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We've been hearing quite a bit about Apple's upcoming iPhone 12 family of smartphones, included rumored features, hardware specifications and dimensions. What we haven't heard about, however, is what the battery capacities will be for the iPhone 12 devices. Today, we're finally getting some clarification on what Apple has in store thanks to a leak from MySmartPrice, which claims to have obtained battery capacities from three separate iPhone 12 models. Model numbers A2471, A2431, and A2466 have appeared at various regulatory agencies around the globe, and reportedly align with the three distinct screen sizes that will be available this year. Based on the battery capacities... Read more...
When Apple releases its iPhone 12 series next year, there is a chance the next-generation phones could come with a significant bump in battery life. The same goes for Samsung's Galaxy S11 family. That's because both Apple and Samsung are sourcing smaller battery protection modules from the same company, ITM Semiconductor, with smaller circuitry to potentially pave the wave for bigger capacity batteries. For reference, Apple claims "all-day battery" life on its iPhone 11, which equates to up to 17 hours of video playback (or 10 hours of streamed video), and up to 65 hours of audio playback (with the ability to generate a 50 percent charge in 30 minutes via fast-charge). Likewise, Samsung claims... Read more...
Apple is a company that is overly obsessed with making its devices thinner and lighter from one generation to the next. While having a thin device is no doubt nice, there are diminishing returns when it comes time to boost battery life -- something that all users can appreciate. Apple is reversing course with its iPhone 11 Pro family – which was announced yesterday -- and we're actually seeing some pretty substantial gains in battery life compared to iPhone XS family. When Apple launched the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in 2018, it said that battery life had improved by 30 minutes over the iPhone X for the former, and by one hour and 30 minutes for the latter.  In the case... Read more...
Owners of previous-generation 15-inch MacBook Pros may have cause for concern. Apple has recalled some older models of the machine due to potential battery fire risks. Consumers will be able to get their battery replaced for free, however. The batteries in the affected Macbook Pros may overheat and create a fire hazard. The machines were sold between September 2015 and November 2017 and users will need to check their device's serial number to determine whether or not their machine is eligible for a battery replacement. The affected model is the “MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)”. If the device is eligible, Apple suggests that users stop using the device immediately.... Read more...
Apple caught some heat over its throttling mechanism in iOS, which reduces performance when the built-in battery degrades to a certain point. In response to the outrage that followed, Apple offered to replace out-of-warranty batteries at a discounted price—$29, versus $49. Unfortunately, the discounted offer expired at the start of 2019. However, if you're willing to take matters into your own hands, you can still install a fresh new battery for $29. This means going the do-it-yourself (DIY) route, which can be frightening when you're working with an expensive and delicate electronic device. Nevertheless, if you're willing to get your hands dirty and want to breathe new life into your aging... Read more...
Here's a friendly PSA if you own any recent iPhone. Apple's [reduced] cost iPhone battery replacement program is ending a week from today, December 31st. If you recall, Apple dropped the price of its battery replacement to a flat $29 (out of warranty) after it got caught throttling performance of iPhones whose batteries were not performing at optimum levels. Apple's reasoning for the throttling was understandable, as the company explained in an open letter to customers around this time last year: Device use also affects the performance of a battery over its lifespan. For example, leaving or charging a battery in a hot environment can cause a battery to age faster. These are characteristics... Read more...
Apple may be one of the most valuable companies in the world, but it isn't immune to problems with its products. Apple recently warned that MacBook Pro SSDs could lose data and that there were display issues with some iPhone X devices; it offered free repairs for both devices. Apple allegedly has a new issue with a man named Rocky Mohamadali claiming that his iPhone X exploded. The man claims that he was installing the iOS 12.1 update onto the device when the explosion occurred; that is the update that promised a fix for the so-called beautygate selfie issue. Mohamadali says that once the update started he plugged the iPhone X into the official Apple charger that came with the phone; it's unclear... Read more...
