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Review: Twelve South's 'Curve Riser' iMac Stand Can Help Declutter Your Workspace, But Lack of Adjustable Height Hinders Ergonomics

Thursday September 24, 2020 8:54 am PDT by
This month Twelve South launched a new accessory for the iMac, iMac Pro, and external displays, called the "Curve Riser." Similar to its HiRise products, the Curve Riser elevates your iMac to a position that's supposed to be more ergonomic for most users, while also providing some storage underneath the iMac. From a materials standpoint, the Curve Riser matches Twelve South's established...

Review: Twelve South's USB-C StayGo Hub Offers Plenty of Ports and Two Handy Cable Sizes

Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:54 am PDT by
Twelve South recently launched the StayGo, a portable USB-C hub that's designed to add additional ports to USB-C MacBooks and MacBook Pros. There are a lot of hubs out there on the market, but Twelve South is known for its high-quality Apple accessories, so I thought I'd take a closer look at the StayGo. Design wise, the StayGo offers a simple but attractive design that's slim, portable, and...

Review: Twelve South's New 'HiRise Wireless' Converts From Stand to Mat for Charging iPhone and AirPods

Tuesday June 25, 2019 7:03 am PDT by
Twelve South today announced its latest HiRise accessory, called the "HiRise Wireless," and it's available to purchase now on Twelve South's website. The new accessory is a multi-purpose wireless charging stand with two distinct positions: you can charge your iPhone upright in a traditional stand position, or pop out the Qi-certified Power Disc for a miniature device that's perfectly sized to...

Review: Twelve South Offers a Creative Solution to Wireless iPhone Charging With the 'PowerPic'

Wednesday November 14, 2018 5:21 am PST by
Since the iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus introduced Qi wireless charging into Apple products for the first time last year, more and more users have begun hunting for the best wireless charging pad out there. We've detailed this topic in numerous posts over the past year, and in the end, many buying recommendations for Qi mats come down to support for Apple's 7.5W fast wireless charging and overall...

Review: Twelve South's $50 PlugBug Duo is a Useful Travel Companion

Thursday September 6, 2018 11:52 am PDT by
Twelve South has long offered a PlugBug accessory designed to provide interchangeable plugs for travel purposes, but earlier this month, an updated version debuted that adds an extra USB port. The new Twelve South PlugBug Duo is an ideal travel accessory because it adds international plugs to your MacBook adapter and it lets you charge accessories like an iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch while...

Review: Twelve South's New AirSnap Protects Your AirPods Case

Monday August 20, 2018 12:40 pm PDT by
Twelve South last month introduced its newest product, the AirSnap case designed to work with Apple's AirPods. Priced at $29.99, the AirSnap is made from a supple, full-grain leather that molds around the AirPods for a perfect fit. The fit is tight enough that I had to put a little effort in to stretch it to snap the case shut, but like all leather, it will loosen over time. Expect it to...

Review: Twelve South's New 'TimePorter' is a Handy Travel Storage and Charging Solution for Apple Watch

Tuesday May 3, 2016 10:35 am PDT by
Earlier this month, Twelve South announced its latest product for the Apple Watch, a travel tote and portable charging stand called the TimePorter. Starting today, Twelve South is launching the $50 TimePorter and has begun accepting orders for the accessory. Just ahead of the TimePorter's launch, Twelve South shipped a TimePorter to me so I could share an early hands-on look at the product,...

Review: Twelve South's Forté is a Versatile Apple-Approved Stand for the Apple Watch

Thursday October 22, 2015 2:35 pm PDT by
Twelve South was one of the first companies to come out with an Apple Watch stand, announcing its HiRise for Apple Watch before the wrist-worn device even launched, but with watchOS 2, Apple introduced Nightstand mode, a function that required the Apple Watch to be placed in landscape mode on its side. The HiRise isn't designed to be used in landscape mode, so as a result, Twelve South has...

Hands-On With Twelve South's New Universal BookArc for MacBooks

Wednesday October 7, 2015 1:57 pm PDT by
Twelve South today unveiled an all new design for its popular BookArc, introducing a revamped version that's compatible with all current Apple MacBook models, including the 12-inch Retina MacBook, the Retina MacBook Pro, the non-Retina MacBook, and the MacBook Air. The BookArc, for those unfamiliar with the product, is designed to hold a MacBook while it's being used in clamshell mode when...

Review: The Twelve South HiRise is an Ideal Stand for Apple Watch

Tuesday June 2, 2015 1:53 pm PDT by
Twelve South is an accessory company that's known for its high-quality stands for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, so it's no surprise that it was one of the first to announce a dock for the Apple Watch. The Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch follows in the footsteps of the company's other HiRise docks, offering an Apple Watch storage and charging solution that's attractive, well-designed, and...

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Twelve South Releases BookBook Case For Latest MacBook and MacBook Pro Models

Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:12 am PDT by
Twelve South today announced the release of its BookBook case for all 12-inch MacBook and 2016 and later MacBook Pro models. BookBook essentially disguises a MacBook or MacBook Pro as a vintage hardback book, while protecting the notebook with reinforced corners and a new, stronger crush-resistant spine. The outside is crafted from premium oil-pull up leather, while the inside is lined with ...
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Twelve South Debuts 'MagicBridge' to Combine Apple Magic Keyboard With Magic Trackpad 2

Tuesday January 31, 2017 8:28 am PST by
Twelve South today launched the "MagicBridge," an accessory that combines Apple's Magic Keyboard with a Magic Trackpad 2 into one connected control surface, letting users "type and swipe more efficiently," according to the company. The versatile accessory supports orientations for both left-handed and right-handed users. MagicBridge has cutouts in the back for the on/off toggles and...
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CES 2017: Twelve South Debuts ActionSleeve Armband for Apple Watch

