Apple Pencil ships with extra tip and Lightning-to-Lightning adapter for USB charging

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 20, 2015

Apple’s $99 stylus accessory for the iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil, conveniently comes with a spare tip and includes a special Lightning-to-USB adapter to save users from having to precariously charge their Pencils directly from their iPads.

A spare tip is a nice addition as it gives Pencil customers piece of mind knowing that wearing down the tip won’t force them to take their accessory for servicing. Read More


The iPad Pro Lightning connector is capable of supporting USB 3.0 speeds

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 12, 2015

According to CNET’s iPad Pro review, Apple’s just-released tablet is capable of supporting USB 3.0 transfer speeds via its Lightning connector. The report, which corroborates a finding by iFixit, and was later brought to our attention by MacRumors’ Juli Clover, is notable for a few reasons.

First, it would make the iPad Pro the first and only device that Apple makes (that’s not a Mac) to support USB 3.0 transfer speeds. Secondly, it means that copying large 4K video files to the device will be much more feasible. Read More


Save 30% on the virtually indestructible Titan cable and Titan loop charger bundle

By iDB Deals on Nov 3, 2015

The Titan Cable & Titan Loop Lightning Charger Bundle – now just $44.95 – is a virtually indestructible duo to power your iOS devices, perfect for your on-the-go charging needs and compatible with all of Apple’s latest devices (it is MFi certified). Designed to be easy to carry around, it can be folded in half and attached to your keychain or bag. Read More


Nomad’s Wallet puts a full charge for your iPhone 6s in your wallet

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 3, 2015

Nomad today launched an interesting lifestyle accessory for your iPhone, dubbed the Wallet. It’s literally a premium bifold leather wallet with an integrated 3.5-inch Lightning cable and a built-in 2,400mAh battery, enough to provide a full charge for your Lightning-based iPhone and then some more.

The wallet holds six credit or gift cards, cash, is made from Saffiano leather and is just 0.75 inch thick when closed. If you’re a fan of real wallets, not those iPhone cases that double as wallets, you can pre-order Nomad’s Wallet for $79. Read More


Belkin Charge Dock review: the best iPhone and Apple Watch dock available

By Cody Lee on Nov 2, 2015

Shortly after Apple announced that it would allow manufacturers to include Apple Watch charging pads in their accessories, Belkin unveiled the Charge Dock. It’s a charging dock with a built-in magnetic charger for the Watch and an adjustable Lightning connector for iPhone.

The Dock checks all of the necessary boxes: it looks sharp, is very well-made and it carries Made for iPhone and Apple Watch badges, meaning it’s passed Apple’s certification tests. And after using one for the past few weeks, I felt it was good enough to warrant an in-depth review. Read More


Report: the iPad Pro Pencil will ship with an adapter for Lightning cable connections

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 29, 2015

Good news: when you want to charge your iPad Pro Pencil, you won’t necessarily have to look like a doofus when you do so.

Prior to today, it was assumed that the only way to charge the iPad Pro’s Pencil stylus was to plug it into the bottom of the iPad Pro itself. The Pencil’s cap features a Lightning plug hidden underneath, and Apple showcased its ability to charge it by plugging the device directly into the iPad Pro’s Lightning port.

While this method of charging works, and is extremely handy when you need a quick bit of extra juice on the fly, it looks incredibly goofy to have a stylus protruding out of the top of the iPad Pro, especially because the iPad Pro is so big itself.

Today, 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple plans on shipping the Pencil with an adapter that will allow users to connect the device directly to a Lightning cable. The adapter will reportedly ship with all Pencil’s, which come as a separate purchase from the iPad Pro itself. Read More


AmazonBasics Retractable USB cable saves space, avoids tangles

By Lory Gil on Oct 24, 2015

This past weekend, as I packed for a road trip, I crammed my overnight bag full of clothes, toiletries, gadgets, and cables for all of my various devices. My side pocket looked like a robot spider had spun a USB web. It was a mess.

AmazonBasics’ Retractable USB Cable would have saved me a lot of hassle. It stretches to two feet in length, but when closed up, fits neatly into small compartments so you don’t have a tangled mess to deal with when you unpack. Read More


How to direct connect an iPhone to an iPad to share photos and videos

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 17, 2015

Today I learned that it’s possible to directly connect an iPhone to an iPad via a Lightning cable. To create a dual-sided Lightning cable, just take a regular Lightning cable and connect the USB end to a Lightning to USB Camera adapter. This, in essence, creates a Lightning to Lightning cable that can be used to directly connect an iPhone to an iPad.

This setup is a novelty to do just because you can. In practice, I find that it actually adds little value in terms of transmission speed. Still, it’s cool that it can be done, which is why I thought I’d share with you.

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Teardown analysis of Magic accessories finds chips from other Apple products and more tidbits

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2015

Repair experts over at iFixit have performed an interesting triple teardown of Apple’s latest Magic accessories—the Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Keyboard—and found that all three devices are outfitted with many of the same chips also found in other Apple products.

On the downside, Apple’s unified approach to engineering the new Magic devices has resulted in just 3 out of 10 in iFixit’s Repairability ratings due to high level of integration and excessive amount of adhesive. Read More


The Magic Mouse 2’s Lightning port location isn’t the problem it’s being made out to be

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 16, 2015

As soon as I saw the location of the Lightning port for recharging Apple’s new Magic Mouse 2, I knew that a mini outrage was imminent. It took a while, but I guess everyone’s Magic Mouse 2 finally arrived in the mail. Thus, let the outrage commence!

