Sometimes you want all new Mac goodness, and sometimes you want a little upgrade or accessory action for that Mac. We've got you covered in both cases this week, along with the usual bevy of iOS accessories, one of which is especially useful if you drive a car from the 1990s.
For years, gadget-makers have been hailing wireless charging. But there's a dirty little secret: it's not really wireless. Since we can't yet efficiently transmit power through thin air, there are still wires involved in all those "wireless" charging devices. To its credit, BuQu Tech's Magnetyze doesn't actually claim to be a wireless charging system, and the case/charger combo has its own attractive qualities.
A lot of critics out there seem to think Apple has an iPhone problem. Apparently, sales of the trendsetting, outrageously profitable handset are poised to fall off a cliff sometime this year, when the new iPhone disappoints and everyone rushes to get an HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4.
As far as I can tell, Apple doesn't have an iPhone problem — it has a numbering problem. Since last year brought a redesign, everyone with an opinion expects the 2013 model to be a letdown, a predictable, mid-cycle refresh with minor internal upgrades and few new bells or whistles. Based on little more than its name, you'd think the new iPhone is doomed to fail.
My mom used to tell me I would forget my head if it wasn’t attached. My husband has the patience of a saint, circling back to our house when I realize a block away that I forgot my iPhone. Kensington’s Proximo system isn’t the first of its kind, but its combination of durable, affordable hardware and a well-designed iPhone app is finally helping me stop losing and forgetting things.
Apple loves to tout the beautiful design of the iPhone 5, from the anodized aluminum back to the diamond-cut chamfer. DSstyles has a different approach: cover the whole thing in Swarovski crystals. According to the official product certificate that comes with this case, it contains a total of 1,306 of the cut-glass crystals, and the design is eye-catching to say the least.
Apple's iPhone is finally coming to T-Mobile this Friday, and if you've been on the fence about dropping your existing iPhone carrier, the magenta network may have some extra incentive for you to do just that.
Several attempts have been made to design a tiny keyboard for laptop-toting musicians. Generally, the results haven’t proven all that impressive: either the unit boasts too few keys, or the keys are too small for comfortable playing, or both. The iRig Keys aims to combat the former (and more musically compromising) complaint by shoehorning in three full octaves worth of keys, one more than the two-octave standard for this general form factor. As a result, of course, the unit ends up considerably larger than its most direct competitor; at about 20 inches long it’s small enough to fit in some backpacks and maybe large messenger bags, but only just.
We're all the time showing you great deals on previously owned refurb models, but that doesn't mean we don't also find nice prices on brand spankin-new Apple gear too, as our Mac section will show. So if you like that new Mac smell, we've got it on tap for ya.