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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djay Pro for iPad revolutionizes mobile DJing (again)

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Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, 07:19
Category: Gift Guide, iPad, iPad Pro, Review, Software

Algoriddim's djay Pro for iPad - Jason O'Grady

The art of DJing has advanced to the point where it’s now possible to do things on your Mac, iPad, iPhone (and yes, even your Apple Watch) that previously required thousands of dollars in turntables, mixers and speakers. After playing with djay Pro for iPad for a couple of days even my MacBook is starting to feel heavy.

Algoriddim’s djay pioneered (pun intended) the art of mixing and beat matching tracks on the Mac in 2006 and on iOS in 2010. djay is an amazing family of apps that allows you to spin music like a pro and has earned the title of world’s best selling DJ app with over 20 million downloads and an Apple Design Award to its credit.

djay dropped a major update to its disruptive iPad app today, loaded with pro-level audio and video features.

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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

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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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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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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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LG cancels LG Watch Urbane Second Edition LTE project, cites unspecified hardware issue

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Date: Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 07:06
Category: Android, Hardware, News, Wearables, wireless

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It looks like LG’s upcoming smartwatch, the Urbane Second Edition LTE, won’t come to fruition. Citing an unspecified hardware issue, the project has been canceled. There is no word at this time if the device will be released at a later date, but for now, LG is calling this a full-on cancellation of the launch.

The company had the following comment to offer:

We understand that you are currently reviewing our latest smartwatch; however, late in the quality assurance process for the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, our engineers were made aware of a hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device. After further investigation, the decision was made to cancel the rollout of the Urbane 2nd Edition LTE due to the complicated nature of the issue.

Whether the device will be available in the future will be decided at a later time. For now, our top priority is to ensure that only products that meet our very specific quality standards are available for purchase.

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