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Last year was one of the most revolutionary years ever for the iPhone. With the iPhone X, Apple ushered in a new era of design and ushered out what were once trademark features of the iPhone. Apple traded Touch ID for Face ID, it transitioned from the Home button to a complete gesture system. An OLED display replaced the iconic top and bottom bezels. This year brings the iPhone XS Max.

For me, the transition to the iPhone X was nothing short of a success. As I detailed last year here at 9to5Mac, I was wildly impressed with the iPhone X from the get-go. The one qualm I had was its size; as a long-time ‘Plus’ model user, the iPhone X was a bit of a downgrade in terms of screen size, even though it technically touted a larger 5.8-inch display.

This year, Apple has expanded the iPhone X design into a new form-factor: the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max. Read on for my initial 1 week iPhone XS Max impressions.


Just a few weeks ago, I wrote that while this year is an ’S’ year for the iPhone in general, the iPhone XS Max is far more than that. It introduces a brand new, larger form factor to the iPhone X design, and it does so while actually making it smaller than previous ‘Plus’ size iPhones.

The iPhone XS Max measures in at 157.5mm x 77.4mm x 7.7mm and weighs 208 grams. This compares to the iPhone 8 Plus at 158.4mm x 78.1mm x 7.5mm thick and 202 grams. This means the iPhone XS Max, despite packing a larger 6.5-inch display, is both narrower and shorter than the iPhone 8 Plus.

One thing that I was worried about was the transitional period from the 5.8-inch display to the 6.5-inch display. After just a week, however, I’ve adjusted perfectly. The biggest issue I had was getting a feeling for the keyboard size, but other than that it was a rather seamless adjustment.

As for one-handed use, it’s certainly possible if your hands are bigger than average, but for most people, two-handed use is going to the primary method of input here. Accessing Control Center and Notification Center isn’t the easiest thing to do, but that’s a worthy tradeoff of the added screen real estate in my opinion. Further, I didn’t find one-handed use much better on the iPhone X, either.

One thing I’ve found with the iPhone XS Max, however, is that the larger size makes going case-less a bit harder. I’m the type of person who regularly switches from a case to no case on a weekly basis, but this time around I see myself being much more reliant on a case. I think it might be because the iPhone XS Max certainly feels top-heavy, but it’s just a bit awkward to use without a case.

The best iPhone XS Max cases:


This will change as time progresses and as more developers update their applications with the iPhone XS Max in mind, but for now it’s a minor annoyance. As you can see in the image above, neither Facebook nor Instagram scale properly on the iPhone XS Max display, whereas the Apple News app does.

With the larger display, there’s a lot of potential for more information-dense designs, and hopefully that’s a trend we see.


My colleagues Zac Hall and Michael Steeber have already offered stunning sample images from the iPhone XS Max, but I still think it’s worth noting, again, just how great of an upgrade it is from the iPhone X.

The standout feature to me is support for depth control. Being able to take a Portrait Mode image and know I’ll be able to adjust the depth after the fact gives me far more peace of mind when using the feature than in the past. Additionally, live preview support for depth control – currently available in the iOS 12.1 beta – makes things even better.

For more sample images from the iPhone XS, I highly encourage you to take a look at the coverage below:


There’s been a lot of discussion surrounding the battery life on the iPhone XS Max. While Apple says the device should get roughly 90 minutes longer life than the iPhone X, early tests have shown that’s not necessarily the case.

In my use, battery life on the iPhone XS Max has been comparable to the iPhone X. By that I mean it hasn’t been significantly worse, nor has it been significantly better. I can make it through a day of moderate to heavy use, but it’s still impossible to stretch a single charge through two days.

And that’s probably why Apple doesn’t spend too much time talking about battery life. Unless their iPhone can go two full days on a single charge without worry, many users are going to charge every night, even if they could theoretically stretch it through a day and a half.

Ultimately, I really would like to see Apple double down iPhone battery life, but for now, we’ll have to settle with charging every night.

