Fixing common problems with charging your iPhone or iPad

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 4, 2016

Not only did Apple spend a ton of money and time in the research leading up to its proprietary reversible Lightning cable for charging, but they’ve also made the software that handles charging your iOS device intelligent too.

Nevertheless, charging your device can sometimes be followed by some frustrating problems, and they’re all too common. In this piece, we’ll go over some of those problems and what you can do to troubleshoot them. Read More

 

Review: SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Controller

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 30, 2015

If you want to do serious gaming on the Apple TV, then using a wireless Bluetooth controller isn’t an option, it’s a necessity. Yes, Apple controversially made it a requirement for all games on its platform to support the Siri Remote, but that’s not going to cut it for any game with an even mildly complex control scheme.

Games like Alto’s Adventure and Mr. Jump play perfectly fine, and are even suited for the Siri Remote, but in most cases, you’re definitely going to want a controller as an option.

Unfortunately, there is no Apple-branded controller to speak of, but Apple did co-design a controller with the help of SteelSeries. The result of that partnership is the SteelSeries Nimbus, and Apple is promoting this controller as the de facto standard alternative input device for the Apple TV.

All of that considered, while there are other 3rd-party Bluetooth controllers that work with the Apple TV, the most obvious choice is the SteelSeries Nimbus.

I purchased a Nimbus on day one, and have been playing with it for weeks. Is the $49.99 controller worth your time and hard-earned money? Is it really the best way to control games on the Apple TV? Read More

 

Save 30% on the virtually indestructible Titan cable and Titan loop charger bundle

By iDB Deals on Nov 3, 2015

The Titan Cable & Titan Loop Lightning Charger Bundle – now just $44.95 – is a virtually indestructible duo to power your iOS devices, perfect for your on-the-go charging needs and compatible with all of Apple’s latest devices (it is MFi certified). Designed to be easy to carry around, it can be folded in half and attached to your keychain or bag. Read More

 

How to check battery level of Siri Remote and game controllers on Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 2, 2015

The primary input method for the fourth-generation Apple TV is the included Siri Remote though compatible ‘Made for iOS’ (MFi) Bluetooth controllers can be optionally used to navigate across tvOS.

Input method notwithstanding, you’ll want to occasionally check out the battery level of the connected remote or gamepad, especially if it stops working.

As tvOS lacks an iOS-style status bar, seeing the battery level of the Siri Remote and other Bluetooth devices requires paying a quick visit to Settings.

In this tutorial, you’re going to learn how to check out the battery level of your Siri Remote or a Bluetooth gamepad paired with an Apple TV. Read More

 

tvOS App Store is conveniently flagging gamepad-enabled apps

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 2, 2015

Unlike the regular App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad application, a brand new tvOS App Store for Apple’s latest fourth-generation Apple TV makes it easy to distinguish at-a-glance between games that offer support for ‘Made for iOS’ (MFi) gamepads and game controllers and those that don’t.

As first observed by AppleInsider over the weekend, not only does the device’s App Store storefront app clearly states whether or not a game supports dedicated MFi game controllers, but compatible controllers can be used to navigate across the entirety of tvOS. Read More

 

Titan Loop MFi-Certified Lightning cable is now 33% Off

By iDB Deals on Sep 11, 2015

Sick of frayed, split or broken lightning chargers? Then grab the Titan Loop – a virtually indestructible, foldable and MFi certified charging cable. Whether it’s your iPhone or iPad, the Titan Loop lightning cable is a great deal at $19.99, at a great savings of 33% off.  Read More

 

Keep your iPhone 6 charged at a distance with Bolse’s Cloth Jacketed Lightning Cable

By Lory Gil on Aug 20, 2015

There are two things wrong with Apple’s Lightning cable. One is that the cord is just not long enough to be useful. The other is that it tends to tangle when not properly stored.

Bolse solves both of those problems with a six-foot MFi certified cord that is covered in a high-quality nylon jacket so you can plug your iPhone 6 into the wall and still use it while sitting on the couch. Read More

 

Review: Sennheiser ClipMic digital and Apogee MetaRecorder

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 19, 2015

As many of you guys know, I’m fairly involved in audio and video when it comes to producing content for iDownloadBlog. As someone who co-produces multiple podcasts each week, I’m especially fond of audio, and any new product that surfaces that could possibly give my audio game a boost is on my radar.

One such product is Sennheiser’s new ClipMic digital ($199 on Amazon). It’s a lavalier mic that connects directly to the iPhone via its MFi certified Lightning connector. With the ClipMic digital, you can basically transform your iPhone into a high quality audio recorder… Read More

 

Apple to allow third-party Apple Watch accessories that integrate inductive charging pads

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 23, 2015

Apple has changed the terms of its ‘Made for Apple Watch’ licensing program to allow accessory makers to integrate charging pads directly into third-party docks and stands for the Apple Watch, 9to5Mac reported Thursday.

Currently, makers of Apple Watch stands and docks are prohibited from providing Apple Watch charging pads so, for example, stands like Twelve South’s HiRise for Apple Watch typically have an opening into which users themselves must insert the charging pad that came with their Apple Watch. Read More

 

Meet the virtually indestructible Titan MFi-certified Lightning cable

By iDB Deals on Jul 15, 2015

Never worry about breaking your charging cable again with the Titan. Made from industrial-grade flexible steel, this solid lightning cable is virtually indestructible. The Titan MFi-certified lightning cable is available at a price that won’t break the bank – it can be yours for $24.99 – saving 28%.

