KGI: Apple won’t be switching to AMOLED screens for iPhones anytime soon

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2015

Talk of an iPhone equipped with a power-efficient AMOLED screen technology has persisted for years. Yet, Apple continues to build iPhones with LCD screens that use a premium display technology, called IPS (In-Plane Switching), for wide viewing angles and improved image quality. Read More


Review: ‘Quarter’ portable battery has MagSafe port

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 7, 2015

China-based Beaver Electronics Co. recently unveiled a reasonably priced portable juice pack with buttonless design that after 15 minute of fast-charging holds enough juice to fully recharge an iPhone 5s. In fact, the Quarter recharges any mobile device via USB.

Surprisingly, through its built-in MagSafe 2 port the Quarter charging its 5,000mAh internal battery via the MacBook’s MagSafe wall charger takes under an hour. The company kindly provided me a review unit that I tested out over the past week, here’re my impressions. Read More


How to use photos from the Shot on iPhone 6 campaign as screensavers on your Apple TV

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 5, 2015

The new Apple TV features quite a few screensaver options available via tvOS’ Settings app. In it, you can setup the cool new aerial view screensavers, or you can choose to use screensavers based on album artwork from music found in your music library.

Along with those screensaver options, you can enable screensavers based on photos in your photo library, including Photo Stream photos and iCloud Photo Library photos. You can even go as far as to extract photos from videos and music accessible via Home Sharing if you happen to have Home Sharing enabled.

Of course, Apple is lending us the typical Animals, Flowers, and Nature photos as screensaver options as well. Needless to say, there’s no shortage of potential screensavers for use on the new Apple TV.

But one particular option stood out to me above all of the others, and that’s Apple’s new “Shot on iPhone 6” screensavers. Yes, Apple is allowing us to take photos from its Shot on iPhone 6 media campaign, and use them as screensavers on our Apple TV. In this post, we’ll show you how. Read More


Review: the Prong PWR is an iPhone battery case with a twist

By Cody Lee on Oct 12, 2015

After spending a year growing accustomed to the iPhone 6 Plus, I decided to go for the smaller handset. I’ve been pretty happy with the 6s thus far, but the smaller size means a smaller battery, and I’ve found it’s not enough to get me through a normal day.

When I’m working, my dock is typically within arms-length, but on days when I’m out and about this gets to be a problem. We have several battery packs, but I find USB cables very limiting, and I definitely don’t want to use a bulky battery case full-time.

That’s where the Prong PWR Case comes in. Read More


Leave your wallet at home with the Q Card Case for iPhone 6s

By Cody Lee on Oct 3, 2015

Earlier this week, Lory told you about the CM4 Q Card Case, a hard plastic case that doubles as a wallet. I’ve been trying out the Limited Edition leather version of the Q over the past few days, so I wanted to offer up some insight on the accessory for those considering buying it.

Evaluating an iPhone case essentially boils down to answering two simple questions: does it look good? And is it functional? If the answer to both is yes, the case is usually a winner. If both answers are no, then it’s usually not. If the answer to one question is yes and the other is no, you just have to decide which is more important to you. And that seems like a good place to start this review. Read More


The SuperCase iPhone 6s armband makes your runs a bit safer

By Lory Gil on Oct 2, 2015

Now that the days are getting shorter, your morning run (or evening jog) might take place while the streetlights are still on. You could carry a flashlight, or wear a headlamp, or you could let your iPhone keep you safe.

The SuperCase armband holds your iPhone 6s securely on you arm while providing a bit of nighttime protection in the form of a reflective strip to make drivers aware of your position. 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


CM4 Q Card Case for iPhone 6s doubles as a wallet

By Lory Gil on Sep 28, 2015

I hate carrying a bunch of stuff around with me wherever I go. I try to pair down to the minimum, which means a couple of cards, some cash, my iPhone, and maybe some Chapstick (oh, and candy… always gotta have candy). To me, a wallet is a bulky, unnecessary addition that I don’t want to deal with.

CM4’s Q Card Case for iPhone 6s is perfect for holding your cards and cash so you don’t need a wallet. It’s ultra thin (as wallet cases go), so you’re still ahead when it comes to stuffing your pockets. Now you can have more room for candy. Read More


Fosmon’s portable mini keyboard is the perfect companion for your iPhone 6 or Apple TV

By Lory Gil on Sep 24, 2015

If you tend to type a lot on your iPhone 6, and not just texting your buddies for dinner plans, then you could probably use an external keyboard to help speed things up.

Fosmon makes a portable mini keyboard that is about as small as an iPhone 6 and comes with a trackpad and arrow keys. While the track pad is only useful for non-iOS products, the arrow keys provide a movable cursor while you type. Read More


T-Mobile: trade in your old iPhone 6 and get iPhone 6s for as low as $5 per month

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2015

T-Mobile’s outspoken CEO John Legere confirmed today on Twitter that his company will be offering an iPhone 6s beginning Friday for as low as $5, $10 or $15 per month, depending on the model being purchased and older iPhone traded in, through its JUMP! On Demand device upgrade program. The lowest $5 per month pricing entails an iPhone 6 trade in, while buying a new iPhone 6s for $10 per month requires trading in your iPhone 5s.

