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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Lifetime Plex Pass and 2TB Western Digital My Cloud Home

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Plex to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a media bundle that includes a lifetime Plex Pass and a 2TB Western Digital My Cloud Home connected storage device. Plex is an all-in-one media hub that organizes your entire library of content, from TV shows and movies to music, photos, and more. Plex also offers free access to news, web shows, podcasts, and, for cord cutters, live television access when paired with an antenna. Plex is free to download and use as a media server, but advanced music, photo, TV, and movie features like live TV, automatic photo upload, lyric search, and more, require the Plex Pass. Plex Pass is $119 for a lifetime pass, $4.99 per month, or $39.99 per year. To use Plex, you need a media hub where all of your content is stored, and that's where the Western Digital My Cloud Home portion of the giveaway comes into play. Until recently, Plex had a cloud service that let you access your media content anywhere, but that's been discontinued. Luckily, with connected devices like the Western Digital My Cloud Home, you can still access your media library from anywhere. My Cloud Home is a network attached storage device, which means it connects to the internet and makes whatever's stored on it accessible even when you're away from home. To use this combo, all you need to do is set up the My Cloud Home, install the Plex Media Server software on it, and then upload your media content like music, photos, and more. Then with the Plex app on the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and other devices, you can

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a 'Side Winder' Cable Organizer for MacBook Pro or MacBook Air

For this week's giveaway, we've once again teamed up with Fuse to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Side Winder cable wrangler, designed to let you quickly and easily wind up your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro's charger cord. The reel-style construction of the Side Winder keeps your power adapter, cord, and attached extension cable in a neat, compact package with zero tangles and no hassle. It's perfect for use at home or work and it's great for when you need to travel because it makes it so quick to pack up. When traveling with a traditional Power Adapter and cable setup in a bag or backpack, winding the cord and the extension cable is an exercise in futility because it constantly comes unwrapped, leading to a messy, knotted tangle of cable. That cable tangle is the problem the Side Winder solves. Side Winder works by enclosing the Power Adapter of your MacBook with a reel that holds the cable. When you need to wind extra cable, a simple twist of the top piece pulls it in. When more cable is needed while the MacBook is in use, you can pull out as much cable as you need to reach a power outlet. Fuse says that it takes less than six seconds to fully wind a cable using the Side Winder, and the design of the device provides protection against cable damage and fraying by preventing stress at weak points. Side Winder is compatible with all 45W, 60W, 61W, 85W, and 87W MacBook Pro and Air chargers, with both MagSafe 1 and 2 and USB-C versions available. The MagSafe versions are available for $29.99, while the USB-C version is $33.99. The USB-C model

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Tech Folio for iPad Pro From WaterField Designs

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with WaterField Designs to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Tech Folio or Tech Folio Plus, which are cases that are designed for the 10.5 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. Priced at $119 for the Tech Folio (for the 10.5-inch iPad) and $149 for the Tech Folio Plus (for the 12.9-inch iPad), the two accessories are available for purchase in a ballistic black nylon with black leather accents or waxed canvas with chocolate leather accents. Tech Folio WaterField Designs' Tech Folios are meant to hold an iPad Pro along with all of the accessories that you might need to go along with it. The Tech Folio Plus, designed for the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro holds more because of its larger size, but both have space for quite a lot of equipment. Tech Folio Plus There's a main padded compartment that's designed to hold the iPad itself, while zipped interior mesh pockets are able to hold cables, power adapters, and other small accessories to keep them from getting jumbled up and tangled. You can open up the interior area all the way so that it lays flat on a table or desk for easy access to everything that you need. Double zippers have been included so you can pull a cord out for charging purposes if you need to. Two additional interior pockets can hold a mouse, an iPhone, an external hard drive, or a similar device, and a front pocket is available for items that you want to access quickly. Waterproof zippers are included on both models to keep your iPad Pro and accessories safe from liquids and rain, and there's a

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a 'Dockit W3' Handmade iPhone and Apple Watch Dock from WhyWood

