Hands-On With the Zens 4-in-1 MagSafe Charging Station for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and AirPods

Apple today started selling new Zens charging accessories, including a modular 4-in-1 charging stand for the iPhone, iPad, AirPods, and Apple Watch. I got my hands on this stand and have outlined my first impressions below.

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The stand delivers the fastest possible charging speeds for the latest Apple devices. A built-in MagSafe charger wirelessly charges the iPhone 12 and newer at up to 15W, and the Apple Watch magnetic puck extension supports fast charging for the Apple Watch Series 7, Series 8, and Ultra, allowing those Apple Watch models to wirelessly charge from 0% to 80% in around 45 minutes. The stand also has a 30W USB-C port on the right side that can charge any iPad or MacBook Air at the fastest speeds, along with a Qi-certified pad for an AirPods case. In my early testing, all charging speeds were as advertised.

Both the MagSafe charger and Apple Watch charging puck are certified by Apple, and the stand being sold on Apple’s online store is an additional stamp of approval from the company, so customers should feel confident about purchasing this accessory.

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The stand has a modular design, with the Apple Watch charging puck attaching magnetically to the main charging station for the iPhone, iPad, and AirPods and sharing the same 65W power adapter. There are two additional magnetic pins for attaching other modular parts sold separately on the Zens website, such as additional Qi pads or a USB-A charger. The MagSafe charger is tilt adjustable for different iPhone viewing angles.

An LED light on the back of the main charging station appears white when the Qi-certified pad is charging AirPods or another device. It would have been nice if this indicator were placed on the front of the stand so that it were more easily visible.

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While it’s certainly convenient to be able to charge an iPhone, iPad, AirPods, and Apple Watch all in one spot, the stand is priced at $179.95 on Apple’s online store in the United States, making it an expensive luxury. That said, I’m not aware of any other four-device charging stands with an Apple-certified MagSafe charger and a fast-charging Apple Watch puck, with other options that I’ve seen so far limited to three devices.

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Zens says the stand is made with recycled plastic, although it’s unclear to what extent. The use of recycled ABS pellets gives the stand a speckled design that almost makes it look a bit dusty, which might be a downside for some people but isn’t a huge issue.

All in all, the Zens modular 4-in-1 charging stand is a versatile but costly accessory for those interested in a fast-charging hub for nearly all of their Apple devices. The stand can be purchased on Apple’s online store for delivery in early December.

Note: Zens provided MacRumors with the 4-in-1 charging stand for testing. No other compensation was provided.

Skiers triggering false Crash Detection alerts on iPhone 14, Apple Watch

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Emergency dispatchers near ski resorts are seeing an influx of Crash Detection alerts sent by iPhone and Apple Watches — and they want the skiiers to leave them on.

In October, we learned that rollercoasters were capable of setting off the new iPhones and Apple Watch Crash Detection feature. Now, it seems like skiing can, too.

Summit County, Utah, dispatchers are getting between three to five Apple crash alerts per day, according to Summit County Dispatch Center supervisor Suzie Butterfield.

Most of the time, the skier doesn’t even know that the alert went out.

“They won’t respond to you when you first start talking because I don’t even think they knew that they did it, but on callback … they’re usually like, ‘Oh I’m sorry, I was skiing. Everything’s fine,'” Butterfield told KSL, spotted by MacRumors.

Despite the pocket dials, Butterfield sees the technology as an important tool, not an annoyance.

“Somebody could ski and hit a tree and be knocked unconscious and not be visible to other skiers,” she said.

Crash detection is turned on by default, and Summit County says it should stay that way.

“We do not want you to turn the feature off,” Butterfield said. “We would rather have you be safe. We don’t mind taking that call because if something really did happen, we want to be able to get to you.”

Skiers aren’t the only ones triggering Crash Detection, either. In October, 911 dispatch centers near amusement parks had reported an influx in calls due to Apple devices misinterpreting ride movements and noise as collisions.

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Apple never considered removing Twitter, says Elon Musk

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Elon Musk himself has now said that Apple never intended to remove Twitter from the App Store, after taking a walk around Apple Park with CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Twitter CEO Elon Musk visited Apple’s headquarters in California. The visit was prompted by Musk’s very public concern that Apple would remove Twitter from the App Store.

Now, Musk has tweeted that Twitter was never up for removal in the first place.

It’s not clear where or how Musk initially got the idea that Apple would remove Twitter from the App Store.

Musk finalized his purchase of Twitter in October, buying it for $46.5 billion. Since then, he has laid off employees and shaken up the company’s Twitter Blue subscription, as well as its verification process for blue checkmarks.

