Belkin’s 3-in-1 Wireless Dock Charges iPhone, Apple Watch and Air Pods

Belkin 3-in-1 Wireless Dock

Belkin is known for its range of accessories for Apple devices. It has recently launched the Boost Charge 3-in-1 Wireless Charger, which can charge the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods all at once.

Priced at $110, Belkin’s 3-in-1 Wireless Charger is more affordable than most other 3-in-1 wireless chargers on the market, making it an attractive option.

Available in either black or white, the 3-in-1 Wireless Charger from Belkin is made from a plastic material. It’s not the best quality charger out there because of the all-plastic build, however unless you are seeking a robust item most users will be quite happy with it..

There’s an upright wireless charging interface that can accommodate an ‌iPhone‌, an ‌Apple Watch‌ charging puck, and behind that, a small circular divot for the ‌AirPods‌ or AirPods Pro case.  Many other 3-in-1 wireless chargers have enough space for charging two iPhones at once.  The Belkin charges is designed specifically for a single ‌iPhone‌ and ‌AirPods‌, which is something to be noted.

With the ‌AirPods‌ charging space located right behind the watch, care needs to be taken  that the  ‌Apple Watch‌ does not knock the ‌AirPods‌ out of position or .  Taking into account the layout of the charging docks  care must be taken to position things correctly.  The ergonomics of the design is far from ideal and  crowding is likely to be an issue for anyone who has a loop-style band.

The upright charging space for the ‌iPhone‌ is nice because it makes it easy to put the ‌iPhone‌ down and go, with no need to position it or make sure it’s in the right spot to initiate charging, something that’s often an issue with a typical flat wireless charger.

As for the ‌Apple Watch‌ charging puck, it’s fine. It charges the ‌Apple Watch‌ in Nightstand Mode like many other charging options on the market. There are small LEDs on the front and side of the charger that let you know when it’s powered on and charging something, and a single power cord sticks out from the back. These lights can’t be disabled and could be a bit irritating at night.

This is a 7.5W wireless charger so it charges iPhones at the maximum speed possible, which is not super fast. It’s great for charging overnight or when you just need a bit of juice, but it’s not the best solution when you need power quick.

Summary

A lot of the 3-in-1 wireless charging options on the market are priced at around $150, so it’s nice to have a name brand option that’s more affordable and reliably charges the ‌iPhone‌, ‌Apple Watch‌, and ‌AirPods‌ all at once.

At $110 this is still a lot more than individual charging options for the three devices, so it’s still somewhat of a luxury.  The Belkin’s 3-in-1 Wireless Charger is not the best looking option, but it occupies a small footprint and the price tag is lower than the competition.  It is a bit of a hassle to make sure the ‌Apple Watch‌ and ‌AirPods‌ are lined up at times when using a loop-style band, but this should be seen as a minor inconvenience relative to the advantages listed.

This is an abridged article which first appeared in MacRumors.com  “Belkin’s 3-in-1 Wireless Dock Charges iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods Affordably

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Should You Buy an iPad or a Laptop?

The iPad Pro is a powerful tablet, and starting with iOS 10, Apple opened up the operating system and allowed third-party apps access to features like Siri. As the iPad continues to grow in processing power and versatility, will it replace other more bulky computers i.e. the Laptop?

Here are a few areas where the iPad has an advantage over the PC.

iPad Pro with and without a keyboard

 Security

The iPad is actually quite secure when compared to a PC.  It’s almost impossible for a virus to infect an iPad because viruses work by jumping from one app to the next.  The architecture of the  iPad OS software puts a wall around each app.

It’s also difficult to get malware onto the iPad. On a PC, malware can do things like record all of the keys you press and let someone remotely control your computer. It often makes its way in by tricking the user into installing it.  Apple, continues to maintains full control over the App Store, meaning it checks each new App thus controlling or eliminating rogue developers adding Apps.  The only way to add software to the iPad is via the Apple store.

The iPad also provides tools to secure your data and the device itself. The Find My iPad feature allows you to track your device if you misplace or lose it. You can also lock it and wipe its data remotely.  With the  the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, you can secure your data with your fingerprint.

Performance

Various models of iPad Pro have used Apple’s A9X, A10X, and A12X chips. These processors are comparable to Intel’s i5 and i7s, and in many cases, they’re even better. You can get better hardware in an iPad Pro than you’ll find in an entry-level laptop, and comparable builds to standard-issue ones. PCs are available that can outperform an iPad Pro, but you’ll end up paying a lot more for them.

Value relative to Price

The iPad and a PC (at the lower specification end) can be similar in terms of the prices you’ll see at the store, but you’re going to pay more for a higher specification and performance model powerful enough to do more than browse the web and with higher life expectancy.

The iPad comes with Apple’s iWork suite (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) and the iLife suite (GarageBand and iMovie). While Microsoft Office is more powerful than iWork, Apple’s office suite is up to the task for most people. And if you want to find the equivalent of iMovie for the PC, you’ll have to buy it separately.

Versatility

The iPad comes with software you won’t find in comparable PCs, but it also has some added features you won’t find.  In addition to  Touch ID fingerprint sensor, the newest iPads have good cameras built into them. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a 12 MP camera that can compete with most smartphones. The bigger Pro and the iPad Air 2 both have an 8 MP back-facing camera, which can still take pretty good pictures.

The iPad is also more mobile than a laptop (due to size and weight), which is a big selling point. This mobility isn’t just about carrying it with you when you travel. The biggest selling point is how easy it is to carry around your house or office.

