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Review: Mophie Powerstation Plus XL Wireless Offers Lightning & Qi Charging

By Todd Bernhard

I travel a lot and am always looking for the ideal battery pack, and the Mophie Powerstation Plus XL Wireless ($99.95) comes close. The company sent me a review unit to try. There are a few features that set this charging battery apart from the rest. First, it charges via Lightning. This means iPhone owners can carry one less cable. In fact, the second differentiator is that it has a Lightning cable built-in, so you can charge your iPad (not Pro) or iPhone. But you would still need a separate standalone Lightning cable and wall plug to recharge the Powerstation. ( Apple )

Smart Home Security: Minimize the Hassle, Maximize Safety & Privacy

By David Averbach

In 1982, researchers at Carnegie Mellon connected a Coca-Cola vending machine to the internet and created the world’s first smart appliance. The “smart vending machine” could report its inventory and whether or not the drinks were cold. It wasn’t until the rise of smartphones, however, that the so-called internet of things (IoT) became ubiquitous. By the end of last year, there were eight billion IoT devices and that number is projected to grow to 41 billion by 2027, according to Business Insider’s Internet of Things 2020 report.

Review: Affordable Trackeroo AirPods Case Accommodates Most Trackers

By Todd Bernhard

If you’re worried about losing your expensive AirPods you will want to connect a Bluetooth tracker to the AirPods case, but there’s no practical way to do so. Fortunately, the folks at Trackeroo have developed the simple but brilliant Trackeroo AirPods Case (starting at $6.95). Trackeroo gave me a case to try, but at that price, the company probably paid more for postage sending it to me! It’s truly a bargain given that it could save you $150 on a lost set of AirPods!

New 13-Inch MacBook Pro, Virtual WWDC & Group FaceTime

By Donna Cleveland

In the 135th episode, iPhone Life Video Editor Nicholas Naioti joins the show to share tips from the FaceTime video guide he’s been working on for the past month. The team also updates listeners on Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro release and the first online-only Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)—where we’ll see demos of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14—that will commence June 22nd.

Review: Create Your Own Unique Apple Watch Band with Skinit

By Todd Bernhard

Over the past few years, I have used Skinit for custom adhesive skins and even phone cases, but I recently noticed they also let you create a Custom Apple Watch Band ($45). This is not a sticker, but a faux leather watch band with whatever image you conceive of printed on the surface. I ordered one for Valentine’s Day. It was a big hit with my wife and makes for a truly unique present.

Review: Nomad Base Station Charging Pad Now Has USB-C Power Delivery

By Todd Bernhard

I love when a product I’ve reviewed in the past gets better, and even the folks at Nomad found room for improvement in their high-quality, high-end Base Station. After I visited them at CES, Nomad sent me the updated Base Station Apple Watch Edition ($149.95) and the upgrade hits all the right high notes.

WWDC 2020 Apple Keynote: When & How to Watch the Next Apple Event

By Sarah Kingsbury

The next Apple event is the 31st annual Worldwide Developers Conference, where the company will unveil the next versions of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, the mobile software for iPhones and iPads, and hold online sessions for Apple developers. The developers conference kicks off on June 22 with the WWDC Apple Keynote event, which will live stream on Apple’s website and the WWDC app for Apple TV, iPad, and iPhone. Along with its September iPhone announcement, the WWDC Apple Keynote is one of the biggest Apple events of the year. We’ll be offering commentary during the event in our Facebook group and in the special podcast episode we’ll be recording right after. Here’s how you can watch the WWDC 2020 Apple Keynote too.

How to Pair & Use a Bluetooth Mouse, Trackpad & Magic Keyboard with Your iPad

By Leanne Hays

Can you use a Bluetooth mouse with an iPad? You can now! We’ve long been able to use accessories like Bluetooth speakers, headphones, or the Apple Pencil with our iPads, but starting with iPadOS 13, iPad mouse and trackpad support finally arrived in a limited way as an Accessibility feature. Now, with iPadOS 13.4, pairing and using a mouse with your iPad is a fully integrated feature. In even better news, Apple announced a new Magic Keyboard with a trackpad with a cursor for navigating, editing, and gestures. We’ve already gone over iPad tutorials and tips such as how to take a screenshot on an iPadhow to use an iPad as a second monitor with Sidecar, and even recommendations for the best iPad Pro apps for professionals. Now, let’s learn how to pair and use your iPad with a wireless mouse or trackpad.

