MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Copy of WALTR for Mac

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Softorino to offer 15 MacRumors readers a chance to win a copy of WALTR for Mac. WALTR is designed to make it easy to upload any music or video file to an iOS device.

With WALTR, you can drag and drop a wide variety of media files onto your iPhone or iPad, and they’ll be automatically added to the appropriate native Music or Video app on the device. Supported file types include MP4, AVI, CUE, WMA, M4R, AAC, M4V, M4A, FLAC, ALAC, MKV, LV, M2TS, TS, DV, MPG, MPEG, MPE, WEBM, MB4, AIFF, WAV, OGG, WV, TTA, and DFF.

Transferring a file is as simple as plugging an iPhone or iPad into your Mac or PC, turning off iTunes, and dragging any media file onto the Mac app. From there, the file is converted and uploaded to your device within minutes.

WALTR is normally priced at $29.99. 15 MacRumors readers will get WALTR for free through our giveaway. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prizes.

You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveawayThe contest will run from today (January 29) at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on February 5. The winners will be chosen randomly on February 5 and will be contacted by email. The winners have 48 hours to respond a before new winners are chosen.

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Tech Roll From Intrepid Bag Co

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve once again teamed up with Intrepid Bag Co, a store that sells hand-crafted high-quality leather bags and accessories. We’ve given away Intrepid Bag Co messenger bags in the past, but this week we have something a bit different – the Intrepid Leather Tech Roll.

The Tech Roll is designed to wrangle and store all of your cords and small Apple-related accessories like hard drives, battery packs, power adapters, and more. It lays flat to let you add all of your items, and then rolls up for easy travel. Cords stored in the Tech Roll don’t need to be removed to charge devices – each pocket has a pull-through plug opening for charging in place.

Like all Intrepid Bag Co products, the Tech Roll is made from a quality mahogany leather with canvas interior pockets. There are three cord pockets with 6 leather loops for holding cords in place, a bigger flap pocket for holding something like a battery pack, and a zippered pouch for other small accessories. Two wrap around straps keep the Tech Roll closed when not in use.

Intrepid Bag Co sells the Tech Roll on its website for $129, but one lucky MacRumors reader will get one through our giveaway. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize.

You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveawayThe contest will run from today (January 22) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on January 29. The winner will be chosen randomly on January 29 and will be contacted by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen. The prize will be shipped to the winner for free.

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win an Automatic Adapter or Get a 20% Discount

Automatic has partnered with us for our next giveaway, graciously offering one Automatic Adapter that provides information about your car's status and performance and your driving habits via a companion app. The Automatic adapter was first announced in early 2013 with recent updates last year bringing a second-generation adapter with additional functionality and the release of an SDK and App Gallery to allow other apps to use data gathered by the adapter. The Automatic Adapter retails for $99.95

The Automatic Adapter connects to a car via its ODB-II diagnostic port, which is found on most newer cars sold in the US since 1996 (Automatic offers a car compatibility checker on its site). The Adapter gathers information on mileage, gas consumption, and driving performance by analyzing braking and acceleration. It can also check engine warning codes and provide information on what's wrong. If a collision is detected through the Adapter’s accelerometer, a Crash Alert is triggered and emergency services can be contacted automatically via the paired smartphone (this feature is available in the US only).

In addition to its own free companion iPhone app [Direct Link] (an Android app is also available), the Automatic Adapter can share its information with other apps in its App Gallery, which includes apps that track mileage for business expense purposes to smart home and fitness applications. For example, a Nest smart thermostat can be triggered to adjust the temperature at home based on your car’s location so it automatically warms or cools as you leave or arrive.

To enter to win the Automatic Adapter, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter your email address. Your email address will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and coordinate the delivery of the Adapter. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

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This contest will run from today (January 15) at 12:00 pm Pacific time through 12:00 pm Pacific time on January 22. The winner will be chosen randomly on January 22 and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address. The prize will be shipped to the winner for free.

Automatic is also offering a discount code to MacRumors readers that will take 20% off all purchases made at the company’s online store. MacRumors readers can enter code macrumors20 at checkout to receive the discount.

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Canvas Smart Desk for iPad Pro From iSkelter

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with iSkelter to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win one of four Canvas Smart Desks we’re giving away for Apple’s newest tablet, the iPad Pro. For those of you unfamiliar with iSkelter, it’s a company that hand makes wood desks, lap desks, stands, and other accessories for Apple products.

We’ve featured their products in the past, including the SlatePro Tech Desk, which is custom designed with built-in docks and cutouts to accommodate Apple devices. iSkelter’s newest product is a set of lap desks for the iPad Pro, the Canvas Creator and the Canvas Pro.

