AirFly Pro Launches at Apple Stores With Receiver Mode for AUX Ports, Headphone Splitting, and More

Twelve South today announced that its new AirFly Pro accessory is now available to purchase at Apple.com and select Apple Stores.

AirFly Pro

Like the classic AirFly, the Pro version allows Bluetooth headphones like AirPods or Beats to work with 3.5mm headphone jacks. For example, on an airplane, you can plug the AirFly dongle into the headphone jack, pair AirPods with the AirFly via Bluetooth, and then listen to the in-flight entertainment system wirelessly.

AirFly is also ideal for treadmills with headphone jacks for listening to a TV at a gym, and it is also compatible with the Nintendo Switch.

What sets the AirFly Pro apart from the classic version is that it can turn any AUX port into a wireless audio receiver, useful for sending audio from an iPhone to a rental car, boat, or speaker without Bluetooth. AirFly Pro can also be paired with multiple Bluetooth headphones for shared listening.

AirFly Pro has a built-in battery that is rated to last 16+ hours and recharges via USB-C. The dongle is available for $54.95 on Apple.com.


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Twelve South Debuts New Journal Case for iPad Pro

Twelve South today announced the all-new Journal for iPad Pro, a new leather case made specifically for the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.


Journal for iPad Pro includes a built-in shell that holds the tablet, and includes a storage space for the Apple Pencil. There's also an interior pocket to hold a compact Bluetooth keyboard or paper documents.

The new case matches existing Journal accessories from Twelve South, like the Journal for MacBook, Journal for iPhone, and the Journal CaddySack. The new iPad Pro version includes a full zippered edge to fully secure the tablet when it's inside the case.


Journal for iPad Pro is priced at $99.99 for the 11-inch model and $119.99 for the 12.9-inch model. It's available to purchase today on TwelveSouth.com.

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Review: Twelve South’s USB-C StayGo Hub Offers Plenty of Ports and Two Handy Cable Sizes

Twelve South recently launched the StayGo, a portable USB-C hub that's designed to add additional ports to USB-C MacBooks and MacBook Pros. There are a lot of hubs out there on the market, but Twelve South is known for its high-quality Apple accessories, so I thought I'd take a closer look at the StayGo.

Design wise, the StayGo offers a simple but attractive design that's slim, portable, and easy to carry so it can go wherever you need it, but it's not quite as slim as some other USB-C hubs on the market.


The StayGo is made from a black aluminum material with a dot design on the front, and it measures in at about five inches by 2.5 inches and it's half an inch thick. There are four little rubber feet at the bottom so that it's stable and won't move when on a flat surface, and on the whole it's about as attractive as you can expect a USB hub to be.


The rectangular shape of the StayGo houses multiple ports and a short built-in USB-C to USB-C cable so that you're never without a cord to use the StayGo with a Mac notebook. There's also a longer USB-C to USB-C cord included for when you need to position it further away from your Mac.


The longer USB-C to USB-C cable is meant to provide users with a way to tidy up the cables on their desks while also providing additional ports, which it does successfully. The idea is to set it up away from where the Mac is, hiding most of the mess of the cords for a tidier workspace.


The built-in cable is a unique feature that other USB-C hubs don't include, and I appreciated always having a USB-C to USB-C cable on hand. The cable comes all the way out of the StayGo using a little button on the cable that you can push up to expose it.


There's a single USB-C port at the top of the StayGo next to the built-in cable, which can plug into a power source and supports passthrough charging up to 85W, enough to charge a 15-inch MacBook Pro using the power adapter that comes with your Mac if needed (a power adapter is not included). From an external power source, the hub supports up to 100W of power.


A second USB-C port on the side connects the StayGo to the MacBook Pro, and then there's a Gigabit Ethernet Port, a 4K HDMI port that can support a 4K display at 30Hz, three USB-A ports that provide power and support transfer speeds up to 5Gb/s. Two of the three ports offer 900mA power, while the third is a BC 1.2 port that supports up to 7.5W.


At the bottom, there's an SD card slot and a micro SD card slot that work with the cards used in cameras, drones, and other devices. In testing, all of the ports on the StayGo worked as expected, and file transfer speeds were about as promised, though I did not test the HDMI port because I don't have a 4K monitor.


It's worth noting that if you use a 4K display, the StayGo does not support 4K at 60Hz, plus it doesn't work with the faster UHS-II SD card specification, and it doesn't support faster USB 3.1 Gen 2 transfer speeds, so it may not be the best choice if you're looking for maximum performance. It is, however, a good all around hub for day-to-day usage when tops speeds aren't a priority or if you're not dealing with huge file sizes or a ton of file transfers.

