Apple: unexpected iPhone 6s battery shutdowns caused by a manufacturing issue

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2016

Two weeks ago, Apple issued a global battery replacement program to address a problem where some iPhone 6s handsets manufactured between September and October 2015 may unexpectedly shut down (see if your phone is eligible for a free battery via Apple’s web tool).

While the company originally did not say why these devices are shutting down when the battery indicator drops below the 30 percent mark, MacRumors points us to a message posted in a support document on Apple’s website in China which blames the problem on a manufacturing issue. Read More

 

Here is how to find out if your iPhone 6s is eligible for a free battery replacement

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

After launching a repair program two weeks ago for iPhone 6s devices experiencing unexpected shutdowns due to a faulty battery, Apple has now updated its support document with a web tool that lets you check if your iPhone 6s is eligible for a free battery, MacRumors reported Thursday. You only need to enter your device’s serial number to see if you’re eligible for a battery replacement service. Read More

 

How’s your battery life after updating your iPhone to iOS 10.1.1?

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2016

Many people are complaining about poor battery life after deploying the latest iOS 10.1.1 software update on their iPhone, which released for public consumption on October 31 and squashed bugs where Health data couldn’t be viewed for some users.

Aside from this, it seems that iOS 10.1.1 is also causing some iPhones to shut down abruptly when the battery charge falls below a certain percentage, according to a thread on Apple’s support forums that at post time had thirteen pages. Read More

 

Nomad’s new Lightning cables cross durability with function

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 23, 2016

When you decide to pick up another Lightning cable for your iPhone or iPad, you could choose to go chintzy with another OEM cable that’ll just wear out again in no time at all, or you can go with a beefier option that will have a much longer operating life.

Nomad offers an awesome lineup of MFi-certified heavy duty ballistic 1,000D nylon braided lightning cables that are reinforced with K-29 Kevlar. But what makes these different from the competition? Read More

 

Twelve South’s Fermata charging stand keeps your wireless headphones organized

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 17, 2016

With the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to predict that many people will be moving to wireless Bluetooth headphones instead of wired ones.

Twelve South’s new Fermata charging stand for wireless headphones is a great accessory to have if you’re one of those people. It’ll keep your headphones out of your way on your desk while they charge, and it looks great too! Read More

 

Anker’s power banks and solar chargers keep your devices juiced up while on the go

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 8, 2016

If you do a lot of traveling and like to stay connected with your friends and family via your smartphone or tablet, then you probably need as much battery life as you can get. Out and about, you won’t always have access to a plug in the wall, so it’s a good idea to have a backup plan for keeping your devices charged.

Anker makes some great solutions, including the PowerCore 20000 and PowerCore+ 26800 power banks, and a 21W PowerPort Solar charger so you can harness the power of the Sun. Any of these can help make mobile charging easier. Read More

 

Surenix releases Power 2, an iPhone battery life companion app for Apple Watch

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 3, 2016

Thientam Bach, better known by a large amount of the jailbreak community as Surenix for his design work on high-end themes and jailbreak tweaks, released his first app in the App Store last year called Power.

It was essentially an information-based app that showed data about your iPhone’s battery level on your Apple Watch at a glance. But because so much has changed in iOS 10 and watchOS 3, Bach has released Power 2 in the App Store on Thursday with new features and support for the latest operating systems.

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iFixit tears down the 2016 MacBook Pro base model

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 1, 2016

iFixit officially got its hands on the 2016 MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar at the top of the keyboard, and their team has already completed one of the detailed teardowns the firm is known for.

The new MacBook Pro appears to contain a lot of new tech, highlighting large advancements in Apple‘s pro notebook lineup. Read More

 

2016 MacBook Pro tech specs

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 27, 2016

Apple’s new line of MacBook Pros was finally revealed at the ‘hello again’ presentation on Thursday, October 27th, and the initial first impressions with smaller form factor, new Touch Bar, and upgraded specs are stunning.

Apple is sticking to its gun with both the 13-inch and 15-inch sizes in its lineup, and in this post, we’ll outline the spec differences between each of them for you. Read More

 

What Automatic Graphics Switching is on your MacBook Pro and how to use it

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 22, 2016

Depending on the model of MacBook Pro you have, you may be able to physically choose whether your computer uses the high power discreet graphics card for better performance or the low power integrated graphics chip for better battery life by using an option known as Automatic Graphics Switching. Read More

 

Tim Cook says Apple wants to use AI to boost iPhone battery life

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 17, 2016

Apple’s boss Tim Cook traveled around Japan on a bullet train last week as part of his whirlwind tour of the country, his first visit since becoming CEO.

