Tim Cook is big fan of iPhone battery case’s lovely little hump

Tim Cook saw all the complaints fanboys levied against the ugly new Smart Battery Case his company unveiled this week, but the Apple CEO is defending the controversial new product, claiming Apple’s designers ;used ‘great insight’ to solve a crutial flaw facing most battery cases. “The guys had this great insight to put the bend […]

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Tim Cook on New iPhone 6s Battery Case: ‘I Wouldn’t Call it the Hump’

Apple CEO Tim Cook attended one of Apple’s Hour of Code events in New York this afternoon, where he spoke to Mashable‘s Lance Ulanoff about the new iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case, which debuted yesterday.

Ulanoff asked Cook if he was excited about the „hump,“ a mocking nickname people have given to the battery case due to its distinctive shape. In response, Tim Cook said he was aware of the comments people were making about the case. „You know, I probably wouldn’t call it ‘the hump,'“ Cook said.

Cook went on to point out the malleability of the new Smart Battery Case in comparison to other battery cases. It’s made of a soft silicone that makes it easy to put on and remove, unlike more rigid cases from third-party companies.

Cook was pointing out the issue with cases, like those from Mophie, that are so rigid it takes considerable strength and patience to put them on and take them off.

„If you make this solid all the way across,“ said Cook, indicating the spots where the Apple case’s embedded battery stops and you just have the soft fluoroelastomer casing, „in order to get it on, you’d find it very difficult to get it on and off.“

„So the guys had this great insight to put the bend in along with making it a smart case,“ Cook explained.

Cook also commented on the viewpoint that the case is an admission the iPhone 6s battery is too small, saying most people who charge their iPhones every day won’t need the case. „But if you’re out hiking and you go on overnight trips… it’s kind of nice to have,“ he said.

Apple introduced its iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case yesterday morning, and its distinctive humped design quickly led to derision and negative comments from iPhone users. Reviews of the Smart Battery Case were also not overly positive as the case doesn’t have enough capacity to fully recharge an iPhone and it’s missing some features that are found in third-party battery cases.

Apple’s Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6s is priced at $99 and is available from the online Apple Store and Apple retail locations.

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Mophie Unveils Next-Generation Powerstation External Battery Lineup

Mophie today announced the debut of a new lineup of Powerstation external batteries, which can be used to charge a range of different electronic devices, including Apple’s iPhone and iPad. The new Powerstation battery packs are Mophie’s thinnest and lightest yet, with an aluminum finish designed to mesh well with iOS devices and 15W fast charging capabilities.

Mophie’s new Powerstation products follow in the footsteps of its previous Powerstation line, with Mophie offering several different battery capacities at varying prices and sizes. Available sizes include 1X (2,000 mAh), 2X (4,000 mAh), 3X (6,000 mAh), 5X (10,000 mAh), and 8X, with the 8X size offering a capacity of 15,000 mAh, which Mophie says is equivalent to an additional 54 hours of talk time, 59 hours of web browsing, 59 hours of video playback, and 272 hours of audio time.

The smallest Powerstation, the 1X, measures in at 6.9mm thick and 95.5mm (3.76 inches) long, while the largest 8X Powerstation is 12.1mm thick and 183.9mm (7.24 inches) long, with other sizes fitting in between the two extremes.

The higher-end 5X and 8X models include support for a Mophie Power app that lets users see the remaining battery life in the Powerstation and how long it will take to charge a device to full. The app is also able to send custom notifications when batteries are low or fully charged.

All models except for the 1X version also support pass-through charging, which will charge an iOS device before charging the Powerstation. On the 3X, 5X, and 8X models, there are also two ports for charging multiple devices at one time.

Mophie’s new Powerstation lineup is available for purchase from the Mophie website, Apple.com, and Apple retail stores. Pricing starts at $39.95 for the Powerstation 1X and goes up to $149.95 for the Powerstation 8X.