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with WhyWood to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win something a little bit out of the ordinary - a high quality wooden iPhone and Apple Watch dock made primarily by hand in Switzerland. The WhyWood Dockit W3, made from oak or walnut, can charge multiple devices all at once. It has a 7.5W wireless charger for charging the latest 2017 and 2018 iPhones at maximum wireless charging speed, a Lightning port for charging the AirPods or Apple TV Remote, and a built-in magnetic Apple Watch charger for charging the Apple Watch Series 1 through 4 models. Each dock is available with a black or white accent stripe, and feet made from microsuction tape make sure the dock stays in place on your desk or nightstand. At the back of the Dockit, there are two USB 3.0 ports for charging additional devices, along with a Smart USB charger that features a 4.6-foot cord. WhyWood says that up to five devices can be charged at their fastest possible charging speed using the dock. Each Dockit has been designed with safety features that include short circuit prevention, temperature control, output voltage surge protection, and power overload recovery. Because it's made largely by hand in Switzerland and has multiple ports built in, the Dockit W3 is priced starting at $193 for the 7.5W charging version. WhyWood also offers other Dockit configurations like the Dockit W1 with 7.5W charger and Lightning connector, or the Dockit W2 with 7.5W charger and Apple Watch charger, or the Dockit 2L1W with two Lightning ports and an Apple Watch

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Black Leather Apple Watch Band From Southern Straps

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Southern Straps to give MacRumors readers a chance to win one of the company's black leather Apple Watch bands. Southern Straps offers a range of high-quality leather and colored nylon Apple Watch bands on its website. The black leather band is crafted from a single piece of supple, full grain Italian leather, which the company says has not been sanded, buffed, or snuffed, leaving it with an attractive, unblemished finish. To ensure a deep, long lasting black, the strap has been dyed with vegetable dye and it features hand stitching with waxed cord. All of Southern Straps' leather bands feature a two-year warranty against manufacturing damage. The black leather band fits all Apple Watch models, including the new Apple Watch Series 4 models. Southern Straps offers its leather bands with lugs to match all Apple Watch finishes, including black, silver, and gold. Southern Straps' leather bands are reasonably priced at $79, but we have 15 to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win our giveaway, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Futuristic 'Tap' Wearable Keyboard

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Tap to give MacRumors readers a chance to win one of the company's Tap Keyboard & Mouse setups. The Tap, priced at $179, is a futuristic keyboard that you wear on your hands, using a series of finger taps to type different letters, numbers, and symbols. Tap fits over your thumb and each of your fingers, with adjustable rings that can fit a wide variety of fingers. Sensors are built into each finger ring to detect the movement of your fingers, translating gestures into words for a novel, type anywhere experience. There are different taps for each letter. A single tap of the thumb, for example, creates an A, while a tap of the index finger makes an E. To create a K, you tap your thumb and ring finger, and to create a B, you tap your index and pinky fingers at the same time. Learning to use the Tap Keyboard takes just a few days thanks to a well-developed iOS app that walks you through each gesture one by one and then gamifies the learning experience by requiring you to beat tapping mini games. We reviewed the Tap Keyboard earlier this year and were able to learn the taps in about a week with 30 minutes of practice per day. Mastering the Tap keyboard will take some time, weeks to months, perhaps, but your typing will get faster as your fingers get used to the gestures. Some Tap users can type up to 60 words per minute, mimicking traditional keyboard speeds. Tap can also be used as a mouse replacement in a special mouse mode that involves using the thumb. Tap works as a keyboard replacement on all of

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Rain Design mBar pro or mBar pro+ Portable Laptop Stand

With several of our recent giveaways focusing on Apple's new iPhone models that are launching today in the US and several other countries, today's giveaway goes back to the Mac. Rain Design is kindly offering its portable aluminum stands for the MacBook and MacBook Pro to ten lucky winners. Rain Design is offering 5 of each of its mBar pro and mBar pro+ folding aluminum laptop stands. The mBar pro (see our review) raises a laptop by 3 inches and the mBar pro+ elevates one by 5.5 inches. Both are made of anodized aluminum and come in silver and space gray to match Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro models. Both also come with a carrying sleeve. The mBar pro retails for $54.90 and the mBar pro+ retails for $64.90. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter your email address. Email addresses provided will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and ship the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected. a Rafflecopter giveaway This contest will run from today (September 21)