Speaking to Nikkei Asian Review, Cook expressed hope that Apple Pay will help realize a cashless society and hinted that the company’s new research and development center in Yokohama, near Tokyo, would be “very different” from its Chinese R&D center as it would explore “deep engineering”.

He then said that Apple wants to use artificial intelligence to turbo charge the iPhone battery life. Read More

 

How to track your parked car even without iOS 10 or a compatible head unit

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 13, 2016

A new feature that comes baked into iOS 10 shows you where you last parked your car right in the Maps app. On the other hand, it requires you to both have the latest version of iOS installed and to have a compatible head unit in your car, either with Bluetooth or CarPlay capability.

Since not everyone has an interest in updating, nor does everyone have a compatible head unit in their car, there is an alternative way to see where you parked your car right from your iPhone. All you’re going to need is a specialized 12v iPhone charger for your car and a free App Store app. Read More

 

Battery cases for your new iPhone 7

By Cody Lee on Oct 7, 2016

Apple says the iPhone 7 gets up to two more hours of power over the iPhone 6s, and the iPhone 7 Plus gets an additional hour over its predecessor. But folks wanting true all-day battery life, or erratic all-weekend battery life, are still going to need some help.

That’s where battery cases come in. A battery case can double (or more) your iPhone’s battery life. There aren’t a ton of them available for the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus yet, but we’ve put together a list of some solid options based on price and customer feedback. Read More

 

Review: The Kanex GoPower Watch with integrated charger for juicing up your Apple Watch

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 5, 2016

A range of portable battery packs exist for juicing up your Apple Watch when you can’t get near a power outlet for a long-enough time, but not all of them have an integrated charging puck like the GoPower by Kanex does. Read More

 

Twelve South’s HiRise 2 Deluxe dock looks great with the new iPhone 7

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 29, 2016

Twelve South is at it again, making great accessories for Apple products. The company’s release of the HiRise 2 and HiRise 2 Deluxe charging docks earlier this month brought forth a redesign with new color options and improved stability for larger devices.

In this review, we’ll take a closer look at the HiRise 2 Deluxe in black, a color made to match Apple’s new black iPhone 7 & 7 Plus finish. Read More

 

Lithium Ion lets you theme your battery indicator without Winterboard

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 28, 2016

Lithium Ion is a new free jailbreak tweak that provides you with nearly limitless customization of the battery indicator in your Status Bar on any of your jailbroken devices.

With this tweak, you can choose from new colors and themes for the indicator and apply them faster than you can say “done.” Plenty of themes are included out of the box that you can pick from and then further customize with different colors depending on your current battery level, and you don’t even need Winterboard to do it. Read More

 

AdaptiveColorPower makes the charge screen indicator match your iPhone’s wallpaper

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 25, 2016

AdaptiveColorPower is a new jailbreak tweak that utilizes the dominant color of your Lock screen’s wallpaper to tint the full-screen charging indicator you see whenever you plug your iPhone into a power source. Read More

 

Tips for reducing battery drain on iOS 10

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 24, 2016

Apple’s newest firmware update for iPhone and iPad brings a slew of new features to them, but according to several users, iOS 10 also happens to be quite thirsty for battery power.

If you feel you’re not getting the battery life you should expect after upgrading your device(s), you may want to follow these tips to help increase the amount of time you can spend using them on a single charge. Read More

 

Turning on Power Reserve mode on your Apple Watch

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 24, 2016

Power Reserve mode is a feature of watchOS that let’s you conserve what’s left of your battery when you get low on juice by limiting your Apple Watch’s functionality to nothing more than a time piece.

Starting with watchOS 3, the steps to enable it has changed, so we’ll show you how it’s done. Read More

 

Bloomberg: Note 7 fires result of Samsung’s rush to beat “dull” iPhone 7 to market

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2016

After they began hearing earlier this year that the iPhone 7 would look just like the previous two models, the top brass at Samsung Electronics, including its mobile chief D.J. Koh, have made the decision to outmaneuver Apple and move up the launch of the Note 7 to early August. In hindsight, it was a risky, ill-fated move that has backfired and damaged Samsung’s brand and reputation.

In its desire to beat the “dull” iPhone 7 to market, Samsung pushed suppliers to meet tighter deadlines which caused problems with the handset’s battery, according to a report Monday from Bloomberg citing “people familiar with the matter”. Read More

 
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