Reviews

Hands-On With Apple's New 13-Inch MacBook Pro

Thursday May 7, 2020 1:13 pm PDT by
Apple on Monday announced the launch of a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with updated 10th-generation processors for higher-end machines and new scissor switch Magic Keyboards across the lineup. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. We picked one up to check out what's new and to see how it compares to other machines in Apple's notebook lineup. Read on to see what we thought...

Review: Native Union's Drop XL Offers Elegant Wireless Charging for iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch

Monday April 20, 2020 12:27 pm PDT by
With Apple's AirPower off the table for now, three-in-one charging solutions have become popular, and multiple companies are now introducing multi-device charging options. Native Union recently released the Apple Watch Edition of its Drop XL Wireless Charger, which is a three-in-one charger able to charge an iPhone, AirPods, and ‌Apple Watch‌ all at once. At $150, the Drop XL Wireless...

Review: Logitech's POWERED 3-in-1 Dock is a Convenient Way to Charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods All at Once

Wednesday March 25, 2020 10:05 am PDT by
Logitech in March introduced a new series of POWERED wireless charging options, one of which is a new 3-in-1 dock meant to charge the iPhone, Apple Watch, AirPods, and other devices that support Qi-based wireless charging. After Apple canceled the AirPower charging dock in March of 2019, multi-device charging options soared in popularity. It seems like every company is coming out with a...

2020 iPad Pro Reviews: Minor Upgrade Today Paves Way for New AR Capabilities in Future

Tuesday March 24, 2020 7:50 am PDT by
The first reviews of the new iPad Pro have hit the web and we've rounded them up below. Given that trackpad support is coming to all modern iPad models with iPadOS 13.4, set to be released later today, the actual hardware changes to the 2020 iPad Pro are rather minor. Reviews confirm that the device's new A12Z Bionic chip has very similar CPU performance as the previous A12X chip, and beyond...

Review: 2020 Hyundai Sonata Offers CarPlay, a Revamped Infotainment System, and Tons of Safety Features

Monday March 23, 2020 1:48 pm PDT by
Hyundai was one of the first brands officially announced as a CarPlay partner back in 2014, and the feature is now available across pretty much all of the carmaker's lineup. I recently spent some time with ‌CarPlay‌ and Hyundai's native infotainment system in the redesigned 2020 Hyundai Sonata, and I've been impressed with not only Hyundai's ‌CarPlay‌ implementation but also just how much technology...

Review: Scosche's Modular BaseLynx is a Useful All-in-One Charging Solution

Friday March 13, 2020 12:20 pm PDT by
iPhone and Mac accessory maker Scosche in 2019 came out with a novel all-in-one charging solution, the BaseLynx, which is a modular charging system that can be customized for the devices that you have. Scosche sells its BaseLynx in Apple retail stores, offering two modular kits along with add-ons that let it be set up to charge the Apple Watch, ‌iPhone‌, iPads, and more. Individual pieces are...

Review: Infiniti Joins the CarPlay Club With the 2020 QX50

Friday February 14, 2020 10:37 am PST by
Apple touts that there are now over 500 car models supporting CarPlay, and Nissan's luxury brand Infiniti is one of the most recent (and perhaps the last significant brand in the U.S. other than Tesla) to add the feature with the 2020 Q50 and Q60 sedans, QX50 crossover, and QX80 SUV. I've had an opportunity to spend some time with a 2020 Infiniti QX50 and check out how the updated InTouch...

Review: Pioneer's AVIC-W8500NEX System Upgrades Your Car With Wireless CarPlay and More

Friday January 31, 2020 9:41 am PST by
Pioneer has long been one of the biggest names in aftermarket car audio, and the company's lineup of NEX receivers offers a terrific option for adding CarPlay and other enhanced functionality to older cars or entry-level models that lack some of the latest technology. Pioneer's 2019 NEX lineup includes models at a range of price points offering varying feature sets. Several months ago, Pioneer ...

Review: Samsung's Portable SSD T7 Touch is Compact, Super Speedy and Keeps Your Files Safe With Fingerprint Sensor

Wednesday January 29, 2020 10:17 am PST by
Samsung at CES unveiled the T7 Touch SSD, a follow-up to its super popular T5 SSD. The T7 Touch is now available for purchase, and Samsung sent us a 500GB model for review purposes. Design wise, the T7 Touch SSD is just about palm size, measuring in at 3.35 inches long, 2.24 inches wide, and 0.31 inches thick. It weighs just two ounces, so it's small enough to tuck into a bag or even a pocket. ...

Review: Moment's 14mm Fisheye Lens Lets You Take Better Ultra Wide-Angle Shots on Latest iPhones

Tuesday January 28, 2020 8:20 am PST by
Moment, known for its line of high-quality lenses designed for the iPhone, recently came out with its newest lens, a 170-degree 14mm fisheye lens that works with Apple's iPhones, including the newest triple-lens models. Fisheye lenses are by definition ultra wide-angle lenses and are some of the widest lenses you can get, often offering up a wide view with artful distortion to capture as much...

