CES 2019 Wrap-Up: AirPlay 2 TVs, Battery Cases for Latest iPhones, Third-Party Lightning to USB-C Cables, and More

Today is the final day of CES 2019 in Las Vegas, where thousands of companies showed off their latest connected tech products. As usual, Apple did not have an official presence on the show floor, but there were several announcements and a wide variety of product unveilings that are tied to its ecosystem.


MacRumors attended CES 2019 and has shared numerous articles and videos on our YouTube channel about the show throughout the week. We've wrapped up some of the notable announcements from the week below.

AirPlay 2-enabled smart TVs



Without attending, Apple stole some of CES 2019's thunder by announcing this week that AirPlay 2-enabled smart TVs are coming from leading manufacturers, including Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio. Meanwhile, up-and-coming Chinese smart TV brand TCL told MacRumors it is "currently committed to Roku."

Smart TVs from LG, Sony, and Vizio, but not Samsung, will also support HomeKit. Samsung smart TVs are, however, getting an exclusive iTunes TV and Movies app for accessing purchased and rented content from Apple's storefront.

AirPlay 2 is also coming to Harman Kardon's new Citation Series of speakers and the popular VLC streaming app for Android.

Mophie battery cases for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR



Apple-certified accessory maker Mophie will be releasing Juice Pack Access battery cases for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR for $119.95 each in the first quarter of 2019. The juice packs extend the battery life of the iPhone XS by up to 25 hours, and the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR by up to 31 hours.

Unlike Apple's older Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7, the Juice Packs charge the iPhone wirelessly via the Qi standard, leaving the Lightning connector free for accessories and other uses. Apple is rumored to release a new Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS, but has yet to do so.

HomeKit everything



Numerous smart home accessories were unveiled at CES 2019 with HomeKit compatibility either at launch or promised later this year:

Apple-certified Lightning to USB-C cables



Last month, Apple informed members of its Made for iPhone program that third-party Lightning to USB-C cables are now permitted to be manufactured, and CES 2019 saw the introduction of the first options from Belkin and Griffin. The cables will be available from both accessory makers in the spring.

CarPlay receivers



CarPlay is now factory installed in well over 400 vehicle models, but some makes and models along with older vehicles do not support Apple's in-car software platform. For this, there are aftermarket CarPlay receivers, and we saw new wired and wireless options debut from Kenwood and JVC, Sony, and Alpine at CES 2019.

Pioneer also unveiled its latest receiver that turns an iPhone or Android smartphone into a car entertainment display.

Docks, chargers, and cases


Videos: Best of CES 2019 and its Unveiled, Pepcom, and ShowStoppers events





For additional announcements and coverage, check out our CES 2019 news hub.


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CES 2019: The Best of ShowStoppers and the Show Floor

The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show is wrapping up, with Friday being the final day. For our last CES video, we visited ShowStoppers, the show floor, and a few vendor events to show MacRumors readers some of the coolest stuff that we saw this year.

Not all of what we have to share is entirely Apple related, but there are definitely some interesting, eye-catching technology products that give us an idea of where the tech sector is headed.

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Some of the best TV technology at the show came from LG, with the company debuting a 65-inch TV that rolls up. The rolling mechanism lets the TV, which is super thin, tuck away when it's not in use, and then be brought back up when you want to use it.

LG's actually going to release the rollable TV, called the OLED TV R, sometime in the spring, but expect it to be sensationally expensive. LG's booth was also something special, outfitted with a seemingly endless array of curved OLED displays.

Samsung was on hand showing off its upcoming Bixby speaker, a smart speaker that's designed to compete with the HomePod. The Bixby speaker features a teardrop shape along with three metal legs, with Samsung promising smart home features and immersive sound. The Bixby speaker is set to be released soon.

Simplehuman, a company that makes automated trash cans, debuted the Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi, which works as a mirror, a lamp, and a speaker, while Kohler was demoing a smart bathtub that won't overfill and super fancy $7000 toilet with a heated seat, LEDs, speakers, Alexa integration, and automatic flushing.