One more thing here – it’s time for Apple to ditch the 5W charger. Every other flagship smartphone includes a USB-C fast charger. It’s not a good look for Apple to ship a 5W USB-A charger with a $1000+ phone. That’s all.

USB-C fast charging solutions for iPhone XS:

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Face ID

On stage at its September event, Apple touted that Face ID would be faster on the iPhone XS than it was on the iPhone X. After a week with the iPhone XS Max, I haven’t noticed any speed improvements – but that’s due to the fact that my iPhone X had spent almost a year learning my face, so now the iPhone XS has to do the same thing.

More generally, however, Face ID was fantastic on the iPhone X and it remains fantastic on the iPhone XS Max. While I was a bit worried that the larger form factor would make finding the right Face ID a bit awkward, that’s absolutely not the case.

One thing I still do, though, is keep the “Require Attention” setting disabled for Face ID. I know this compromises the security to a certain degree, but the added flexibility is worth it, I think.

I kind of wish I would have gone gold…

I’ve always chosen space gray (or that year’s equivalent) as my iPhone color, and this year is no different. This time, though, I have to admit I’m having a bit of gold envy. I was hesitant to pre-order the color not having seen it in person, but now that I’ve seen it in the flesh at the Apple store, it is a very nice color.

I still think the white iPhone XS is not quite right. The white just doesn’t pop like previous white iPhones have – specifically the iPhone 4. The iPhone XS white just looks rather murky and cloudy, I think. Meanwhile, despite Apple’s tendency to vary its space gray color shade, the space gray iPhone XS is exactly the same shade as the iPhone X.

It’s easier than ever to upgrade every year

One thing Apple is doing an excellent job of is making it easier and easier to upgrade to a new iPhone every year. With its own iPhone Upgrade Program, and carriers offering their own smartphone ‘leasing’ options, there are sometimes more incentives to upgrade than there are to not.

Personally, this is my first year on the iPhone Upgrade Program after previously using AT&T Next. The inclusion of AppleCare+, and the ease of upgrading through the Apple Store app and receiving a trade-in kit every year makes it almost a no-brainer for people who know they’re going to upgrade each year.

Further, the process of setting up a new iPhone continues to get drastically easier. This year, I was able to restore my iPhone XS Max from my iPhone X backup and instantly re-pair my Apple Watch in under 10 minutes. It used to be that this process was so cumbersome I’d almost always set up my iPhone as new every year.

As iPhone growth slows, Apple is doing everything it can to make it easier to upgrade every year. And it’s doing a darn good job at it.


When it comes right down to it, the iPhone XS Max is nearly the perfect phone for me. I wrote last year that the iPhone X was nearly perfect, but that I missed the larger screen of a ‘Plus’ phone.

The question of upgrading from the iPhone X is a tricky one. If you want the larger 6.5-inch display, then, by all means, the iPhone XS Max is worth it. If you’d be upgrading from the iPhone X to the standard iPhone XS, that’s a bit harder to justify. There’s also the question of how the iPhone XR fits into the equation. The more we learn about it, the more enticing of a device it looks.

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Dxomark Audio Testing Begins, Finds Iphone 11 Pro Max Worse Than Iphone Xs Max

DxOMark audio testing has today been added to the company’s services. The company has so far made a name for itself as the go-to source for in-depth, objective tests of smartphone cameras, and now it hopes to achieve the same reputation in testing smartphone speakers and microphones.

DxOMark audio testing kicked off with five smartphones…

The company explained in a blog post why it has made the move.

Display size and quality as well as camera features and performance have for a long time been—and still are—major criteria for consumer smartphone buying. However, with users recording and consuming more and more video and audio content on their mobile devices, the importance of audio quality has greatly increased in recent years.

People use smartphones to record videos of family and friends, to shoot selfie videos, and to film concerts and other events. On the consumption side of things, they listen to music and watch their own videos as well as purchased content on their devices. The variation in audio quality between devices for both recording and output is huge, however, and there has been little guidance and information available for consumers who care about audio quality.