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Save over 50% on this MFi-certified 10 foot lightning cable

By iDB Deals on Jun 25, 2015

Break free of the plug socket and charge your iPhone or iPad at your leisure with this Apple certified 10-foot Lightning cable. At three times the length of the Apple Lightning cable, it’s a cool and functional gadget that can be yours for $18.99, saving 52% with iDB Deals.

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Apple pulls Monster’s MFi license following Beats lawsuit

By Cody Lee on Jun 16, 2015

Apple has revoked Monster’s MFi license in wake of its Beats lawsuit, reports The Wall Street Journal. Monster, the A/V company who manufactured headphones for Beats in its early days, filed a lawsuit against the company in January for duping it out of potential proceeds from the Apple acquisition.

Monster’s general counsel David Tognotti said Apple’s move to pull its MFi license is in retribution for the suit, and that it can significantly disrupt their business—which still involves building premium headphones. “It shows a side of Apple that consumers don’t see very often,” he said. “Apple can be a bully.” Read More

 

This extra long Lightning cable is durable and MFi-certified

By iDB Deals on Jun 15, 2015

The toughest iPhone users need the toughest accessories, and there aren’t many that can match the rugged and hardwearing Braided Lightning USB Cable. Built to the highest standards, this Apple-certified cable can be yours for just $19.99 with iDownloadBlog Deals.

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Get the Razor Armor iPhone 6 case, screen protector, & MFi-Certified cable for only $23

By iDB Deals on Jun 12, 2015

We’re happy to spend hundreds of dollars on a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, but how many of us give it the protection it deserves? Well, now you can give it the world’s best protection with the ZeroLemon ‘Razor Armor’ case from iDownloadBlog Deals. It can be yours for only $22.99.

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Apple to let vendors outfit ‘Made for iPhone’ gear with Lightning port starting early 2015

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2014

Apple during its MFi Summit that took place last week over the course of three days in Shenzhen, China told its ‘Made for iPhone’ (MFi) accessory vendors that it will be relaxing rules of the game.

Specifically, makers will be permitted to outfit their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad accessories with Apple’s proprietary Lightning port beginning early next year, Jordan Kahn reported Tuesday morning over at 9to5Mac.

Accessories such as iPhone docks and battery cases with a built-in Lightning port would benefit from using Apple’s proprietary I/O technology to provide power to both an accessory and the iOS device. The current implementation requires such accessories to provide an additional USB cable for charging. Read More

 

Apple said to be working on hardware products for the connected home

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 26, 2014

As the smartphone, tablet and personal computer markets become increasingly saturated, Apple is said to be planning to expand its foray into the home. A new report, citing unnamed sources, claims that the iPhone maker has assembled a team to work on different hardware products for the home that would be closely integrated with Apple’s existing lineup of devices…  Read More

 

Wikipad introduces new ‘Gamevice’ controller for iPad mini

By Cody Lee on Jun 18, 2014

Wikipad, the company behind last year’s interesting-but-not-very-successful Android gaming tablet, has announced a new accessory for iOS devices today. It’s called the Gamevice, and it’s a decked out MFi game controller made specifically for the iPad mini.

The Gamevice was actually announced earlier this year for Android and Windows 8 tablets, but it appears to now be an iOS exclusive. As you can see it features a 2-piece cradle design, with the iPad mini in the middle, and slightly resembles a Wii U gamepad… Read More

 

Apple said to be working on master list of games that support MFi controllers

By Cody Lee on Jun 5, 2014

Apple is reportedly working on a way for its users to view a master list of games that support MFi (made for iPhone) controllers in the App Store. The feature works a lot like App Match, which can point users to compatible apps of recently attached accessories.

The company first introduced the MFi controller specification in iOS 7 last summer, and a number of third-party accessory makers have since created gamepads. The new platform, however, has been hobbled by the lack of user knowledge of compatible iOS titles… Read More

 

Apple introduces MFi specifications for Lightning cable headphones

By Cody Lee on Jun 4, 2014

According to a report tonight from 9to5Mac, Apple has quietly introduced a new specification for accessory manufacturers in its MFi program. The spec allows them to create headphones that connect to devices using a Lightning cable instead of 3.5mm.

The change will allow for a new breed of headphones that are capable of handling lossless stereo 48 kHz digital audio output, and have access to headphone remote controls. And Apple plans to activate support in newer iOS devices in a future update… Read More

 

New report explains how Apple smart home program might work

By Joe Rossignol on May 29, 2014

While the Financial Times previously reported that Apple is working on a full-featured home automation software platform, a new report claims that the company actually has much smaller plans for the home. According to sources for Gigaom, Apple is hoping to lessen fragmentation in the home by certifying more connected devices through the official Made for iPhone program.

The company is reportedly not working on software-based automation, however, and instead is focusing its smart home efforts on connecting devices over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for voice control. It might not be the full-out attempt at perfecting the smart home as was anticipated, but this is a good first step for Apple to be taking. Gigaom reporter Stacy Higginbotham elaborates…  Read More

 
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