LaMetric showed off a very neat looking Nanoleaf Smart Panel competitor called "Sky" that features a mosaic-style design. In addition to displaying various colored designs, the panels can be customized with weather information, social network data, the time, and tons more.

Aura, a company that made a fitness tracker popular on Kickstarter, introduced an Apple Watch "Smart Strap" that's supposed to measure weight, water, fat, and muscle via electrodes built into the band. We didn't get to try it out for ourselves, but we're interested to see if this is actually going to be a viable product.

VR was big at CES and we saw a virtual batting cage, options for boxing, and tons of VR headsets, and there were no shortage of prototype cars, as usual, most with self-driving capabilities.

The neatest automotive-related product we saw was the Bell Nexus Air Taxi, a hybrid electric-propulsion aircraft that's going to be launched by Uber sometime in the mid-2020s. Uber hopes that this air taxi, which can carry four passengers a couple hundred miles on a single charge, will be the future of transportation.

To see more of what's being shown off at CES, make sure to check out our CES Unveiled video and our Pepcom video, along with our full CES 2019 hub.


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CES 2019: Scosche Launches New Qi-Based Wireless Charging Options

Scosche today announced the launch of several new products that make Qi wireless charging easier and more convenient for Apple's iPhone 8 and later.

MagicMount Charge 3


The new Qi-compatible 10W MagicMount Charge 3 is the latest MagicMount product from Scosche, and it's now available with a unique vent mount that features an articulated swing arm so it doesn't impede airflow from a vehicle's vent.

The MagicMount Charge 3 is able to offer up the convenience of a vent mount without the usual drawback of blocking the vent, and it also rotates 360 degrees so your iPhone can be viewed from any angle. The swing arm offers up additional positional options for a customized fit for each vehicle.


An iPhone attaches to the MagicMount Charge3 using Neodymium magnets, and the stand has been designed with a thermal management gap that between the phone and the mount to allow heated air to disperse.

There are a total of four mounting options for the MagicMount Charge3, including the aforementioned vent mount, a dash mount that uses adhesive, StickGrip mount for the window or the dash, and a double pivot option for more versatility.

The MagicMount Charge 3 will be available in spring 2019. Pricing has not yet been announced.

MagicGrip Charge Wireless Charging Mount


The 10W MagicGrip Charge Qi Mount, designed for use in the car, is a motorized charging stand that uses a sensor to detect when a Qi-enabled device is nearby.

When a Qi device like an iPhone is aligned with the charging coil of the accessory, the arms of the mount automatically close to hold it securely in place while you drive. The charging head is designed to offer full 360-degree rotation, letting users view the device in landscape and portrait orientations.


There are four mounting options for the MagicGrip, including a dash mount that uses an adhesive grip material, a grip mount with swing arm, a window/dash StickGrip base, and a Double Pivot option that offers more versatility.

Scosche's MagicGrip Charge Wireless Charging Mount will be available in fall 2019. Pricing has not been announced.

BaseLynx Charging System


Scosche's BaseLynx system is a multi-device charging dock designed to support multiple Apple products at once, including an iPads, iPhones, and the Apple Watch. The BaseLynx consists of several different modules that can be paired together to meet each person's needs.


Modules include a 10W Qi wireless fast charging dock for the iPhone, an Apple Watch charging option that uses your own Apple Watch charging puck, a vertical power station that holds and charges three devices with two USB-A outlets and one USB-C outlet, and an end cap that offers up additional USB-A and 18W power delivery outlets.


The USB-C ports on the device can be used for charging the iPad Pro and fast charging the iPhone with a USB-C to Lightning cable. Each of the different modules comes with an AC power cord and two end caps to allow them to be used on a standalone basis.

Scosche's BaseLynx system will debut in spring 2019. Pricing has not yet been announced.


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CES 2019: Pioneer’s Smart Sync In-Dash Smartphone Receiver Turns Your iPhone Into a Car Radio Display

Pioneer today announced the U.S. launch of the SPH-10BT, a new in-dash digital media receiver designed to work with a smartphone as a display.