This is why we are introducing DXOMARK Audio—to provide comprehensive, neutral, and reliable test data about smartphone audio recording and output quality to consumers and other interested parties. We have developed a set of protocols for mirroring the ways consumers use their smartphones to record and consume audio content, along with a testing and benchmarking methodology that measures results in a reliable and repeatable way.

The company tests playback performance against five criteria, and recordings against the same criteria plus how well it deals with background noise.

Timbre (frequency response, treble/midrange/bass, total balance, volume dependency)

Dynamics (attack, bass precision, punch, volume dependency)

Spatial (wideness, balance, distance, localization)

Volume (maximum, minimum, user volume consistency)

Artefacts (noise, pumping, clipping, user artefacts, other artefacts)

[Recording] Background noise (directivity, noise profile, artefacts)

Interestingly, the company says that it needs to include perceptual data from sound experts as well as measurements, but argues these are equally scientific.

Our perceptual tests rely on the skills and experience that our sound experts have acquired after years of working in the fields of audio engineering and audio industrial design in a wide array of industries. These perceptual tests are no less scientific than our objective measurements, as our specific protocols ensure that any perceptual measurement is consistent over time, meaning that the same test carried out months later on the same device will achieve identical results.

DxOMark audio testing – initial results

And the results from the first round of DxOMark audio testing? Top ranking goes to the Huawei Mate 20 X, with a score of 75, just ahead of the second-placed iPhone. What’s surprising, though, is that the older iPhone XS Max takes second place, ahead of the newer iPhone 11 Pro Max.

The Mate 20 X features the largest dimensions, and unlike other tested smartphones, it has stereo microphones, leading to a score of 75 points and putting it into the top spot in the ranking by one point. At 74 and 71 points respectively the iPhone XS Max and 11 Pro Max occupy the podium positions – and interestingly enough, the newer device has a lower score than the older model. The iPhones are followed by the Samsung duo Note10+ and S10+ which are only separated by one point. The Honor 20 Pro at 53 points and the Sony Xperia X1 at 45 lag somewhat behind the competition.

You can see details of the testing process in the video below.

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Pixel 3A First Impressions: A Likeable Smartphone With A Baffling Price Tag

Google I/O 2023 is currently underway and the biggest announcement of the developer conference, apart from Android Q, is finally out of the way. The highly-anticipated mid-range smartphones from Google, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, have been officially launched during the keynote announcement and they’re exactly what we expected them to be. Google was kind enough to loan us the Clearly White variant of the smaller Pixel 3a and I’ve been playing around with it for the past couple of days. This is my first time using a Snapdragon 670 chipset-powered smartphone, so I was skeptical of the performance on the daily but you’ll soon know how it turned out to be. The cameras were another major area which I wanted to focus on while using the device to see if they’re on par with the flagship Pixels. So, here’s my first impression of what could be the saving grace for Google’s hardware division:

Pixel 3a: Specifications

Starting off, let’s first take a quick look at the key specifications of the Pixel 3a and then move forward with talking about our initial impressions of this mid-range smartphone.

Dimensions151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm

Weight147 grams

Display5.6-inch FHD+ (2220 x 1080) gOLED

ProcessorSnapdragon 670



Rear Camera12.2MP (f/1.8) Dual-Pixel Sony IMX363

Front Camera8MP (f/2.0)

Operating SystemAndroid 9 Pie

ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Google Cast, USB-C

SensorsRear-mounted fingerprint sensor, Active Edge, Proximity, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyrometer, Magnetometer, Barometer, Android Sensor Hub


ColorsJust Black, Clearly White

Pixel 3a: Design & Build

Starting off with the design, I know what you’re all thinking, it looks exactly like the smaller Pixel 3. It has the same two-tone finish on the back, the same bezel-full front, and the same color variants as well, but there are a few key differences. First of all, the Pixel 3a doesn’t boast a glass design and that’s understandable. Instead, Google has used polycarbonate, which is basically plastic, and the smartphone does not seem cheap to the touch. The rear panel is quite similar to the Pixel 3. This too has the matte finish on the bottom half of the back, which feels great and a glossy finish on the upper half.

