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Apple releases watchOS 2.0.1 update, offers multiple fixes, access to new emoji symbols

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Date: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, 04:18
Category: Apple Watch, battery, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables


It’s not a huge update, but it could offer a few handy fixes.

On Wednesday, Apple released watchOS 2.0.1, the latest update for its Apple Watch operating system.

The update includes the following fixes and new features:
– Improvements for poor battery life.

– Fixes for stalling software updates.


Ars Technica puts iPhone 6s units through their paces to test battery life differences between Samsung, TSMC models

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Date: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 08:29
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors, Software


In the wake of the controversy surrounding the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus’ battery life and how this might change depending on whether the battery was sourced from Samsung or TSMC, some research has been done that has discovered the battery life difference in “real-world usage” to be about 2 to 3 percent.

The cool cats at Ars Technica ran two iPhone 6s models, one with a Samsung chip and one with a TSMC chip, through their paces, to find the following results:


“Chipgate” scandal erupts for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus owners, Samsung A9 processor may lead to 20% shorter battery life

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Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2015, 12:15
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors, Software


Well, you can’t release a new iPhone without at least some scandal.

This year it may come down to the processor inside your new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus.

In the new “Chipgate” controversy, Apple may have shipped a series of processors that could affect battery life with the handset.

Apple, which used two suppliers (Samsung and TSMC) to build the chip, is facing feedback in which users are reporting that those with the Samsung chip could have up to 20 percent less battery life. Apple has yet to respond to the controversy.


iPhone 6s to feature smaller capacity battery, offer same run time as iPhone 6 battery

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Date: Thursday, September 10th, 2015, 07:25
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News


Well, this is both confusing but also reassuring.

One thing Apple didn’t mention during yesterday’s keynote was the iPhone 6s battery life. In the promo video, Apple shows a shot of the iPhone 6s internals. During the video, the viewer can make out the battery’s specifications, which is rated at 1715mAh,down from the 1810mAH packed into the previous iPhone 6.

The smaller capacity battery apparently allows for new features such as the 3D Touch screen and the Taptic Engine, albeit Apple’s specs state that the battery life estimates for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s models are identical.


Apple apparently co-designing third-party accessory packaging for Apple Store locations

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Date: Monday, July 13th, 2015, 08:52
Category: Accessory, battery, Cases, retail


Your product’s packaging has to look pretty enough to be on an Apple Store shelf.

And Apple will help you with that.

A series of redesigned packages for several Mophie battery packs were recently spotted at an Apple Store in Japan. The boxes match the style used for Apple’s own products, with large images and minimalist text against a stark white background. It’s unknown how many other companies may have updated boxes on shelves.


E-Kaia power adapter extracts energy from plants, can charge mobile devices

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Date: Monday, May 11th, 2015, 13:38
Category: battery, Hardware, News


You’ve always known that nearby plants were hoarding the power you needed to charge your iOS device.

Now it’s time to get that power back.

A new device called “E-Kaia”, developed by researchers in Chile, allows users to collect leftover energy created by photosynthesis to charge small devices, like mobile phones or LED lights, using a single healthy plant. As noted by the Manquehue Institute, the E-Kaia team says its invention can output as much as 5 volts at 0.6 amps.


Apple Watch battery details posted, specs now available

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Date: Monday, April 27th, 2015, 07:51
Category: Apple Watch, battery, Hardware, News, Wearables


If you were curious about the Apple Watch’s battery life, Apple just posted the specs.

The company posted a technical specification web page, complete with details as to service and recycling for the wearable’s batteries. The page states that the Watch should hold 80 percent of its original capacity at 1,000 “complete” charge cycles — meaning charging from empty to full. Typically, batteries last longer if they’re only partially depleted before being recharged.


Recent wave of Apple hiring may point to effort to improve iOS device batteries

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Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 08:45
Category: battery, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News


It’s the hiring cycles that show where a company’s going.

Apple has been looking to make significant additions to its battery technology team since the beginning of March, with a special emphasis on iOS devices, newly listed positions available at the company reveal.

At least nine listings posted within the last month are directly connected to battery technology. Some examples include openings for a hardware manager, a firmware development manager, a battery pack engineering manager, a cell engineer, and an electrical engineer.

Apple quietly extends iPhone 5 battery replacement program into 2016

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Date: Friday, March 6th, 2015, 07:21
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News


If you’re having issues with your iPhone 5 battery, then you’re in luck.

Apple has pushed back the expiration date of its iPhone 5 battery replacement program, which was originally scheduled to end on March 1, to provide owners of faulty equipment a full three years of component coverage.

While Apple did not formally announce the change, language on the program’s dedicated webpage was modified to reflect a new coverage period extending to three years after a device’s first retail sale. The updated page was first spotted by iPhone in Canada.


Mophie expands Juice Pack line for iPhone 6

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Date: Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, 15:00
Category: Accessory, battery, iPhone, News


Accessory maker Mophie announced that it’s expanding its popular line of Juice Pack battery packs for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. According to The Verge, as of today, three new battery packs are up for preorder starting at US$99, and each will provide upward of 60 percent extra battery life.

The new lineup starts with the Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 6, which effectively doubles the iPhone 6’s already decent battery life. The Juice Pack Plus adds 120 percent extra battery life. The Juice Pack for the 6 Plus adds a meager 60 percent battery, but that shouldn’t bother most since the 6 Plus can already last more than a full day on a single charge after reasonable use. All three also come with bumpers inside the case to prevent damage upon impact. We’re not entirely sure if they’ll prevent bending, though.