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Apple is reportedly investigating an alleged fire and explosion from a set of its popular wireless AirPods earbuds. The incident happened to a Florida man who was wearing the earphones at a local gym during his workout. According to James Colon, he was exercising when "white smoke started billowing out" of the AirPods. The man says that he pulled the AirPods from his ear and placed them on some workout equipment nearby and went to get help. When he came back the right AirPod was found in pieces while the left one was intact and without issue. "It was already popped," Colon said. "I didn't see it... Read more...
If you have ever wondered why some products contain warning labels that anyone with a lick of common sense would already know, get a load of this—an iPhone user in China was shopping for a new battery when he decided to put a potential replacement in his mouth, and bite down on it. The battery then exploded in his face, with the incident captured on the electronics store's CCTV camera. Why would he do that? We are pretty sure it wasn't for nourishment. A local media report surmises he was trying to test the battery's authenticity or durability, maybe because there is a difference in how legitimate... Read more...
Apple angered many of its fans when it finally admitted that it had been throttling devices with older batteries. Apple said that the slowdown was to keep devices with batteries that are older and have lost performance from shutting down prematurely. Eventually Apple decided that the way to appease customers was to offer significant discounts on replacing the old batteries in some devices with a price decrease down to $29. Apple is now facing a potential inquiry from House Republicans who want answers from on its throttling policy. Four of the U.S. House Republicans, including the chairman of the... Read more...
Apple has been in some very rough waters over the last several weeks after the realization that the company was throttling devices with older batteries. Apple naturally says that the throttling of the devices was in the name of what's best for consumers, but some aren't buying that response. To appease the angry mob of iPhone owners, Apple announced a new battery replacement program that drastically cut the price for battery replacement. This was certainly the right move for consumers, but it could hurt the bottom line in Cupertino according to Barclays. Analyst Mark Moskowitz says that the new... Read more...
Apple today has clarified its policy regarding battery replacements on iPhone 6 and newer smartphones that are affected by performance throttling in iOS. Apple acknowledged last month that once battery performance deteriorated below a set threshold, performance would be throttled in certain situations to avoid unexpected device shutdowns. Apple's secrecy surrounding the practice is what truly embroiled the company in controversy (and made the company subject to class-action lawsuits), so it slashed the price of battery replacements for the iPhone 6 and newer devices from $79 to $29. However, there... Read more...
Apple has moved quite swiftly to implement its new pricing policy for iPhone battery replacements. Last week, Apple announced that it would be slashing the price of in-store battery replacements for the iPhone 6 and newer devices from $79 to $29. This move was one of a few steps that Apple has taken to appease customers that were upset over the revelation that it throttles the performance of older iPhones with significant battery degradation. The new pricing is already in effect at most of Apple Store locations across the United States, with a company spokesperson stating, “We expected to... Read more...
Late last week, Apple issued its first official statement on the brewing controversy over iPhone throttling. Today, the company has greatly expounded upon those comments with an open letter to its customers. Apple starts off by addressing customers directly, writing, "We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making." The company goes on to state that it is not intentionally shortening the life of its iPhones (which some have indicated... Read more...
There is quite a controversy brewing in the Apple community today, and it is specifically related to the batteries and the performance of older iPhones. It's a given that a smartphone's battery performance will deteriorate over time, but some iPhone users are alleging that not only have their iPhones lost battery life over the years (which is to be expected), but that overall system performance has also suffered as a result. A reddit thread has popped up in which redditor TeckFire alleges that his iPhone 6 Plus had been slug-like in performance since upgrading to iOS 11. Anecdotally, iPhone users... Read more...
Mobile device makers have been using lithium-ion batteries for close to three decades now, and at some point, something better will come along. Samsung hopes to be the one to introduce it. Researchers at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) have developed a unique battery material that is capable of charging mobile devices five times faster than standard lithium-ion batteries, while also enabling a 45 percent increase in capacity. As with many promising battery technologies we have heard about over the years, this one involves graphene. Samsung's approach has been a little different,... Read more...
The phone formerly known as Krypton has not officially launched as the BlackBerry Motion. Though you will not find any reference to the new handset on BlackBerry's website, the company announced its newest smartphone at GITEX Technology Week, with a shout out to TCL Communications, its manufacturing partner. BlackBerry also confirmed that its Motion handset wields a capacious 4,000 mAh battery. By tasking TCL with manufacturing chores, BlackBerry frees itself to focus on software and enterprise-level security features. The side effect is that BlackBerry might not be able to supply as many handsets... Read more...
It would not be an iPhone launch without reports of manufacturing problems of one kind or another. Throughout the years, there have been complaints of yellow banding resulting from the adhesive underneath the display (iPhone 4), a purple haze when snapping photos (iPhone 5), and of course bendgate (iPhone 6)s, to name a few issues. The latest complaint applies to the recently introduced iPhone 8 Plus, and it has to do with the display busting open. As with every issue that has popped up over the years, this is not an epidemic, but an apparent defect being observed by a relatively small number of... Read more...
As much as we have come to rely on our smartphones—checking mail on the go, surfing the web, posting to social media, looking up directions, and the list goes on—battery life can be viewed as paramount to the mobile experience. After all, a phone with a depleted battery is a useless one. Will the iPhone X have enough juice to get us through the day? That remains to be seen, though one thing that has come to light is that it will wield a 2,716 milliamp-house (mAh) battery. Steve Hemmerstoffer, better known as @OnLeaks on Twitter, discovered a filing by Apple with Chinese regulator TENAA. The document... Read more...
Samsung both literally and figuratively can't afford another battery debacle like it suffered with the Galaxy Note 7. That particular smartphone had two recalls for battery overheating issues, which led a huge number of fires. To keep the new Galaxy Note 8 from suffering the same fiery fate as the Note 7, Samsung is doing a lot of testing to ensure the batteries are safe before they go into the world to live in the pockets and hearts of fans. Samsung most certainly isn't the only manufacturer that has dealt with battery issues leading to overheating and fire; notebooks from major manufacturers... Read more...
When it comes to the mobile devices that we use on a daily basis — be it a smartphone, tablet, or laptop — we are more than likely relying on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to keep us powered through the day. However, companies have looked for an alternative to lithium-ion batteries for years, but none has fought its way to the forefront to provide a suitable challenge. One startup company, Ionic Materials, is looking to take the fight to the lithium-ion with a battery chemistry that we’re all familiar with: alkaline. While traditional alkaline batteries are not rechargeable, Ionic has developed... Read more...
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