The original Motorola Z Play made a name for itself among users who champion smartphone battery life above all other features. It was not uncommon to hear of Moto Z Play users getting multiple days of power out of a single charge. In our review, Its battery life trounced every other phone we have ever tested by a wide margin. So, when the Moto Z2 Play was introduced last year, many lamented Motorola’s decision to slim the phone down and ultimately reduce battery capacity. While battery life was still exceptional, it fell far from eclipsing its processor. It is no surprise then that demands were high for the new Moto Z3 Play’s battery life to improve over the Z2 Play’s minor... Read more...
Apple really stepped in it when it decided to start throttling iPhones with aging batteries without properly informing customers about the practice. When the policy of throttling came to light, many users were outraged and Apple quickly went into appeasement mode. Apple was willing to replace iPhone batteries under any circumstances to make customers happy and analysts warned that the battery replacement program could hurt iPhone sales. Eventually, Apple rolled out a new battery replacement program that saw new batteries installed for only $29, which sounded great until the glut of iPhone owners looking for new batteries pushed wait times out to two months. Before that discount program,... Read more...
A group of researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a new battery breakthrough that could have a big impact on runtimes for the gadgets. The researchers have developed new material that can address the two chief complaints of batteries used in electronic devices now: relatively runtimes life and unwanted heat production. The team has applied for a patent for a magnetic material that has a unique honeycomb lattice structure that offers distinct electronical properties. “Semiconductor diodes and amplifiers, which often are made of silicon or germanium, are key elements in modern electronic devices,” said Deepak K. Singh, head researcher on the project, who also serves... Read more...
Anyone who owns an electronic device with a battery inside should know by now that if damaged, and sometimes for no reason at all, batteries can overheat and burst into flames. This was a huge problem years back when several major computer makers had batteries that were exploding and causing fires. Smartphones have had their share of battery fires as well. Most notably perhaps, reports of battery fires forced Samsung to recall the Galaxy Note 7 globally. Apple has also had issues with iPhone batteries catching fire. Back in late 2016, a rash of iPhone 6 fires in China were blamed on external damage to the devices. However, just recently an iPhone 6 has caught fire, this time in the... Read more...
If you have a 13-inch MacBook Pro that lacks the Touch Bar and was made between October 2016 and October 2017, Apple is replacing the battery in some of the machines. Apple has determined that on a limited number of instances, a component may fail and lead to the integrated battery expanding. Expanding batteries have in the past been linked to fires, but it seems that isn’t the case here. Apple is clear that this isn't a safety issue and that it will replace eligible batteries at no cost. Eligibility for the battery replacement program is linked to the serial number of the laptop. Owners of MacBook Pro notebooks built in the date range mentioned before can go to the Apple support page for... Read more...
Apple landed itself in one of the biggest scandals the company has ever been part of when it was learned that the iPhone maker was throttling older devices when the battery wasn't performing at 100%. Throttling was confirmed by a Geekbench developer in December 2017, and the main problem is that Apple never told users that it was reducing the performance of their devices. The result was over 60 class action lawsuits against the company for its actions and governmental investigations around the world. Apple tried to appease owners of older devices with budget $29 battery replacements, but the damage was done. Apple also promised that it would be more transparent in the future with more details... Read more...
Late last month Porsche dished out new details on the Mission E Electric performance sedan that aims to challenge Tesla. Porsche is back with another electric concept that is essentially a lifted SUV wagon version of the Mission E Performance sedan called the Porsche Mission E Cross. Porsche calls it a "Cross-Utility Vehicle" and says that it is designed for individuals with an active lifestyle, and was intended to be practical for year-round use. Inside the concept is designed with plenty of cargo space and exterior mounting systems to carry large objects like surfboards or bikes. Four people can sit inside and the dash is fitted with a display and control concept that has touchscreens and eye... Read more...
