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iFixit Teardown Takes a Look at New Scissor Keys and Finds Easier to Access Trackpad and Battery

iFixit today shared the results of one of its traditional teardowns of the new MacBook Air, which Apple unveiled last week.

The major notable new feature in the MacBook Air is the scissor switch keyboard, an upgrade over the much-maligned butterfl…

iFixit Teardown Takes a Look at New Scissor Keys and Finds Easier to Access Trackpad and Battery

iFixit today shared the results of one of its traditional teardowns of the new MacBook Air, which Apple unveiled last week.

The major notable new feature in the MacBook Air is the scissor switch keyboard, an upgrade over the much-maligned butterfl…

Apple Donates Over 9 Million N95 Masks Stockpiled Because of California Wildfires

Apple over the weekend announced plans to donate millions of N95 masks to hospitals in the United States and Europe, and as it turns out, Apple had huge stores of masks on hand.

According to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Apple donated over nine …

Google Podcasts App Expands to iOS

Google today announced that its Google Podcasts app is expanding to iOS, and as of this morning, it is available for download on the iPhone and the iPad.

In addition to bringing the Podcasts app to iOS devices, Google has also overhauled it, makin…

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

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 3-in-1 wireless charging dock, and Logitech is no exception.

Logitech has been making wireless chargers for Apple devices for a couple of years now, and the first iteration of the POWERED stand, which charged a single iPhone, continues to be one of my favorite chargers to this day. The new $130 POWERED 3-in-1 dock is similar to that original POWERED stand, but it adds expanded charging capabilities that make it a useful all-in-one charging solution.


Logitech is offering the POWERED 3-in-1 dock in two colors, charcoal and white, and my review version is the charcoal model. The black is sleek and unassuming, and it looks attractive despite its plastic construction. It’s made from a thick, heavy plastic with a rubber coating that keeps devices in place, and it feels sturdy and stable.

The dock features a flat wireless charging space on the left that can charge AirPods, an iPhone, or another smartphone, along with an upright charger in the middle able to charge an iPhone or other smartphone. On the right side, there’s a built-in Apple Watch charging puck, and the whole thing is charged with a single power adapter.


The dock overall is compact and doesn’t take up a whole lot of space on my desk, which I like, and design wise, it’s one of my favorite charging multi-device wireless charging docks that I’ve tried because of the convenience of the upright charger. The square-shaped upright charger guides the iPhone into the right spot, and it works with iPhones of all sizes.

I’m not entirely sure why the Apple Watch charging puck is located over to the right side of the dock rather than the left over the flat charging surface, which would have saved more space, but maybe it was intended to make it easier to get each device in its proper charging spot.

The way the Apple Watch arm sticks out looks a little funny, but it is a functional design and I’ve had no issues dropping my Apple Watch, iPhone, and AirPods Pro in their respective spots and getting charging started right away. With some chargers, there’s a bit of adjustment needed to make sure things are properly situated, which can lead to charging mishaps.


For the most part, I had no problem with that thanks to the upright charger, though when using the secondary charger with an iPhone, you might want to take a few seconds to make sure the iPhone is properly positioned. I was able to drop and go most of the time, but it’s still possible to put the iPhone down a little off center, which prevents charging.

There’s a light at the top of the charger that lets you know when your iPhone is in the right spot, and it’s not super bright when the lights are out.

The two charging spots are able to charge Apple devices at up to 7.5W, which is the maximum charging speed for an iPhone at this time. In my testing, my iPhones charged to around 20 to 23 percent in about a half hour depending on battery capacity.

Both spots charge at 7.5W simultaneously, so you can charge two devices at max speed, and if you have an Android smartphone, it’ll charge at a maximum of 10W in either spot.


Wireless charging is not meant to be speedy and it’s not a great solution if you need power fast, but it’s certainly convenient for trickle charging during the day or while you sleep. My AirPods also charged at the expected speed, as did my Apple Watch. For reference, the Apple Watch charger included is 5W.

The 3-in-1 dock works with most cases that are 3mm or thinner, and I had no problems with an Apple Smart Battery Case, a standard Apple silicone case, a Speck case of average thickness, and a thicker Lifeproof case.

I don’t often pay as much attention as I should to built-in safety features in chargers, but Logitech says that the POWERED Dock has internal heat sensors for temperature management, overcharge protection that shuts it off when a device battery is full, and foreign object detection to shut it off if a foreign object is detected in the charging zone.


Overall, I have no complaints with Logitech’s Dock. It’s well designed, the upright charger is convenient and can be used for watching videos or FaceTiming when you charge, and the extra open spot that fits either an iPhone or AirPods is versatile and useful.

Bottom Line

I see a lot of complaints about the prices of these kinds of docks, and the POWERED 3-in-1 Dock from Logitech is not what I’d call affordable. It’s $130, which is about in line with other name-brand 3-in-1 docks on the market.

