick drives, but with the addition of a Lightning connector, you can now have the convenience of thumb drive storage on your iPhone or iPad. My favorite of the bunch was the Leef iBridge, and now the company has a new version that adds a microSD card slot…

It’s not necessarily a better version of the iBridge— Leef still sells that in 16GB ($59), 32GB ($79), 64GB ($119)128GB ($199), 256GB ($399) capacities for those that want the built-in storage and a USB connector— but the addition of a microSD card slot on the new iAccess version will come in handy for a number of use cases.

For anyone with a device that takes a microSD card, like a GoPro-style camera or drone, the new version will make transferring files directly to an iPhone or iPad easier, bypassing the need to transfer over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or a cable. And you can also use it to transfer files from iOS device to iOS device. 

The iAccess doesn’t have a USB connector on the opposite side of the Lightning like the iBridge, so it’s essentially built for those that want a quick way to transfer from microSD to iOS device, or iOS to iOS device only, as described above. You could also transfer from a device that uses an SD card if you have a microSD to SD adapter, which Leef happens to sell separately, as do others. But if you want to transfer from a USB device– for example, to grab some files off a MacBook and transfer to iOS– than iBridge is still your best bet. 

It does keep the same J-shape design as the iBridge, however, allowing it to wrap around the iOS device and stay out of the way when connected. That’s one of the reasons, in addition to the product’s companion app (more on that below), that Leef’s iBridge was our favorite Lightning drive last year. 

And it utilizes the same slick companion iOS app that we noted made the Leef iBridge our top pick in our comparison of Lightning thumb drives last year. Apps for the handful of other products I tested last year just didn’t stack up. Leef’s app makes it easy to view, manage, and move files around within the app and to a connected device. It also builds in features for streaming content directly from iAccess to your iOS device and allows you to automatically have photos and video taken on your iOS device storage directly to the connected SD card. 

Here’s a look at the main features of the iPhone app:

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It’s also cheaper than the iBridge version from last year, selling for $49.99. However, that is without the necessary SD card. Leef sells its own microSD card with SD card adapter starting at $17.99 for 16GB. But you can grab microSD cards and SD adapters on Amazon starting as low as $5.

There are somewhat cheaper competitors on the market, but Leef’s wraparound design and well designed companion app make it worth the slightly higher price tag.

Grab the Leef iAccess MicroSD Lightning drive for $49.99.


Filed under: iOS Tagged: Adapter, GoPro, iaccess, ibridge, iOS, iphone drive, leef, Lightning, MicroSD, SD Card, thumb drive

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Jordan Kahn

November 2nd

Apple

Mac

Review: Leef’s new Lightning thumb drive has a microSD card slot for quick transfers to iOS devices

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I first reviewed Leef’s USB to Lightning thumb drive last year when I compared a handful of similar products just hitting the market at the time. The products are essentially standard USB stick drives, but with the addition of a Lightning connector, you can now have the convenience of thumb drive storage on your iPhone or iPad. My favorite of the bunch was the Leef iBridge, and now the company has a new version that adds a microSD card slot…

It’s not necessarily a better version of the iBridge— Leef still sells that in 16GB ($59), 32GB ($79), 64GB ($119)128GB ($199), 256GB ($399) capacities for those that want the built-in storage and a USB connector— but the addition of a microSD card slot on the new iAccess version will come in handy for a number of use cases.

For anyone with a device that takes a microSD card, like a GoPro-style camera or drone, the new version will make transferring files directly to an iPhone or iPad easier, bypassing the need to transfer over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or a cable. And you can also use it to transfer files from iOS device to iOS device. 

The iAccess doesn’t have a USB connector on the opposite side of the Lightning like the iBridge, so it’s essentially built for those that want a quick way to transfer from microSD to iOS device, or iOS to iOS device only, as described above. You could also transfer from a device that uses an SD card if you have a microSD to SD adapter, which Leef happens to sell separately, as do others. But if you want to transfer from a USB device– for example, to grab some files off a MacBook and transfer to iOS– than iBridge is still your best bet. 

It does keep the same J-shape design as the iBridge, however, allowing it to wrap around the iOS device and stay out of the way when connected. That’s one of the reasons, in addition to the product’s companion app (more on that below), that Leef’s iBridge was our favorite Lightning drive last year. 

And it utilizes the same slick companion iOS app that we noted made the Leef iBridge our top pick in our comparison of Lightning thumb drives last year. Apps for the handful of other products I tested last year just didn’t stack up. Leef’s app makes it easy to view, manage, and move files around within the app and to a connected device. It also builds in features for streaming content directly from iAccess to your iOS device and allows you to automatically have photos and video taken on your iOS device storage directly to the connected SD card. 

Here’s a look at the main features of the iPhone app:

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It’s also cheaper than the iBridge version from last year, selling for $49.99. However, that is without the necessary SD card. Leef sells its own microSD card with SD card adapter starting at $17.99 for 16GB. But you can grab microSD cards and SD adapters on Amazon starting as low as $5.

There are somewhat cheaper competitors on the market, but Leef’s wraparound design and well designed companion app make it worth the slightly higher price tag.

Grab the Leef iAccess MicroSD Lightning drive for $49.99.


Filed under: iOS Tagged: Adapter, GoPro, iaccess, ibridge, iOS, iphone drive, leef, Lightning, MicroSD, SD Card, thumb drive

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Jordan Kahn

November 2nd

Apple

Mac

Third-party bands, replacement straps, & battery packs for Apple Watch

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With no official support from Apple, the third-party strap market for Apple Watch is still a bit of a wild-west, but there are some companies making it possible and offering inexpensive alternatives to Apple’s own bands.