To be honest, this definitely does not seem like a cheap phone and is pretty appealing

Pixel 3a: Display

The Pixel 3a comes with a 5.6-inch OLED display and it’s said to be a gOLED display, which the time of writing this story is not known to be any different than any other OLED displays available on the market, but I believe it should be Google’s fancy term for some technology that they’ve baked in to finally fix their display performance. The gOLED display on board delivers punchy colors, beautiful blacks, and yes, you get the always-on display feature, which I really like, in tow as well. In my brief usage, I feel that the OLED display on Pixel 3a is better than the display on the Pixel 3 XL. Not only are the colors better, but the viewing angles on the Pixel 3a’s display are also way better too. I mean, these photos look almost the same, colorwise, on both the phones, but if I slightly tilt both the phones, see how the color just dulls away on the Pixel 3 XL’s display. So, I guess, gOLED does bring a difference to the Pixel 3a lineup and you can check it out in our video attached towards the end.

Pixel 3a: Performance

Though the design here is pretty similar to the Pixel 3, the major difference between the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3 is the chipset on board. Pixel 3a is powered by the Snapdragon 670 SoC with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage (same are the specs of Pixel 3a XL, which was earlier rumored to feature the Snapdragon 710 chipset). Yes, pretty modest specs for a Pixel phone, but it is what it is, and well, it shows in the benchmark figures. The Snapdragon 670 is obviously no match to the flagship chipsets, and it lags behind even the Snapdragon 675 and Snapdragon 710 chipsets, which have been employed in more budget-friendly phones like the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Realme 3 Pro. So yeah, it’s not the most powerful processor, but when it comes to real-world usage, I have no major qualms in the user experience department. The multi-tasking has been pretty decent, memory management has been okay too in my brief time, but few minor frame drops in UI here and there makes me a little wary of whether the device would be able to stand the test of time. As for gaming, PUBG Mobile by default runs on high graphics setting, which is definitely great and I like the fact that the gameplay on high settings has been good enough. It’s definitely playable, as well as quite enjoyable, at high settings. Look, the Pixel 3a won’t win the numbers game. There are smartphones such as the Poco F1, the Redmi Note 7 Pro, and the Realme 3 Pro, which have more powerful chipsets that boast of higher benchmark scores, but we all know what the Pixel 3a is offering: the Pixel software experience and the Pixel cameras. We’re going to focus on these two next.

Pixel 3a: User Experience

The Pixel 3a comes with Android 9 Pie on board and it’s the Pixel experience we all love. There’s the Pixel launcher, which is nice and clean. There’s the gesture navigation from Android Pie, which grows on you once you start using it regularly. There are other Android Pie features like Adaptive Battery, Digital Wellbeing, and more on board as well. In addition, there are obviously some Pixel-exclusive features too, like the Active Edge, which lets you squeeze the phone to launch Google Assistant, an unlimited high-quality storage option in Google Photos, Now Playing (which displays songs playing around you right on the lock screen), and more, but the problem is that the more exciting features such as call screening, Google Maps AR, they are all not available in India. Putting that aside, the software experience here is great and I prefer it because I’m a sucker for new features. Pixel 3a will be among the first phones to get the latest and greatest of Google features, the latest Android Q updates and security patches too, so that’s something noteworthy. Not a whole lot of phone makers can boast of the same.