You can get cheaper options from Amazon, and it’s also a whole lot cheaper to just use the cords and cables that come with your devices, so these 3-in-1 charging solutions certainly aren’t for everyone.

What the POWERED dock lacks in affordability, it makes up for in convenience and reliability. An all-in-one wireless charging spot makes it simple to drop your iPhone and Apple Watch on the dock and go, and the dock charges with a single cord so there’s less overall cord clutter.

If you’re looking for a multi-device charging solution and aren’t sure what 3-in-1 dock to go with, the Logitech POWERED is definitely worth considering.

How to Buy

The Logitech POWERED 3-in-1 Dock can be purchased from the Logitech website for $130.

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Shazam Gains Support for Split View on iPad

Apple today updated its Shazam app with Split View support for the iPad, allowing the Shazam app to be used alongside another app in a multitasking view.

Using Shazam in Split View can be done by dragging the app to the left or right edge of an al…

Apple Shares Trailer for Upcoming Apple TV+ Show 'Defending Jacob'

Apple today shared the first trailer for “Defending Jacob,” an upcoming Apple TV+ show focusing on a murder where a district attorney’s son is arrested as the main suspect.

In this gripping, character-driven thriller, a shocking crime rocks a small Massachusetts town and one family in particular, forcing an assistant district attorney to choose between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son.

“Defending Jacob” is based on the novel of the same name written by William Landay. It stars Chris Evans, best known for his starring role in the “Captain America,” films and Michelle Dockery, known for “Downton Abbey.”

Jaeden Martell (“Knives Out” and “It Chapter Two”), J.K Simmons (“Oz” and “Counterpart”) and Cherry Jones (“Signs”) also have roles in the show.

“Defending Jacob” is set to premiere on ‌Apple TV‌+ on April 24.

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Mobile Networks in Multiple Countries Display 'Stay Home' Message When Users Turn Off WiFi

iPhone users in several countries who opt to turn off WiFi on their devices will see a “Stay Home” message at the top of the Control Center where cellular network information is displayed.

Image via Matt Navarra

According to reports on Twitter, the status bar messages are showing up in countries that include Germany, Belgium, United Arab Emirates, Peru, Turkey, India, Luxembourg, Romania, Indonesia, Nigeria, and more.

The message appears when WiFi is toggled off in the Control Center, causing cellular network connectivity information to appear. No U.S. networks appear to be showing the Stay Home wording this time.

Countries where the Stay Home message is showing up are encouraging residents to stay inside and practice social distancing to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, with the text serving as a reminder.
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Apple Releases ARKit 3.5 for Developers With Support for iPad Pro's LiDAR Scanner

Apple today informed developers that ARKit 3.5 is now available, with the update adding support for the LiDAR Scanner and depth-sensing system included in the new 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.


According to Apple, the new LiDAR Scanner will allow for a “new generation of AR apps” that use Scene Geometry for enhanced scene understanding and object occlusion.

Existing AR experiences on ‌iPad Pro‌ can also be improved with instant AR placement and improved Motion Capture and People Occlusion.

The LiDAR Scanner uses reflected light to measure the distance from the sensor to surrounding objects up to five meters away, indoors and outdoors. Depth frameworks in iPadOS combine depth points measured by the LiDAR Scanner, data from the two cameras, and data from motion sensors with computer vision algorithms handled by the A12Z Bionic to create a detailed and complete understanding of a scene.

At the current time, the new LiDAR Scanner with its enhanced augmented reality capabilities is limited to the new ‌iPad Pro‌ models, but Apple is also expected to include the feature in the 2020 iPhone models set to be released this fall.

Tag: ARKit

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Apple Releases ARKit 3.5 for Developers With Support for iPad Pro's LiDAR Scanner

Apple today informed developers that ARKit 3.5 is now available, with the update adding support for the LiDAR Scanner and depth-sensing system included in the new 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.


According to Apple, the new LiDAR Scanner will allow for a “new generation of AR apps” that use Scene Geometry for enhanced scene understanding and object occlusion.

Existing AR experiences on ‌iPad Pro‌ can also be improved with instant AR placement and improved Motion Capture and People Occlusion.

The LiDAR Scanner uses reflected light to measure the distance from the sensor to surrounding objects up to five meters away, indoors and outdoors. Depth frameworks in iPadOS combine depth points measured by the LiDAR Scanner, data from the two cameras, and data from motion sensors with computer vision algorithms handled by the A12Z Bionic to create a detailed and complete understanding of a scene.

At the current time, the new LiDAR Scanner with its enhanced augmented reality capabilities is limited to the new ‌iPad Pro‌ models, but Apple is also expected to include the feature in the 2020 iPhone models set to be released this fall.