Wednesday January 4, 2017 9:29 am PST by
Twelve South today unveiled its latest accessory, the ActionSleeve Armband for Apple Watch. The ActionSleeve is designed to move the Apple Watch from the wrist to the upper arm, keeping it out of the way during intense workouts while leaving all of its functionality intact. Specifically designed for sports that require wrist gear like weightlifting, rock climbing, boxing, Kettlebell training,...
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Twelve South Launches BookBook and All-New Journal Case for iPhone 7

Thursday December 15, 2016 8:45 am PST by
Twelve South today launched the latest in its line of BookBook cases, this one for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Like previous editions, the new BookBook includes wallet slots for credit cards and a driver's license, all housed in a vintage leather-bound case that looks like an old novel. A removable shell protects the iPhone 7 both inside of and out of BookBook, and the case can fold into a...
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Twelve South Debuts 'HiRise Duet' Charging Stand for iPhone and Apple Watch

Monday November 21, 2016 8:00 am PST by
Twelve South today introduced a new product in its HiRise line, called the HiRise Duet, which provides charging stations for an iPhone or iPad, as well as an Apple Watch. The stand supports the Apple Watch's Night Stand Mode, which displays an alarm clock and turns the device's Digital Crown into a snooze button. The stand has a 3.75” square footprint and includes an integrated Lightning...
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Twelve South Debuts 'Fermata' Headphone Charging Stand

Wednesday November 2, 2016 9:49 am PDT by
Twelve South today unveiled its latest Apple accessory, a headphone charging stand designed to cut down on desktop clutter. Available in black or silver, the Fermata is crafted from aluminum and is designed to house a set of on-ear or over-ear headphones such as Apple's Beats Solo2 and Solo3 wireless models. The headphones rest on a leather-covered hook, which is designed to make sure the...
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Twelve South Debuts New HiRise 2 for iPhone and iPad

Tuesday September 13, 2016 8:11 am PDT by
Twelve South today announced the launch of a revamped HiRise, its popular stand for the iPhone and the iPad. The HiRise 2 features an all new design with with a smaller overall footprint but a heavier overall body, so it's better able to hold up larger devices like the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Due to its small size, it's not recommended for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but it works with all other...
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Twelve South Releases BookBook and SurfacePad for 9.7" iPad Pro

Wednesday August 24, 2016 8:30 am PDT by
Twelve South has announced that its BookBook and SurfacePad covers are now available for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. BookBook is a leather case reminiscent of a vintage sketchbook and includes a built-in kickstand and Apple Pencil holster. The case retails for $79.99 for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, while the Rutledge Edition is $99.99. SurfacePad is a Smart Cover-like leather cover with a built-in ...
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Twelve South Introduces BookBook for iPad Pro

Wednesday May 18, 2016 11:05 am PDT by
Twelve South today debuted a new version of its popular BookBook case, this time designed to fit Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Made from high-quality leather, the BookBook, for those unfamiliar, is designed to look like a classic book, offering protection for the iPad while also concealing it. It's handcrafted and carefully distressed so each BookBook has a unique look. The BookBook for iPad...
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Twelve South Announces 'TimePorter' Travel Case and Charger for Apple Watch

Thursday April 7, 2016 10:34 am PDT by
Twelve South today announced the launch of a new product designed for the Apple Watch, the TimePorter. Described as a travel tote and portable charging stand, the TimePorter is shaped like an eyeglasses case with room inside a hinged compartment for an Apple Watch charging puck, a power adapter, and extra Apple Watch bands. The Apple Watch charging puck fits into a slot at the top of the...
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Twelve South Launches Rose Gold HiRise Deluxe to Match Rose Gold iPhone 6s

Tuesday December 15, 2015 8:54 am PST by
Twelve South today expanded its HiRise lineup, launching a new stand designed to match the rose gold iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. Twelve South's HiRise Deluxe stands for iPhone and iPad are some of its most popular products, and with the addition of the rose gold color, there's a finish to match every iOS device. "There is something special about the new Rose Gold iPhone. It has captured...
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Twelve South's New 'Forté' Apple Watch Stand Launching in Apple Stores

Wednesday October 14, 2015 9:17 am PDT by
Twelve South today announced a new Apple Watch stand, called the Forté, that will let users display the wearable device in both portrait and Nightstand modes. The company built the new stand to mirror the aesthetic of the Apple Watch, with a chrome arm that holds the device at a 40 degree angle designed to easily read its screen on a bedside table. The bottom of the stand is also wrapped in...
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Twelve South Launches Portable 'BaseLift' Support Stand for Mac Notebooks

Wednesday March 18, 2015 9:45 am PDT by
Twelve South today revealed the BaseLift for MacBook, a "super-thin, microfiber-layered pad" that attaches to the bottom of any MacBook and can instantly fold up, similar to an iPad Smart Cover, to provide an elevated screen and angled keyboard to users on either a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. Once attached, BaseLift for MacBook stays connected to the MacBook, and is thin enough to fit into "most...
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Twelve South Announces HiRise Charging Stand for Apple Watch

Wednesday March 11, 2015 9:47 am PDT by
Twelve South on Wednesday unveiled the HiRise for Apple Watch, a brushed metal stand designed to hold all three editions of the wrist-worn device. The stand showcases the entire Apple Watch, allowing you to interact with the screen while it is charging, and features a non-slip rubber base, silicone accents and leather landing pad to keep the smartwatch secure and protected. HiRise for Apple...