The SPH-10BT is Pioneer's first receiver of this type equipped with a built-in smartphone cradle that integrates your own iPhone or Android device into your car's entertainment system.


While in the cradle, the smartphone becomes "visually combined" with the receiver, turning it into a full high-resolution LCD display for accessing Pioneer Smart Sync Driving functions via touch controls when paired with Pioneer's receiver.
"The single-DIN chassis size is almost universal, with the ability to be installed in both older and newer vehicles. However, given its compact size, a single-DIN receiver often lacks a large touchscreen or the ability to integrate well with the smartphone," said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "The SPH-10BT offers a very unique solution by integrating the smartphone both electronically and physically."
The SPH-10BT smartphone setup is compatible with Pioneer's ND-PS1 rear parking sensors and will provide both audible object warnings and visual indicators when connected to sensors installed in the rear vehicle bumper.


While the smartphone integration offers up simple touch controls, the SPH-10BT is also equipped with physical buttons for switching between music sources, activating voice control, accessing navigation apps, reading incoming messages, making phone calls over Bluetooth, and launching into the Pioneer Smart Sync app.

A smartphone is able to connect to the SPH-10BT over Bluetooth, allowing for access to hands-free calling and music streaming. The SPH-10BT also features an anti-theft detachable panel, a customizable user interface, and MIXTRAX integration for "non-stop mix of your music library complete with DJ-inspired effects and club-style illumination."


Pioneer plans to launch the SPH-10BT in the U.S. in February, and it will cost $150, with installation costs not included in that price tag. The SPH-10BT is already available for purchase in Europe.


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CES 2019: Alpine Previews New CarPlay Receivers, One Features Oversized 9-Inch Hovering Screen

Alpine Electronics at CES 2019 this week debuted two new in-car multimedia receivers with wired CarPlay and Android Auto support.

The new iLX-W650 receiver features a seven-inch anti-glare capacitive touchscreen with a shallow chassis that measures 2.4-inches deep, allowing for the system to fit into vehicles that do not have a lot of depth behind the dashboard. The receiver has a so-called mech-less design with no CD/DVD slot.

iLX-W650

The iLX-W650 also features an amp-stacking capability that enables Alpine's new KTA-450 amplifier to fit in the open space behind the receiver using an included bracket. The combined depth of the iLX-W650, KTA-450, and mounting bracket equals less than the depth of a standard double-DIN chassis.

The iLX-W650 in tandem with the KTA-450 amplifier won a CES 2019 Innovation Award in the In-Vehicle Audio/Video category.

Other features include standard Bluetooth music playback, SiriusXM readiness, and three 4V pre-outs that allow aftermarket speakers, subwoofers, additional amplifiers, and sound processors to be added. Two camera inputs sold separately allow for the addition of multiple cameras, including a rear-view camera.

Alpine also added a second model to its Halo9 product lineup. Like last year's iLX-F309, the new iLX-F259 receiver features a nine-inch touchscreen that "hovers" over the dashboard, allowing the oversize screen to be added to a variety of vehicles without the need for custom installation.


The screen is attached to an adjustable mount that is connected to a traditional single-DIN chassis. It can be tilted at four pre-set angle points to better match the tilt and height of the dashboard and can be positioned up to 20mm deeper and up to 30mm lower than the default position during installation.

Other features of the iLX-F259 include a mech-less design with no CD/DVD slot, standard Bluetooth music playback, SiriusXM readiness, and one rear-view camera input with the option to add additional camera inputs sold separately.


Both receivers have a USB port for connecting an iPhone with a Lightning to USB cable, but Alpine does have a wireless CarPlay receiver available. Kenwood and JVC also unveiled several wireless CarPlay receivers this week.

The iLX-W650 and iLX-F259 will be available in March for suggested prices of $500 and $800 USD respectively at authorized Alpine retailers.

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CES 2019: Elgato Unveils Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock With Dual USB-C, Dual USB-A, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort, and More

Elgato parent company Corsair at CES 2019 this week unveiled its new Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock. The dock connects to the latest MacBook Pro and MacBook Air with a single Thunderbolt 3 cable and provides a wide variety of additional I/O connectivity options, eliminating the need for multiple adapters.


