Poll: thinness vs. better iPhone battery

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

Handset vendors stubbornly insist on making their gadgets thinner at a time when consumers have largely been craving for better battery life.

Apple, like no other company, is a poster child for the industry’s obsession with thinness. Whenever a new iPhone comes out, its slim profile gets prominently featured and communicated in ads.

This point was especially brought home for me in a recent Wall Street Journal article which argues that “survey after survey reveals there is one thing consumers wish manufacturers would change about their gadgets” and it’s better battery life.

Our poll today deals with this issue as we seek to learn whether you, our loyal readers, would rather have a millimeter or two thicker device with a stronger battery or as thins a phone as possible with a good enough battery. Read More

 

Rumor: Apple poaching Samsung’s semiconductor and battery experts

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2015

Apple is luring Samsung Electronics’ engineers, including chip experts who specialize ”in next-generation technology” related to signal and visual-processing management and battery technology, offering raises and competitive benefits, according to a report Monday by The Korea Times.

In addition to highly-competitive benefits and large annual paychecks, Apple is said to be luring Samsung experts by promising them greater independence, according to unnamed officials. Read More

 

Electric car battery maker suing Apple for poaching critical employees

By Cody Lee on Feb 19, 2015

Electric car battery maker A123 Systems filed a lawsuit against Apple earlier this month for poaching its employees, reports Law360. The company says the Cupertino firm began an “aggressive campaign” around June of last year to recruit some of its most critical staffers for a new large-scale battery division.

This directly violates the company’s noncompete and nondisclosure agreements, says A123 Systems, and the poaching has resulted in a substantial loss of investment and left them scrambling to find replacements. It’s asking the court for undisclosed damages and a 1-year order, barring them from moving. Read More

 

This external battery pack can charge your iPhone 6 seven times or more

By iDB Deals on Feb 16, 2015

For those who find themselves needing more power on the move, our latest portable charging deal could come in handy. Water resistant, shockproof, and chargeable via solar, the ZeroLemon SolarJuice offers an incredible 20,000mAh of portable, renewable energy at your fingertips. And with our exclusive iDB Deals offer, you can get this beast for 50% off.

Made from tough and durable materials, this battery pack will go the distance with a 1,000+ recharge cycle rating. The powerful but relatively small package contains a 20,000mAh Lithium Polymer Battery, with enough juice on tap to fully charge an iPhone 6 over seven times. And with the dual USB ports, you can charge multiple devices at once. Read More

 

iDB Deals: big discounts on charging accessories

By iDB Deals on Feb 7, 2015

With great power, comes great responsibility, and with these great charging deals from iDB, you’ll be able to keep your device at 100% wherever you are. This roundup includes a whole variety of deals on charging gear for your iOS devices – all from the iDB Deals store. Included below are big discounts on everything from external battery packs and a 10-foot MFi cable to a bundle of Quirky accessories… plus a few more! Read More

 

New report sheds light on Apple Watch battery life

By Cody Lee on Jan 22, 2015

For its upcoming Watch, Apple is shooting for somewhere between 2.5 and 4 hours of active use and 19 hours of passive use, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. The site says sources with knowledge of the project have offered up new details regarding the wearable’s battery life.

Battery life was one of the many things left out of the initial Apple Watch unveiling last September, but Tim Cook has since said that the device will need to be “charged every night.” The vague explanation has left many users wondering how long the Watch will last in the real world. Read More

 

CES 2015: Mophie out with Juice Pack battery cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2015

Renowned accessory maker Mophie is out of the gate with the first ‘Made for iPhone’ licensed battery cases for Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Their new Juice Pack protective battery cases promise to boost the run time of your iPhone 6 by 120 percent, or up to sixty percent in the case of the larger iPhone 6 Plus which already packs a notably stronger battery than its 4.7-inch sibling.

The California-based company said the new cases for Apple’s last handsets are now available for pre-order. Read More

 

The Kodiak Power Bank will keep your iPhone charged in the rain, snow, or sand

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

 

Good deal: 58% off this 20,000mAh dual USB battery pack

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

 

Predix: predict when your iPhone’s battery will fully charge or die

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

 

Rumor: Apple switching to Samsung-made Apple Watch chips, iPhone 6 battery and flash storage

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

 

How to unlock Apple’s hidden battery usage menu in iOS 8

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

 

New iPhones use two accelerometers for better power management

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

 

iOS 8’s battery shaming is a double-edged sword

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

 

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smoke competition in benchmarks

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

 

The best new features of iOS 8

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2014

Admittedly, the myriad of new and useful capabilities that Apple’s just-released iOS 8 brings to your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are going to prove hugely popular with mainstream users, to say the least. With iOS 8, Apple is appeasing harsh critics who’d frequently point out that Android is capable of things iOS cannot do, and then some more.

iOS 8 opens up Apple’s mobile operating system to third-party development to a much greater extent than ever before. And stemming from relaxed policies, iOS 8 boosts on-the-go productivity with deeper inter-app sharing while implementing some of the features our Android friends have grown accustomed to, but in a typical hassle-free Apple fashion, things like third-party keyboards, custom actions, photo editing extensions within the context of Photos and Camera apps and way more.

And though evolutionary rather than revolutionary, we have no doubt in our minds that iOS 8 is going to significantly improve the functionality of Apple’s mobile platform, and perhaps even give some folks less reasons to jailbreak.

To celebrate today’s release of the free iOS 8 software update, we proudly present you this detailed overview of more than two dozen iOS 8 features we think you’re going to fall in love with at first sight. Read More

 

Samsung ads lampoon iPhone 6 screen, battery, multitasking, Apple Watch and 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

 

Apple Watch requires daily charging, battery life could improve for launch

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

 

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus get extended battery life

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

 

Video offers a closer look at a stronger 2,915mAh battery possibly bound for iPhone 6

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

 
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