MacRumors Giveaway: Win an iPhone XS Max and a Copy of AnyTrans

For a special giveaway this week to celebrate the launch of Apple's new iPhones, we've teamed up with iMobie to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a 64GB iPhone XS Max and a copy of the company's AnyTrans software, which is designed to let you manage the content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The iPhone XS Max is Apple's latest flagship device, equipped with a 6.5-inch OLED display, Face ID support, an impressive dual-lens rear camera system, an A12 Bionic chip, Gigabit LTE, more durable glass, and improved water resistance. The new iPhone, like other iPhones and Android devices, is compatible with the AnyTrans software. AnyTrans is an iTunes alternative that lets you transfer files to and from your iOS devices, moving music, photos, contacts, messages, and more from device to device with a click. AnyTrans lets you manage your music and create custom ringtones, backup your photos, clean up your lists of contacts and messages, and manage your apps from the desktop. It also creates complete backups through a wireless Air Backup feature and it has a built-in iCloud Manager option for handling your iCloud files. AnyTrans is a useful solution for everything from securely creating device backups on your computer to switching to a new device to moving content like music from one iPhone to another without a hassle. It's also handy if you want to switch from Android to iPhone. The AnyTrans returns many of the features that Apple eliminated in iTunes with iTunes 12.7, allowing users to save apps for local backup, install app updates with one click,

MacRumors Giveaway: Win an iPhone XS Max and Case Bundle From Casetify

To celebrate the launch of Apple's new 2018 iPhones, we're hosting a few special giveaways this week, and we've saved the best for last. We've teamed up with Casetify to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a brand new 64GB Space Gray iPhone XS Max along with a Casetify Impact iPhone case bundle. Apple's 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max is its newest, biggest flagship device, and Casetify has an attractive, slim case ready to go for the new device and its sibling, the 5.8-inch iPhone XS. Casetify's Impact Cases for iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are some of the slimmest cases available that also offer Military Grade drop protection. They measure in at 2.8mm thick, but offer protection from drops of up to 6.6 feet. Priced at $49, the Impact Case features a dual-layer construction with a "Qitech" shockproof material that offers both impact resistance and shock absorption for protection from drops. iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are made from glass to allow for wireless charging, so a case like the Impact is essential. If you're not familiar with Casetify, you should know that all of Casetify's cases are ultra customizable. You can choose from millions of artist designs or upload your own designs. The Impact Case features a high gloss finish that can be customized with any design and there's a raised bezel to protect the screen when it's face down. A flash absorbent camera ring is located at the back and the Qitech material at the sides adds style and protection. All Casetify cases work with wireless charging. Casetify is giving an iPhone XS Max and case

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a 7.5W Wireless Charging Stand From Choetech

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Choetech to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Wireless Charging Stand that's perfect for use with Apple's newly announced 2018 iPhones. Choetech's Wireless Charging Stand, which supports the faster 7.5W charging specification, works with the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Priced at $24, the Wireless Charging Stand comes bundled with the QC 3.0 power adapter that's necessary to enable 7.5W wireless charging on iOS devices. For other Qi-based devices, such as Samsung's Galaxy line, it will also charge at up to 10W. This upright charger features a little shelf to hold the iPhone in place along with two charging coils so that it will work well with iPhones of all sizes. Your iPhone can be placed in either portrait or landscape orientation when using the Wireless Charging Stand. Choetech has included temperature protection, over-voltage protection, and short circuit protection for safe charging, and there's a built-in indicator to show charging status with a sleep-friendly muted light. Choetech is offering a discount on the Wireless Charging Stand and the separate power adapter for those who don't win our giveaway. The Wireless Charging Adapter is available for $18.99 with the code MACHO524B, while the Wireless Charging Stand is available for $9.99 with code MACHO524. We have 30 of the Choetech Wireless Charging Stands to give away. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Case for Your New iPhone XS, XS Max, or XR From Pad & Quill

