Samsung-built A9 chip in iPhone 6s found to drain battery faster than TSMC one, Apple doesn’t really agree

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 8, 2015

Does your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus come outfitted with Samsung or TSMC-built A9 processor? The answer to that question could determine how long your device will run before its battery needs recharging.

Your key takeaway is this: while the dual-sourced chips perform identically in synthetic Geekbench tests in terms of sheer CPU compute power and GPU performance, there’s a marked difference in observed battery life ranging from six to eleven percent.

You could argue the difference is barely felt in day-to-day use, but I beg to differ: energy efficiency is paramount for mobile devices and the battery-friendlier the main processor is, the longer it will run on a single charge. Read More


iOS 9 offers more details about apps battery usage

By Sébastien Page on Oct 5, 2015

Battery usage is always a hot topic among smartphone owners, and although I try not to think too much about it, there are times where I’m just curious to find out what apps have been draining my battery the most. Apple makes this pretty easy to find out, and with the release of iOS 9, it’s even giving a little more details about how individual apps have been impacting your battery. Read More


iPhone 6s Plus teardown reveals a 165 mAh battery downgrade versus last year’s iPhone 6 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 30, 2015

After taking apart the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s, repair wizards over at iFixit have now disassembled its bigger brethren, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus (model A1687/A1634) After popping the handset open, the iFixit team immediately discovered a largely unchanged layout from the iPhone 6 and a slightly smaller battery versus last year’s iPhone 6 Plus.

In line with the rumors, the battery inside the iPhone 6s Plus is of a 2,750 mAh variety, representing a modest 165 mAh downgrade versus the iPhone 6 Plus battery rated at 3.82 V and 11.1 Wh of energy, for a total of 2915 mAh. Read More


Spyder PowerShadow case gives your iPhone 6 a boost of energy

By Lory Gil on Sep 30, 2015

There is nothing worse than spending the day out with the family, only to realize as the evening approaches that your iPhone 6s is running out of juice. You could risk getting a time-lapse of the sunset, but that might mean you won’t be able to get directions back to the hotel. What will you do?

With Spyder’s PowerShadow case, you won’t have to choose one or the other. The ultra slim case gives you 120 percent of your iPhone 6s’ battery life back while protecting from drops. Read More


12 ways to save battery life on the iPhone 6s

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 29, 2015

Low Power Mode is a new feature geared towards saving battery life in iOS 9, but it’s probably not a feature that you’ll necessarily want to keep enabled at all times. That said, data does support the fact that Low Power Mode results in significantly better battery life.

But instead of using Lowe Power Mode at all times, which takes the reigns to try to reduce battery usage by itself, you can manually configure your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus in such a way to optimize battery life.

Keep in mind that this list is subjective, and everything on it is optional. I wouldn’t expect any of you to apply all 12 of these suggestions. Instead, mix and match features that seem to work for you and your usage style and requirements. Watch our video inside, and see how.

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iOS 9’s Low Power Mode can significantly increase your iPhone’s battery life

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 27, 2015

What if you ran Low Power Mode on your iPhone all of the time? That’s the question that Matt Birchler asked, and he was curious enough to try the experiment for himself. The results are quite eye opening. Low Power Mode doesn’t necessarily have to be a feature that you only use to eek by on a small percentage of remaining battery… Read More


How to monitor batteries of connected devices with iOS 9’s new Notification Center widget

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2015

iOS 9 promises to extend your iPhone’s battery life even further with features like Low Power Mode, which reduces or disables non-essential features when the battery falls below twenty percent to help your iPhone’s battery charge last longer. But wouldn’t it be great if you could monitor battery status of other devices connected to your iPhone, like your Apple Watch and Bluetooth accessories?

Now you can, thanks to Apple’s new Notification Center widget. Here’s how to turn it on and enjoy battery readouts of your Apple Watch and wireless accessories such as Bluetooth headsets right from the Lock screen. Read More


How to save your iPhone battery even further with Low Power mode on iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

Among the numerous performance-enhancing techniques employed by iOS 9 is a special battery-boosting feature, aptly called Low-Power Mode.

When enabled, Low Power Mode extends your iPhone’s battery life even further with up to three additional hours of run time before you need to charge your iPhone again.

Apple says Low-Power Mode “pulls switches you didn’t even know existed” and these switches basically optimize your iPhone for power efficiency by throttling down its processor and shutting down a few non-essential features like automatic downloads, fancy visual effects and more.

This tutorial covers enabling and using Low Power Mode on iOS 9 while briefly touching upon other battery-saving tactics that iOS 9 employs. Read More


How long does it take to fully charge Apple Pencil?

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2015

Apple’s new $99 stylus accessory, the Apple Pencil, has a lot more going than it looks at first blush.

In addition to its somewhat timeless design, remarkable precision and lag-free performance (courtesy of the iPad Pro’s improved multitouch technology), the clean-looking sliver of white plastic also utilizes super-fast charging via the iPad Pro’s Lightning port, a first for an iOS device.

In fact, you’ll be amazed to learn that it takes less time to provide 30 minutes’ worth of power to the Apple Pencil than it will take you to read this article. Read More


Charging the iPad Pro…

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 10, 2015

Apple spent little to no time during yesterday’s keynote presentation. discussing charging its new iPad Pro. Following the press conference, the company has refreshed related product pages with new information and we’ve been able to glean some rather interesting insights on charging the iPad Pro.

