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

 

iOS 10 gains convenient cellular data shortcut with a little help from 3D Touch

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 14, 2016

iOS 10 takes 3D Touch, a pressure sensing technology which debuted a year ago on the iPhone 6s, to plenty new places throughout the operating system. With 3D Touch, you can clear all notifications in one fell swoop, rename folders quickly, prioritize downloads, interact with notifications and more.

You also get useful 3D Touch shortcuts upon pressing app icons in Control Center (sadly, 3D-touching Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles does nothing).

Worse, Control Center continues to inexplicably lack a dedicated cellular data toggle. But worry not, as Apple has found a way to slip in that sought-after cellular data shortcut with a little help from 3D Touch. Read More

 

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both sport larger batteries

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 13, 2016

Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are said to sport higher-capacity internal Lithium-Ion batteries than their predecessors.

No official battery capacity specs are listed on Apple’s website, but they do say that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are supposed to get 2 and 1 additional hour(s) of battery life respectively, in what are supposed to be after effects of the new power-sipping A10 Fusion chip combined with the efficient iOS 10 firmware.

On the other hand, a higher-capacity internal battery may also have something to do with it. Read More

 

Apple Watch Series 2 tech specs

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

The Apple Watch Series 2, which was announced at yesterday’s keynote, is Apple’s answer to improving on what was already one of the best-selling smartwatches on the market today.

In this piece, we’ll recap all the technical specifications of the new Apple Watch lineup. Read More

 

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus tech specs

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are Apple’s latest and greatest handsets that will be going on pre-order Friday, September 9th, and will be available for official purchase starting on September 16th.

Of course, before you go out and buy something new, it’s always great to do a little research on the hardware specs. In this piece, we’ll recap the specs of both Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Read More

 

Weight, size, and battery life: iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6s

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 7, 2016

Apple’s iPhone lineup just got even better as of Wednesday’s product unveiling. Not only are the devices super fast, more power-efficient, and available in new finishes, but they also come with a slew of new finishes that owners of previous-generations of iPhone will drool over.

In this piece, we’ll compare the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 6s so you have an idea of the differences in size, weight, and even their expected battery life. Read More

 

iPhone 7 is the most battery-efficient iPhone ever made

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 7, 2016

Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have an all-new A10 Fusion SoC and will run the upcoming iOS 10 firmware; together, this spells incredible gas mileage in terms of battery life. Read More

 

At the heart of iPhone 7 is a high-power and efficient A10 Fusion chip

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 7, 2016

Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are each powered by a powerful A10 Fusion system on a chip that is not only faster than any iPhone ever made, but also significantly more power efficient. Read More

 

Apple Watch 2’s larger battery shouldn’t make the device any thicker

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 6, 2016

Byte, a UK-based retailer that sells Apple-certified accessories and parts, recently posted a video in which they showed off a few supposedly genuine parts for a second-generation Apple Watch, including a thinner OLED Force Touch display and a significantly thicker battery potentially giving the wearable device a few more hours of run time.

Today, Byte published precise measurements for the above components and the numbers lead to the conclusion that Apple may have been able to squeeze in a much more powerful battery without making the Apple Watch 2 any thicker. Read More

 

What to do if your Mac shows the wrong battery level

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 6, 2016

All Macs with internal batteries have an indicator that appears in the Menu Bar. In rare circumstances, the indicator may not display the correct battery level.

In this piece, we’ll be talking about the various troubleshooting steps you should try to remedy this problem. Read More

 

Samsung issues global Note 7 recall after complaints of exploding batteries

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2016

It looked like Samsung was well poised to steal some of Apple’s thunder by releasing its Note 7 phablet with a redesigned appearance and wraparound screen ahead of Apple’s iPhone 7 event. But following reports from users around the world about a battery issue that has caused some handsets to catch fire or explode, Samsung has now announced plans to recall every single Note 7 sold in order to prevent further damage and has also abandoned today’s scheduled Note 7 launch in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Read More

 

Apple Watch 2’s thinner screen & larger battery allegedly caught on video

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2016

Supply chain rumors have asserted that a second-generation Apple Watch 2 could offer a few additional hours of battery life while replacing the current models’ Glass on Glass (G/G) touchscreen with a thinner and lighter screen based on One Glass Solution (OGS) display technology. These two features—a thinner display assembly and a bigger battery—are allegedly shown in a video posted by Byte, a UK-based retailer that sells Apple-certified accessories. Read More

 

Apple Watch 2 could offer a few hours of additional run time via a stronger 334 mAh battery

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2016

Prolific leakster @The_Malignant today republished a pair of claimed images of a purported battery pack believed to have been designed for a 42mm second-generation Apple Watch. Originally posted by an unnamed source on the Chinese social network Weibo, the tiny battery shows an increased capacity of 334 mAh. By comparison, the original Apple Watch is outfitted with a 245 mAh battery (42mm version) so it’s entirely conceivable that the Apple Watch 2 could offer a few hours of additional battery life—assuming the leaked photo is genuine. Read More

 

Volt: a customizable clock and battery indicator screen for your charging iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 25, 2016

It was only a few days ago that we showed you a tweak called Vettr, which displayed a nice and simplistic time and battery interface on your display whenever you had your iPhone plugged into a power source.

But now, a new jailbreak tweak called Volt is challenging Vettr head-on with a number of features that you can customize to your liking. We’ll show you what Volt is all about in this review. Read More

 

Vettr shows a simple clock and battery indicator when charging your iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 23, 2016

One of the features I really like about my Apple Watch is nightstand mode, because it gives me a way to quickly see the time on my desk right when I wake up in the morning. Unfortunately, the screen is kind of small.

With a new free jailbreak tweak called Vettr, you can effectively turn your iPhone into a pleasant nightstand clock, but it can be used for other things too. We’ll show you in this review what Vettr is all about. Read More

 
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