Pixel 3a: Flagship-worthy Cameras

Moving on, the one thing that I like the most about the Pixel 3a is that it doesn’t skip on camera features. It has all the camera features you see on the flagship Pixel series. Now, before I talk about them, let me get the specs out of the way. The Pixel 3a has a 12.2MP (f/1.8) rear camera, and it’s the same Sony IMX 363 sensor that the Pixel 3 features. There’s no dual selfie lenses onboard here but instead, a single 8MP (f/2.0) sensor in tow. As I said, Pixel 3a has all the goodness of the Pixel 3’s camera app too, but there’s a new Time Lapse feature, which will go live soon and lets you capture some beautiful timelapse videos. There are also other camera features, like Night Sight, so you can take well-lit photos in the dark. There’s Photobooth that lets you take photos with a smile or a kiss. Playground, where you can try out various Playmojis, like the Avengers Playmojis. Yeah, it’s all pretty cool. But, I know what you’re wondering- how is the camera performance of the Pixel 3a? Well, in short, it’s fantastic. Photos from the Pixel 3a are sharp and detailed, be it in good or low-light conditions. Even the portrait mode photos are brilliant. Well, let me just put it this way as it would be simpler. Pixel 3a brings the same great camera performance from the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Yes, check out these camera samples:




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Ipad Pro Unboxing And First Impressions

Today we’re taking a look at the iPad Pro. On the surface, it may look like a giant Netflix machine, but well… it kind of is. This is the biggest iPad ever without a doubt, that packs a 12.9-inch display and obviously has a much larger footprint when compared to the iPad Air 2, this is larger by 78 percent actually. But enough with the small talk, let’s take a look inside of the box..,

As far as specifications go, Apple’s iPad Pro is packing the A9X processor inside, with 4GB of RAM, and either 32GB or in my case 128GB of internal storage. As I mentioned, there’s a 12.9-inch display with a resolution of 2732 x 2048 which is good for 265ppi.

Check out our iPad Pro unboxing and impressions video below:

The display is pretty clean as well. It’s obviously not as pixel dense as some of the smartphones we look at, but it’s on point with a Retina MacBook Pro. The technology for the display makes it extremely power efficient as well, at least according to Apple. The display features a variable refresh rate that can detect when the content on it is static. From there is drops the refresh rate from 60 to 30 in order to save power.

Taking a look at design, this thing is massive. Like really big. Luckily, it’s not as thick as it is big. It comes in at just 6.9mm and weighs 1.57 pounds, which isn’t too bad at all. Along the bottom end, you’ll find a Lightning port for charging, and surprisingly here, Apple has implemented four side-firing speakers inside of the iPad Pro (2 on each end) for a rich multimedia experience.

On one side you’ll find the volume buttons and a couple of microphones, while the other is home to Apple’s new Smart Connector, which can be used for accessories like the new Smart Keyboard, which is actually not available to ship immediately at launch, but third-party manufacturers like Logitech have swooped in to save the day. And if you really want to be that guy, there’s an 8-megapixel camera on the backside, capable of up to 1080p video recording. Trust me though, you don’t want to be that guy. Also, around the front, there’s a 1.2-megapixel camera, making it great option for Skype and FaceTime calls.

So basically, when the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector makes contact with a supported accessory like Logitech’s CREATE keyboard case, it powers and charges the keyboard so you’ll never have to worry about that. Pretty neat feature in my opinion and also one of the things that makes the iPad Pro a bit different than the other models. And obviously because the iPad Pro is so large, a keyboard case like this will actually have full-size keys, which is miles better than typing on something cramped in a smaller form factor.

Apple also makes the iPad Pro useful for a wide variety of other people with Apple Pencil, and I’d love to share my experience about this with you, but unfortunately this too was not available to ship instantly at launch.

I think the iPad Pro is a nice idea overall, but the main issue here is that it runs iOS instead of something that may be a bit more useful to “professionals” like you know.. maybe OS X? The truth is, that even Microsoft’s Surface may appeal to anyone looking to get more out of productivity than iOS has to offer, but that doesn’t make this a bad product. Having laptop-like screen real estate in a tablet form-factor is a nice thing. Especially when paired with a full size keyboard. Drop in the rich multitasking found in iOS 9 and you’ve got something that can definitely appeal to a lot of people. And you know what? Sometimes folks just don’t want to deal with a desktop operating system.

