By Jim Gresham on Dec 16, 2014
Samsung called us iPhone users wall huggers in their recent commercial attacks. Sure, we charge fairly frequently, but iPhone owners just like using their device more and do it more frequently. Right? Sometimes that leads to a low battery. Even with an iPhone 6 Plus touting about 10 usage hours before depleting, I sometimes find myself in scenarios where additional charge is critical.
There are loads of battery backups on the market. Just walking into a 7-11 convenient store will reveal small stick sized charging devices for a few bucks. But, a backup is one of those you-get-what-you-pay-for experiences. Take a look inside for details on Outdoor Tech’s Kodiak Power Bank. Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 11, 2014
It’s holiday season, and whether you’re looking to get a gift or something for yourself, at a great price, you’re going to want to checkout this deal from StackSocial. For a limited time, the deal site is offering the Limefuel LP200X dual USB battery pack at a 58% discount from its normal price.
The 20,000mAh Lithium-ion battery pack features a compact design with an LCD display, built-in flashlight and two USB ports, so you can charge multiple devices at one time. Limefuel claims that when fully-juiced, the pack is capable of charging your iPad or other tablet between 2-4 times. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 7, 2014
Predix is a new jailbreak tweak that presents the time until your device’s battery is scheduled to die or fully charge. It does so by means of a heads up display in the center of the iPhone’s screen.
If you’re looking for an easy way to keep tabs on battery life, including handy predictions on charging and discharging remaining time, then you’ll want to look into this thoughtful jailbreak tweak. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2014
The latest scuttlebutt fresh out of Korea has it that Apple is considering switching to Samsung-made components for the new iPhones and Apple Watch, including iPhone 6 batteries manufactured by Samsung SDI and NAND flash manufactured by Samsung’s component making arm.
The story matches up nicely with a BusinessKorea report earlier this month which claimed Apple was considering changing its flash storage provider due to alleged issues with some 128GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 11, 2014
Developer Hamza Sood, well-known for his innate ability to uncover hidden items in iOS, has discovered another hidden feature, and created a tweak out of it. Dubbed DetailedBatteryUsage, this new tweak allows you to unlock the hidden battery usage menu that Apple uses internally during development.
Want access to hyper-verbose details on your iPhone battery usage? Have a glance inside to see what it looks like on video… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 27, 2014
Apple is using two accelerometers in both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Chipworks has discovered in its extensive teardowns of the two handsets. The first is the three-axis BMA280 accelerometer, made by Bosch, and the second is believed to be InvenSense’s six-axis MPU-6700.
Why two? Interestingly enough, Chipworks believes that Apple decided to go with two accelerometers to improve power management and overall user experience. The InvenSense is more sensitive, and can do more things, than the Bosch, but it also draws a lot more power. Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Sep 24, 2014
As is always the case every time a new iPhone is released, or a major iteration of its software pops up on Apple’s servers, the planet goes into meltdown about battery life. It’s almost as predictable as Apple’s iPhone release schedule, and it’s getting old.
I was already pondering how Apple’s newly released iOS 8 was performing for people when I read iMore’s post covering its new battery shaming feature. Rene does a great job explaining how iOS 8 monitors app usage and then plots out a percentage of the battery drain that app has caused. The reasons for that drain are plenty, and the important thing to remember is that they’re not all bad. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2014
The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus powered by the Apple-designed A8 processor leave the vast majority of Android competition in the dust in terms of CPU performance and battery life, according to a series of performance benchmarks conducted by the reputable hardware review website AnandTech.
The website’s founder Anand Lal Shimpi recently joined Apple for an undisclosed role.
Speaking of the handsets’ graphics performance, the site has found the iPhone 6 Plus performing a hair slower versus the iPhone 5s due to the increased screen resolution. It’s also approximately fifteen percent slower in GPU performance than the Nvidia Shield-based tablets. Despite this minor setback, performance gains across the board translate into “a pretty solid lead over the competition for the iPhone 6/A8,” wrote the site.
According to Apple, the A8 processor has two billion transistors, twice as much as the previous A7 chip. The piece of silicon incorporates twenty percent faster CPU and a cool fifty percent faster graphics while enabling up to 50 percent more energy efficiency than its A7 counterpart, as per Apple’s official numbers. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2014
Galaxy maker Samsung on Thursday published a series of advertisements on its YouTube channel. The commercials have been designed to ridicule Apple’s latest announcements.
The six-installment series, which Samsung is running under the ‘Note The Difference’ tagline, targets pretty much everything, from Apple’s botched live stream to the iPhone 6’s screen size, multitasking and battery life to — funny you should ask — the star of the show: the Apple Watch.