Apple might have its own exclusive strap colors available for a select few, but you’ll likely need to go the third-party route if you want a similar level of customization for your Apple Watch.

Below we’ve put together a list of third-party bands already available to order, as well as adapters for traditional straps and replacement straps for Apple’s leather bands.

Custom bands from Casetify ($50)

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Casetify is bringing its online tool for custom designing iPhone cases to the Apple Watch. Get $10 off by clicking here and using code “KQQ6I5”.

Apple’s Bands ($49 – $449), Magnetic Charging Cable ($29/$39)

Apple is selling its own bands for Apple Watch that range from $49 for the rubber Sport Band up to $449 for the stainless steel Link Bracelets.

Click adapter for standard watch straps ($10)

Can you use standard watch straps with Apple Watch? Not without an accessory like Click, which offers an adapter to attach any standard 22mm watch band to Apple’s proprietary slide-in mechanism for swapping bands. The company has already doubled its funding goal on Kickstarter and plans to start shipping in late May/early June. With Click, you’ll be able to use a huge selection of bands that fit the standard 22mm specs. 

wiPowerBand strap ($89/$99)

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wiPowerBand strap plans to double Apple Watch battery life with an integrated 250 mAh high density lithium polymer rechargeable battery for $89/$99, ships May/June.

Baseus Leather Replacement Strap for Classic Buckle ($20)

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Some companies have started making replacement straps for Apple’s Classic or Modern Buckle leather straps. It doesn’t include Apple’s mechanism for actually attaching to Apple Watch, so this is for customers of Apple’s Classic or Modern Buckle bands that want to do the required disassembly to attach a new band— tools are included. Or you could use it with an adapter like Click mentioned above. $20 in various colors. Other companies have similar options.

Reserve Strap with built-in battery ($249)

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The first promise of a strap with built-in battery for charging comes from the $249 Reserve Strap. The company is taking preorders through its site, but it hasn’t announced a release date and says the first batch of Reserve Straps will be “extremely limited.”

MyCell replacement bands ($25 – $75)

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MyCell is promising replacement, replica (knockoff) bands that look a lot like Apple’s, ranging from $25 for a Sport knock-off to $224 for stainless steel. You’ll of course be taking your chances with these, and I wouldn’t expect anything close to the quality of Apple’s. 

Lunatik’s Epik Apple Watch Kit

Accessory maker Lunatik plans to launch this protective case and strap combo, the Epik Apple Watch Kit, on Kickstarter.

If you’re a company selling third-party Apple Watch bands, email me to be included

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Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Adapter, Apple, Apple watch, bands, battery, click, straps, wipowerband

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Jordan Kahn

April 20th

Apple

Mac

Apple introduces official $49 Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter, connects with Kensington locks

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Apple has quietly introduced an official solution for users seeking to lock their 2013 Mac Pro to a stationary desk or other item. The $49 adapter attaches to the rear of the Mac Pro without any additional tools or instruction and can connect to a series of different Kensington locking mechanisms (via MacRumors). Here are the accessory’s highlights from Apple:

  • Enables Mac Pro (Late 2013) to be physically secured with a compatible lock (sold separately)
  • Attaches to Mac Pro without tools or enclosure modification
  • With a third-party lock attached, prevents Mac Pro from being opened, protecting internal components
  • Compatible with most standard Kensington or similar lock products

Earlier this year, third-party solutions with a more advanced setup process began hitting the Mac Pro accessory marketplace. This new Apple adapter marks the second first-party accessory optimized for the new Mac Pro design. Alongside the computer’s launch, Apple released black Thunderbolt cables to match the exterior color of the computer.

Customers interested in the new lock adapter will have the easiest time purchasing it from the Apple Online Store, which is currently showing shipment times of 24 hours. Apple’s stores, according to Apple’s ship to store tool, are not yet stocking the adapter.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Adapter, Apple, Kensington, Lock (device), Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, MacRumors, Thunderbolt

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Mark Gurman

July 2nd

Apple

Mac

Ditch That Laptop Brick With FINsix’s New Tiny Notebook Charger

FINsix_Dart_5 Many aspects of computing have changed, but the laptop charger has remained sadly stable over the years; no matter what, we never seem to be able to ditch the lumpy power brick, that mid-cable eyesore that takes up tons of space in your bag and presents a ready hazard for stepping on. MIT project turned startup FINsix wants to change all that, and you can help them by reserving your own Dart… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

April 14th

Gadgets

Mobile

Ditch That Laptop Brick With FINsix’s New Tiny Notebook Charger

FINsix_Dart_5 Many aspects of computing have changed, but the laptop charger has remained sadly stable over the years; no matter what, we never seem to be able to ditch the lumpy power brick, that mid-cable eyesore that takes up tons of space in your bag and presents a ready hazard for stepping on. MIT project turned startup FINsix wants to change all that, and you can help them by reserving your own Dart… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

April 14th

Gadgets

Mobile

Swap Your Phone Charger For This Thin Transforming Adapter

Swap Your Phone Charger For This Thin Transforming Adapter

Technically there's nothing really wrong with the charging cable that came with your smartphone. Except for that long cord you need to constantly wrap, unwrap, and more often than not, detangle. That won't ever happen with the Thinium, though. It trades an annoying a cord for an ultra-thin transforming design that allows it to plug directly into an outlet.

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Andrew Liszewski

January 7th

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