We're doing a few special giveaways this week to celebrate the launch of the new 2018 iPhones, and we've teamed up with Pad & Quill to offer MacRumors winners a chance to win an iPhone case designed for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR. Pad & Quill is refreshing its entire iPhone case lineup with new options for Apple's latest devices. The Luxury Pocket Book, Bella Fino, Heritage Bella Fino, and Traveler cases have all been updated for the new iPhones. Bella Fino case for iPhone XS Max All of Pad & Quill's cases are made from high-quality Full Grain American Leather with details hand-finished wood, marine-grade nylon stitching, and slim designs created to protect iPhones without adding unnecessary bulk. Many of the cases also come in multiple colors to suit a variety of tastes. Luxury Book for iPhone XS Max There are book-style cases with wallet options like the slim Bella Fino and Heritage Bella Fino ($89.95 to $99.95), and book-style cases with wood frames like the Luxury Book Wallet Case ($109.95) and the Heritage Pocket Book ($119.95), both of which look great and will develop a unique patina on the leather over time. Bella Fino case for iPhone XR The Bella Fino is the slimmer of the two cases because it holds the iPhone in place with a snap-on case, while the Luxury Book Wallet Case is thicker due to the wood frame. Luxury Pocket Book for iPhone XS For those looking for standard leather case, Pad & Quill has introduced the Traveler Leather Case ($59.95) for durable protection with a rugged look and no cover. Traveler Case for iPhone XR

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 Dock From CalDigit

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with CalDigit to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Thunderbolt Station 3 Plus dock, which offers 15 ports for Apple's Thunderbolt 3-compatible Macs. Priced starting at $299.99, the TS3 Plus can replace all of your other dongles because of the sheer number of ports that it offers. Available in both silver and a new space gray option, the TS3 Plus will match Apple's devices. Design wise, the TS3 Plus, which is designed to be a desktop dock, is made from aluminum with ribbing on the sides, and it can be positioned either horizontally or vertically to work with any desk setup. At the front and back, the dock includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports, an SD card reader, five USB-A ports, one USB-C Gen. 1 port, one USB-C Gen. 2 port, a DisplayPort 1.2 port, a Digital Optical Audio port, Audio In & Out, and a Gigabit Ethernet port. The included USB-C Gen. 1 port offers 5Gb/s throughput, while the USB-C Gen. 2 port offers 10Gb/s throughput, ideal for high-performance SSDs. The TS3 Plus provides 85W of charging power so it's able to charge Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro models, along with the 13-inch 61W models with an included Thunderbolt 3 cable. It supports one 60Hz 5K display via Thunderbolt 3 or two 60Hz 4K displays using the DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 connections. CalDigit's TS3 Plus is compatible with 2016 and later 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models that support Thunderbolt 3, the 2017 iMac models, and the iMac Pro. We have two of the CalDigit docks to give away. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter

MacRumors Giveaway: Win an Aluminum Slim Wireless Keyboard From Satechi

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Satechi to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win an Aluminum Slim Wireless Keyboard. Satechi's keyboard, priced at $74.99, is a simple wire-free keyboard that connects to your Mac or iOS device via Bluetooth. It's available in silver with white keys or space gray with black keys to match Apple's silver and space gray devices. It's also been designed with diamond cut chamfered edges for a design that rivals Apple's own Bluetooth keyboard. The Aluminum Slim Wireless Keyboard was created specifically with the Mac in mind with function hot keys, a full numeric keyboard, and a USB-C port for recharging. It connects via Bluetooth 3.0 and has a range of 33 feet. You can connect up to four devices at once to the keyboard, and switch between them with a button press on one of the four Bluetooth keys. Compatible devices include iMac Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook, MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, and iPhone. We have seven of Saetchi's Aluminum Slim Wireless Keyboards to give away. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a USB-C Pro Hub With Ethernet From Satechi