For me, the iPad Pro feels pretty well-built and obviously the quality is on point with what you’d expect from Apple. That being said, it’ll take me some time to figure out whether or not this huge tablet is something I need in my life, but I’ll definitely give it a shot. What do you think about the iPad Pro? Did you pick one up?

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Some Iphone Xs Users Report Poor Wi

As is the case every year, some iPhone XS early adopters are reporting issues with their new device. Since the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max were released last week, a handful of users have taken to Reddit and Apple’s Support Forums to complain of poor Wi-Fi and cellular connections on both of Apple’s new iPhone models.

One user writes on Apple’s Support Forums:

I’m in the same boat, in places where my iPhone 7 Plus and iPad (2024) are able to connect to the 5ghz network just fine, the XS has trouble. It only shows two bars and doesn’t maintain the connection that well. Really disappointing, for now I’ve switched to the 2.4ghz network on the XS. I hope Apple can fix this with a software update.

Another user on Reddit says explains that they had their original iPhone XS Max swapped by Verizon, only to discover the replacement unit had the same LTE connectivity issues:

Previously had 8 plus. My house has always maintained 2 bars of lte with occasional drop to a solid 1 bar. Never had disconnect issues, could still watch videos on that 1 bar, etc. now have xs max and mostly have 1 bar. Occasionally 2. Occasionally zero and searching for service. Very disappointed and a noticeable negative difference. I thought I had a defective device and had Verizon swap it out today. New unit has the same issues. I love this screen but I may have to downgrade back to my 8 plus.

Networking blog WiWavelength today explains that lab measurement show the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max feature disappointing radio frequency performance compared to preview iPhone models.

WiWavelength says that the performance problems some users are experiencing are caused by an “antenna issue,” specifically related to weak antenna gain. As for whether or not this can be fixed via a software update, the blog says that iOS updates and carrier updates can change how baseband modems interact with networks:

Some have proposed that, if necessary, an Apple firmware update or two will sort this out.  Yes, iOS revisions and/or carrier updates can tweak the way the baseband modem interacts with wireless networks at large.  And, from an end user perspective, this can improve (or degrade) perceived performance.

One possible software fix would be to increase conducted power, but WiWaveLength says that this is unlikely as Apple is already applying “conducted power somewhat liberally.”

Ultimately, a hardware fix would be the most optimal solution, but that is of course nearly completely out of the question for Apple this late in the game. Thus, WiWavelength says it’s likely worth waiting to see just how much and how often these radio issues affect users.

However, on the flip side, many users are seeing faster data speeds with the iPhone XS thanks to three new radio technologies into the iPhone XS: 4×4 MIMO, QAM and LAA. More than anything, it seems that cellular performance with the iPhone XS is going to vary largely depending on where you live, but it’s certainly clear some users are experiencing connectivity issues in areas with weaker signals.

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Friday’s Deals: Airpods Max $99 Off, Apple’s Latest 35W Dual Usb

We are almost ready to head into the weekend, but first let’s check out some of the best deals spotted over on 9to5Toys headlined by AirPods Max. Now back down to the lowest price we have tracked this year, almost all colorways are now selling for $450 shipped via the official Amazon listing to deliver a solid $99 in savings. Joining a wide-ranging Best Buy 3-day sale event loaded with discounts on various MacBook configurations, AirPods Pro 2, and much more, Amazon is also now offering its best price ever on the Apple’s latest 35W Dual USB-C Charger alongside some more powerful models to refresh your first-party power kit. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

Upgrade to Apple’s AirPods Max this spring/summer at nearly $100 off

Amazon is now offering Apple AirPods Max at $459. Now available in all colorways at the discounted rate, Apple’s flagship over-ears have largely been carrying a full price for most of this year outside of a few brief drops at up to $99 off the going rate, much like today. This is matching our previous mention as well as the most readily available price drop we were tracking over the holidays last year, not to mention a match of the best we have seen across 2023 at Amazon. 