Tag: ARKit

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Hands-On With Apple's New Smart Keyboard Folio for the 2020 iPad Pro Models

Apple last week introduced new 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, which are set to arrive in the hands of customers starting this week. Apple introduced a nifty new Magic Keyboard with trackpad alongside the new ‌iPad Pro‌ models that’s coming in May, but it also debuted a new Smart Keyboard Folio, which is available now.

We picked up the ‌Smart Keyboard‌ Folio for the designed for the 2020 ‌iPad Pro‌ models and compared it to the ‌Smart Keyboard‌ Folio that was released alongside the 2018 ‌iPad Pro‌ models to see if there are any notable differences.

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Design wise, the two keyboard are close to identical, but the new model is slightly darker in color, though it’s still a dark gray shade. The material on the outside feels the same, but there is one major exterior difference – an Apple logo. The new ‌Smart Keyboard‌ Folio is outfitted with an Apple logo, which the original did not have.

There’s also a square-shaped camera cutout instead of the vertical camera cutout of the prior model, which allows it to accommodate the new square-shaped camera bump on the new ‌iPad Pro‌ models.

Apple’s 2020 ‌iPad Pro‌ models feature a dual-lens camera setup with wide-angle and ultra wide-angle lenses along with a new LiDAR Scanner that’s designed to scan the area around you for all-new augmented reality experiences.

When it comes to the keyboard and the typing experience, there’s no change. The keys are shallow with little travel and have a fabric-like texture that’s meant to be waterproof and spill proof. It’s not the greatest typing experience, but it’s passable.

The new ‌Smart Keyboard‌ Folio replaces the prior model and it is designed to work with both 2018 and 2020 ‌iPad Pro‌ models. On 2018 ‌iPad Pro‌ models, the camera cutout will be larger than necessary, but it fits both. Apple is no longer selling the version with the vertical camera cutout.

Apple in May will release the new Magic Keyboard, which is equipped with scissor switch keys with 1mm of travel and backlighting, making the new keyboard more similar to a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro keyboard.

The ‌Smart Keyboard‌ Folio is priced starting at $179 for the 11-inch version and $199 for the 12.9-inch version, which is a good deal cheaper than the $299/$349 asking prices for the new Magic Keyboard options.

Related Roundup: iPad Pro

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Apple Plans to Start Reopening Retail Stores in First Half of April

Apple today informed employees that it plans to reopen its Apple retail stores starting in the first half of April, according to Bloomberg. Retail stores will not all reopen at once and will likely remain closed longer in areas with more widespread out…

Zagg and OtterBox Release Keyboards and Cases for New iPad Pro Models

With the new 2020 iPad Pro models set to arrive in the hands of customers tomorrow, accessory makers like Zagg and OtterBox are coming out with case and keyboard options for the new tablets.

Zagg is launching iterations of its Slim Book Go and Rug…

Safari in New Versions of iOS and macOS Includes Full Third-Party Cookie Blocking

Safari in macOS 10.15.4 and iOS and iPadOS 13.4 includes enhancements to Apple’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature that allow for full third-party cookie blocking, Apple’s WebKit team said today in a new blog post.

Cookies for cross-site resou…

Safari in New Versions of iOS and macOS Includes Full Third-Party Cookie Blocking

Safari in macOS 10.15.4 and iOS and iPadOS 13.4 includes enhancements to Apple’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature that allow for full third-party cookie blocking, Apple’s WebKit team said today in a new blog post.

Cookies for cross-site resou…

Plague Inc. Gaining New Game Mode Letting Players Save the World From a Pandemic

Plague Inc., a highly popular iOS game from Ndemic Creations that has seen its downloads surge in recent weeks, has announced a major update that will tweak the core gameplay to allow players to work to stop the outbreak of a virus.

Traditionally,…

Plague Inc. Gaining New Game Mode Letting Players Save the World From a Pandemic

Plague Inc., a highly popular iOS game from Ndemic Creations that has seen its downloads surge in recent weeks, has announced a major update that will tweak the core gameplay to allow players to work to stop the outbreak of a virus.

Traditionally,…

Apple Updates Apple Card Privacy Policy to Reflect More Extensive Data Sharing Practices

Apple is updating its privacy policy for the Apple Card because it wants to share more anonymized data with Goldman Sachs, the financial partner that backs the card. Apple plans to share additional data with Goldman Sachs for improving how credit is as…

Apple Updates Apple Card Privacy Policy to Reflect More Extensive Data Sharing Practices

Apple is updating its privacy policy for the Apple Card because it wants to share more anonymized data with Goldman Sachs, the financial partner that backs the card. Apple plans to share additional data with Goldman Sachs for improving how credit is as…

Apple Releases macOS Catalina 10.15.4 With Screen Time Communication Limits and Real-Time Apple Music Lyrics

Apple today released macOS Catalina 10.15.4, the fourth update to the macOS Catalina operating system that was released in October. macOS Catalina 10.15.4 comes a couple of months after the release of macOS Catalina 10.15.3.

macOS Catalina 10.15.4…

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