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Satechi to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a USB-C Pro Hub Adapter with Ethernet, which is designed to work with 2016, 2017, and 2018 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. Priced at $100, Satechi's Pro Hub comes equipped with a Gigabit Ethernet port, an HDMI port, a USB-C Power Delivery port that supports up to 87W of power, two USB 3.0 ports, and a microSD card slot. The Pro Hub with Ethernet is available in a brushed aluminum in Silver or Space Gray to match Apple's MacBook Pro machines, and it plugs into two of the USB-C ports on either side of the device. Along with a Gigabit Ethernet port that supports 10/100/1000Mb/s, the Pro Hub works with a 4K monitor through the included HDMI port. The USB-C port, which allows for power delivery, charges the MacBook Pro, while the microSD card slot supports importing images and files and the two USB 3.0 ports allow for data transfer from USB-A accessories. We have five of Satechi's USB-C Pro Hub Adapters with Ethernet to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a 7.5W Wireless Car Charger From Choetech

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Choetech to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a 7.5W Wireless Car Charging Mount that can be used to charge an iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus in the car or at home. Priced at $30, Choetech's Wireless Car Charging Mount features a grippy suction cup base that can attach to a car's dashboard or window, holding the iPhone at an ideal angle for viewing directions, listening to music, and more. There are two expandable arms that can be adjusted to fit any iPhone or Android device (including in a case), while a rotating ball joint allows the smartphone to be placed in portrait or landscape orientation. An adjustable foot also holds the iPhone or another smartphone in the proper alignment for charging. Faster 7.5W charging is supported using a QC 2.0 to 3.0 adapter, which is not included in the purchase price, with 5W charging available using other adapters. Depending on a car's USB power output, 7.5W charging may not be supported. A USB-C port at the bottom provides power with the included USB-C to USB-A cable. As with all Choetech wireless chargers, the Wireless Car Charging Mount features overheating, over-current, and over-voltage protection. We have 20 of the Choetech Wireless Car Charging Mounts to give away. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel,

MacRumors Giveaway: Win AirPods Retro From ColorWare

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with ColorWare to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a set of custom-painted AirPods that have been designed to look like a classic Macintosh. The AirPods Retro case has been painted a soft beige shade that matches the design of Apple's earliest computers, with gray lines representing faux vents. There's also a rainbow colored button at the back that mimics the classic rainbow-colored Apple logo, and an all-over matte finish. ColorWare has painted the AirPods themselves a nice matching beige color, for an overall look that's sleek and a throwback to the early Apple design language all at once. AirPods Retro, priced at $399, aren't cheap, but you're not going to find AirPods that look like this anywhere else. These are also a limited edition from ColorWare and won't be available to purchase for long. ColorWare has been offering custom-painted electronic accessories for years now and has established itself as a company that offers impeccable quality thanks to years of experience perfecting the painting process. ColorWare uses a coating process that includes a primer, an application of a proprietary color formula, and an X2 liquid plastic coating that protects the new color for all of its AirPod paint jobs, and speaking of other paint jobs, ColorWare also offers custom AirPod painting in a range of colors. Pricing for a custom paint job starts at $299, and ColorWare is now one of the only companies offering custom AirPod painting. Because ColorWare is using traditional AirPods for the Retro AirPods paint

MacRumors Giveaway: Win Lightning Earbuds With Charging Port From Tech Armor

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Tech Armor to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win Tech Armor Lightning Earbuds that come equipped with an extra Lightning port so you can listen to music while your iPhone is plugged in and charging. Apple removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, and since then, iPhones require headphones that work via Lightning, over Bluetooth, or with a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter. These Lightning headphones from Tech Armor are ideal for all devices without a headphone jack, and they also work with iOS devices that are still equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack. With rumors suggesting the 2018 iPad Pro models won't feature a headphone jack either, 3.5mm headphone jacks may be further phased out, making Lightning headphones like these even more useful. Lightning headphones can be inconvenient, but the sound quality is better and the addition of a port on Tech Armor's solution fixes the charging problem. Tech Armor's Lightning headphones, priced at $70, are Made for iPhone certified and plug into the Lightning port of an iPhone or iPad. A Lightning port is built into the inline cable, so you can charge your iPhone or iPad while you're listening to music or playing a game, and they're resistant to tangling. A microphone is included so you can use the headphones for phone calls, and there's also a remote for controlling the volume, answering/ending calls, or playing/pausing content. Tech Armor includes multiple earbud caps in the package to fit a wide range of ears. We have ten sets of Tech Armor's