You can get some of the same versatility with a Windows-based tablet, but when compared to a laptop or desktop PC, the iPad certainly has an advantage.

 

Reliability and Simplicity

One of the biggest reasons a PC’s performance degrades over time and it begins to crash more often is user error, particularly installing software that loads when you power up the PC, not doing a proper shutdown when powered off, and many other common mistakes that can eventually plague a PC

The iPad doesn’t have these problems. While it may become slower or experience strange bugs over time, you can usually clear these up with a simple reboot. The iPad doesn’t allow apps to self-load at start-up, so they won’t suffer a slow degradation of performance.  A user can’t power down an iPad without it running through a proper shutdown sequence

This simplicity helps keep the iPad bug free and in good working order.

 

User Friendly

It biggest selling point is that it is easy to use and hard to “mess up”.  This means ever member in a household can use it from the youngest to the oldest.  There are also Apps to meet every taste – games, educational, finance, movies, recreational etc, etc.  With the picture quality available on the iPad, the quality of the images even on a movie (which is normally made for wide cinema screens) does little to detract from your enjoyment of this media.

The iPad’s parental restrictions let you control the type of apps, games, music, and movies younger members of your family are allowed to download and watch.

Items above are a “taster” for iPad features and are an abridged article from Lifewire.

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Apple iOS Operating System – Five Recommendations

Apple iOS

You may scratch your head and ask “What is iOS“?

iOS is a mobile operating system created and developed by Apple Inc. exclusively for its hardware.

There are so many apps in the iOS App Store that it can be difficult to find new apps to download, plus it’s easy to overlook great apps that are a bit older. This week’s picks include apps for managing tasks, finding content on Netflix, and organising your home, plus some fun games.

  • Tasks (Free) – Tasks is a to-do app that lets you create tasks that you need to work on, either immediately or over time. You can organise everything in your life into different categories like Family, Home, Office and more, with sub tasks that can be used for managing projects. Tasks can be managed by the list they’re organised in or by date for those that are due soon. Plenty of features are available, like tags, multi-user support, date detection, image support, and more. Tasks is free, but unlocking “Plus” features requires an in-app purchase.
  • New on Flix (Free) – Looking for something new to watch on Netflix? New on Flix is the app for you. It’s not an official Netflix app and it’s pretty simple – it just shows you what new content is added to Netflix every day. New on Flix is free, but you can pay $0.99 to remove ads.
  • Homer (Free) – Homer is a digital binder that keeps track of everything needed to run your house. You can take pictures of appliance receipts and warranties, log repairs, take stock of the items in each room, make shopping lists for things you need, and more.
  • Crashy Cats (Free) – Crashy Cats is an endless runner where the goal is to take on the role of a cat to jump, bounce, and fly through levels while knocking over as many things as possible. It’s free to play, but there are in-app purchases for additional in-game “Fish” currency.
  • SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit (Apple Arcade) – SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit is a new ‌Apple Arcade‌ game that’s described as a platform runner. In the app, players take on the role of SpongeBob to defeat Plankton’s minions and rescue SpongeBob’s friends.  It’s free and there are no ads, but a $4.99 per month subscription to ‌Apple Arcade‌ is required.

This abridged article, “Five iOS Apps Worth Checking Out – June 2020” first appeared on MacRumors.com

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Apple Promotes Multiplication Benefits of iPhone and Apple Watch Integration

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Apple has launched a new webpage promoting the benefits of integration between iPhone and Apple Watch. “Add them together. Multiply their power,” reads the minisite, which highlights the benefits that come with using the two devices together.

Scrolling down the vector image-based page brings some of the more basic features into view first, like the ability to answer or decline a phone call or FaceTime call on ‌Apple Watch‌, and then transfer it to your ‌iPhone‌.

Messages are next, with ‌Apple Watch‌ features like quick replies, Tapback, emoji support and Scribbles covered, as well as the ability to ask Siri to compose or reply to an incoming message using your voice.

The site goes on to highlight the two devices’ deep Camera app integration and the way you can use ‌Apple Watch‌ to remotely set up a shot on ‌iPhone‌, including the ability to frame and shoot, zoom in and out, switch between the ‌iPhone‌’s front and back cameras, and switch between camera modes.

Apple shines a light on the music capabilities of ‌Apple Watch‌, such as Apple Music streaming, playlist support, and remote ‌iPhone‌ playback controls. There is a section on ‌Apple Watch‌ health functions with iOS Health and Activity app integration, as well as mentions for hand’s off support in Maps, Find My, and Apple Pay.

The site does a good job of surfacing some lesser known features available to prospective customers who might be thinking about pairing the two devices.

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Apple iPhone 12 – Latest News

Apple iPhone 12

Reports state production of the iPhone 12 models began in July, according to a paywalled DigiTimes report.

The wording of the report suggests that all ‌iPhone 12‌ models will have entered production in July.  It is unclear if that will result in all models launching simultaneously. While it is likely that Apple announces its ‌iPhone 12‌ lineup in September as usual, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and others have previously claimed that higher-end models with support for ultra-fast mmWave 5G will face a delayed launch due to production challenges.

Apple is expected to release four new iPhones later this year, including two ‌iPhone 12‌ models with 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch displays and two ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro models with 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays. All four models are expected to feature OLED displays, 5G support, and a smaller notch, while the two higher models are rumored to gain a LiDAR sensor.

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Change of Direction – Apple and Android Technology

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In the future I will be directing you to opportunities to purchase technology products at best prices.

To be realistic few people are buying technology every day but “keep a record” of the links to these sites which will be given later for current and future reference. On a regular basis I will be posting updates on technology products.