Despite all the crazy rumors about the new AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule having some kind of built-in Software Update caching or iCloud integration, this week’s hardware refresh was quiet and uneventful -- that is, unless you like your AirPort with stronger Wi-Fi.
There's never a dock connector cable around when you need one. Alternately, many of us have been faced with the frustration of having one on hand, but no computer or wall socket to plug it into, leaving our precious iOS devices to die from a lack of power after a long day away from our Macs. Fortunately, thanks to a new patent awarded to Apple this week, the days of figuring out how to charge our iPods and iPhone away from home could be coming to an end.
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.
Apple touts the iPhone 4 as having up to seven hours of talk time or enough power for 300 hours of standby. Both are pretty good marks…but everyone knows that real-world numbers are quite a bit lower. Spend a day roaming around town, checking in via Foursquare at each stop--or chatting via Beejive--and you’re lucky to make it through the afternoon before your iPhone battery takes a dirt nap. And once your iPhone’s battery has been around the block a few times, battery life becomes even more of a problem. Exogear’s Exolife iPhone case/external battery gives your depleted iPhone a new lease on life with an onboard 1500 mAh battery good for another seven hours of talk time.
I paid good money a couple of years ago to have an iPod-compatible car stereo installed, but it was worth it. My fifth-gen iPod stays charged all the time, and I don’t have CDs all over my car anymore. But then I got a new iPod nano, and when I connect it to the cable, I can play music, but it won’t charge the iPod. What’s up with that?