Table of Contents
- 1 Related Stories
- 1.1 Satechi Launches Thunderbolt 4 Dock and USB-C Adapters for Apple Silicon Macs
- 1.2 Student Mods an iPhone X to Add a Functional USB-C Port
- 1.3 HYPER’s ‘DUO PRO’ 7-in-2 USB-C Hub Debuts for New MacBook Pro Models
- 1.4 HYPER Debuts 15-Port Dock That Supports 3 4K Displays
- 1.5 CES 2022: Kensington Launching Privacy Screens for MacBook Pros With Notch
- 1.6 Hyper’s Latest Hubs Let You Connect Two 4K Displays to an M1 MacBook Using a Single Port
- 1.7 Hyper’s New 6-in-1 Hub for USB-C iPads Features Media Playback Keys
- 1.8 iPhone X With USB-C Port Sells For $86,001 on eBay
- 2 Popular Stories
- 2.1 Apple Event in Spring 2022? Three New Products We Could See
- 2.2 Leaker Says iPhone 14 Pro to Feature Pill-Shaped Camera Cutout With Face ID Under the Display
- 2.3 WhatsApp Starts Rolling Out Profile Pictures in iOS Message Notifications
- 2.4 Intel Says New Core i9 Processor for Laptops is Faster Than Apple’s M1 Max Chip
- 2.5 Samsung Galaxy S22 Lineup Gets First In-Depth Closeup in Unboxing Video
- 2.6 Google Basically Pays Apple to Stay Out of the Search Engine Business, Class Action Lawsuit Alleges
- 2.7 Your iPhone May Be Sending Message Read Receipts Even If You Turned Them Off
CES 2022 is wrapping up today, and while it was a more muted event because of the ongoing pandemic that saw many exhibitors and attendees cancel, there were still plenty of new product announcements. In our latest YouTube video, we rounded up some of the best Apple-related accessories that we saw this year.
- Garmin Venu 2 Plus Smart Watch ($450) – Garmin’s Venu 2 Plus Smart Watch is an Apple Watch alternative with a 43mm round display. It has all kinds of health tracking features to monitor heart rate, respiration, daily energy levels, stress, blood oxygen level, and sleep, plus the battery lasts for up to nine days. Garmin has also added a microphone so it supports texts and calls using Apple’s Siri voice assistant.
- Withings Body Scan ($300) – Withings’ latest smart scale packs in a whole host of health-related features. It tracks weight, but it also monitors segmental body composition, heart rate, vascular age, and nerve activity. With the built-in handle, it can also take a 6-lead ECG, which is more advanced than the single-lead ECG feature built into the Apple Watch.
- Targus Find My Backpack ($150) – Accessory maker Targus updated its Cypress Hero EcoSmart Backpack to add built-in tracking functionality that uses Apple’s Find My app. The backpack can be added to the Find My app right alongside other devices and it can be tracked with the Find My Network so it’s locatable even out of Bluetooth range.
- Hyper Swivel Dock for iMac ($200) – Hyper came out with a turntable dock designed for the 24-inch iMac. It features a 360-degree swivel mechanism that allows the screen to be rotated around as needed. It has a built-in SSD enclosure that supports up to 2TB storage, plus it offers an HDMI port, SD/microSD card slots, a USB-C port, and four USB-A ports.
- Eve Outdoor Cam ($250) – Eve’s Outdoor Cam combines camera functionality with an outdoor spotlight, and it uses HomeKit Secure Video for iCloud-based storage, privacy, and motion detection. It works at night, has IP55 water and dust resistance, two-way communication, and a wide 157 degree field of view.
- Chipolo CARD Spot ($35) – The Chipolo CARD Spot is a Bluetooth device tracker meant to be used in a wallet. It’s relatively thin at 2.4mm, and it has built-in Find My integration. It will allow you to make sure you don’t leave your wallet behind or lose it, and if it does get lost you can locate it with Apple’s Find My network even when it’s not in Bluetooth range. The only downside is that there’s no replaceable battery, but Chipolo has a replacement program.
- Satechi Pro Hub Max ($100) – Satechi built a USB-C hub that’s designed to work with the latest MacBook Pro models. It plugs into the side using two USB-C ports, but it adds a 4K HDMI port for dual display functionality that supports up to 60Hz, a Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB-C ports, a USB-A port, micro/SD card readers, and an audio jack.
- Samsung Odyssey Ark – Samsung at CES introduced an absolutely massive curved display called the Arc. It measures in at 55 inches, offers a 4K 16:9 resolution and can be used in either portrait or landscape mode. This isn’t coming until later in the year, so there’s no price or firm release date.
- NexMonitor ($449) – The NexMonitor is a display with an off-center base that’s meant to house a Mac mini. It also has a thick bezel at one side to accommodate an iPhone, so you can have all of your devices right at eye level. The 27-inch display is available with a 2K or 4K resolution and it has a USB-C port, HDMI port, a pair of USB-A ports, a USB-B port, an SD card reader, an Ethernet port, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
We’ll have reviews and additional coverage of some of these products coming in the future, so make sure to stay tuned to MacRumors and our YouTube channel.
Satechi Launches Thunderbolt 4 Dock and USB-C Adapters for Apple Silicon Macs
Satechi today announced the launch of several new products, including a Thunderbolt 4 Dock, a USB-C Multiport MX Adapter, and a USB-C Multimedia Adapter M1, all of which have been designed with Apple silicon Macs in mind. According to Satechi, the $300 Thunderbolt 4 Dock was created for M1 Max MacBook Pro owners, offering up 11 ports that can be used through a single connection. There are…
Student Mods an iPhone X to Add a Functional USB-C Port
Apple seems to have no plans to replace the iPhone’s Lightning port with a USB-C port to bring it in line with Macs and iPads, but robotics student Ken Pillonel spent months hacking an iPhone to add a USB-C port. In early October, Pillonel shared a video demonstrating the “world’s first iPhone with a USB Type-C port,” and now he’s shared a second video explaining how he pulled it off….