Bottom Line


Twelve South's StayGo is more expensive than some other hubs on the market, but it has a greater number of available ports (most don't offer three USB-A ports), more port variety (Ethernet ports are rare), and it's flexible when it comes to usage because of the two cord lengths.


If you're looking for a USB-C hub that's going to be reliable and that takes up minimal space, the StayGo is worth checking out. The StayGo isn't going to offer the speeds and versatility you're going to get with a Thunderbolt 3 hub, of course, but it's much more affordable than Thunderbolt 3 docks if you don't need the TB3 connectivity.

How to Buy


The StayGo from Twelve South can be purchased from the Twelve South website for $99.99.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Twelve South. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Twelve South provided MacRumors with a StayGo for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.


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Twelve South Launches AirSnap Case for AirPods in New Twill Fabric

Twelve South today launched a new version of its existing AirSnap case for AirPods, now available in a twill fabric option.


AirSnap Twill for AirPods comes in Smoke Gray or Fog Gray and fits any version of Apple's AirPods charging case. The new case comes with a clip to attach your AirPods to a bag, and Twelve South said the twill fabric guards against scratches on the AirPods case.

The case has a snap enclosure to ensure the AirPods stay inside, and when opened it gives a glimpse of the AirPods charging light. AirSnap Twill supports both Lightning charging thanks to access to the AirPods Lightning port, as well as Qi wireless charging.


AirSnap Twill is priced at $34.99 and is available today on Twelve South's website.

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MacRumors Exclusive: Get Ready for School With 15% Off Twelve South’s Best iPhone and Mac Accessories

MacRumors readers have a chance to save some money on a collection of Twelve South products this month, all of which should help prepare students who are going back to school soon. The sale includes accessories like the BookBook vol. 2 for MacBook, SurfacePad, BookBook CaddySack, ParcSlope, and HiRise Duet.

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You can get 15 percent off these items by heading to TwelveSouth.com, adding any to your cart, and then entering the coupon code 12SchoolDays at checkout. You can check out more information on each product below, and note that the exclusive coupon code will expire on August 11 at 11:59 pm. ET.

SurfacePad




Promo Price: $17.99 - $84.99, down from $19.99 - $99.99
Compatible Products: iPhone 6 to recent, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro
Description: Twelve South's case provides protection to the back and front of your iPhone or iPad thanks to a durable front-flip cover design, making it ideal for students who tend to toss their Apple devices into crowded backpacks. Some models include slots for credit cards and IDs.

BookBook CaddySack



Promo Price: $51, down from $59.99
Compatible Products: Apple's cables, dongles, and chargers; Apple Pencil; Apple Watch bands
Description: The CaddySack case carries all of your Apple-related adapters and cables in your backpack, with velco straps, elastic bands, and a pouch to keep everything tidy and organized.

ParcSlope



Promo Price: $51, down from $59.99
Colors: Black and Silver
Compatible Products: MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro; 12.9-inch iPad Pro
Description: The ParcSlope provides the perfect angle for elevating your MacBook to a more comfortable height, while keeping your keyboard within reach for long note-taking sessions. Similarly, artists can use the stand to get a nice drawing angle on their iPad Pro.

BookBook Vol. 2 for MacBook



Promo Price: $68 - $85, down from $79.99 - $99.99
Colors: Brown and Rutledge
Compatible Products: MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro
Description: With six-sided protection, an interior hidden document for school papers, and versatility to use as a case or sleeve, Twelve South's new BookBook Vol. 2 for MacBook is an ideal case companion for Apple's MacBook.

HiRise Duet



Promo Price: $85, down from $99.99
Compatible Products: iPhone and Apple Watch
Description: The HiRise Duet is a combo Apple Watch and iPhone charger that's perfect for small spaces like dorm rooms and cluttered desks.

Head over to our Deals Roundup for even more of the latest offers happening this week, and remember to use the exclusive Twelve South promo code before it expires on August 11.

Related Roundup: Apple Deals

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Twelve South Launches ‘StayGo’ USB-C Hub With Eight Ports

Twelve South today launched a new product called the "StayGo," which is a portable hub that connects to USB-C MacBooks and MacBook Pros.

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According to the company, the hub restores all eight legacy ports and connections to modern Mac notebooks. This includes: three USB-A ports (USB 3.0), one 4K HDMI port, one Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB-C ports (one for power input and one for connecting to the computer), and independent SD and Micro-SD card ports.


The StayGo comes with a 1-meter cable that is long enough to hide the accessory and its connected cables out of sight when you're working at home. The company is pitching the new device as a combination home and travel companion, which means that it also includes a 6-inch travel cord (seen below on the right) that stores inside the hub.


StayGo is available for $99.99 on TwelveSouth.com and at Amazon.


