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Second-generation Automatic hits, allows for feedback from your car to iOS or Android device

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Date: Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, 10:16
Category: Accessory, Android, Hardware, iOS, News

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It’s sort of like a FitBit for your car.

And it includes a free travel cup and crash notification service.

Automatic has released the second generation of its Automatic Adapter, an adapter that plugs into the ODB-II port under your car’s dashboard. The Automatic then sends data via Bluetooth to your iOS or Android device, measuring things like driving speeds, acceleration, braking and other data prior to giving you a score for your driving.

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Jackery Giant + allows for two devices to be charged simultaneously, sports, 12,000 mAH battery

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Date: Monday, December 14th, 2015, 08:54
Category: Accessory, battery, Hardware, News

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This is one of those accessories for when you don’t have time to muck about.

Or want to charge two accessories at once.

The Jackery Giant + by Jackery allows for two devices to be charged simultanesouly. The unit is powered by a 12,000 mAH battery and features some pretty nice specs, including a 10.4 ounce weight and 2.9 full charge cycles for even an iPhone 6s Plus.

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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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Apple files patent for self-healing materials to be used in devices

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Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2015, 08:46
Category: Hardware, News, Patents

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This could potentially turn into something extremely cool and useful.

An Apple patent application on Thursday suggests a method of portable device weatherproofing that buries sensitive electrical device contacts beneath a layer of self-healing elastomer, allowing connectors to penetrate without leaving lasting aesthetic or structural damage.

The patent, entitled “Electronic device with hidden connector” details a method of protecting electrical device connections commonly exposed to the elements with specialized self-healing elastomeric material. Probes attached to power, data or audio feeds are able to puncture the elastomer, which re-seals itself upon their extraction.

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iFixit completes, posts full teardown of iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case

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Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2015, 07:04
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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You’ve gotta love the teardowns.

With the new iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case in mind, the cool cats at iFixit have performed a full teardown of the external battery. What they found after removing massive amounts of adhesive, a lining that had to be heated before it could be stripped away, three proprietary screws and a metal reinforcement plate was a 7.13 Whr (1877 mAH at 3.8 V) capacity battery.

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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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Rumor: Apple to release 4-inch iPhone powered by A9 processor in 2016

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Date: Thursday, December 3rd, 2015, 06:38
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized

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Apple may release a 4-inch iPhone in 2016, complete with a pretty impressive processor inside.

According to a note released recently by reliable analyst/guru Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple will launch a 4-inch iPhone in 2016, complete with an A9 processor.

While new model may not generate huge sales, Kuo cited the following reasons for such a model:

(1) There is still-existing demand for 4-inch smartphones. We estimate 15-17mn 4-inch iPhones will be shipped in 2015. We estimate the new 4-inch model will account for 8-9% of total iPhone shipments in 2016F; (2) expected price of US$400-500, with the aim of penetrating emerging markets and consumers on smaller budgets; and (3) adoption of NFC will support Apple Pay, benefiting the ecosystem.

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Rumor: Apple experimenting with a least five different iPhone 7 configurations, could replace Lightning port with USB-C port

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Date: Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, 07:08
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The world is nothing without rumors about the next-gen iPhone.

As of now, the current rumor has it that Apple is testing no less than five different iPhone 7 models, all with distinct differences.

While this should be taken with a grain of salt, it’s said that Apple is looking into replacing the Lightning connector with a USB-C port as well as testing various models with wireless charging technology, multi-touch Force Touch, dual cameras, and in-display fingerprint recognition.

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Apple patent application highlights active shutter system to protect devices from spills, contaminants

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Date: Friday, November 27th, 2015, 07:23
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, Patents

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Somewhere down the line, this could really come in handy.

An Apple patent application published Thursday describes a powered shutter system that automatically blocks access to speaker, microphone and other iPhone and iPad port openings, protecting the sensitive components within.

The patent application, known as Apple’s “Electronic devices with housing port shutters” application, describes a system of electrically controlled shutters disposed over the openings of critical components like speaker boxes and microphones. At the command of an onboard logic board, these shutter mechanisms can quickly block acoustic pathways — portholes — from damaging physical contaminants, potentially saving hundreds of dollars in repair costs.

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Rumor: Apple to migrate devices from LCD displays to OLED displays in 2018

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Date: Friday, November 27th, 2015, 07:07
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables

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Apple is expected to begin shifting its iPhones from LCD displays to improved OLED screens as of 2018. The OLED display technology, which is currently only in use on the Apple Watch, benefits from greater contrast levels and much deeper blacks as the display only illuminates to present color. This offers energy efficiency that leads to improved battery life compared lighting up the entire display each time.

Current rumors state that Apple has notified its suppliers that it wants to move to OLED iPhones in 2018, but adds that a mix of LCD and OLED iPhones are expected initially due to iPhone demand and OLED production limitations. Apple is apparently weighing how well OLED displays hold up over time versus LCD displays before committing to the switch. Both Samsung and LG, which currently produce OLED panels, are expected to be primary suppliers of OLEDs for iPhones, which would negatively impact current LDC display partners Sharp and Japan Display.

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