I’ve included the videos for your viewing pleasure right after the break so watch them now and join us in comments. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 10, 2014
The Apple Watch, when it starts shipping next year, will require daily charging, suggesting the device’s built-in battery lasts about 24 hours, Re/code journalist John Paczkowski said Wednesday. Apple is reportedly ”not happy“ with the battery life and is working to improve it before the product’s early-2015 debut.
Regardless, Apple still expects users will charge their Apple Watches once daily. At no point during the yesterday’s unveiling did Apple specify or mention how long the device’s battery will last.
Even Apple’s promotional images don’t appear to show the battery indicator on the device’s Home screen. Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2014
One of the big features many users were hoping to see in iPhone 6 was better battery life, and in some ways they got it. The iPhone 6 outlasts the iPhone 5s by 10 hours playing audio, one hour playing video and Wi-Fi browsing, and it performs much better over 3G. For the most part, however, everything else is the same. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 7, 2014
The prolific leakers over at the French blog NowhereElse.fr [Google Translate] on Sunday have managed to get hold of a short video which purportedly shows off a 2,915mAh battery said to be bound for a 5.5-inch iPhone 6.
In the past week or so, we’ve been treated to several sightings of 1,810mAh, 2,100mAh and 2,915mAh batteries for the upcoming Apple handsets.
This, however, marks the first time the part’s been captured on video.
Compared to the ~1,560mAh unit inside the iPhone 5s, this alleged iPhone 6 battery is twice as strong. Whether the added juice is only meant to power the iPhone 6’s power-hungry 5.5-inch screen alongside new sensors and an NFC chip for mobile payments, or perhaps extend the handset’s total run time, shall remain anyone’s guess until next Tuesday, 10am PT. Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 5, 2014
The Information is out with a new scoop this afternoon, offering up some last-minute details on the so-called iWatch. Most of the report corroborates previous chatter, regarding what the device will look like and do, but it does bring a new topic to light: battery life.
According to the site’s Jessica Lessin, people with knowledge of the project have set low expectations for the iWatch’s battery life. These sources say that the uptime on the wearable will be “disappointing,” although Lessin does say that Apple could be sandbagging. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2014
We’ve already seen alleged 1,810mAh, 2,100mAh, and 2,915mAh batteries bound for Apple’s upcoming handsets and now the strongest 2,915mAh module has been showed off on a set of new photos posted Tuesday morning by the French publication NowhereElse.fr [Google Translate].
Featuring a capacity of 2,915mAh versus the iPhone 5s’s 1,560mAh package, this prototype battery should theoretically allow the iPhone 6 to last longer on a single charge and get your through the day without recharging.
On the other hand, it’s entirely possible that Apple will advertise the iPhone 6 as having the same battery life as the iPhone 5s. That’s because an increase in the battery capacity could be offset by a bigger screen which draws more power. Same could be said for other rumored new components such as an NXP-made NFC chip for mobile payments, faster graphics and more. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Aug 29, 2014
Apple started rolling out its Battery Replacement Program internationally today, offering free battery replacement for a subset of iPhone 5 devices that were sold between September 2012 and January 2013. The company notes that “a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” iPhone 5 users that are experiencing these symptoms can go to a dedicated page on the company’s website to check their device’s serial number and see if they are eligible for a free battery replacement. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Aug 22, 2014
Apple initiated a new Battery Replacement Program on Friday, acknowledging a small percentage of iPhone 5 units may be having battery problems. According to Apple, affected “iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” If you purchased an iPhone 5 between September 2012 and January 2013, and if you’re experiencing these symptoms, then you might be eligible for a free battery replacement. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Aug 22, 2014
A new report shared by French publication iGen reveals more information about the two iPhone 6 models Apple is set to announce next month. Based on details obtained from a source inside Foxconn, the report sheds more light about the weight, size, camera design, and battery of models N61 and N56, code names for the 4.7 and 5.5 inch iPhones respectively. Read More
By Lory Gil on Aug 19, 2014
Some days, my iPhone 5 works all day with very little battery drain. Other days, it seems like I’ve run out of juice after minimal usage. I’ve always wondered which activities are the biggest culprits in my battery drainage.
Normal: Battery Analytics is a diagnostics app that uses general information about your device and compares it with that of thousands of other iPhone users to help you determine which apps should be killed and which should be deleted altogether in order to spare your battery life. Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2014
Some new photos popped up online this evening, showing what are said to be components for the 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6. The claim is significant, as unlike the 4.7-inch model, we’ve seen just a handful of parts belonging to the larger handset.
Among the parts are a display panel, logic board, and perhaps more interesting, a battery. The battery runs at 4.35 volts, and has a capacity of 2,915 mAH. If legit, this would put the 5.5-inch iPhone ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S5 in terms of battery size… Read More