Tim Cook reacts to “The Hump” nickname for iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case, talks up accessory’s positive points

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Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015, 08:24
Category: Accessory, battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

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This could be an unfortunate nickname that just sticks with a product.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, while attending an Hour of Code event in New York, spoke to Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff about the new iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case.

During the interview, Ulanoff asked Cook if he was excited about the “hump,” a mocking nickname people have given to the battery case due to its distinctive shape. In response, Tim Cook said he was aware of the comments people were making about the case. “You know, I probably wouldn’t call it ‘the hump,'” Cook said.

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A few of my favorite things: Waterfield and Peralta bags for the iPad Pro

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Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, 00:12
Category: Accessory, Cases, Gift Guide, iPad, iPad mini, iPad Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Review

Waterfield's Field Muzetto bag

Having a good bag is almost as important as having good equipment in the first place. If you spent good money on an iPad or MacBook it makes no sense to have your sweet hardware bouncing around in a poorly-constructed vessel that costs less than your Uber fare. It’s also a shame to tuck your beautiful Apple hardware into an unsightly “computer bag” which is why I love Waterfield bags.

I’ve been recommending Waterfield’s stitched-in-San Francisco products since 1999. If you’ve recently acquired a new iPad Pro, or your old bag needs to be updated, Waterfield’s got two great new products that I can’t recommend highly enough: the Field Muzetto and the Peralta Scarlett iPad Pro Sleeve.

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iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case arrives to mixed reviews

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 09:17
Category: Accessory, battery, News

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The first iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case reviews are in and the results are mixed.

While the accessory adds a good amount of battery life to your iPhone 6 and 6s models and integrates with iOS to show a battery status icon, a number of complaints have surfaced about its “hunchback” design, complete with a protruding battery on the back.

“The battery juts out as if your phone will soon give birth to a rectangular alien,” says Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal in her review, which may just be accurate.

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Apple quietly releases iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case, cites 25 hours of talk time

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 07:36
Category: Accessory, battery, Hardware, iPhone, iPhone 6, News

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Apple on Tuesday quietly launched its new iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case, which the company says will extend the handset’s talk time and internet use by up to 25 and 18 hours, respectively. The case’s outside material compares similarly to the company’s previous line of silicone accessories, with an added hump sitting in the middle of the backside where the extra battery rests.

The company offered the following product description:

Charge your iPhone and battery case simultaneously for increased talk time up to 25 hours, Internet use up to 18 hours on LTE, and even longer audio and video playback. With the Smart Battery Case on, the intelligent battery status is displayed on the iPhone Lock screen and in Notification Center, so you know exactly how much charge you have left.

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iFixit posts teardown of Smart Keyboard, finds interesting switches, conductive fabric among components

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Date: Tuesday, November 24th, 2015, 07:33
Category: Accessory, Hardware, MacBook, News

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The extremely cool cats at iFixit tore into Apple’s new Smart Keyboard recently and found some interesting stuff inside.

The teardown, which was published today, reports that Apple used a conductive fabric as well as a key design borrowed from the 12-inch Retina MacBook.

The device uses multiple layers of fabric and plastic to keep it water and stain-resistant, repair firm iFixit noted. This includes microfiber, plastic, and what iFixit calls a nylon layer — in marketing, Apple refers to it simply as polyurethane.

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iFixit tears down Apple Pencil, posts findings

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Date: Thursday, November 19th, 2015, 08:44
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News

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The coolest of felines at iFixit have torn down the Apple Pencil and found some amazing stuff inside.

The crew, which had to resort to opening the device with a small circular saw and breaking a flex cable in the process, found that the plastic outer casing reveals a metal inner one. The tip contains two separate emitters, used to determine both the angle and orientation of the Pencil in order to adjust the width of the pen stroke.

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Early Apple Pencil orders in the U.S. move closer to shipment

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Date: Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, 07:26
Category: Accessory, News, retail

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If you ordered an Apple Pencil last week, there’s a good chance it’s getting ready to ship.

Since the launch if the iPad Pro, supplies of the Apple Pencil have been constrained. At launch, there were no Apple Pencils or Smart Keyboards available for purchase in the U.S. with in-store pickup, and the first online orders listed delivery dates of November 19 at the earliest, more than a week after the iPad Pro became available.

On Tuesday, a number of pre-order customers are seeing some movement with their orders, receiving notifications that their Apple Pencils are now preparing for shipment. Current estimates from some customers have the Apple Pencil arriving between November 20 to November 24.

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Recent Tim Cook comments state that Apple won’t combine MacBook and iPad

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Date: Monday, November 16th, 2015, 07:45
Category: Accessory, Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, MacBook, News

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The iPad Pro won’t combine a MacBook with an iPad.

So sayeth the Tim over at 1 Infinite Loop.

Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook declared that the iPad Pro “is a replacement for a notebook or a desktop” for many users. Apple’s iPad Pro mixes together a tablet, keyboard, and stylus like Microsoft’s Surface lineup, but Cook labelled the Surface Book a “diluted” product for “trying to be a tablet and a notebook and it really succeeds at being neither.”

In a recent interview, Cook defended his comments about Apple’s new iPad Pro tablet, stating he was referring to Windows-based notebooks and desktops, not Apple’s own notebook lineup.

“We don’t regard Macs and PCs to be the same,” says Cook. “What we’ve tried to do is to recognize that people use both iOS and Mac devices.” So it appears that in the eyes of Tim Cook, an iPad Pro will replace a Windows PC, but not a Mac. Cook didn’t elaborate on the comments.

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Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard accessories in short supply following iPad Pro launch

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Date: Friday, November 13th, 2015, 09:25
Category: Accessory, iPad Pro, News, retail

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The good news is that the iPad Pro is out.

The and news is that the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard you might want for it are in short supply.

Both the keyboard and stylus designed specifically for the Pro are showing four to five week shipping estimates with no option to pick up in-store. Some Apple Stores do have the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil in stock, but you’ll have to call or visit your nearby store to find out whether they’re carrying the accessories.

Apple offered the following comment regarding its inventory and supply levels:

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Waterfield Dash: MacBook sleeve of the Gods

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Date: Monday, October 26th, 2015, 05:11
Category: Accessory, Cases, MacBook, Review

Waterfield Dash SleeveCase for MacBook by Jason O'Grady

As long as I’ve used MacBooks (and PowerBooks before them) I’ve kept them in a padded sleeve. Notebooks contain delicate electronics, they store our most import data, and they shouldn’t be bouncing around inside a bag, purse or suitcase without protection. Rather than trying to find a bag to fit my MacBook, I prefer to keep it in a quality sleeve and put that into any bag  I want.

I’ve been recommending Waterfield notebook sleeves since 1999 because of their high quality materials and stylish designs. Their new Dash MacBook Sleeve ($59) is built with a combination of ballistic nylon, impact-resistant compression foam, and a plush liner, and it fits Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook like a glove.

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