By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 30, 2015
If you want to do serious gaming on the Apple TV, then using a wireless Bluetooth controller isn’t an option, it’s a necessity. Yes, Apple controversially made it a requirement for all games on its platform to support the Siri Remote, but that’s not going to cut it for any game with an even mildly complex control scheme.
Games like Alto’s Adventure and Mr. Jump play perfectly fine, and are even suited for the Siri Remote, but in most cases, you’re definitely going to want a controller as an option.
Unfortunately, there is no Apple-branded controller to speak of, but Apple did co-design a controller with the help of SteelSeries. The result of that partnership is the SteelSeries Nimbus, and Apple is promoting this controller as the de facto standard alternative input device for the Apple TV.
All of that considered, while there are other 3rd-party Bluetooth controllers that work with the Apple TV, the most obvious choice is the SteelSeries Nimbus.
I purchased a Nimbus on day one, and have been playing with it for weeks. Is the $49.99 controller worth your time and hard-earned money? Is it really the best way to control games on the Apple TV? Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
By Jeff Benjamin on May 19, 2015
Getting a new 5K iMac for under two grand was nice, and the addition of Force Touch to the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro was cool. But this release is by far the most surprising release from Apple that we’ve seen today.
Indeed, has released a Lightning dock for the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and 6 Plus. You can even use Apple’s new dock with a Lightning equipped iPod touch.
The dock is available for purchase now for $39.99 and ships in 1-3 business days. Read More
By Lory Gil on May 1, 2015
Apple’s included Lightning cable just seems to fall short of useful. Maybe that is because it is too short. The charging cable that comes with your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is only about 3 feet long. If your wall plug is right next to your bed, then you will be OK, but otherwise, you need extra feet.
Amazon makes an MFi-certified Lightning cable that is six feet long, twice the length of Apple’s. So, if you need the extra length, or just want a second cable, Amazon has you covered. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Apr 15, 2015
I travel a lot. Not necessarily on vacations mind you. I just mean, I’m out and about on a daily basis, gone for side family visits on the weekend, and fly on a somewhat regular basis. Consequently, my daypack is always stuffed with cables for my gadgets, iPhone, iPad, backup battery charger, Bluetooth headphones and the like.
Naturally, there is some overlap there with the Lightning cable, but sometimes you need to charge the iPhone and iPad simultaneously. More importantly, my daypack is made for lightweight daily stuff and every time I cram one more even small item, it gets filled. Thankfully, I’ve added Nomad’s NomadClip to the mix and I can store my charging cable on my belt clip, outside of the bag, and many other non-backpack locations. Read More
By Lory Gil on Mar 28, 2015
If I had to guess, I’d bet that a lot of iPhone users charge their device at night, next to their bed. Doing so serves two purposes. You can charge your iPhone through the night while you sleep, and you can use it as an alarm clock. When docked, it could also serve as a display for relaxation images and late night talk show viewing.
The Lightning Desktop Dock from Mophie is a stand that is compatible with the iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, and 6. Connect your device to the dock and it will charge all night while you watch movies in portrait mode until you fall asleep. Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 5, 2015
There is a mysterious port on the Apple Watch that could be used to connect accessories such as a smart band or battery, reports TechCrunch. The outlet says that multiple sources have confirmed the wearable features a secret 6-dot brass contact used for diagnostics and direct access to the operating system.
Apparently the port is very similar to the Lightning port found on larger iOS devices, and is located inside the groove of the “bottom” strap connector slot. It’s believed that this portal is “absolutely necessary” to install the Watch OS during manufacturing, and thus it will be present on shipping versions of the wearable. Read More
By iDB Deals on Feb 7, 2015
With great power, comes great responsibility, and with these great charging deals from iDB, you’ll be able to keep your device at 100% wherever you are. This roundup includes a whole variety of deals on charging gear for your iOS devices – all from the iDB Deals store. Included below are big discounts on everything from external battery packs and a 10-foot MFi cable to a bundle of Quirky accessories… plus a few more! Read More
By Jake Smith on Jan 20, 2015
SONICable is claiming it’s the world’s most advanced charging cable for the Lightning-supporting iPhones, able to charge your device in half the time as a normal Apple charger.
It offers an off and on switch that is behind the magic. When the switch is OFF: Its like a normal USB cable, charge and sync. When the switch is ON: All of the power is focused on charging, sync/data is disabled, which the Fort Lauderdale-based company says helps increase speed significantly. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2015
As The Verge reported Thursday, Consumer electronics maker Philips took the wraps off its new on-ear headphones that don’t have a built-in battery, instead drawing power from the Lightning port of an iOS device.
The Fidelio NC1L features noise-cancelling technology which uses four different microphones to suppress background noise. Audio quality is improved further thanks to the use of Philips’s own integrated 24-bit digital-to-analog converter instead of the one built into iOS devices. Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 19, 2014
Would you be interested in a 6-foot MFi-certified Lightning cable for your iPhone or iPad? Or how about a Lightning cable that converts into a Micro-USB cable so it can work with both iOS and Android devices? If you answered yes to either of these questions, I’ve got a great deal to share with you.
For the next few days, StackSocial is offering a significant discount on its 6-foot long USB-to-device cable, which features a USB plug on one end and duel connectors on the other. One is a Micro USB plug, and the other is a Lightning plug, and their quick cap setup makes it easy to switch between them Read More
By Jim Gresham on Dec 10, 2014
Tired of carrying around multiple cables? Of course you are! Lots of gadgets pile up around iOS devices. There are battery cases, portable Bluetooth speakers, powered headphones, and the like. Unfortunately, none of them use Lightning cables for charging as they instead require a micro USB.
I keep both a Lightning cable and micro USB cable in my daypack at all times. Actually, I keep two Lightning and two micro USB cables in my pack. My forgetfulness only proves the challenge of keeping enough cords around. If only there was a cable to satisfy both standards. Thanks to accessory maker TYLT, the Syncable-Duo is just the solution. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2014
Apple during its MFi Summit that took place last week over the course of three days in Shenzhen, China told its ‘Made for iPhone’ (MFi) accessory vendors that it will be relaxing rules of the game.
Specifically, makers will be permitted to outfit their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad accessories with Apple’s proprietary Lightning port beginning early next year, Jordan Kahn reported Tuesday morning over at 9to5Mac.
Accessories such as iPhone docks and battery cases with a built-in Lightning port would benefit from using Apple’s proprietary I/O technology to provide power to both an accessory and the iOS device. The current implementation requires such accessories to provide an additional USB cable for charging. Read More