Cobalt is a metal that is used in the making of batteries for all types of devices. Apple is one of the largest end users of cobalt in the world with the metal being a key ingredient in the batteries used in most of Apple devices. The challenge is that with the growth of electric and hybrid vehicles gobbling ever larger amounts of the metal, Cupertino fears a shortage that could hurt its sales figures. Image via Wikipedia- Alchemist-hp (talk) (www.pse-mendelejew.de) A new report suggests that to prevent any shortage from hurting the bottom line, Apple is currently in talks to buy cobalt directly from miners. Reports indicate that currently about a quarter of all cobalt mined globally is used... Read more...
Apple is reportedly investigating an alleged fire and explosion from a set of its popular wireless AirPods earbuds. The incident happened to a Florida man who was wearing the earphones at a local gym during his workout. According to James Colon, he was exercising when "white smoke started billowing out" of the AirPods. The man says that he pulled the AirPods from his ear and placed them on some workout equipment nearby and went to get help. When he came back the right AirPod was found in pieces while the left one was intact and without issue. "It was already popped," Colon said. "I didn't see it happen, but I mean, it was already fried." Apple has stated that it is investigating the cause behind... Read more...
If you have ever wondered why some products contain warning labels that anyone with a lick of common sense would already know, get a load of this—an iPhone user in China was shopping for a new battery when he decided to put a potential replacement in his mouth, and bite down on it. The battery then exploded in his face, with the incident captured on the electronics store's CCTV camera. Why would he do that? We are pretty sure it wasn't for nourishment. A local media report surmises he was trying to test the battery's authenticity or durability, maybe because there is a difference in how legitimate batteries and third-party knock-offs feel in the mouth. Or maybe they explode differently.... Read more...
Apple angered many of its fans when it finally admitted that it had been throttling devices with older batteries. Apple said that the slowdown was to keep devices with batteries that are older and have lost performance from shutting down prematurely. Eventually Apple decided that the way to appease customers was to offer significant discounts on replacing the old batteries in some devices with a price decrease down to $29. Apple is now facing a potential inquiry from House Republicans who want answers from on its throttling policy. Four of the U.S. House Republicans, including the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday. The letter asks Cook... Read more...
Apple has been in some very rough waters over the last several weeks after the realization that the company was throttling devices with older batteries. Apple naturally says that the throttling of the devices was in the name of what's best for consumers, but some aren't buying that response. To appease the angry mob of iPhone owners, Apple announced a new battery replacement program that drastically cut the price for battery replacement. This was certainly the right move for consumers, but it could hurt the bottom line in Cupertino according to Barclays. Analyst Mark Moskowitz says that the new battery program offering $29 battery replacements, down from the previous $79 price, could be bad for... Read more...
Apple today has clarified its policy regarding battery replacements on iPhone 6 and newer smartphones that are affected by performance throttling in iOS. Apple acknowledged last month that once battery performance deteriorated below a set threshold, performance would be throttled in certain situations to avoid unexpected device shutdowns. Apple's secrecy surrounding the practice is what truly embroiled the company in controversy (and made the company subject to class-action lawsuits), so it slashed the price of battery replacements for the iPhone 6 and newer devices from $79 to $29. However, there has been some confusion as to how "worn" a battery has to be qualify for a replacement. Earlier... Read more...
Apple has moved quite swiftly to implement its new pricing policy for iPhone battery replacements. Last week, Apple announced that it would be slashing the price of in-store battery replacements for the iPhone 6 and newer devices from $79 to $29. This move was one of a few steps that Apple has taken to appease customers that were upset over the revelation that it throttles the performance of older iPhones with significant battery degradation. The new pricing is already in effect at most of Apple Store locations across the United States, with a company spokesperson stating, “We expected to need more time to be ready, but we are happy to offer our customers the lower pricing right away. Initial... Read more...
Late last week, Apple issued its first official statement on the brewing controversy over iPhone throttling. Today, the company has greatly expounded upon those comments with an open letter to its customers. Apple starts off by addressing customers directly, writing, "We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making." The company goes on to state that it is not intentionally shortening the life of its iPhones (which some have indicated was an Apple ploy to get customers to upgrade to newer models) and that in fact, its policy... Read more...
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