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Apple’s long-awaited AirPower accessory is cancelled so those of you in the market for a wireless charging solution for your iPhone, Apple Watch, and/or AirPods should take a look at these top AirPower alternatives.

Apple first announced the AirPower wireless charging mat all the way back in September, 2017. The company promised to ship the accessory in 2018. That didn’t happen.

The gadget was also rumored for the company’s March 25th event. And while Apple announced an iPad mini 5, iPad Air 3, new iMac, and AirPods 2, it failed to confirm the AirPower. And now we know why.

Apple’s cancelled the product because it was unable to meet the company’s lofty standards. Apple says it’s still committed to wireless, but AirPower isn’t part of those plans. For now, at least.

If you’re in the hunt for a sleek wireless charging solution for your iPhone or Apple Watch, here are the best alternatives you can find in 2019.

Griffin PowerBlock Wireless Fast Charging Pad

The Griffin PowerBlock Wireless Fast Charging Pad first caught our at CES 2019 in Las Vegas where it won one of Gotta Be Mobile’s Excellence awards.

Griffin’s new PowerBlock Wireless charging pad comes with an Apple Watch dock and it’s a great option for those that want to charge their Apple Watch and iPhone at the same time.

The PowerBlock features a Qi wireless charging pad on the left side complete with Apple’s fast 7.5W wireless charging and an Apple Watch charging puck on the right side.

Griffin says it’ll be out on shelves sometime in the first quarter of 2019. It retails for $80.

BOOST↑UP Special Edition Wireless Charging Dock

Belkin’s new Boost↑Up Special Edition Wireless Charging Dock is a popular AirPower alternative that works with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and all four versions of the Apple Watch.

Belkin’s wireless charging solution features a 7.5-watt wireless charging pad for use with your iPhone. It also comes with a 5-watt Magnetic Charging Module for your Apple Watch. The dock also supports Nightstand mode for the Apple Watch which enables the alarm clock feature as it charges.

On top of that you get an additional 5-watt USB-A port which lets you simultaneously charge another device like your AirPods all from a single AC outlet. This makes it perfect for those heavily invested in Apple’s ecosystem of devices.

The Boost↑Up Special Edition Wireless Charging Dock is on the expensive side, it retails for $160 without a deal, but it’s definitely worth a look.

Buy at Belkin

Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition

Accessory maker Nomad has launched a sleek looking AirPower alternative called Base Station Apple Watch Edition. The accessory is currently sold out, but it’s expected back in stock soon.

Nomad’s wireless charging solution comes with everything you’d expect from a solid AirPower alternative including an Integrated MFi-certified Apple Watch Charger and 3 Qi-certified coils at 7.5W wireless charging each.

You also get a padded leather wireless charging surface, LED charging indicators, an ambient light sensor that dims LED’s at night, and support for nightstand mode.

The Base Station Apple Watch Edition is designed for the Apple Watch 4 but it’s compatible with all previous versions of Apple Watch.

The device retails for $129.

Buy at Nomad

SliceCharge 2 3in1 Wireless Charger

The SliceCharge is a crowd-funded project that actually works and will actually ship to you should you choose to buy it.

Hard Cider Labs’ slim 3in1 Wireless Charger features 7.5W fast charging for iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. You also get 3W charging for Apple Watch Series 1, 2, and 3.

If you’ve got an Android user at home, the SliceCharge also supports 10W fast charging for the Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S7.

The SliceCharger retails for $60. If you’re an AirPod owner you can also add a wireless adapter case for just $20 more.

Buy at Hard Cider

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 12.4.2 & 9 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 12.4.2 for Better Security

Install iOS 12.4.2 for Better Security

If you're on the fence, this is one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.4.2.

If you value your device's security, you'll want to download iOS 12.4.2 in the near future because it brings an important security patch for your device. You can read about it right here

If you skipped iOS 12.4.1, you'll get its security patch with your update. You can read about that patch right here

If you skipped iOS 12.4, you get its patches with your iOS 12.4.2 update. 

iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on Apple's security site

If you skipped iOS 12.3, your iOS 12.4.2 update carries iOS 12.3's security patches on board. The iOS 12.3 update brought 23 patches and you can read about all of them right here on Apple's site. 

If you skipped iOS 12.2, you'll get its security patches with your version of iOS 12.4.2.

iOS 12.2 brought a whopping 41 security patches to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in March. You can read more about the iOS 12.2's patches over on the company's website

It's important to note that Apple's iOS 12.2 update patched up an exploit that allowed websites to use motion sensors to "fingerprint" devices.

The exploit, discovered by researchers in Europe, uses JavaScript to snag data from a device's accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer when the user visits an infected website. If the attack is successful, a device can be tracked around the internet. 

Fortunately, Apple's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.4.2 soon.

If you skipped iOS 12.1.4, you get four important security patches including fixes for a widespread FaceTime eavesdropping bug that lets you call someone via FaceTime and hear the audio coming from their phone before they pick up the phone.

If you skipped iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.4.2. Again, they're baked into your upgrade.

Apple lists a grand total of 23 patches on board iOS 12.1.3 and you can read about all of them over on Apple's website. 

If you skipped iOS 12.1.1, you'll want to install the iOS 12.4.2 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today. 

The iOS 12.1.1 update brought 17 patches for potential security exploits. They'll will help protect your phone. You can read about them here.

If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get the 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.4.2. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.4.2 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.

If you skipped iOS 12.0, and you're still running iOS 11.4.1 or below, your iOS 12.4.2 update comes with a longer list of security updates. 

The iOS 12.0 update delivered 16 patches for security issues. You can read about all of them over on Apple's security page.

In addition to those patches, iOS 12 delivers new security features aimed at protecting you and the data you store on your device. These include:

  • Enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari prevents embedded content and social media buttons from tracking cross-site browsing without your permission
  • Suppresses ad retargeting by reducing advertisers’ ability to identify iOS devices uniquely
  • Strong and unique passwords are suggested automatically when creating an account or changing a password in most apps and in Safari
  • Reused passwords are flagged in Settings > Passwords & Accounts
  • Security code AutoFill presents one-time security codes sent over SMS as suggestions in the QuickType bar
  • Sharing passwords with contacts is easier than ever using AirDrop from Passwords & Accounts in Settings
  • Siri supports quickly navigating to a password on an authenticated device 

Long story short, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.4.2 today.

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