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When Apple switched the iPhone to the smaller, simpler Lightning connector back in 2012, it also ditched one of the iPhone's most appreciated accessories: the dock. Yes, for the past three years you've usually had to either buy a third-party cradle or accept that your smartphone would lay flat on...

May 19th 2015 at 11:11am 0 Comments
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You might think that there's not much you can do to improve on the standard old Lightning to USB cables that you get with new iPhones and iPads, but you're wrong. For one thing, the plastic-coated standard Apple cables have a tendency to fray and crack, the plastic shells can crack if the cables ar...

June 25th 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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I use my iPhone 5 so much throughout the day that its battery is often nearly drained by 4 PM. That's why I'm constantly carrying around and trying out new external battery packs to keep my iPhone charged. The latest battery pack I've tried is the Phonesuit Flex Pocket Charger. I've reviewed Phone...

May 13th 2013 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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Known for its car audio accessories, Scosche also has a booming iPhone and iPad accessory business. The company expanded its offerings by announcing a variety of charging accessories equipped with a Lightning port. The new chargers are available in either 5W or 12W capacities. The 5W chargers...

November 14th 2012 at 2:30pm 0 Comments
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The long wait for Apple-authorized Lightning accessories may be over soon. Accessory manufacturer Belkin has announced that pre-orders are open for two new products that will ease charging of your new Lightning-equipped iOS devices. The first item is the Charge + Sync Dock with EarPods Port f...

November 5th 2012 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Updated for clarity & to note that 30-pin cable is also universal for iPhone and iPad. Apple's Lightning cable received a fair amount of criticism when it was introduced along with the iPhone 5. The new port replaces the 30-pin connector found on previous iPhone models and contains propriet...

November 5th 2012 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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One of the "features" of Apple's new Lightning adapter on the iPhone 5 is a special authentication chip that must be built into the adapter or third-party peripherals in order for them to work properly. Apple is reportedly doing this in order to ensure compatibility with third-party Lightning p...

October 9th 2012 at 2:30pm 0 Comments