Both the Canvas Creator and the Canvas Pro have a felt-lined cutout that’s sized to the iPad Pro, but it will accommodate smaller devices. I have one of these on-hand and it’s usable with the iPad Pro and earlier iPads, but not the Retina MacBook Pro. Placed flat, the iPad Pro fits neatly into the Canvas Smart Desks, laying flat for sketching with the Apple Pencil, reading, or playing games.

Its sizing also accommodates the Apple Smart Keyboard, providing a stable, comfortable surface for typing when sitting on the couch or for watching videos with the iPad Pro propped up using the keyboard’s cover. For video watching, there’s also a cutout at the back of the Canvas where the iPad Pro can be positioned upright.

This cutout also accommodates other devices like an iPhone 6s or an iPad Air 2, so it’s a handy way to be able to do work on the iPad Pro while watching videos or browsing the web on a secondary iPad or iPhone, which is my preferred use case. I’ve been using it on the couch while watching television – I can draw or browse the web while still keeping an eye on Twitter and Slack on my iPhone.

Though made of wood, the Canvas is light weight, but given its large size, it’s not compact or particularly portable. It’s best for home use rather than travel. Along with the cutout for an additional device, there’s a slot specifically for the Apple Pencil on the Canvas Creator. On the Canvas Pro, there’s a cutout for an additional iPad, another cutout for an iPhone, and a space that can hold a cup or other accessory.

The extra space on the Canvas Pro is the main difference between the two lap desks – it’s a good bit larger than the Canvas Creator. iSkelter is selling its Canvas Smart Desks for $68 on its website, but four MacRumors readers can win one through our giveaway, with the option to choose either the smaller Canvas Creator with Apple Pencil cutout or the larger Canvas Pro with extra flat space.

To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize.

You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveawayThe contest will run from today (December 18) at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on December 25. The winners will be chosen randomly on December 25 and will be contacted by email. The winners have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen. The prizes will be shipped to the winners for free.

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a PowerLine Lightning Cable and PowerCore+ External Battery from Anker

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Anker. For those of you unfamiliar with Anker, the company has a lot of fans on the MacRumors forums and across the Internet (check out their Facebook page) thanks to its wide range of inexpensive, quality products. For our giveaway, Anker is providing 20 MacRumors readers with its new super durable 3-ft PowerLine Lightning cables paired with a 3,350 mAh PowerCore+ mini external battery.

Anker’s PowerLine Lightning cables are designed to be ultra durable, built with bulletproof Kevlar fiber with reinforced stress points to hold up to daily abuse. Unlike Apple’s cables, Anker’s aren’t going to tear, fray, or otherwise break. Anker says these have a 5000+ bend lifespan, making them more durable than other cables on the market.

The PowerLine cable uses dual-layer sheathing with an inner layer of braided copper that’s thicker than what’s used in OEM cables to reduce cable resistance. According to Anker, its cable offers the fastest possible charge and sync speeds with any USB charger. The Anker PowerLine cable comes in 3-foot lengths for $9.99 and 6-foot lengths for $14.99, with both available in multiple colors.

Anker’s also giving away its classic tube-shaped PowerCore+ mini, a portable 3,350 mAh battery with enough power to charge up the iPhone 6s to full and add quite a bit of extra juice to the iPhone 6s Plus. Anker’s PowerCore+ mini is available for $9.99. Along with these two products, Anker sells a whole slew of useful accessories for charging Macs and iOS devices that are worth checking out on Amazon.

20 MacRumors readers will be able to win a 3-ft PowerLine Lightning cable and a PowerCore+ mini from Anker. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize.

You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveawayThe contest will run from today (December 11) at 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time through 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time on December 18. The winners will be chosen randomly on December 18 and will be contacted by email. The winners have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen. The prizes will be shipped to the winners for free.

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Review: SwitchEasy’s CoverBuddy Protects Your iPad Pro and Holds an Apple Pencil (Plus Giveaway)

Apple offers protection for the iPad Pro in the form of a Smart Cover and a Silicone Case for the back of the device, but Apple’s products are priced rather high at $59 and $79 respectively, for a total price of $138 for complete iPad Pro coverage.

Luckily, third-party manufacturers have already started coming out with some clever cases and covers for the iPad Pro, and one of the first available rear shells comes from popular accessory maker SwitchEasy. The iPad Pro CoverBuddy is SwitchEasy’s first product for Apple’s tablet, and it’s designed to work alongside Apple’s own Smart Cover and Smart Keyboard.

