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When is an iPod cable more than just an iPod cable? And when will you finally solve the seemingly constant problem of never having one handy when you need it? When it’s on your keychain.
Scosche makes a number of über-useful iPod/iPhone accessories, and the FlipSync is a fully functional Dock Connector–to–USB cable that folds up into a compact unit that measures less than two inches long and weighs just 0.3 ounces. A separate version providing USB–to–mini USB connectivity is also available. With the connectors tucked away, it’s smaller than the fob that unlocks your car.
Since the ends are both attached to one 5.3-inch cable that runs through the plastic piece in the center, they need to be pulled out one at a time. First you pull the 30-pin dock connector out of one end, then the flat USB 2.0 connector on the other end--Scosche subtly labels these 1 and 2 so you remember. When you fold the FlipSync back up again, the USB end is replaced first, then the dock connector. Well-made and sturdy, the FlipSync ably does its job, and we used it in a MacBook Pro’s crowded USB ports without pulling it off our keychain, which was also occupied by eight keys and a car fob. And keeping it with our keys also gave us a natural excuse not to loan it out to people, which is the No. 1 way iPod cables get lost at Mac|Life HQ (our coworkers must think we get them for free).
Apple charges $19 for a basic cable, which is highway robbery. Scosche’s version isn’t cheaper, but its utility and convenience give you plenty of bang for your buck.
REQUIREMENTS: iPod or iPhone with 30-pin dock connector
Folds up into a lightweight keychain. Sturdy. Convenient.
Can be tricky to plug in to an iMac since the cable is so short.