A Chinese outfit called Hevo Labs is pitching a new iPhone battery case called "Cabin" on Kickstarter, and they're quickly racing towards their goal of $50,000. What's the big deal? The proposed case allows you to put a tiny adapter into the Lightning port of your iPhone 5 or 5s, thereby letting you charge the device with the magnetic goodness of a MagSafe-styled connector.
The Apple Store just went down, and many pundits believe that when it reopens later today, the virtual shelves will be chock full of new Macs. Just ahead of WWDC 2012, a few specs have leaked out on exactly what we might expect.
Not a great week for Apple in the courtroom. This past week, Cupertino has been forced to settle a class action suit regarding the MagSafe adapters that start fires, lost a ruling in Germany which could result in a huge win for Motorola, and is picking a fight with a small cafe in Bonn.
We'll run through the highlights in this week's episode of Law & Apple. Cue the "dun dun."
Life's full of problems, so don't let your cords become an issue. This week's Mac|Life Show is all about getting those cords properly wrapped up so they're not impeding on all sorts of other areas in your life--like, uh, that other stuff in your bag.
One of the biggest downsides to owning a lot of electronic devices are the cables. Cables can be a pain to manage and keep tangle-free. In this how-to (gallery edition!), we'll show you some easy ways to tie up your USB cables, MagSafe power bricks, and also the ever elusive earbuds. So, if you don't want to end up like that one episode of The Three Stooges, then click through and find out how to de-clutter your cables.
If you hate cables like we hate cables, you're going to love what Apple may be planning to do with your cables. Now, say that five times fast. If a new patent filing is any indication, Apple's engineers are looking at methods for transfering data and power via a single magsafe cable. That could mean less under desl tangled messes for everyone... well, everyone that uses a Mac.
You may recall that a few months back, Apple brought its legal guns to bear on Sanho: a company much loved by road warriors for their excellent line up of MacBook charging solutions. Apple's beef with the company was that Sanho's Hypermac external batteries utilized Apple's patented MagSafe technology without their permission. As Sanho also offers a number of other Apple-sanctioned peripherals that they feared they could lose the license to manufacture, the company immiediately bowed to Cupertino's order to cease and desist the production of Hypermac external batteries featuring the MagSafe connector that made the product so useful. Fortunately, it appears that Sanho has come through with a solution.
Apple’s legal eagles have already forced third-party battery maker HyperMac to stop selling MacBook charging cables as of November 2, but now it appears the company has also been forced to bow to pressure over the use of the word “Mac” in their name.
If you’re in the market for a third-party charging cable or car charger for your MacBook because Apple’s own solutions are too expensive, you better act fast -- the sun may be setting for good on at least one company’s option.
If you listen closely, you can hear the drums of war beating once again. Follow the sound on the wind and you'll be led to the faraway land of Cupertino where it's clear that Apple is none too pleased with Sanho Corporation, makers of the increasingly popular line of HyperMac external battery products for just about every Apple product under the sun. It seems that Apple's beef stems from the fact that many of the products from the HyperMac line include MagSafe adapters for connecting to power-hungry MacBooks, MacBook Pros and MacBook Air. In addition, they also utilize Apple's 30-pin dock connector to move juice from their batteries on to every iOS device under the sun. This might not be an issue if Sanho had asked permission to do so. However, as you may have guessed by now, they didn't.