The dock is equipped with two USB-C ports with transfer speeds up to 10Gb/s, two USB-A ports with transfer speeds up to 5 Gb/s, two Thunderbolt 3 ports with transfer speeds up to 40 Gb/s, one DisplayPort 1.2, one Gigabit Ethernet port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and audio output, and SD and microSD card readers.

The dock can drive a 5K external display at 60Hz over Thunderbolt, or two 4K external displays simultaneously, with one connected via DisplayPort and the other via Thunderbolt. 4K at 60Hz is also supported via HDMI 2.0 with an adapter.

The new Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock is available now for $349.99 from Amazon, Corsair, and select other retailers and distributors around the world.

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CES 2019: Gardena Smart System Now Works With Apple HomeKit

The Gardena Smart System is gaining support for Apple's HomeKit, with HomeKit integration coming to Gardena devices like the Smart Water Control, Smart Irrigation Control, Smart Sensor, and Smart Power.

Gardena accessories are gaining HomeKit compatibility through a software update, allowing existing Gardena Smart System owners to upgrade their systems to work with the Apple Home app and Siri voice commands.


Gardena's Smart System consists of a range of products, including watering sets for various areas like hedges and bushes or balconies, irrigation controls for controlling multiple irrigation zones, a control set for managing water usage, a water controller for automatic irrigation, sensors for measuring soil moisture and other parameters, and a smart power adapter.

The Gardena devices, available since 2016, are designed to allow gardeners to precisely monitor everything that goes on in their homes while also automating care in many ways. All of the devices have been able to be controlled via the Gardena app, but HomeKit offers more versatility and allows for integration with other HomeKit devices like outdoor lights, sensors, and more.

HomeKit compatibility will be added by the end of the first quarter of 2019.


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CES 2019: The Best of Pepcom With Mophie, Brilliant, Aibo and More

The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show officially kicked off today, with thousands of vendors showing off everything from smart toilets to new battery packs for the iPhone.

At CES, there are several major media events that are less overwhelming than the show floor, like Unveiled, Pepcom, and ShowStoppers. Pepcom took place last night, and MacRumors was on hand to check out some of the most interesting products and accessories that were being demoed.

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Mophie is showing off its new Juice Pack battery cases for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR at CES, and was on hand at Pepcom for a quick hands-on. The new cases charge the iPhone using Qi wireless charging, leaving the Lightning port free in case you want to plug in real quick or use Lightning based headphones. The cases themselves charge via Qi wireless charging or over USB-C, and Mophie plans to launch them in the first quarter of 2019 for $119.95.

Tons of other accessories were available at Pepcom, like Otterbox's new Otter + Pop iPhone cases, which it created in partnership with PopSocket. There's a collapsible, interchangeable PopGrip on the back of the new Otter + Pop case, which PopSocket lovers are sure to like.

There were no shortage of HomeKit devices at Pepcom, with many manufacturers introducing new HomeKit-compatible accessories at CES. We got to see Brilliant's smart light switch in action, a product that will soon support HomeKit. The Brilliant Control replaces any existing light switch and adds physical controls along with a touch display that can be used to control other smart devices in the home.

Parents might be interested in the $149 Coolpad Dyno Smartwatch, which, while not iOS-based, is useful for children. It's an Android smart watch that has built-in LTE connectivity and a simple UI that's easy for kids to use. It can be used to send a call or a text to a parent, with a built-in SOS safety feature that calls 911 in an emergency if parents can't be reached. It is water resistant, durable, and has GPS tracking so parents can keep an eye on their kids' location.

The Cemtrex Smartdesk caught our eye because it's a massive desk with a PC built right in. It comes equipped with three integrated 4K touch displays that all work together, gesture support, a wireless charging pad, and sit/stand adjustability. There are plenty of other bells and whistles, which is unsurprising because this desk costs $4,000 to $5,000. Cemtrex doesn't have a Mac option right now, but says one could launch in the future.

