Let’s face it people: whether it be excessive sunlight exposure, too much use, or what, after a while your iPhone battery does start to drain much faster. Below are a few tips to maximize your iPhone’s battery life and keep it from draining as fast as it normally would. 1.
It’s time for some Saturday humor! Following my brief visit to my local Apple store to check out some of the new, white iPhone 5s I saw Apple’s newest product: the iPad 2′s successor, the iPad 2 Life-Sized Version. Admire the huge, color-bursting Smart Covers casing those large, iPad 2-similar-devices.
If your iPad battery ever needs to be replaced due to an inability to properly hold a charge, Apple will just skip replacing the battery all together. Instead, you’ll receive another (most likely refurbished) iPad for $106.95. Any unauthorized modifications or damage may void your ability to use this service.
From Apple’s support site:
"If your iPad requires service due to the battery’s diminished ability to hold an electrical charge, Apple will replace your iPad for a service fee."
OhGizmo has informed us that peripherals maker Novothink has released the new Solar Surge, a combination solar charger and carrying case for the iPhone 3G/3GS and the iPod Touch lets you harvest the sun’s energy to replenish your device’s less than epic battery.
According to the Novothink website, “2 hours of direct solar exposure provides about 30 minutes of talk time on a 3G network or 60 minutes of talk time on a 2G network". Users can always resort to the included USB cable for charging its built-in lithium-ion polymer battery.
We just stopped by the FastMac booth here at Macworld and they're showing off several new products, the coolest of which is the iV Plus. The iV Plus is an iPhone case with an integrated battery — similar to the popular Mophie Juice Pack Air — with a few tricks up its sleeves. Most notably, the iV doubles as a universal remote, thanks to a built-in infrared transmitter. It also includes a super-bright LED light which can be used as a flashlight or as an actual camera flash as long as you have an app that supports it.
FastMac also claims that the new iV packs more battery life than the Mophie Juice Pack air, all in a slightly smaller package which is really exciting. Think about it; if you're already using it for extra juice, you'll always have a flashlight and a universal remote with you! Check out the video below:
Remember that mystery executive at KT (the exclusive iPhone carrier in South Korea) who said the iPhone would be doing a mini-launch in April and sport the ARM Cortex-A9 2GHz processor? Apparently that wasn't all he said. He also claims that the next iPhone will have video chat capabilities, an OLED screen, and last but definitely not least, a removable battery.
We've been hearing wishy-washy rumors about a front-facing camera that would facilitate video chatting on the iPhone, but nothing has ever come of it. It's not totally unreasonable to expect one, though.
IvySkin has announced its first case with an integrated battery pack for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. The SmartCase features an integrated battery which they claim provides 200% more battery life and a protective case. The case is made of a polycarbonate hard shell, coated in a polysilicon material and a glass "touch-thru" screen. If you don't need the extra juice, the battery can be removed from the case and replaced with a slim backing, slimming it down for extra pocketability.
The IvySkin SmartCase will cost $79.99 when it's available later this year.
Here's a nifty, new feature for those folks who are always concerned about their battery life. New for the iPhone 3GS, you can now display a percentage meter right next to the traditional battery life indicator. To enable it, head to Settings>General>Usage and flip the "Battery Percentage" switch on. Now you'll see the percentage of available battery right next to the battery icon! Personally I don't leave this on because it makes me think the battery is draining faster than it used to. But hey, give it a try! If you don't like it, just turn it back off. Enjoy!
Incase has informed iLounge that current models of the Incase Power Slider have been discontinued and are no longer available from their site. Although third party retailers may still have them, Incase is planning to release a new version of the Power Slider. Current models have reportedly been known to decrease 3G reception for some users. Incase plans to address the issue with the new version. A specific release date is unknown, but it will be “around the holiday timeframe.” The Power Slider is a combination case and battery based off the design of the Incase Slider.
UK battery and charger maker Battech recently unveiled a cool new charger for the iPhone 3G. It's the iPower SX, and it's a solar-powered charger that includes a large 2,200mAh battery. It uses a 5.5V, 80mA crystalline solar panel that has a 5.3V, 500mA output to convert sunlight into power, but can also be charged by USB when sun isn't available. You can grab one for £40 in the UK, or roughly $62 at their site. [via Pocket-Lint.co.uk]