iPhone’s today are essentially mini computers, and that kind of information and potential at our fingertips everyday has a price. The price on a iPhone is not only data, but more importantly power. Battery power to be more specific. Every device comes with a predetermined amount of power in the battery. That juice has to last to get the user through their day. A day of making phone calls, sending a receiving texts and emails, surfing the web, creating documents, listening to music, watching videos, etc, etc, etc. We use our phones now more than ever, and that use is causing our batteries to drain quick.
The TYLT Energi Sliding Power Case is a great solution to the power problem many of us are facing with our iPhone. Unlike other battery case solutions on the market, the Energi Sliding Power Case comes with two separate pieces that essentially allow the user to have two different case options. One simple lightweight case, and another case that includes a portable battery pack.
The Energi Sliding Power Case has a 2500 mAh battery which claims to give you an extra 9 hours talk time on your iPhone. For comparison, the Mophie Juice Pack Plus comes with a 2100 mAh battery, and is the largest battery case Mophie offers. The price for the Energi Sliding Power Case is just $99.99 as opposed to the $119.95 for the Mophie Juice Pack Plus.
Do you ever get tired of having to carry a wallet and your cell phone? Do you wish there was a case that could hold your phone and your vital items from your wallet? Do you wish I’d stop asking these stupid questions and just get on with it???
Introducing the Otterbox iPhone 5/5s Wallet Case. It is the latest and greatest for the case making people at Otterbox. It combines great protection with the ability to carry around a few of the important cards from your wallet. This is a multilayer case that gives your device some solid protection and offers a slide out tray on the rear that can hold up to three cards of your choice.
I found that this case is very useful when you are wanting to travel light, but yet have the needed items with you. I was able to carry my drivers license, debit card, and a credit card with no problems. The tray compartment adds a little bulk to the case, but it’s not too bad, and definitely not as much as the battery case I usually have on my phone.
The case does not come with a built in screen protector like the Defender Series cases, but you can easily apply a screen protector of your choice on your phone. Overall I think this is a good case and it’s very useful, but I’m not so sure it’s worth the $44.95 asking price. In my opinion, a price tag somewhere in the low $30′s would seem more reasonable.
Apple-tracker.com was shutdown tonight by a DMCA takedown notice. This widely popular, free service that allowed people to quickly check inventory at many Apple retail locations at once has been shuttered. You were able to check for iDevices in realtime and even sign-up for alerts when inventory was replenished. It is a shame that Apple would shut this service down when they fail at providing anything even close to this type of tracking.
I guess making a product look as hard to get as possible adds to the Apple Fanboy culture. I used this site to obtain an iPhone 5S. Apple should be buying this, not shutting it down. DMCA notice after the break. Read more
Apple has added a warning when you plug an unauthorized charge / sync Lightning cable into your iPhone 5. The popup message states “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone.”
There has been talk that Apple may flip the switch in an iOS upgrade and stop allowing unauthorized Lightning connectors from connecting to devices. This would instantly kill the 3rd party gray market on lightning connectors and greatly help companies like Mophie who follow all the rules and pay licensing fees to Apple for the “Made For I” program. I will admit, I have a knock-off Mophie I obtained prior to their product being available.
The problem is Apple messed up at the launch of the iPhone 5. If they only wanted their connectors used they should have had that in place with manufacturers on launch day. They waited almost 60 days after the iPhone 5 launched to even meet with partners wanting to develop accessories with Lightning connectors. Doing so created a huge demand for knockoff / unauthorized products that are probably more prevalent than actual Made For I products.
I really don’t think Apple will enforce the Lightning connector issue by banning them as Apple is the source of the problem in the first place. It appears you will just have to dismiss a warning each time you plug your phone into a device you didm’t pay Apple Tax on.
Didn’t secure a ticket to Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference? You can watch the much anticipated keynote live starting at 10 A.M. Pacific.
Apple has decided to once again allow the keynote to stream live. In the past they had posted it in the evening after the keynote was completed.
While they are streaming the event they are only supporting Apple devices to watch it. This probably isn’t that big of a deal, because anyone who wants to sit through a Apple keynote probably owns an Apple product. The requirements are Safari 4 or later on a Mac running OS X 10.6 or later. For mobile you have to have iOS 4.2 or later installed. For Apple TV you need a second or third generation device.
Their is a lot of possibility in todays keynote. We know iOS 7 is a sure thing but everything else is up in the air. iRadio? iWatch?
If things like employment keep you from watching the event live, don’t worry. We will be posting and tweeting information from the event.
You can watch the event from the Special Event page setup by Apple via this link.
Tomorrow, Best Buy is offering a $150 trade-in credit on top of their $50 discount to offer the 16GB iPhone 5 for “free”. If you have a working iPhone 4 / 4S this is a good time to upgrade. If you have an iPhone 4 / 4S in pretty good shape you can actually get more money for it from eBay or Craigslist if you don’t mind a little work.
If this sounds like a fit for you, head to a Best Buy store tomorrow, June 1st and upgrade. You will need to pay taxes and any upgrade fees required by your carrier.
You either love Apple or you hate them. It was surprising that Tim Cook himself flew to Washington to answer questions about Apples huge stash of cash that is being held by subsidiaries outside of the United States. As always Jon Stewart from The Daily Show put together a great summary of clips highlighting the hearing.
It seems the Senate loves Apple from these clips. If you ever get called to testify, it might be a good idea to bring Tim Cook or someone they would know from Apple.