Some early adopters of AirPods complain of battery drainage issues with charging case

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 28, 2016

An unknown portion of early AirPods adopters are faced with battery drain issues with the charging case, which was designed to extend AirPods’ advertised five-hour run time to up to 24 hours while on the go.

According to a thread on Reddit, one customer’s charging case went from a full 100 percent charge to just fifty percent after leaving his AirPods in the case overnight. “The other two days I used about five hours and the case was already down to thirty percent,” one poster wrote. Read More

 

Teardown analysis suggests AirPods charging case quality issues might have caused delayed launch

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 20, 2016

Having torn apart Apple’s AirPods wireless earphones and their charging case, repair masters over at iFixit have now posted their initial observations. AirPods have so many components crammed into tight space that the they’re virtually not repairable or recyclable. As for the charging case, an X-ray analysis of its logic board reveals a few “quality issues” that may have contributed to the delayed AirPods launch. Read More

 

Apple warns customers to stay away from counterfeit chargers and batteries

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 13, 2016

Apple this morning updated its Support website with a notice cautioning customers to stay away from counterfeit and even some third-party chargers and batteries that it says could result in safety issues due to the fact that they may not be designed properly. “Beware of counterfeit parts,” says the notice. As for the batteries, the company is advising customers to visit an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider to ensure they receive a genuine Apple battery replacement. Read More

 

How to use Nightstand Mode on Apple Watch

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 29, 2016

Your Apple Watch can be used as a bedside time-telling piece. This function, known as Nightstand Mode, is intended to give your Apple Watch a purpose even when you’re not wearing it by letting you use it to tell the time when it’s charging on a dock.

Nightstand Mode works when the Apple Watch is in landscape orientation, so it doesn’t work with every dock, but in this tutorial, we’ll show you how to turn the feature on. Read More

 

Twelve South’s new HiRise Duet simultaneously charges iPhone/iPad and Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2016

Twelve South’s versatile HiRise accessory is among the best stands I’ve used for charging my iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Recently, it’s gotten even better with an overhauled version sporting refined looks, reduced footprint and increased stability with larger iOS devices.

But what if you own an iPhone and an Apple Watch and need a stand that can charge both devices at the same time? That’s exactly what HiRise Duet does for you. In fact, it’s the first dual charging stand that powers up your Apple Watch in Nightstand mode.

A $119.99 purchase gets you a fully assembled stand with an integrated Lightning connector for iPhone, a built-in magnetic charging disc for your Apple Watch and a single AC power cable to charge both devices simultaneously.

As a bonus, you get a bunch of international wall plugs. 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

 

Cut down on desktop clutter with Twelve South’s new Fermata headphone charging stand

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 2, 2016

Premium accessory maker Twelve South today unveiled a brand new accessory, the Fermata.

It’s aimed at reducing desktop clutter by providing a minimal charging stand for on-ear headphones like the Beats Solo2 and their over-ear counterparts such as the Beats Solo3 wireless.

The $79.99 aluminum-clad accessory is available starting today in Black or Silver from Twelve South’s webstore for customers in the United States and Japan, with an international edition coming soon. 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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

iPhone 7 may implement fast-charge technology

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2016

Many Android devices, like Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, can go from zero to fifty percent charge in about thirty minutes, and Apple’s next iPhone could be able to offer a similar fast-charge technology of its own, according to a sketchy post attributed to an unverified Chinese source.

Smartphone leakster The Malignant tweeted out an image of a supposed circuitry which the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus should utilize to support at least 5-volt, 2-amp fast-charging, a major improvement over current iPhone chargers rated at one amp. Read More

 

Making your iPhone and iPad charge faster

By Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2016

It’s somewhat depressing that Android manufacturers increasingly outfit their flagship smartphones with fast-charging capability while iPhones, and especially iPads, still take forever to charge from zero to hundred percent. And if you happen to actually use your iOS device while it’s connected to power, you’ll experience even slower-than-usual charging times.

But as it turns out, there’s one simple trick everyone should employ every time they plug their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a power brick in order to make it charge faster. Read More

 

Twelve South TimePorter for Apple Watch review

By Andrew O'Hara on May 3, 2016

I travel quite often and have spent an embarrassing amount of time looking for the perfect travel charger for my Apple Watch. I want to pack a few extra bands, the charging puck, and the wall adapter. Yet nothing I’ve run across can handle all that, let alone while looking good. That was at least the case before I ran across the TimePorter from Twelve South. Read More

 

Pod Pro review: the portable Apple Watch & iPhone battery dock

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 18, 2016

Those who need a portable battery pack for the Apple Watch that aren’t so keen on just plugging the USB end into the receiver of a battery pack and letting the magnetic end dangle around everywhere are going to be hard-pressed to find a good portable battery pack made specifically for the Apple Watch’s proprietary charging platform.

Fortunately, Nomad has the Pod Pro, which can be had on Amazon for $85, and is a great solution for on-the-go Apple Watch charging, and even includes a built-in Lightning cable for charging your device, whether it’s an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. We’ll show you what the Pod Pro is all about in this review. Read More

 

Blockhead makes your MacBook charging brick less annoying

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 15, 2016

I love my Mac, but honestly, I hate the AC adapter. The ‘wall wart,’ as I like to call it, sticks out so far from the wall that it can be incredibly inconvenient for plugging in behind couches and in other tight spaces.

Blockhead, which was only just recently announced, eliminates the annoying protrusion of Apple’s AC adapter and is now available from Ten One Design.

Now that the Blockhead is available for purchase, we’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on one. In this review, we’ll walk you through its design and how it looks. Read More

 

Timeframe: the Apple Watch desk stand that doubles as a case

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 13, 2016

Fellow Apple Watch users, the Timeframe by Ten One Design is a wonderful way to enjoy Night Stand mode while it charges at night.

Moreover, it’ll still feel as though your device is well-protected from falls or pets that might like to climb up on your night stand at night because it offers a protective bezel that surrounds all of the delicate parts of the device.

In this review, we’ll walk you through our thoughts on the Timeframe. Read More

 

BatteryBox Mini keeps your iPhone (and much more) powered while on the go

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 11, 2016

Because I’m always out and about, and my iPhone can always use a good charge when I’m away from an outlet, external battery accessories are always of great interest to me. BatteryBox, which you may remember made it to both my top 5 accessories for iPhone and top 5 accessories for Mac lists, has long filled that void for me.

Nevertheless, I’ve been looking for something a little easier to carry around with me when I leave the house or leave the car, and something I can use a little more easily while walking around and while not carrying a backpack.

One solution I’ve found to work quite well for this need is BatteryBox’s little brother, dubbed BatteryBox Mini, which can be had on the BatteryBox website for less than $35. In this review, we’ll take you through the features of BatteryBox Mini and show you whether it’s a good investment for your needs. Read More

 

Twelve South unveils ‘TimePorter,’ a travel tote and portable charging stand for Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 7, 2016

Twelve South, the maker of premium Apple-exclusive accessories, on Thursday announced a combined charge and travel stand for the Apple Watch, dubbed the TimePorter. Resembling a luxury eyeglass case, this stylish accessory is designed to hold your Apple Watch charging cable, as well as extra Watch bands USB chargers and more. The case incorporates the Apple Watch charging disc and converts into a travel charging and display stand in an instant. Read More

 
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