Qi Wireless Charging Dock: Photo Frame Hides a Powerful Secret

I love Twelve South's products about as much as I love those from Apple. After all, Twelve South specializes in accessories for Apple gear and enthusiasts, and the company always seem to find a way to accessorize the Apple experience in a way that even Apple hasn't thought of.

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Case in point, even as Apple canceled its only internally-developed Qi-based wireless charger not too long ago, Twelve South has gone the extra mile and made one that looks like a work of art. The PowerPic ($79.99) is a photo frame, but not a digital photo frame. It is an elegant traditional 5 x 7-inch picture frame made of New Zealand pine wood, and sold in black or white. You put a traditional 5 x 7 portrait photo inside it.

But that's not all. As mentioned, it has an integrated Qi-based wireless charger behind the photo. The charger is powered by USB-C based for 10 watts of power. Some clever owners use the same photo for their iPhone Lock screen and it makes for a nice effect as the phone almost disappears into the frame, except for the small bezel. It's not cheap, but it serves a dual purpose and looks good doing so!

Pros

  • Elegant traditional 5 x 7-inch picture frame
  • New Zealand pine wood
  • Integrated Qi-based wireless charger
  • Black or white frame options
  • USB-C based for 10 watts of power

Cons

  • Pricey

Final Verdict

The PowerPic from Twelve South is the wireless charger Apple should have made.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.