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Review: Twelve South’s New ‘HiRise Wireless’ Converts From Stand to Mat for Charging iPhone and AirPods

Twelve South today announced its latest HiRise accessory, called the "HiRise Wireless," and it's available to purchase now on Twelve South's website. The new accessory is a multi-purpose wireless charging stand with two distinct positions: you can charge your iPhone upright in a traditional stand position, or pop out the Qi-certified Power Disc for a miniature device that's perfectly sized to charge AirPods, or to bring with you when you travel.


The Power Disc is also USB-C compatible, so that when you bring it on a trip you can leave the included power cord at home and use the USB-C cable that comes with the latest MacBook and iPad Pro models to charge your iPhone or AirPods on the mat. Twelve South built the accessory with size in mind, ensuring that it has a small footprint in both charging positions: the main base of the accessory measures 3.5 inches across all sides, while the Power Disc is an oval that measures 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches.

Design


I've had a chance to use the new HiRise Wireless stand over the course of the past week, and it's quickly replaced the previous Choetech wireless charging stand I had next to my iMac. The design of the accessory matches the quality of Twelve South's previous HiRise products, with a soft-touch leather padding that looks nice alongside the device's chrome detailing.


The HiRise Wireless is reliably sturdy, and there's a small bump on the base to keep your iPhone upright when it's charging. The stand has a nice heft to it, which helps ensure that it won't budge when you interact with it; a rubberized coating under the stand aids this as well. There's also very little setup, since all you have to do is remove the Power Disc, pass the USB-A to USB-C cable through the oval opening, plug it into the Power Disc, and replace the Qi mat into its slot.

To remove the Power Disc, you simply apply a small amount of pressure to the back of the raised portion of the stand, and the Power Disc pops off with ease. It also remains in place with a firm grip when it's vertical, and I haven't seen the Power Disc fall off or move when I didn't want it to in my testing. After interacting with the accessory for a few days, the black leather and chrome areas do attract smudges and dust easily, but it's also just as simple to wipe clean once in a while.


The accessory's quality design extends to the Power Disc itself, which has a soft leather coating that won't scratch the back of your iPhone if you don't use a case, and a rubberized lining on its back to help make it a bit more stable. There's a small LED on the back to let you know if your device is charging, finished charging, or if there's a foreign object on the mat. Besides a HiRise logo on the back, a Twelve South logo on the front, and the USB-C port, the Power Disc is otherwise a plain and unobtrusive smaller-than-palm-size Qi mat.

Performance


In normal daily use, I've found the HiRise Wireless to perform at the same level of other 10W wireless charging mats. This means the stand provides a solid trickle charge to your iPhone and is perfect for overnight charging. I use Apple's Smart Battery Case on my iPhone X, and for the past few nights the HiRise Wireless has managed to fuel up my iPhone X from around 50 percent to 100 percent, and fully charge the Smart Battery Case.


The accessory works with most iPhone cases, similar to every other Qi mat, so you don't have to worry about taking off your silicone or leather cases to use the HiRise Wireless. With a Smart Battery Case extending my iPhone X's lifecycle I don't necessarily need a wireless stand on my desk when I work, but I prefer to have one since it provides super convenient at-a-glance notification readouts. Because of this, HiRise Wireless was perfect as a desktop companion to my iMac and iPad setup.


The accessory transitions seamlessly into a horizontal charging mat with the Power Disc removal, but there can be some awkward moments where you have to move your iPhone around a bit to find the Qi hotspot. Of course, your iPhone won't be as snug as it is on the full vertical stand, and a good portion of it will be hanging off the Power Disc. I wasn't worried about damaging my iPhone X, but it should be noted that anyone who prefers full-length horizontal mats will likely be disappointed with the tiny Power Disc.

On the other hand, if you plan to use the Power Disc for AirPods charging there are very little downsides. The oval Qi mat is a perfect match with Apple's 2019 AirPods update, which include the Wireless Charging Case. I leave my AirPods charging on a Qi mat in my kitchen so that they're easy to grab as I head out the door, and for the past week I've used the HiRise Wireless in only its Power Disc mode more than anything.


The small device blends perfectly into my kitchen's dark countertops, and it's so inconspicuous that it's easier to miss when compared to full-sized mats, like the Belkin accessory I was previously using to charge my AirPods. With the small design of the wireless earphones, there's also no problem with finding the Qi hotspot on the Power Disc, and I found the charging as reliable as it was for my iPhone X and Smart Battery Case.

Bottom Line


There's a lot of functionality to Twelve South's new HiRise Wireless stand that makes it easy to recommend, but you'll be paying a premium price of $79.99 for the new product. While this is around the same price as Twelve South's other Qi mat (the PowerPic), it exceeds the cost of low-to-average priced mats, which can be as cheap as $10, and still dependable thanks to companies like Anker.


