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This could be Apple’s brilliant new iPhone 6 cable

This could be Apple’s brilliant new iPhone 6 cable

There's an old joke that USB cables have in fact three orientations, because no matter which way you turn them they never plug in properly the first two times, but Apple looks to be addressing that with its latest Lightning cables. After patent filings for a two-way reversible USB connector surfaced last week, now the cable itself appears to have leaked.

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Hallelujah: USB Type-C grabs Lightning’s best feature

Hallelujah: USB Type-C grabs Lightning’s best feature

A new USB plug might not seem like a big deal, but if you've ever cursed your smartphone charger because you can't get it to connect seemingly no matter which way you flip it, USB Type-C being finalized is going to make your day. The new connector, outlined last April, can be plugged into a device in either orientation, as well as supporting faster data transfers and more power.

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iRig Mic HD plugs audio straight into your iPhone

iRig Mic HD plugs audio straight into your iPhone

iPad and iPhone apps like GarageBand may turn Apple's tablets and phones into portable recording studio, but you probably need a better microphone than the one built-in. IK Multimedia showed off its iRig Mic HD back at CES, resembling a regular condenser microphone but plugging straight into the Lightning port.

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iPad Air 2 models appear with Touch ID

iPad Air 2 models appear with Touch ID

The next iPad Air appears to be upon us as a couple of case-maker photos have appeared with clues on specifications. As with most recent leaks of iPhones, iPads, and everything in-between, this iPad Air leak is the result of specifications being shared early or leaked, then turned into a mock-up by hopeful case-makers. It’s not entirely accurate, so to speak.

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How to charge your iPhone wirelessly at Starbucks

How to charge your iPhone wirelessly at Starbucks

Now that Starbucks and Duracell are rolling out a nationwide wireless charging initiative at Starbucks stores, will it work with your phone? Not a lot of us have phones that can accept a charge via a contact pad like the Powermat Starbucks will be using. Especially those with iPhones, which has never had any method of wireless charging. That’s changed, though, and we’ll tell you how you can charge your iPhone wirelessly at Starbucks in the near future.

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Apple Lightning headphones on the horizon

Apple Lightning headphones on the horizon

Certainly a coincidence with the recent acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics, Apple has this week revealed a new MFi specification for Lightning Headphones. The Made for iPhone program allows businesses to release their electronics with a fancy stamp that also potentially allows them to have said products in Apple Stores. In this case, Lightning Cable MFi specifications connect with headphones for high-quality audio.

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iStick looks to be first Lightning USB stick for Apple products

iStick looks to be first Lightning USB stick for Apple products

We’ve seen quite a few different odd accessories created by manufacturers then licensed through Apple officially. Today we’re seeing the first USB flash drive with officially licensed Lightning as well as USB - flipping back and forth to provide the user with super-simple file transfers.

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iPhone 5c 8GB and iPad 2 replacement: why moving sideways works

iPhone 5c 8GB and iPad 2 replacement: why moving sideways works

This week Apple has made a couple of moves in their iPad and iPhone collections available on the market that might not make a lot of sense to consumers. For the iPhone, they’ve added an iPhone 5c that works with 8GB of internal storage space - the previous smallest model was 16GB. For the iPad, they’ve gotten rid of the iPad 2 (the last model available with a 30-pin connector), replacing it with the iPad 4 (aka iPad with Retina Display and Lightning connector).

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Volvo and Mercedes demo Apple CarPlay: WiFi link incoming

Volvo and Mercedes demo Apple CarPlay: WiFi link incoming

Volvo has demonstrated Apple's CarPlay in action, as well as confirming that a wired connection won't be the only way to hook up an iPhone to your dashboard. Although CarPlay will initially require a physical link via Lightning cable between iPhone and infotainment system, Volvo says that "in the near future" there'll be a WiFi option for wireless use. Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz has revealed a batch of its own screenshots showing CarPlay running on its cars.

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Zensorium Tinke Lightning edition zen fitness device to arrive in October

Zensorium Tinke Lightning edition zen fitness device to arrive in October

Back in December, Zensorium released its Tinke fitness accessory for the iPhone, a colorful square device allowing fitness enthusiasts who use iOS to monitor their health by connecting directly to their smartphone. The original device features a 30-pin connector, but a Lightning edition will be rolling out this upcoming October.

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Philips DS8400 iPhone speaker-dock packs Bluetooth, Lightning & a battery

Philips DS8400 iPhone speaker-dock packs Bluetooth, Lightning & a battery

Philips has revealed its latest iPhone speaker dock, the Philips DS8400, offering both Lightning and Bluetooth connectivity for the terminally indecisive. The new dock, which has an internal battery for standalone use, can dock with an iPhone or stream music from any Bluetooth A2DP-compliant phone, PMP, tablet, or other gadget.

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iKit NuCharge for iPhone 5 Review

iKit NuCharge for iPhone 5 Review

This week the iKit NuCharge iPhone 5 replaceable battery pack case (complete with Lightning connector) will reach its final few days of stay on Kickstarter - so we thought we'd have a go at working with one for your full preview! What you're seeing here is the first iPhone 5 case that also works with an interchangeable 1900 mAh battery pack. It comes in a variety of colors (eventually) and offers unobstructed view of your camera, microphone, and speakers as well.

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