Featured iUser: How Multimedia Artist Matt Wyatt Uses His iPhone

By Tamlin Day

In every issue of iPhone Life magazine, we feature the iPhone Home screens of people from different walks of life, so our readers can see how they use iPhone apps to meet a variety of needs. In our Summer 2020 issue, we featured multimedia artist Matt Wyatt from Rochester, New Hampshire. Matt’s work includes abstract expressionism, collage, and photography. In 2011, he cofounded the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts and has served as a member of Rochester’s Commission for Arts & Culture since 2013.

Review: Air Omni Multi-Device Charger for Your Nightstand

By Todd Bernhard

Over the past dozen or so years, I have reviewed hundreds if not thousands of products. One of my favorite aspects of this is when a product I previously reviewed gets better and I get a chance to cover the newer version. I also appreciate multi-function devices. I have so many gadgets already so the more functions a single device can perform, the better, as long as there are no compromises. This is the case with Pitaka’s Air Omni (starting at $119). While it is available on Kickstarter, and I hesitate to recommend crowdfunded projects because of the uncertainty, Pitaka is a well-established, longtime Apple accessory maker and this product is real, as Pitaka sent me a review unit to try.

Review: Joby GorillaPod Mobile Vlogging Kit

By Mike Riley

With the continued success of YouTube, Twitch, and other user-generated-content video-streaming services, an opportunity for anyone with a captivating presence and good communication skills is available. But just like the days of the California Gold Rush, those with better tools often (but not always) have a better chance to strike it rich. In today’s internet streaming boom, those better tools equate to the high-quality camera optics, noise-free audio recording, and exceptional lighting necessary to capture those captivating mobile moments. Joby has assembled a package equivalent to the prospector’s mule, shovel, and pan. Will the compilation of equipment the company assembled into a single kit, aptly called the Joby GorillaPod Mobile Vlogging Kit ($199.95), help deliver vlogging gold? Read on to find out.

Privacy in the Public Age: Apple Claims to Keep You Safe, but Can It Really?

By Cullen Thomas

Abillboard outside Las Vegas declares, “What Happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone,” as part of a massive push by Apple to define the brand as one that stands up for your privacy. You may have noticed the advertising. A TV spot from Apple declares: “There is more private information on your phone than in your home. . . Your location, your messages, your heart rate after a run; these are private things, personal things, and they should belong to you.” As emotive music swells over those last lines, I’m not left inspired. Instead, I feel a sense of dystopia at living in a world where an elite brand like Apple sells you your own privacy as if it were a luxury commodity. Surely nothing should be more obviously a private possession than the right to possess privacy. Yet, there is money to be made in selling privacy, and that is a sure sign that we do not own it by rights. But what exactly is Apple selling? I’d like to discuss a few of the more common fears and annoyances associated with privacy, as well as what Apple is doing and what you can do to protect yourself.

How to Add Widgets to the Home Screen on an iPad

By Tamlin Day

Are you tired of having to swipe through all your screens just to check the weather widget in the Today View on your iPad? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could pin your favorite widgets to your Home screen? Well, now you can! When you add widgets to your Home screen on the iPad, it’s easier to keep up with the breaking news or check the day’s weather. Here’s how to pin your Today View so that you can view your widgets on your Home screen.

A Tale of 2 Apples: Is Tim Cook Building on the Legacy of Steve Jobs or Creating His Own?

By Todd Bernhard

Steve Jobs had a singular vision for his company, his computer, and even his customers. His leadership led Apple to become the company it is today, and his successor, Tim Cook, has leveraged his supply chain expertise to usher in an even more profitable and successful Apple. Each was a CEO for his time. Cook would be the first to tell you he stood on the shoulders of a giant.

Review: Moshi’s SnapTo Wireless Charger with a Magnetic Twist

By Todd Bernhard

I’m always looking for the perfect wireless charging accessory, and with so many gadgets to charge, one thing I look for is the smallest footprint possible. Fortunately, Moshi sent me the SnapTo Magnetic Wireless Charger $49.95) to try, and it offers something impressive, no footprint. That’s because it uses a combination of magnets to keep your phone in contact with the rubberized charging pad, plus an optional swiveling wall-mount that attaches via the included 3M adhesive strips.

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