But, if you're looking for a wireless charging mat with utility, you can get your money's worth out of the HiRise Wireless. The accessory offers solid iPhone and AirPods charging speeds in both horizontal and vertical positions, and the quality of its craftsmanship and small footprint make it an ideal desktop charging mat.

How to Buy


You can purchase the HiRise Wireless on TwelveSouth.com for $79.99 starting today.

Note: Twelve South provided MacRumors with one HiRise Wireless stand for the purposes of this review, and no other compensation was received. MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Twelve South. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.


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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a BookBook for iPad Pro, an AirFly and CableSnaps from Twelve South

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Twelve South to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a prize pack that includes a BookBook vol. 2 for iPad Pro, an AirFly, and a set of CableSnaps.

The BookBook vol. 2, priced starting at $89, is Twelve South's newest addition to its popular BookBook lineup. The BookBook vol. 2 is designed for the 2018 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.


Like other BookBook cases, it's handmade from leather and is designed to look like a classic book. A built-in shell holds the iPad in place, and when the book-like case is opened up, the cover serves as a display stand or a wedge for typing and sketching.


The BookBook vol. 2 features a holder for the Apple Pencil so it doesn't get lost, and there's a camera cutout for the rear camera at the back so you can still take photos.


An interior pocket holds documents or a slim keyboard, and the hardback covers and the spine make sure your iPad is protected when it's zipped shut.


Along with the BookBook, the Twelve South prize pack also includes the AirFly, designed to work with the AirPods, Powerbeats Pro, or other Bluetooth headphones. The AirFly is an adapter accessory that lets you use your Bluetooth headphones with a wired headphone jack.


This is useful in situations where there are no Bluetooth connectivity options, such as on airplanes or when using gym equipment. In-flight entertainment systems, for example, often require wired headphones to hear sound, but with the AirFly, you can plug it into the jack and then connect to your headphones.


The AirFly, priced at $40, is similar in size to the AirPods, and it comes with a travel pouch for portability. It uses a built-in battery that lasts for approximately eight hours before you need to recharge it.


The last item in the Twelve South prize pack is a set of $20 CableSnaps, designed to keep your cords organized. CableSnaps come in a set of three and are sized for different cables and use cases.


Made from leather in black, teal, or cognac, the large CableSnap is ideal for wrangling a USB-C charging cable, while the smaller versions are perfect for Lighting cables or earbuds that have a cord.

Each CableSnap is a strip of leather with a metal snap that keeps everything tight and secured. A cable loop is included so it can stay attached to your cords with a cable loop.


We have three prize packs from Twelve South to give away. Winners will be able to choose a BookBook in their preferred size, CableSnaps in their preferred color, and will receive an AirFly. To enter to win our giveaway, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

Twelve South Giveaway

The contest will run from today (June 14) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on June 21. The winners will be chosen randomly on June 21 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.


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Twelve South Launches New BookBook Volume 2 for 2018 iPad Pro Models

Twelve South today announced a new version of its iconic BookBook case for iPad, which has been designed for Apple's latest 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.

BookBook Volume 2, like other iPad BookBooks, is a handmade leather case that's been designed to look like a classic book.


There's a built-in shell that holds your iPad Pro in place, and when opened up, the leather case serves as a display stand when the inner shell is lifted up or, when the cover is folded back, a wedge for typing and sketching.


Inside, there's a spot where you can hold your Apple Pencil so it doesn't get lost, and there's a camera cutout for the rear camera at the back, which is new to the BookBook.


An interior pocket lets you hold documents or a slim Bluetooth keyboard, and the hardback covers and the spine offer all-around protection when the case is zipped shut.


There are dual zippers so you can keep the case closed while leaving room for the USB-C cable for charging purposes, and the aforementioned display mode is ideal if you want to use it with an add-on keyboard.


You can get the new BookBook Volume 2 from the Twelve South website, with the 11-inch version priced at $89 and the 12.9-inch version priced at $99.


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Twelve South Updates BookArc With Compatibility for 2018 MacBook Air

Twelve South this week announced a new update to its BookArc accessory, which now fits the MacBook Air with Retina Display that launched in October 2018.


The aluminum stand also includes inserts to fit a wide range of other Apple notebooks. These include the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro (USB-C), the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Air with Retina Display, and the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

Otherwise, the new BookArc looks and performs similarly to previous models, providing a place to rest your MacBook while you tether it to an external display for a more comfortable workflow. BookArc can also be used to charge and display a MacBook. Twelve South shared a video about the origins of BookArc, which was the company's first product.


The updated BookArc is available on Twelve South's website for $49.99, and will launch in retail soon. Existing BookArc owners can buy just the insert for the MacBook Air with Retina Display for $9.99.

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