If you actually use your iPhone’s best features--the 3G network,
push notifications, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Location Services, all those
bells and whistles that make it so awesome--you’ve probably noticed your
battery needs recharging every day or two at least. We never leave home
without the cable and AC adapter that came with our iPhone, so we’re in
luck as long as we can find a power outlet or USB port to plug in to.
But wandering beyond walls and away from computers requires some extra
gadgetry to keep our iPhone charged, namely Belkin’s Dual Auto Charger
for the car and the iPWR SuperPack backup battery for everywhere else.
Earphones are a personal thing. Everyone has different criteria for
what makes a good set. Some might be looking for bass, others might be
more interested in noise reduction. Certain people might only be
interested in ’phones that come in standard-issue “iPod white,” while
someone else is looking for something a bit more interesting,
Someone told us the other day that real DJs are analog. While we’re
huge fans of the warm sound of vinyl, we’re pretty sure this person has
never lugged 15 crates of albums up four flights of stairs, only to
have to return to the van to get the turntables and mixer. While some
DJs are visiting the chiropractor for their back problems, Tonium
introduces the Pacemaker 666. This handheld portable mixer might not
replace a full kit for pros, but for hobbyists—or even club DJs looking
to, um, mix things up for a while—the Pacemaker stays on-beat.
There’s nothing quite like the glow of tubes burning hot in a heavy,
smoky tube amplifier for making an electric guitar sing and scream. But
when you want the sweet sound of six-string Nirvana to go, Native
Instruments’ slick new Guitar Rig Mobile offers a cool combination of a
tiny hardware interface and the stripped-down power of their potent
Guitar Rig software studio for just around a hundred bucks--and it’s got
plenty of big audio bang to fuel your rock ’n’ roll dreams.
Apple’s iPod has spawned an entire industry of accessories, speakers in
particular. Here at Mac|Life HQ, we’re constantly testing a stream of
iPod speakers, ranging from tiny battery-powered portable models and
alarm clocks, all the way up to models meant to pair with full-sized
home stereo components. But rarely does something catch our eye like
these speakers from Kanto.
It’s disturbing how long it took for manufacturers to create a capable
car stereo for the iPod. Many suffered from a latency issue that made
searching the iPod or even switching to the next song incredibly
frustrating. Add to that navigation schemes that would have led Ponce
de Leon to walk the plank, and you have a user experience that rivals
using the Zune. A new generation of car stereos has appeared lately
that battles the confusing navigation and lag issues associated with
switching tracks. Alpine hopes to lead the charge and bring iPod
enthusiasts a head unit deserving of the “Made for iPod” badge.
Being able to copy songs from an iPod to a Mac is incredibly useful,
and no, we’re not talking about pirating tracks here. If you keep
distinct iTunes libraries on more than one Mac, your iPod can carry
them back and forth. If your hard drive crashes, or you get a new Mac,
restoring iTunes tracks via an iPod is a great trick to have at your
The iPod touch gets decent battery life, but try putting a dent in 32GB worth of video on a single charge. The built-in battery will only get you through a dozen or so episodes of the original Batman series, but Mophie’s Juice Pack can more than double your total battery life, which is also great for fueling your raging Peggle addiction--or is that just us?