Centered around Apple’s H1 chip powering the best-in-class active noise cancellation, AirPods Max also feature Hey Siri support, 20-hour battery life, Spatial Audio support, and transparency mode “for hearing and interacting with the world around you.” From there, you can expect to find an overall quite premium design, as you should in this price range, with a partially aluminum construction, knit-mesh canopy, and Apple’s memory foam ear cushions. This deal is a solid opportunity to land a set of Apple’s high-end portable listening devices as we head into summer 2023. 

Official charging solutions at the best prices yet

Amazon is now offering Apple’s latest 35W Dual USB-C Charger at $44. This model launched last spring at $59 and has only seen a few price drops since. While we did see a $45 offer back in March, today’s deal takes another $1 off to mark a relatively rare price drop overall and a new Amazon all-time low. Designed to refuel your iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8, alongside just about any other Apple gear and beyond, this is a solid 25% off and the lowest total we can find. You’re looking at the iconic all-white Apple finish with a 35W output spread across a pair of USB-C ports to juice up two devices at once. The folding prongs are a nice touch when you want to throw it in you backpack and the like, not to mention the small divot on the side to make removing it from outlets just a little bit easier. Dive into our launch coverage for more details. 

Joining the price drop we are tracking above on the latest 35W Dual USB-C Charger, there are a few other official models seeing price drops right now. While the 67W and 30W are a few bucks above our previous mention, the high-power 96W variant has now returned to the Amazon all-time low:

Best Buy launches massive 3-day sale loaded with Apple gear

The latest Best Buy sale event ends on Sunday and marks a great chance to zero-in on select products you might have had your eye on. While much of the seriously stand out offers have already been spotted and featured by our deal Jedi, these wide-ranging sale events mark solid opportunities to scoop up some gifts, delver serious price drops on previous-generation gear, and much more across just about every products category, not to mention price matching at Amazon:

iPad Air 5 now runs Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro with M1 chip at $500 low

Apple Watch Series 8 comes in four aluminum styles at all-time lows from $329

Apple’s new 14-inch M2 Pro MacBook Pro falls to its best price yet at $1,749

AirPods Pro 2 deliver improved ANC, battery life, and Find My features at $200

ESR’s curved MagSafe charging car mount now $28

Today only, as part of its Lightning Deals, the official ESR Amazon storefront is now offering its HaloLock Dashboard Wireless Charger Mount for $28. Regularly $38 directly from ESR where it is on sale at just over $30 for Mother’s Day, today’s deal is more than 25% off the going rate and the lowest price we can find. While not the best we have tracked, this is matching the previous deal price and among only a few times we have seen it drop below $33 this year. It might not be one of those heavy-duty metal car mounts, like the fantastic Peak Design model we reviewed recently, but it also comes in at a fraction of the price and still delivers a charging-ready MagSafe landing pad for your GPS machine (smartphone). This adjustable option sticks to your dashboard and follows the curve if your ride for an unobstructed view of the road without getting in the way of your air conditioning.

elago’s silicone AirPods Pro 2 case now $8

Alongside this week’s solid price drop on Apple’s latest pro-grade earbuds, the elago AirPods Pro 2 silicone case with the included lanyard strap has now been marked down to $8 via its official Amazon storefront. Regularly $13 with most colorways sitting at $11, you can now score the black sheath at 38% off the going rate. This is also within cents of the limited all-time low and matching our previous mention. After debuting in September of last year followed by the release of the brand’s new lanyard strap (you can also buy one separately at $10), elago launched its minimalist silicone case with a fabric strap included to protect Apple’s latest buds and make use of the new lanyard connector. They retain wireless charging capabilities while protecting your case from dirt, oils, scratches, and more.

Best trade-in deals

9to5Mac also keeps tabs on all the best trade-in deals on iPhone, iPad, MacBook, Apple Watch, and more every month. Be sure to check out this month’s best trade-in deals when you decide it’s time to upgrade your device, or simply head over to our trade-in partner directly if you want to recycle, trade, or sell your used devices for cash and support 9to5Mac along the way!

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