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Apple really stepped in it when it decided to start throttling iPhones with aging batteries without properly informing customers about the practice. When the policy of throttling came to light, many users were outraged and Apple quickly went into appeasement mode. Apple was willing to replace iPhone batteries under any circumstances to make customers happy and analysts warned that the battery replacement program could hurt iPhone sales. Eventually, Apple rolled out a new battery replacement program that saw new batteries installed for only $29, which sounded great until the glut of iPhone owners... Read more...
A group of researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a new battery breakthrough that could have a big impact on runtimes for the gadgets. The researchers have developed new material that can address the two chief complaints of batteries used in electronic devices now: relatively runtimes life and unwanted heat production. The team has applied for a patent for a magnetic material that has a unique honeycomb lattice structure that offers distinct electronical properties. “Semiconductor diodes and amplifiers, which often are made of silicon or germanium, are key elements in modern... Read more...
Anyone who owns an electronic device with a battery inside should know by now that if damaged, and sometimes for no reason at all, batteries can overheat and burst into flames. This was a huge problem years back when several major computer makers had batteries that were exploding and causing fires. Smartphones have had their share of battery fires as well. Most notably perhaps, reports of battery fires forced Samsung to recall the Galaxy Note 7 globally. Apple has also had issues with iPhone batteries catching fire. Back in late 2016, a rash of iPhone 6 fires in China were blamed on external... Read more...
If you have a 13-inch MacBook Pro that lacks the Touch Bar and was made between October 2016 and October 2017, Apple is replacing the battery in some of the machines. Apple has determined that on a limited number of instances, a component may fail and lead to the integrated battery expanding. Expanding batteries have in the past been linked to fires, but it seems that isn’t the case here. Apple is clear that this isn't a safety issue and that it will replace eligible batteries at no cost. Eligibility for the battery replacement program is linked to the serial number of the laptop. Owners... Read more...
Apple landed itself in one of the biggest scandals the company has ever been part of when it was learned that the iPhone maker was throttling older devices when the battery wasn't performing at 100%. Throttling was confirmed by a Geekbench developer in December 2017, and the main problem is that Apple never told users that it was reducing the performance of their devices. The result was over 60 class action lawsuits against the company for its actions and governmental investigations around the world. Apple tried to appease owners of older devices with budget $29 battery replacements, but the damage... Read more...
Late last month Porsche dished out new details on the Mission E Electric performance sedan that aims to challenge Tesla. Porsche is back with another electric concept that is essentially a lifted SUV wagon version of the Mission E Performance sedan called the Porsche Mission E Cross. Porsche calls it a "Cross-Utility Vehicle" and says that it is designed for individuals with an active lifestyle, and was intended to be practical for year-round use. Inside the concept is designed with plenty of cargo space and exterior mounting systems to carry large objects like surfboards or bikes. Four people... Read more...
Cobalt is a metal that is used in the making of batteries for all types of devices. Apple is one of the largest end users of cobalt in the world with the metal being a key ingredient in the batteries used in most of Apple devices. The challenge is that with the growth of electric and hybrid vehicles gobbling ever larger amounts of the metal, Cupertino fears a shortage that could hurt its sales figures. Image via Wikipedia- Alchemist-hp (talk) (www.pse-mendelejew.de) A new report suggests that to prevent any shortage from hurting the bottom line, Apple is currently in talks to buy cobalt directly... Read more...
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...
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