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Here’s how to check your saved Wi-Fi passwords in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16

Both iOS and iPadOS let users easily share Wi-Fi passwords between Apple devices. Still, sometimes people need to see the password of a known Wi-Fi network to share it with non-Apple devices. Now with iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, Apple has finally added an option to let users quickly view saved Wi-Fi network passwords on the iPhone and iPad. Read on as we detail how to do this on your device.

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How to find saved Wi-Fi passwords in your iPhone and iPad

While Mac users have always been able to easily view saved Wi-Fi passwords, iPhone and iPad users have never had such an option until now. Luckily, iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 let users check the password of a known Wi-Fi network with just a few quick steps.

Here’s exactly what you need to do:

  • Open the Settings app on your device
  • Choose the Wi-Fi menu
  • Tap the More Info button next to the Wi-Fi network in the list
  • Tap the Password field and authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID

After following these steps, you’ll be able to see the password for that Wi-Fi network. You can then simply enter it on another device, or even copy it to the clipboard right from there. But what if you want to check the password of a Wi-Fi network that you know but are out of range?

Luckily, there’s also a way to do just that with iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. After entering the Wi-Fi menu in the Settings app, tap the Edit button. Then, after authenticating with Face ID or Touch ID, you’ll find a list with all your known Wi-Fi networks. Tap the More Info button and then tap the Passwords field, just like you did before.

Here's how to check your saved Wi-Fi passwords in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16

From there you can also delete any known Wi-Fi network from the list of known networks. This, of course, will make the device forget your password, so you will have to re-enter it if you want to reconnect to that Wi-Fi network.

More about iPadOS 16

iPadOS 16 comes with a bunch of new features, such as Stage Manager, iCloud Shared Photo Library, Focus Filters, a new Weather app, translations with the camera, and improvements to the Files app.

Check out our other 9to5Mac guides on how to take advantage of iPadOS 16:

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Elon Musk says Twitter not at risk of removal from iPhone App Store, following meeting with Tim Cook

Today, Elon Musk met Tim Cook at Apple’s campus. Earlier in the week, he had claimed that Apple was threatening to remove Twitter from the iPhone App Store, citing Apple’s so-called censorship. He also voiced concerns about Apple’s ‘secret’ 30% tax.

Post meeting, he is now tweeting a very different tune. Musk described it as a “good conversation” and said Cook made it clear that it was not the case that Apple was considering removing Twitter.

While Musk may have come out swinging just a few days ago, it seems like he is calmed down considerably. In the intervening days, Musk has deleted at least one of the tweets memeing the App Store’s 30% cut. He also complimented Apple’s headquarters as “beautiful”.

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Elon Musk Meets With Tim Cook at Apple Park [Video]

Elon Musk met with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple Park today, following public accusations that Apple has threatened to withhold Twitter from the App Store.

Musk disclosed the meeting in a tweet:

Thanks @tim_cook for taking me around Apple’s beautiful HQ

He also shared a brief video of the ripple pool at Apple Park.

According to Musk, Cook said the company never considered removing Twitter from the App Store.

Good conversation. Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so.

It’s likely the two CEOs also discussed Apple’s 30% cut of in-app purchases. This App Store policy will significantly reduce the revenue Twitter will get from its new $8/month Verified Check subscription.

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Skiers accidentally setting off iPhone 14 Crash Detection, dispatcher says to leave the feature on

Shortly after the iPhone 14 launched this fall, the new Crash Detection feature was found to be unintentionally triggered by roller coasters in some instances. Now with winter sports ramping up in the Northern Hemisphere, it turns out skiing can also trigger false positives.

As a refresher, Crash Detection is a valuable new safety feature that comes with the iPhone 14 lineup and the new Apple Watch Ultra, Series 8, and SE 2. But even though Apple uses all-new hardware, an advanced algorithm, and over a million hours of crash data, false positives are still possible.

Apple even released an update just today that should help with accidental Crash Detection. However, most users haven’t installed that update yet.

As reported by KSL via MacRumors, riders in Park City, Utah have been unknowingly triggering Crash Detection while skiing and snowboarding.

Summit County Dispatch Center supervisor Suzie Butterfield shared they are seeing “three to five of the emergency calls from the Apple technology per day. She said none of the calls she’s taken have been activated on purpose.”

She added that the owners of the iPhone or Apple Watch usually “have no idea that they’ve even called us.”

Notably, Butterfield sees Apple’s Crash Detection – even with the false positives – as a useful tool and recommends that users leave it enabled.

“We do not want you to turn the feature off,” Butterfield said. “We would rather have you be safe. We don’t mind taking that call because if something really did happen, we want to be able to get to you.”

MacRumors also noticed that reports of skiing accidentally triggering Crash Detection have been mentioned on Reddit.

I’ll be hitting the slopes soon so I’ll report back if the iOS 16.1.2 update seems to fix the Crash Detection false positives on the mountain 😁⛷️.