For starters, the device will ship with Apple’s 12W USB Power Adapter and work with existing ‘Made for iPad’ chargers from third-parties. But what about charging times? Read More


iPhone 6s achieves same run time with a smaller 1,715 mAh battery

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 10, 2015

Despite having a smaller battery capacity, the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus achieve the same battery life as their predecessors, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. PhoneArena spotted a scene in Apple’s promotional video showing a 1,715 mAh lithium-ion battery, a reduction from the 1,810 mAh package inside the iPhone 6.

But as per Apple’s Tech Specs webpage, the iPhone 6s provides the same ten hours of 3G or 4G data use, eleven hours of video playback and fourteen hours of talk time on 3G as its predecessor, the iPhone 6. Read More


Apple working on fuel cell tech that could give devices weeklong battery life

By Cody Lee on Sep 3, 2015

Apple continues to show interest in using hydrogen fuel cell technology, as evidenced in its latest patent filing. On Thursday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published a patent titled “Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing Device.”

The invention appears to be, at least initially, targeted at the MacBook, as the filing mentions MagSafe several times. But last month, the British firm Intelligent Energy proved the tech can be shrunken down, by showing off an iPhone with a hydrogen fuel cell. Read More


Good deal: ZeroLemon’s Slim Juicer 3100mAh Battery Case for iPhone 6

By iDB Deals on Aug 31, 2015

The iPhone 6 is an incredible piece of tech, but battery life can be a problem for the heavy user. Packing a sizeable 3100mAh of power into its sleek contours, the Slim Juicer Battery Case could be the solution you’ve been looking for. This solid and contemporary case provides 170% additional charge for your cell. It can be yours for $30.99, a 38% savings.

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MIT researchers accidentally quadruple lithium-ion battery lifespan

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 18, 2015

An important breakthrough by Dr. Wang Changan of Tsinghua University and Dr. Li Ju of MIT promises to extend the lifespan of lithium-ion batteries that power today’s notebooks, mobile devices and other gadgets by a factor of four.

The unexpected discovery has the potential to allow for an all-week Apple Watch battery life while significantly extending run time between charges when using your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac notebook.

Remarkably, a team of forgetful researchers have figured out how to quadruple a li-ion battery’s lifespan literally by accident. Read More


The UNU DX case will give your iPhone a 125% battery boost

By Lory Gil on Aug 5, 2015

When you are on a day trip and using your iPhone to take lots of pictures and video, you probably have noticed how quickly your battery drains when you need it the most. You could run back to the car for a quick juice up, or bring the juice with you wherever you go.

The UNU DX is an external battery case that lets you keep going without having to worry about running out of power. It has a sleek look and protective design that acts as more than just a case when you are far from a power outlet. Read More


Good deal: 73% off the Intocircuit 15000mAh Power Castle external battery

By iDB Deals on Jul 8, 2015

There are thousands of portable battery packs out there, but few are as admired as the Introcircuit. Loved by hundreds of Amazon reviewers, this battery pack boasts a huge 15000mAh capacity – enough to charge an iPhone 6 several times over. It’s super powerful and can be yours with a super discount of 73% at just $34.99 with iDownloadBlog Deals.

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Power Saver Mode tweak brings impressive iOS 9-inspired battery management features to older firmware

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 27, 2015

iOS 9 has some significant new power saving features that will lend users up to an additional three hours of battery life. Dubbed Low Power Mode in iOS 9, users can eek out up to an extra 3 hours of battery life with the option enabled.

Low Power Mode works by disabling animated wallpapers, Mail Fetch, Background App Refresh, motion effects, and, as recently discovered, throttling the CPU.

Power Saver Mode, a new iOS tweak developed by Elijah Frederickson, tries its best to provide many of the same benefits to jailbroken iPhone users on iOS 8. Power Saver Mode increases contrast, enables Reduce Motion, disables Background App Refresh, location services, Cellular Data when on Wi-Fi, and more.  Read More


‘Reserve Strap’ adds 30 hours of battery life to your Apple Watch

By Cody Lee on Jun 27, 2015

In March, developers Lane Musgrave and John Arrow announced that they were working on a battery band for the Apple Watch. Not many details were available at the time, but now that the Watch has been out for a few months, the team is ready to make things official.

Meet the Reserve Strap. It’s a band that charges your Apple Watch using embedded batteries and a connection to the device’s hidden accessory port. Musgrave and Arrow claim that their product is capable of adding more than 30 additional hours of battery life to your Watch. Read More


iOS 9’s Low Power mode throttles down CPU performance to preserve iPhone’s battery life

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 26, 2015

With iOS 9, Apple has brought out a brand new Low Power mode which kicks in when you’re nearly out of juice. It was designed to help extend your iPhone’s battery life, providing up to three hours of additional time before charging.

After using Geekbench’s iPhone application to measure an iPhone 6’s processor performance in Low Power, MacRumors was able to determine that this mode reduces processor performance by about forty percent. As a result, an iPhone 6 in Low Power mode would be roughly on par with an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5 in terms of sheer CPU performance. Read More


AppleCare+ now covers Apple Watch batteries that retain less than 80% of their original capacity

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 26, 2015

AppleCare+ protection for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch has refreshed its terms to cover batteries that retain less than 80 percent of their original capacity within the extended warranty period. The new rules apply to Apple Watch Sport, Watch and Edition models, as discovered by MacRumors.

Previously, the extended warranty used to cover Apple Watch batteries that retained less than 50 percent of their original capacity. Apple officially guarantees the Apple Watch battery will retain up to 80 percent of its original capacity at 1,000 complete charge cycles. Assuming an average of one full charge cycle per day, the specification gives the device’s battery a lifespan of about two-and-a-half to three years. Read More

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