Customers can take advantage of this offer even if they have already pre-ordered their device with a trade-in. Leggier conformed  in another tweet that pre-orders of new iPhones at T-Mobile are up thirty percent versus the previous year. Read More


Belkin’s Charge and Sync dock has a small footprint and a large range of compatibility

By Lory Gil on Sep 22, 2015

Sure, you can plug your iPhone into any old USB adapter and throw it on the table (or couch arm or floor) and it won’t matter what position it is in while charging. But, if you want your iPhone on display while it charges, you’ll want to look into a dock.

Belkin makes a minimalist style charging dock that takes up very little space on your desktop while it provides the juice you need to get your battery to 100 percent. Read More


iPad mini 4 has iPhone 6-class display tech with record-low reflectance for improved readability

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2015

A thorough analysis of a much improved screen utilized on Apple’s fourth-generation iPad mini conducted by DisplayMate has determined that the tablet’s display technology is comparable to the iPad Air 2, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The long story short, its screen has richer colors and better color accuracy with a 36 percent better reflectance versus the iPad Air 2 for improved readability. Read More


JETech tempered glass screen protector for iPhone 6

By Lory Gil on Sep 21, 2015

The iPhone 6 screen has a certain smoothness that is hard to replicate and is easily ruined by a basic screen protector. However, some of us are more worried about diminishing the resale value of our iPhones with scratches. So, a screen protector is a must-have for us.

JETech makes a tempered glass screen protector for the iPhone 6 that offers protection from scratches and is smooth like the iPhone 6’s screen for a more natural feel. Read More


Square Jellyfish metal tripod mount makes iPhone photography hands-free

By Lory Gil on Sep 16, 2015

Sure, your iPhone 6 has a fantastic camera that allows you to take some incredible photos and videos. As long as you have a steady hand, you can take some breathtaking panoramas of a beach sunset.

Square Jellyfish has a metal, spring-loaded tripod mount that makes photography on your iPhone 6 even better. Attach it to any tripod for quick and easy steady shots. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, but strong enough to fit the largest of smartphones. Read More


What’s making iPhone 6s heavier than its predecessor?

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 14, 2015

This year’s iPhones, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, are heavier than last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models and it’s not just due to their stronger Series 7000 aluminum body.

An article posted Monday by The Verge digs a little deeper into the iPhone 6s weight gain and you’ll be surprised to learn which new feature is making Apple’s new phones heavier than their predecessors. Read More


Apple: iPhone 6s on pace to beat last year’s 10 million pre-order record

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 14, 2015

Apple this morning confirmed in a statement issued to CNBC that its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are “on pace” to beat the ten million pre-order record established during last year’s first-weekend sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The number flies in the face of many clueless analysts who said Apple wouldn’t be able to hit that number this time around because the iPhone has peaked.

Interestingly enough, Apple touted “exceptionally strong” pre-orders for the larger-screened and more expensive 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus, with the initial stock sold out globally.

The company did not announce opening weekend iPhone 6s sales at the time of this writing but we’re expecting them to announce the new record via a press release shortly. Read More


This 3-in-1 lens kit for iPhone 6 is a low-cost beginner’s kit for iPhone photographers

By Lory Gil on Sep 12, 2015

You’ve probably contemplated getting a special wide-angle, fisheye, or macro lens for your iPhone 6, but don’t want to spend a bunch of money, only to be disappointed with the results. What if you could invest in a lens kit for the same price as a fast food lunch?

The VicTsing 3-in-1 lens kit comes with a 180 degree fisheye lens, a 0.65x wide-angle lens, and a macro lens so you can experiment with your iPhone photography hobby. The price is so low that you can invest in something new without breaking the bank. Read More


Apple’s iPhone 6/6 Plus cases will fit the new iPhone 6s/6s Plus models

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 10, 2015

Considering the amount of people who have asked us if their cases will be compatible with the new phones, it’s worth underscoring that Apple’s own case lineup for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will indeed fit the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and vice versa.

As iDownloadBlog reader Adam Baligian observed on Twitter, Apple’s own iPhone 6s Accessories webpage states that existing cases “fit snugly and your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6 still feels incredibly slim,” even with the case on. Read More


If you want a gold iPhone, you’ll have to buy the iPhone 6s

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2015

If you’re in the market for a new iPhone, and prefer the color gold, you’re going to have to spring for the new iPhone 6s (or its larger sibling). The gold version of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus disappeared from Apple’s website this afternoon, and the company has confirmed with The Verge that its older handsets are no longer available in the color. Read More


Weight, size, and battery life: how iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus compare to their predecessors

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 9, 2015

As of today’s big launch announcement, Apple now has four really powerful smartphones in its lineup, not including the entry-level iPhone 5s. At the lower end of the totem poll, there’s the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. At the top of the lineup are the just-announced iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

How do all of these devices compare? What about things like battery life, size, and weight? In this comparison post, I’ll breakdown the differences between each of Apple’s iPhone offerings. Read More

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