MacRumors Giveaway: Win an 18W USB-C Power Adapter From Choetech

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Choetech to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win an 18W USB-C Power Delivery Wall Charger. This giveaway product is a little simpler than many of our other giveaway options, but we have quite a few to provide to MacRumors readers and these power adapters are an essential component for fast charging with the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. All of Apple's newest devices support fast charging speeds using an 18W+ USB-C power adapter and a USB-C to Lightning cable, which needs to be purchased directly from Apple for $19. Apple touts fast charging when the aforementioned USB-C to Lightning cable is paired with a MacBook or MacBook Pro adapter, but prices on those start at $49 (for the 30W version), making fast charging prohibitively expensive. At $15 (or even lower, check out the discount below), Choetech's solution is more affordable. Earlier this year, MacRumors did extensive testing on various iPhone charging methods and confirmed that an 18W charger such as this one provides just as much charging power as the official MacBook power adapters. In fact, this Choetech charger is the exact charger that was used in our testing, and paired with an Apple USB-C to Lightning cable, it charged an iPhone X from 1 percent to 49 percent in 30 minutes, and from 49 percent to 79 percent in another 30 minutes. Apple's fast charging specification is designed to provide a 50 percent charge in just a half hour, which is successfully achievable with Choetech's 18W power adapter. This power adapter isn't much to

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a HomeKit-Compatible Smart Home Bundle From Eve

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Eve Systems to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win the company's entire HomeKit product line, which includes an Eve Motion, an Eve Energy, an Eve Door & Window sensor, an Eve Button, an Eve Light Switch, an Eve Degree, and an Eve Aqua. Eve Systems, formerly known as Elgato, was one of the first companies to create HomeKit products for Apple's smart home platform, and today, there are a wide selection of Bluetooth-enabled HomeKit products available from Eve. All Eve products work over Bluetooth so there's no need for a WiFi connection or a hub, and because we here at MacRumors have reviewed many of the Eve products, we can confirm that they work well with any HomeKit setup. Eve offers a lot of nice little HomeKit add-on features for automation and monitoring, so it's worth checking out the product lineup if you're looking to improve your HomeKit setup. - Eve Motion ($50) - Eve Motion is a wireless motion sensor that can be used as a trigger device that works with other HomeKit products. Eve Motion can do things like turn the lights on when you enter a room or turn them off when you leave, let you know if motion is detected in a room in the home while you're away, or trigger a product like a light or a fan when movement is detected. It works in complex scene and automation setups. - Eve Energy ($50) - Eve Energy is a smart plug solution that turns any appliance into a HomeKit-connected appliance. You can turn an appliance on or off using Eve Energy, even when away from home, and you can see just how much

MacRumors Giveaway: Win Crossfade 2 Wireless Headphones from V-Moda

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with V-Moda to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a set of Crossfade 2 Wireless headphones. Priced starting at $330, the Crossfade Wireless headphones fit over the ear with memory foam ear cushions for comfort even when listening for long periods of time. The hexagon shape is designed to reduce force on the head and ears while minimizing gap for a solid fit, and the steel frame is durable and comfortable. There are built-in "V-Port" vents that allow for air circulation when working out or using the Crossfade on stage or in other warm environments. Passive noise isolation features are included to cut down on unwanted ambient sounds. Inside, the Crossfade 2 features 50mm dual-diaphragm drivers engineered in Japan, which V-Moda says separates bass from bleeding into mids and highs for "extraordinary sound quality." According to V-Moda, the Crossfade 2 headphones have been instrument engineer verified, offering clean deep bass, lifelike vocals, and clear cymbals. The Crossfade 2 can connect to an iPhone via Bluetooth, but there's also an option for a wired connection so it's versatile and will work with all of your devices. When connected wirelessly, the Crossfade 2 offers 14 hours of wireless listening. Multitasking functionality lets the headphones pair to two devices at one time, such as an iPhone and a Mac with easy switching between the two, and there's a built-in microphone for use with gaming or phone calls. Though full-sized over-ear headphones, Crossfade 2 offers a built-in hinge mechanism