Telepresence devices have been around for awhile, but the latest is Temi, the personal robot. Priced at $1,500, Temi is a home robot that can navigate around the house, let you communicate with friends and family, help you cook, follow you, and tons more.

For those who like the outdoors, Furrion was on-hand with weatherproof electronics like a 4K TV, a waterproof solar battery, and a massive battery powered cooler that makes camping a whole lot nicer.

Finally, we got to see Aibo, Sony's robotic dog. Priced at $3,000, Aibo is an adorable, endearing little robot that offers the companionship of a pet without the downsides like fur and cleanup. Aibo features a unique personality, lifelike movements, and an innate curiosity about its environment. Aibo learns its environment, develops relationships with people, and becomes smarter over time.

Want to see more cool tech being shown off at CES? Make sure to check out our CES Unveiled video from yesterday and our full CES 2019 hub. Stay tuned to MacRumors, because we'll also have more videos coming later this week.


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CES 2019: Pad & Quill Expands TechFolio Series With New Mini and Pro Options for Storing Your Gear

Pad & Quill, known for its line of Apple accessories made from high-quality leather, is expanding its TechFolio series that's designed to house cords, cables, power adapters, Apple Watch bands, the Apple Pencil, and more in one convenient place.

To go along with the existing Classic TechFolio Cord Organizer, Pad & Quill is adding the new TechFolio Mini ($59.95) and the new TechFolio Pro ($119.95).

Original TechFolio

The original TechFolio has nine compartments for cords and accessories along with an Apple Pencil holder, while the Mini version, designed for the iPad Pro, is smaller.

It has a cord organizer pocket for cables along with a strap to secure them, plus an Apple Pencil slot, an SD card holder, and a slot where you can keep power adapters, battery packs, and other accessories.

TechFolio Mini

There are also two additional pockets for cords, dongles, and anything else you might need to store, and the whole thing folds up into a little bundle that can then be tucked into a bag or backpack.

TechFolio Mini

The TechFolio Pro is the opposite of the Mini, adding even more storage space to the original TechFolio design. The TechFolio Pro is the ultimate travel companion and accessory organizer with a total of 15 pockets.

Like the other TechFolio products, the TechFolio Pro is made from full-grain leather with a canvas interior and leather accents. There are five cord organizing pockets for your cables, complete with rivet closures, along with an Apple Pencil slot.

TechFolio Pro

Two large zipper pockets offer up storage space for power adapters, battery packs, and hard drives, and there are two slots where you can store small things like SD cards or house keys.

Larger cords fit into two additional pockets, and a flap-covered medium-sized pocket is ideal for any dongles and adapters you might have. A slip pocket can hold things like credit cards and your passport, and there's another smaller slip pocket for anything else you might need to store.

TechFolio Pro

Once packed with accessories, the TechFolio Pro folds up neatly into thirds so you can tuck it away in your pack.

Pad & Quill's new TechFolios can be purchased from the Pad & Quill website. The original TechFolio is available for $$89.95 and ships immediately. The TechFolio Mini, priced at $59.95 and the TechFolio Pro, priced at $119.95, can be pre-ordered and will ship out in early February.

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CES 2019: LifeProof Launches $99 ‘Lifeactiv’ Water Resistant Battery Pack

LifeProof today announced the launch of a $99 Lifeactiv Power Pack 20, a 20,000 mAh battery pack that features a USB-C port and built-in water resistance.

The Lifeactiv Power Pack 20 includes two 10,000mAh batteries inside, and with the USB-C port, it can charge Apple's USB-C MacBooks, iPad Pro models, and iPhones with a USB-C to Lightning cable.


According to LifeProof, the Power Pack is waterproof in up to 6.6 feet of water for a period of one hour, drop proof up to 6.6 feet, and sealed from dirt and snow, making it an ideal battery pack for outdoor usage.

To survive a water drop and to keep it safe from liquids, the charging port door on the Lifeactiv needs to be closed before it's exposed to moisture.

The 20,000mAh Lifeactiv Power Pack 20 from LifeProof is available for purchase today for $99 from the LifeProof website.


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