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
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
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
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
By Lory Gil on Jun 25, 2015
When you are going to be out and about for an entire day, do you worry that you will exhaust your iPhone’s battery before you can get directions home? Even though the iPhone 6 is estimated to last about 10 or 11 hours with straight internet usage, we regularly drop to 20 percent while still trying to get video of the kids playing.
Trianium’s Atomic S case for iPhone 6 has a 3100mAh battery that will double the life of your iPhone so you don’t have to worry about running out of juice. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Jun 19, 2015
The most personal device Apple ever made is getting more personal with Dash. Well, sort of. The app lets you create a custom Glance for your Apple Watch, albeit in a limited way. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Jun 18, 2015
The life expectancy of a notebook battery is mostly based on the battery cycle count. Once that battery cycle count has reached the limit set by the manufacturer, it is considered consumed, and although the laptop might still perform the same, battery life might deplete rapidly, a clear sign it is time to replace that battery. In this post, we will show you how to find out what your MacBook’s battery cycle count is. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Jun 18, 2015
Surenix, mostly known for his design work on jailbreak themes and tweaks such as ayeris and auki, has released his first application in the App Store. Called Power, the app aims at making it easy to quickly check at the status of your iPhone battery directly from your Apple Watch. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 8, 2015
One of the more significant new features in iOS 9 Apple mentioned during its keynote today is called “Low Power Mode.” Similar to Power Reserve on the Apple Watch, this feature is designed to extend the battery life of your device.
First it should be noted that because of the under-the-hood improvements in iOS 9, Apple says battery life for the average user will increase by up to one hour. If you need more, Lower Power Mode gives you up to 3 additional hours. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 8, 2015
Among the many new features Apple announced today in iOS 9, is a new Low Power battery mode. Much like the feature of the same name on Apple Watch, the new iOS feature will help save precious battery life on your iPhone or iPad. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2015
There’s no denying Google Chrome is brutal on notebook battery life. Don’t get me wrong, Chrome is a great browser and used to be my daily driver.
That was before OS X Yosemite came along with Safari Power Saver, a tremendously useful feature that stops power-hungry plug-ins like Adobe Flash from rendering animations and interactive elements on webpages. In case you didn’t know, Chrome has a built-in Flash Player which takes a toll on battery life and sends your notebooks’s fan into overdrive.
But worry not, Google has enabled a power-saver feature of its own in a recent Chrome update. In this post, I’m going to explain how you can enable it in order to instantly improve your MacBook’s battery performance. Read More
By iDB Deals on May 29, 2015
When Dad has every gadget he could possibly want, this Father’s Day make sure he can keep them all charged with the Innori 22400mAh portable battery pack, now 50% off at iDownloadBlog Deals. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 26, 2015
Tuesday, a fresh new report claimed Apple’s been seeking additional battery providers for upcoming new iPhones, presumed to be marketed as ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’.
Apple is now sourcing more batteries for iOS devices from Chinese suppliers which have caught up with their Taiwanese competitors in terms of sufficient battery core supply and production capacity. Read More
By iDB Deals on May 15, 2015
Hunting around for a power outlet every time your iPhone runs out of juice? Save yourself the time (and aggravation) and pick up the Extreme Trio 10000 mAh battery pack. At just $49.99 at iDownloadBlog Deals, it’s hard to find a battery pack that delivers this much power at a lower price.
By Cody Lee on May 13, 2015
Apple and A123 Systems, maker of advanced batteries, submitted a court filing this week saying they are nearing a settlement regarding their engineer poaching lawsuit, reports the Boston Globe. They’ve “reached an agreement, signed a term sheet, and are in the process of drafting a final agreement.”
The lawsuit made headlines earlier this year, when A123 claimed that Apple was hiring away its top scientists and engineers to build a competing battery business. The news broke amidst reports that the Cupertino firm had taken an interest in electric cars, and had begun work on larger battery packs. Read More
By iDB Deals on May 6, 2015
Free yourself from the dead battery: plug in with our two new charging deals. You can get the minimal and stylish PowerSkin for iPhone 6 at 37% off, or the small and lightweight PowerStand at 59% off. Read More
By Cody Lee on May 5, 2015
On Tuesday, California-based accessory maker Mophie announced its first ever waterproof battery cased called the “Juice Pack H2PROTM.” The case is made for the iPhone 6, and features a durable design to protect against drops, dust, dirt and of course, water damage.
The battery pack included in the case is of the 2,750mAh lithium-ion variety, which will allow users to enjoy up to 14 hours of additional talk time, 10 hours of web browsing and 50 hours of music. Mophie says overall, the H2PROTM more than doubles iPhone battery life. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015
Like the iPhone, it’s possible to check when your Apple Watch last received a full charge. Although doing so may not be as straightforward or as obvious as one would expect, it’s still possible.
To check your Apple Watch charge statistics, you’ll need to do so via the Apple Watch companion app running on the paired iPhone. In this post, we’ll explain how to do just that. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on May 3, 2015
Although battery life has been much better than most anticipated with Apple Watch, you should still expect a day or, at tops, a day and a half of battery life after a full charge. For that reason, it’s pretty important to keep a close eye on your Apple Watch battery throughout the day, especially if you decide to use battery hogging functions like phone calls and the workout app.
Fortunately, Apple makes it super easy to monitor battery life on Apple Watch. In fact, it’s more verbose than it is on the iPhone since the watch shows you the full battery percentage by default. Inside, we’ll show you two easy ways to monitor battery life on Apple Watch. Read More
By Sébastien Page on May 1, 2015
Apple designed Apple Watch with a battery life expectancy of 18 hours per day, and from my own experience, I can definitely attest that it usually far exceeds that number. But of course, it all depends on your usage. Depending on what you do with it, you might see better or worse battery life.
Below are some simple tips to extend Apple Watch battery life. Some of them are obvious, some of them are less obvious. Unless you want to be an extreme power saver, it would be silly to implement all these tips at once. My advice is to look at them, and pick and choose which one would allow you to enjoy your Apple Watch to the fullest extent while not compromising on the best features the device has to offer. Read More