Did Apple commit a design faux pas by placing a Lightning port on the bottom of the mouse, rendering it useless while the device is charging? Is it really that big of a deal? Read More


Magic Mouse 2 review: rechargeable and sturdier, but is it worth the upgrade?

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 13, 2015

I’ve been a huge proponent of the Magic Mouse ever since it first debuted. I use this mouse almost daily, even though I have a MacBook with a trackpad.

When editing video in Final Cut Pro X, a mouse is pretty much a necessity due to the precision required. With this in mind, the Magic Mouse is one of my most cherished companions when it comes to my daily workflow.

As you know, Apple just updated its Magic Mouse with several new features. The headlining feature of the new Magic Mouse is its built-in rechargeable battery. The new mouse is also lighter with a sturdier build and features an optimized foot design for better movement. But for existing Magic Mouse users, is it worth the upgrade? Read More


Beats announces light Pill+ wireless speaker, available in November

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 7, 2015

Apple-owned Beats by Dr. Dre today announced its very first wireless speaker since joining the Cupertino firm in May 2014 deal valued at more than $3 billion.

The new Pill+ is Bluetooth-enabled, lighter than its predecessor and comes with a twelve-hour battery that can be used to charge your devices through the USB and USB-C ports found on the back.

The Pill+ is slightly larger than the original Pill speaker and uses the stereo active 2-way crossover system to create an optimized sound field. Read More


Titan Loop MFi-Certified Lightning cable is now 33% Off

By iDB Deals on Sep 11, 2015

Sick of frayed, split or broken lightning chargers? Then grab the Titan Loop – a virtually indestructible, foldable and MFi certified charging cable. Whether it’s your iPhone or iPad, the Titan Loop lightning cable is a great deal at $19.99, at a great savings of 33% off.  Read More


MagCable brings MagSafe-like experience with fast-charging to your iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2015

If the 12-inch MacBook is indicative of Apple’s future plans, the popular MagSafe adapter is on its way out as USB-C comes into full view.

Sadly, USB-C is plagued with a major drawback: the standard doesn’t use Apple’s proprietary MagSafe charging method which employs magnets to ensure your notebook doesn’t fly off a desk or wiggle the pins when you trip on the cord.

With MagSafe’s future hanging in the balance, a company called aMagic Ltd. set out to replicate the MagSafe charging experience on Lightning-enabled iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. Read More


Review: Skiva PowerFlow 7 Port StandCharger + Giveaway

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 21, 2015

Chances are that if you’re reading this review, you have more than one portable device that charges via USB. Maybe you have two—a tablet and a phone—or maybe you have multiple phones.

Admittedly, someone like me is a bit of anomaly, as I review phones and cover them on a daily basis. Hence, it’s not out of the ordinary for me to have multiple smartphones at any given time. This has especially become true as I get acquainted with more Android devices.

One of the main caveats of having this many portable devices is keeping them charged. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up a phone or a tablet that I haven’t touched in a while, only to find it dead—the dreaded “dead phone syndrome”.

The problem really is two-fold: a). I don’t have enough wall outlets and chargers in convenient places to keep the devices topped off, and b). my devices are usually scattered all over the place.

Skiva’s new PowerFlow StandCharger 7-Port USB Charging Station aims to eliminate both problems. It can charge all of your devices at the same time via the seven 2.4 Amp USB ports, and it also houses each device in a organized manner.

But does the Skiva do enough to warrant a serious look? Is this $59.99 device truly better than your current system of charging your device? Check out our video walkthrough and thoughts inside.
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Keep your iPhone 6 charged at a distance with Bolse’s Cloth Jacketed Lightning Cable

By Lory Gil on Aug 20, 2015

There are two things wrong with Apple’s Lightning cable. One is that the cord is just not long enough to be useful. The other is that it tends to tangle when not properly stored.

Bolse solves both of those problems with a six-foot MFi certified cord that is covered in a high-quality nylon jacket so you can plug your iPhone 6 into the wall and still use it while sitting on the couch. Read More


Review: Sennheiser ClipMic digital and Apogee MetaRecorder

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 19, 2015

As many of you guys know, I’m fairly involved in audio and video when it comes to producing content for iDownloadBlog. As someone who co-produces multiple podcasts each week, I’m especially fond of audio, and any new product that surfaces that could possibly give my audio game a boost is on my radar.

One such product is Sennheiser’s new ClipMic digital ($199 on Amazon). It’s a lavalier mic that connects directly to the iPhone via its MFi certified Lightning connector. With the ClipMic digital, you can basically transform your iPhone into a high quality audio recorder… Read More


Be ready for anything with this five MFi certified Lightning cables pack

By Lory Gil on Jul 17, 2015

I used to have about a half-dozen extra iPhone charging cables lying around. I own about that many iOS devices. But, those were for the 30-pin ports. When the Lightning cable was introduced, my supply dropped to only two.

iXCC has a low-price five-pack of MFi certified Lightning cables in varying sizes. So, you can keep one in the car, one in the bedroom, one in your travel bag. Well, you get the point. Read More


Meet the virtually indestructible Titan MFi-certified Lightning cable

By iDB Deals on Jul 15, 2015

Never worry about breaking your charging cable again with the Titan. Made from industrial-grade flexible steel, this solid lightning cable is virtually indestructible. The Titan MFi-certified lightning cable is available at a price that won’t break the bank – it can be yours for $24.99 – saving 28%.

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Save over 50% on this MFi-certified 10 foot lightning cable

By iDB Deals on Jun 25, 2015

Break free of the plug socket and charge your iPhone or iPad at your leisure with this Apple certified 10-foot Lightning cable. At three times the length of the Apple Lightning cable, it’s a cool and functional gadget that can be yours for $18.99, saving 52% with iDB Deals.

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