HYPER’s ‘DUO PRO’ 7-in-2 USB-C Hub Debuts for New MacBook Pro Models
HYPER today announced the HyperDrive “DUO PRO,” a 7-in-2 USB-C hub designed specifically for Apple’s latest high-end MacBook Pro models, launching on Indiegogo with the first shipments set to go out in January. The HyperDrive DUO PRO features a Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 port capable of data transfer at 40Gbps, 100W PD, and 6K 60Hz video, an HDMI port with support for 4K 60Hz displays, a 5Gbps…
HYPER Debuts 15-Port Dock That Supports 3 4K Displays
HYPER today announced the launch of its latest dock, a 15-port version that is designed for the 13, 14, 15 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. The HyperDrive 4K Multi-Display Docking Station supports up to three 4K displays on larger Mac machines. There are three HDMI ports and three DisplayPorts, all of which support 4K displays at up to 60Hz, along with a Gigabit Ethernet port, a 100W USB-C PD …
CES 2022: Kensington Launching Privacy Screens for MacBook Pros With Notch
As part of CES 2022, accessory maker Kensington today announced that it will be introducing a new line of MagPro privacy screens for the latest 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. Pricing and availability details were not disclosed. Kensington said the new privacy screens attach to the MacBook Pro with magnets and narrow the field of vision to +/- 30 degrees so that a person looking from …
Hyper’s Latest Hubs Let You Connect Two 4K Displays to an M1 MacBook Using a Single Port
Hyper today announced the release of “>two new HyperDrive hubs that allow M1 models of the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro to connect to two 4K displays over HDMI in a plug-and-play manner with no drivers required. There is a 3-in-1 version of the hub with two HDMI ports and a USB-C Power Delivery port for up to 100W of pass-through charging, and a 10-in-1 version of the hub that offers…
Hyper’s New 6-in-1 Hub for USB-C iPads Features Media Playback Keys
Accessory maker Hyper today announced the release of its new 6-in-1 hub for iPad models with a USB-C port, including the latest iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini. Key features of the hub include a form-fitting design and built-in media shortcut keys. The hub fits snugly around the flat edge of recent iPad models, providing access to play/pause, rewind, and fast forward keys for audio and…
iPhone X With USB-C Port Sells For $86,001 on eBay
Last week, an iPhone X modified with a USB-C port was listed on eBay as “the world’s first USB-C iPhone,” and now, a few days after intense bidding, the USB-C iPhone has been sold for $86,001. The iPhone was modified by Ken Pillonel, a robotics student who shared a video explaining how he did it. Since the video was posted on November 1, it’s garnered over 600,000 views and has been widely…
Apple Event in Spring 2022? Three New Products We Could See
Apple’s first major product announcements of the year often occur in March or April, so there’s a reasonable chance that trend will continue in 2022. Ahead, we recap some of Apple’s past spring announcements and look ahead to some of the first new Apple products that we might see this year. Past Spring Announcements Last year, Apple held an event on April 20 to unveil its AirTag item…
Leaker Says iPhone 14 Pro to Feature Pill-Shaped Camera Cutout With Face ID Under the Display
iPhone 14 Pro models will feature a pill-shaped camera cutout at the top of the display, with the notch removed, according to tweets shared by leaker @dylandkt, who has proven to be a reliable source of Apple-related rumors over the last year or so. To accommodate this change, the leaker said Face ID hardware will be moved under the display. While it has been widely reported that iPhone 14…
WhatsApp Starts Rolling Out Profile Pictures in iOS Message Notifications
WhatsApp is testing a helpful new feature on iOS that displays profile pictures in system notifications when users receive new messages from chats and groups. Image credit: WABetaInfo First spotted by app specialist WABetaInfo, the first new feature for the platform in 2022 uses APIs in iOS 15 to add the WhatsApp profile images to notifications in top-screen banners and in the Notification…
Intel Says New Core i9 Processor for Laptops is Faster Than Apple’s M1 Max Chip
Intel today unveiled new 12th-generation Core processors suitable for laptops, and as part of the announcement, it claimed that the new Core i9 is not only faster than Apple’s M1 Max chip in the 16-inch MacBook Pro, but is the fastest mobile processor ever. The new Core i9 features a 14-core CPU with six performance cores and eight efficiency cores, while the 10-core M1 Max chip has eight…
Samsung Galaxy S22 Lineup Gets First In-Depth Closeup in Unboxing Video
Tech YouTuber Unbox Therapy recently shared a video looking at reputed dummies of Samsung’s forthcoming Galaxy S22 lineup, corroborating earlier leaks that suggest it will again consist of three sizes to compete directly with Apple’s latest devices, the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13/Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max models. From right to left: Samsung Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra (credit: Unbox …
Google Basically Pays Apple to Stay Out of the Search Engine Business, Class Action Lawsuit Alleges
Apple has an agreement with Google that it won’t develop its own internet search engine so long as Google pays it to remain the default option in Safari, a new class action alleges. Filed in a California court earlier this week against Apple, Google, and their respective CEOs, the lawsuit alleges the two companies have a non-compete agreement in the internet search business that violates US…
Your iPhone May Be Sending Message Read Receipts Even If You Turned Them Off
A recurring iOS bug that makes Apple’s Messages app send read receipts despite the setting being disabled appears to be on the upswing again, based on reports from users running iOS 15. In iOS, with read receipts enabled (Settings -> Messages -> Send Read Receipts), the “Delivered” text that a person sees under an iMessage they have sent you turns to “Read” when you’ve viewed it in the…