Big news last week was Mountain Lion's sneaking out the gate without a big hoopedy doo Keynote. There's been little news on that front since then, but there are a few pieces to the puzzle, along with iCloud follies, and a few Apple TV tips (which might just be Apple's next big thing). Let's see what's cookin' in the hot stories this week.
If you’re not getting enough battery life out of your smartphone, don’t just blame the manufacturer. There’s more to how long a phone can operate than how big its battery is or how much time you spend streaming video or playing Tiny Wings--there’s the handset’s guts, services provided by your wireless carrier, and your phone’s software.
Since iOS 5 was released, iPhone and iPad users across the globe have been suffering through some pretty bad battery hiccups--bad enough, in fact, for Apple to directly address it with the 5.0.1 update. Unfortunately, the update didn’t totally fix our battery bothers. While there’s definitely no fix like an official software fix, we figured this was as good a time as ever to revisit some of the tips and tricks that will take your battery from bad to better.
Few things are as handy as an iPhone battery case—binder clips, Swiss Army knives, and the iPhone itself. But most iPhone battery cases add bulk, and don’t always have juice when you need it most. Third Rail takes a novel approach by keeping the case and battery separate. Your iPhone stays in a sleek, attractive Slim Case that adds practically no bulk at all, just a centimeter or so at the bottom. Flip it over and you’ll see a contact strip of three gold rails—that’s where you’ll snap on the 1.4-ounce, 1250mAh Smart Battery. Micro-USB in and out ports let you charge the battery from a computer or USB power adapter and juice up other gadgets that charge via USB. If you want extra power, you can buy additional Smart Batteries for $59.99 each, and when they all run dry you can stack them on the Slim Case to charge everything up at once.
Some accessories are so clever that we wonder why Apple didn’t just fold them into the product’s original design. And with the Magic Charger, a lovely rechargeable-battery solution for the Magic Mouse, you might end up wishing that Apple actually had made it.
You may recall that last year, Apple obtained the exclusive rights to a unique metal alloy called Liquidmetal. At the time they procured it, the rumor mill was busy churning out speculation over how the new technology might be employed by Cupertino. Some said it would be implemented in antenna design. Others suggested it could be used to build lighter, stronger cases for mobile devices. Man, were they ever off the mark. If a recent patent awarded to Apple is any indicator, Apple has something planned that'll blow their competition right out of the water. Again.