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Apple will pay up to $395 to people in $50 million MacBook butterfly keyboard settlement

A court has granted preliminary approval to a $50 million settlement concluding the MacBook “butterfly” keyboard class-action lawsuit against Apple. The lawsuit alleged that issues with the company’s infamous butterfly keyboard could result in characters typed being repeated unexpectedly or keys not responding in a consistent manner, among other problems. Apple will pay up to $395 to each successful claimant.

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Apple’s “butterfly” keyboard

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According to Macworld, there will be three tiers of payouts: $50 to people who had individual keycaps replaced, $125 to people who had one keyboard replacement, and $395 to people who had to go in for two or more replacements.

For those unfamiliar, MacBooks introduced between 2015 and 2019 used a new low-profile keyboard with a “butterfly” switch mechanism that saved space but also resulted in firmer keys that moved less than they did before… as time passed, it became clear that butterfly-switch keyboards also failed at a higher rate than the scissor-switch designs. These problems persisted despite at least four major revisions to the butterfly-switch mechanism.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s new Magic Keyboard with a traditional scissor mechanism replaced the company’s butterfly mechanism fiasco. It debuted in the 16-inch MacBook Pro in late 2019, followed by the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro in early 2020. All of Apple’s current MacBook products ship with the Magic Keyboard which is about 0.5mm thicker than the lawsuit-worthy “butterfly” keyboard models.

We’ve had to endure years of inferior keyboards in order to shave off half a millimeter about which no one not named Jony gave a rat’s ass.MacDailyNews, April 2, 2019

Hey, Jony: Enough with the thin. Everything is thin enough. Sometimes too thin. Thinner isn’t the answer to everything, nor is thinness intrinsic to good design. We’d gladly take a bit more robustness and battery life over more unnecessary thinness, thanks.MacDailyNews, June 25, 2018

The law of diminishing returns can also be applied to industrial design. Apple’s eternal quest for thinness eventually runs into issues such as bulging camera assemblies, battery capacity, strength (breakability), etc. – is Apple’s quest for thinness now bordering on the quixotic? So, is it “you can never be too thin” or is it “thin enough is thin enough?”MacDailyNews, December 21, 2015

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Belkin launches AirPods Cleaning Kit, claims to remove earwax plus restore acoustic performance

Belkin has launched an intriguing AirPods Cleaning Kit this week. Designed for gen 1, 2, or 3 of Apple’s hit earphones, the kit includes a solution that the company says not only removes earwax but also brings “your high-quality audio back.”

Interestingly, Belkin says this cleaning kit is only for AirPods (all 3 generations) and does not list AirPods Pro as “compatible.” Here’s the company’s pitch for the kit which includes a cleaning brush, wax softener, cleaning gel, and microfiber cloth:

“Our Cleaning Kit for AirPods safely removes earwax buildup and restores acoustic performance without damaging your headphones. Get your high-quality audio back, and fully enjoy your Gen 1–3 AirPods longer.”

Belkin touts its AirPods Cleaning Kit will:

  • Removes earwax build-up 
  • Restores acoustic performance
  • Simple, safe, and easy to use
  • Compatible with Gen 1, 2, and 3 AirPods 
  • Won’t damage headphone
  • No mess
  • Packaging doubles as storage
  • Price: $14.99

Here’s a video walkthrough on how the process looks:

If you’re looking for a way to clean your AirPods with items you already have around the house, check out our full guide for both AirPods and AirPods Pro:

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Samsung M8 32-inch 4K monitor discounted to $491 (32% off) for Cyber Week

Samsung M8 smart monitor

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Shoppers looking for a bargain on a new monitor can find one with the 32-inch Samsung M8 Smart Monitor, which is $230 off.

Samsung M8 4K UHD Smart Monitor

The M8 monitor has an adjustable stand with a built-in webcam and speakers. With a refresh rate of 60Hz and support for HDR10+ content, it’s an excellent choice for games, television shows, movies, and more.

Samsung TV Plus offers free live content with no downloads or sign-ups and personalized content recommendations from Universal Guide.

Browse the web, edit documents and work on projects without needing a separate PC. With the new Workmode, you can remotely access another PC, use Microsoft 365 programs, and even connect to Samsung mobile devices with Samsung DeX for seamless working.

The Smart Monitor SlimFit Camera is optimally equipped to create the best angle for your video meetings. When moving about the frame, Face Tracking automatically centers you on screen while Auto Zoom focuses, ensuring your chat participants can see you.

It even works as a hub for smart home products with SmartThings. Relax by turning off the lights, pulling down the blinds, and setting the thermostat to the perfect temperature

Additional tech deals

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There are plenty of additional tech sales going on for Cyber Week, including exclusive discounts on MacBook Air and iPad Pro models. Here’s an overview of the special offers running:

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