Review: Zens Liberty Wireless Charger is a Solid AirPower Alternative With Room for Two Qi Devices and Apple Watch

Friday January 17, 2020 5:31 am PST by
It's been nearly one year since Apple cancelled the AirPower wireless charging mat, which would have allowed you to place your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods anywhere on the mat to wirelessly charge each device. In the subsequent months, numerous third-party companies have stepped forward in an attempt to reproduce this product, and now Zens has released its own take on an AirPower-like device: ...

Review: 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus Brings a Bigger Battery to the Popular CarPlay-Equipped EV

Thursday December 19, 2019 6:56 am PST by
Earlier this year, I spent some time in a 2019 Nissan Altima, checking out how CarPlay interfaces with the native NissanConnect infotainment system, and I came away fairly impressed with the flexibility and ease-of-use of NissanConnect and the carmaker's decision to make ‌CarPlay‌ standard across all trims. Looking to show off more of its technology and how some of it integrates with iPhones,...

Review: CalDigit's Tuff Nano Portable SSD Offers Fast Speeds in a Compact Package

Monday December 16, 2019 8:47 am PST by
CalDigit is a popular maker of docks, external storage, and other accessories that work well with Apple's ecosystem, and the company recently released a new Tuff nano external solid-state drive that packs blazing-fast transfer speeds into a tiny package. I don't have a huge need for external storage with my MacBook Pro, but when I have needed it I've used CalDigit's previous Tuff SSD, which I r...

Review: CalDigit's USB-C Pro Dock Adds Ports to Your Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C Mac, or Even an iPad Pro

Thursday December 12, 2019 8:12 am PST by
Over the past few years, Thunderbolt 3 docks have become nearly ubiquitous, with a variety of different docks offering varying sets of ports in a few different body styles. Similar docks, albeit with more limited capabilities, exist for connecting over USB-C to machines that lack the more powerful Thunderbolt 3 standard, even in some cases including the iPad Pro. Since the introduction of...

Review: AT&T's Power Drum Can Charge Your Apple Watch and Another Qi Device on the Go, but Phones Are a Bit of a Balancing Act

Wednesday December 11, 2019 10:03 am PST by
Ever since the Apple Watch launched in 2015, we've seen countless products that save up some counter or desktop space by letting you charge your ‌Apple Watch‌ and iPhone in one spot. There are numerous versions of this type of accessory, and now AT&T has released its own with the Power Drum. The Power Drum is a cylindrical charger with a small 3-inch footprint that houses a built-in ‌Apple Watch‌...

Review: Audi's 2019 A7 Offers Wireless CarPlay and Up to Three Big Dashboard Screens

Friday December 6, 2019 11:04 am PST by
Wireless CarPlay has yet to take off with car manufacturers, with BMW (as well its MINI brand) being the first major car manufacturer to support the feature several years ago. As we recently covered, Porsche is in the process rolling out wireless ‌CarPlay‌ to its lineup, but there's at least one other notable manufacturer adopting the technology, and that's VW's luxury brand Audi. Audi's...

Hands-On With Wireless CarPlay on the Porsche Macan S

Tuesday November 26, 2019 10:28 am PST by
Five years after the launch of CarPlay, there are still very few car manufacturers supporting Apple's in-car platform wirelessly. The main benefit of wireless ‌CarPlay‌ is a nearly seamless experience of having much of your phone's core functionality available just a fingertip or voice command away on your car's infotainment system while your phone remains in your pocket. So far, wireless...

Review: Fuse Launches New Cable Organizer Lineup for Wrangling All Your Apple Device Cords

Tuesday November 26, 2019 9:42 am PST by
Fuse, known for its Side Winder cable organizers for keeping the MacBook's cord and power adapter neat and tidy, is today launching a whole new lineup of cord management products. There are cord winding options for Apple's MacBooks, the iPhone, the iPad, and Apple headphones, which basically covers Apple's entire lineup. Ahead of the debut of the new products, Fuse sent me a selection to...

Review: Mophie's Juice Pack Access Case Gives Your iPhone 11's Already Great Battery Life a Modest Boost

Tuesday November 19, 2019 10:46 am PST by
Mophie is known for its smartphone battery cases, which provide you with a way to keep an iPhone battery topped off while not having to worry about carrying around a large portable USB battery. Continuing this trend, Mophie recently launched Juice Pack Access cases for the the latest iPhones: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. I've had a chance to check out the Juice Pack...

Review: The Philips Hue Play Sync Box Matches Your Hue Lights to What's Playing on Your Apple TV

Monday November 11, 2019 7:55 am PST by
Signify, the company behind the Philips Hue lights, in September announced a new Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, which brings a capability that many Hue users have wanted for years now: the ability to sync Hue lights with content that's playing on the TV for an immersive home entertainment experience. There's already a Hue Sync app that lets Hue lights be tuned to Macs and PCs, but it's...