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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Software update allows Ford Sync users to use Siri Eyes-Free, adds feature to over five million vehicles

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Date: Thursday, December 3rd, 2015, 13:29
Category: Google, News, Siri, Software

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It’s pretty cool what a firmware update can do.

Owners of the Ford Sync can now download an update that will allow the Sync to tap into Siri to perform a variety of tasks while keeping their eyes on the road.

Ford on Thursday announced the Siri Eyes-Free update, noting that the software is available for more than 5 million Sync-equipped vehicles dating back to 2011. Siri Eyes-Free will allow the iPhone to work with the Ford Sync software to help drivers make and receive phone calls, listen to music, get driving directions and check calendar appointments via voice commands.

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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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Microsoft releases Cortana app for iOS to beta tester community

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Date: Monday, November 30th, 2015, 07:55
Category: iOS, News, Software

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It’s Microsoft’s alternative to Siri and its beta is now available on iOS. Microsoft has released a beta of its Cortana personal assistant app for iOS. The app, which went out to a handful of testers who signed up to trial the new app were notified by way of email that the iOS version of Cortana was available for download, offers voice-powered assistance, plus help with managing your schedule, reminders, and alarms, as well as the ability to track things like flights, packages, stocks, scores and more.

An Android version of the app was previously made available for testing this August.

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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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Rumor: Apple working on Genius Bar to help troubleshooting process, alleviate lines

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Date: Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 14:41
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Rumor, Software, Wearables

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With any luck, this could save some time.

And sanity.

A series of leaked screenshots shows that Apple is apparently working on an app to help iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch users troubleshoot their devices without having to journey out to the Genius Bar.

The pictures, which were leaked to uSwitch.com, indicate that users will be able to report a problem and coordinate support through a live chat feature and by sending a device in to be repaired.

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Mozilla releases Firefox for iOS

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Date: Thursday, November 12th, 2015, 12:13
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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If you’ve been hankering for the day Firefox would be available for iOS, it’s finally here.

Mozilla has announced that its Firefox browser is now available for iOS and can be used on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Until today, Firefox for iOS was available as a public preview, and only in New Zealand. Launching first in New Zealand has become a common practice for testing new apps and features on the Web — companies use the country as a test market because it has a small population and English is the primary language.

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Walgreens becomes first retailer to merge Apple Pay with rewards card systems

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Date: Thursday, November 5th, 2015, 07:21
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, retail, Wearables

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You may love or hate Walgreens, but they’re now the first to offer a rewards program via Apple Pay.

Walgreens announced on Thursday that the pharmacy chain has begun running its rewards program via Apple Pay. The company has long supported this through QR codes, but can now do this through NFC thanks to features in iOS 9.

In addition to Walgreens turning on support for its Balance Rewards card through Apple Pay, Kohl’s recently became the first retailer to enable its store credit card for use with Apple Pay. Apple also added more than 50 banks to work with Apple Pay this week.

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