SwitchEasy funded the iPad Pro CoverBuddy through Indiegogo, but now it’s ready to ship out to customers. While the Indiegogo campaign was still ongoing, SwitchEasy sent me a prototype CoverBuddy to check out, which I’ve been using for the last week.

Made of a thin but rigid polycarbonate, the CoverBuddy snaps onto the back of the iPad Pro. Since it’s only 1.5mm thick, it adds very little additional weight and bulk. The polycarbonate of the CoverBuddy is textured and it’s super grippy. The grip on the CoverBuddy is probably my favorite aspect of the case because it makes the unwieldy iPad Pro a lot easier to hold on to.

CoverBuddy’s polycarbonate material isn’t going to protect the iPad Pro from serious damage, but it feels sturdy enough to protect it from the scratches, dings, and minor drops that occur from day-to-day use and travel.

The CoverBuddy leaves all of the ports and the rear camera accessible with precise cutouts, and it has a Lightning port cutout that’s able to accommodate the Apple Pencil for charging purposes. On the back, there’s a removable plastic Apple Pencil holder, which is actually quite versatile.

It keeps the Apple Pencil in place on the back of the iPad Pro so it doesn’t get lost, and when used on a desk or a lap, it props the iPad Pro up at a slight angle that’s ideal for drawing or playing games. SwitchEasy’s calling this „Sketch Board“ mode, and I found it to be useful for writing and sketching.

It’s fairly easy to get the Apple Pencil in and out of the built-in holder to use it because it’s open at the middle. A quick slide with a finger is enough to remove it, and putting it back is as easy as sticking it into the holder.

When an Apple Pencil isn’t in use, the Pencil holder snaps off of the back of the CoverBuddy and can be replaced with a thin strip of plastic that covers the holder. The holder itself can be used on a standalone basis to keep the Apple Pencil safe in a bag, but it’s not the most elegant solution when not attached to the case.

Having an additional piece of plastic that covers the Apple Pencil cutout area is a bit of an imperfect solution because it’s easy to misplace or lose. I’m fairly well organized, but I still have a tendency to misplace the odds and ends that accessories sometimes ship with. I also had some trouble getting the plastic cover to stay in place, but SwitchEasy has told me small manufacturing issues like this will be ironed out with the final release of the CoverBuddy.

Along with leaving the ports uncovered, the CoverBuddy also has an opening on the left side that’s designed to work with the iPad Pro Smart Cover or the Smart Keyboard. The cutout is sized perfectly for the Smart Keyboard that I have, and the CoverBuddy worked well alongside it. The CoverBuddy doesn’t get in the way of the keyboard and it keeps the Apple Pencil out of the way at the top.

The CoverBuddy is designed to stay on the iPad Pro at all times, but it’s easy enough to take it off if you want to use the iPad Pro sans case. It snaps off at the corners and takes only a couple seconds to remove. Given the rigidity of the material I worry that it could crack from the force of removing it, but that didn’t happen during the time that I tested it.

I tested an opaque white version of the CoverBuddy designed to match the white Apple Smart Cover, but it also comes in translucent black to match the charcoal Smart Cover and the charcoal Smart Keyboard and a clear translucent color that’s perfect for the gold iPad Pro.

Bottom Line

SwitchEasy’s CoverBuddy isn’t quite as premium as Apple’s own Silicone Case for the iPad Pro, but it offers full rear protection for the tablet in a slim form factor that preserves its thin design. At $39, the CoverBuddy is reasonably priced and it works well with existing Apple accessories.

The add-on Apple Pencil holder is useful because it keeps the $99 accessory close at hand and it provides a comfortable drawing angle when used in a lap or on a desk. I do wish SwitchEasy produced a version without the Apple Pencil holder for those totally uninterested in it, but the existing CoverBuddy is convertible and suitable for use with or without an Apple Pencil.

If you’re looking for a rear shell solution that’s more affordable than what Apple offers, the CoverBuddy is definitely worth checking out.

It’s worth noting the CoverBuddy is a product that’s been around for awhile, so it’s not something that’s untried and untested. SwitchEasy has been making CoverBuddy cases for Apple’s iPad lineup for some time, and it’s received largely positive reviews from media outlets and buyers.

How to Buy

The CoverBuddy for iPad Pro can be pre-ordered from the SwitchEasy website for $39.99. Orders are expected to ship on December 14.

Giveaway

We’ve also teamed up with SwitchEasy to give away six of the iPad Pro CoverBuddy cases to MacRumors readers. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize.

