Error 53: Apple could get sued over iPhone bricking

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2016

‘Error 53,’ the infamous cryptic message that appears on an iPhone after iOS 9 renders the device inoperable due to an unauthorized Home button repair, is attracting attention of top law firms which are reportedly considering taking Apple to court over the snafu, reports The Guardian.

“At least one firm of US lawyers said it hopes to bring a class action against the technology giant on behalf of victims whose £500 phones have been rendered worthless by an Apple software upgrade,” the British paper said. Read More

 

Error 53: Apple warns iOS 9 bricks iPhone 6 in case of unauthorized Touch ID repair

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 5, 2016

The Guardian on Friday reported that unauthorized third-party repairs to the iPhone 6’s Touch ID Home button will brick the device as soon as iOS 9 is installed. Of course, we all know that using an unauthorized repair service not only voids warranty but puts oneself at risk of having a sub-par component that isn’t sanctioned by Apple.

But is deliberate bricking really necessary here? Should users be inconvenienced just because they trusted someone to change their phone’s Touch ID button or the cable connecting the Home button to the logic board? According to Apple, this is a security-related feature of iOS 9. Read More

 

Tim Cook comments on Apple’s controversial new iPhone battery case

By Cody Lee on Dec 9, 2015

Tim Cook on Wednesday attended one of Apple’s Hour of Code events in New York, where he fielded questions regarding his company’s new iPhone battery case. Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff asked the CEO if he was excited about the new case, which many folks have started referring to as “the hump.”

“You know, I probably wouldn’t call it ‘the hump,'” he said, adding that Apple was well aware of the comments being made about the Smart Battery Case. He went on to talk about some of the advantages of it over competing products, such as how easy it is to attach and remove the case from your phone. Read More

 

Deal: get an iPhone 6 + one year of unlimited talk & text for only $549.99

By iDB Deals on Dec 4, 2015

In the endless race to acquire the latest and greatest in smartphone advancements, most people forget to actually search for the great deals that can accompany such releases. For a limited time, you can pick up a premium iPhone 6 with a full year of service from FreedomPop for an incredible 55% off. Read More

 

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