You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

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The contest will run from today (December 10) at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on December 17. The winners will be chosen randomly on December 17 and will be contacted by email. The winners have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen. The prizes will be shipped to the winners for free.

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Pad & Quill Apple Watch Band or iPhone Case

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve partnered again with Pad & Quill, the maker of premium MacBook, iPhone, and iPad cases and other accessories. Pad & Quill is kindly offering prizes from its lines of leather watch bands and iPhone cases to the lucky winners.

Pad & Quill’s Lowry line of leather watch bands come in a cuff style and a standard band style. The Lowry Cuff is sized specifically for 42mm Apple Watch models while the Lowry Band is available for both 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch models. They’re all made of full-grain vegetable tanned leather and feature nickel-finished hardware and 25-year leather warranties. The Cuff retails for $129.95 and the Band is $109.95.

The company’s Classic Band, which Contributing Editor Mitchel Broussard found to be durable and professional-looking, is available for both 38mm and 42mm watch models in several colors with the choice between stainless steel and polished black for the metal hardware. The Classic Band retails for $99.95.

Pad & Quill makes several iPhone cases in various styles, including the wood-framed leather portfolio style Luxury Book for iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus, which costs $109.95, and the leather Bella Vida wallet case, which costs $74.95.

Four winners will be chosen. The first two winners can choose one Lowry Cuff or Band or Classic Band in the size and color of their choice. The second two winners can choose any one iPhone case from Pad & Quill’s entire case line-up.

To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter your email address. Your email address will not be given to any third party and will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

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This contest will run from today (November 20) at 12:00 pm Pacific time through 12:00 pm Pacific time on November 27. The winners will be chosen randomly on November 30 and will be contacted by email. The winners have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address. The prizes will be shipped to the winners for free.

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Fireproof 2TB Solo G3 Hard Drive From ioSafe

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with ioSafe to give away one of their Solo G3 fireproof, waterproof external hard drives. The ioSafe Solo G3 is a rugged, heavy external hard drive that’s made to hold up against disaster and look nice on a desk.

The Solo G3 is not a small hard drive, measuring in at 7.1 x 5 x 11 inches and weighing 15 pounds, but that’s because of all of the equipment inside, which will keep a hard drive intact in the event of a house fire to save precious documents, photos, and more, making it an ideal in-home backup solution.

It will protect data from loss for up to a half hour in a fire that’s up to 1550 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also waterproof at up to 10 feet for 72 hours, so it’s going to stay safe in wet conditions, too. All of ioSafe’s hard drives ship with a year of data recovery service – if there’s a fire or other damage to the Solo G3, ship the hard drive back to ioSafe and they’ll pay to recover your data.

This isn’t the first time we’ve partnered with ioSafe. Earlier this year, they invited MacRumors to Seattle where we set one of the ioSafe Solo G3 hard drives on fire and then doused it in water. In the video below, you can see the hard drive inside the enclosure came out fully unscathed and kept our data safe. A non fireproof hard drive we burned alongside the Solo G3 was charred to a crisp.

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The ioSafe Solo G3 comes in several capacities and can be purchased directly from ioSafe, from the Apple Online Store, or from Amazon.com. ioSafe also sells a variety of other fireproof products for homes and businesses.

One lucky MacRumors reader will win a 2TB Solo G3 from ioSafe. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize.

You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveawayThe contest will run from today (November 6) at 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time through 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time on November 13. The winner will be chosen randomly on November 13 and will be contacted by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen. The prize will be shipped to the winner for free.

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Neo Smartpen N2 and Notebook Bundle

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Neo Smartpen to give away a Neo Smartpen N2 and a matching N Notebook, which work together to let you write on traditional paper while also transferring your notes to your iPhone or iPad to use in apps like Evernote.

The Neo Smartpen N2 and its accompanying Neo Notes app is able to sync what is written in the N Notebook to an iOS device, transcribing any written text into digital text. Made of aluminum and stainless steel, the N2 is similar in size to a traditional ballpoint pen and weighs just 22 grams, so it’s easy to transport anywhere you go.

It includes a dual-core processor that can capture more than 120 frames per second, transferring information to an iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth. Its built-in battery will work for five hours of constant usage or three days of normal usage.

The N2 Smartpen does need to be used with an N Notebook that has tiny symbols printed on it to transfer written words to an iPhone, but the company also recently introduced software that is able to print paper that can be used with the N2. Special paper is needed because the N2 has a small built-in camera that records the position and pressure of each pen stroke.

The Neo Smartpen N2 is available from Amazon for $169, but one MacRumors reader will be able to win one in today’s giveaway. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize.

You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

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