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Apple-designed packaging for third-party items hits store shelves

Apple is known for its uncompromising demands on quality, and now it appears that the iPhone-maker is helping third-party accessory makers learn the magic of making beautiful packaging too. Apple Stores have begun stocking third-party accessories with redesigned packaging that…Read more ›

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Apple Watch Owners Take to LEGO & 3D Printing for Homemade Stands [iOS Blog]

The accessory market for the Apple Watch exploded almost immediately after the wearable was announced back in March, with stands specifically becoming the popular announcement of well-known third-party accessory companies like Twelve South and Mophie. Although most of the stands won’t break the bank, some of the cheapest start at around $30, and some of the higher-end alternatives can go as high as $130.

With monetary savings in mind, a few enterprising individuals around the internet have begun to showcase their own homemade alternatives to the big-name Apple Watch stands. Made using materials like LEGO and even a 3D printer, the homemade stands not only look functional but, of course, offer a more unique and personal take on charging Apple’s new wearable device.

One of the go-to Apple Watch stand material for homemade construction is LEGO, unsurprisingly, with users posting on Twitter and in the MacRumors forums a few noteworthy constructions perfect for the nightly charging required by the wearable. Ranging in diversity from a highly detailed Guardians of the Galaxy themed design to simple no-frills constructions, those interested may not be able to perfectly re-create their favorite designs, but should no doubt feel a burst of inspiration from looking at others’ builds.

Over in the forums, a few members have showcased unique LEGO creations, as well. A few designs focus on pop culture themes like Minecraft or Star Wars, but others have decided to build their own custom blueprints, as well. One user even took it a step further and crafted a matching Watch/iPhone set.

Although far less popular than the easy-to-obtain LEGO bricks, one lucky MacRumors reader has been able to use a 3D printer to design and print out their own personal Apple Watch stand. The resulting product is arguably a bit rudimentary and rough around the edges, but undeniably cool as an alternative charging method for the Apple Watch. The 3D printed stand was designed with a slot on the back of the stand’s neck and a hole at its base to pass the MagSafe charger, although the poster notes the exact dimension of the MagSafe puck was estimated due to the Watch’s unavailability at the time of posting.

3D Printed Apple Watch stand by MacRumors Forum member Shacky
The stands showcased here today barely scratch the surface of the creative ideas and builds Apple Watch fans have taken to creating since its launch in April. If you’ve already built your own Apple Watch stand, or plan to in the future, be sure to share it with everyone in the Apple Watch accessories forum or by commenting below.





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Charge Your iPhone in the Bathtub With Mophie’s New Juice Pack H2Pro [iOS Blog]

Popular iPhone accessory maker Mophie is known for its line of battery cases and external backup batteries, which provide extra power at a decent price. The company introduced battery cases for the iPhone 6 early this year, but as of today, Mophie’s got an all new iPhone 6 battery case with a brand new feature – water protection.

The Juice Pack H2Pro is Mophie’s first waterproof product, combining the extra power provided with a battery case with protection from the elements. According to Mophie, the H2Pro has an IP-68 rating (and a military rating of MIL-STD 810G), which means the case will work even when submerged for an extended period of time (1.2m for 30 minutes). In addition to being waterproof, it’s also going to keep dust and dirt away from the iPhone, and it offers protection against drops.

Since it offers total device protection, there’s a flexible membrane over the front of the phone’s display, which Mophie says allows for complete access to Touch ID and the touch screen of the iPhone. There are also integrated mute switch, volume, and lock buttons so every iPhone feature remains accessible.

Like Mophie’s $100 Juice Pack Air, the Juice Pack H2Pro offers a 2,750 mAh battery. The iPhone 6 has a 1,810 mAh battery, so the H2Pro can offer approximately one and a half charges. There’s a power button on the case to toggle power on and off so it can be used without draining the extra battery capacity.

The H2Pro is 0.69 inches thick (17.4mm), so it’s going to more than double the thickness of the iPhone 6 (6.9mm), but that’s not unusual for cases that offer heavy drop protection and waterproofing.

The Juice Pack H2Pro can be pre-ordered from Mophie’s website for $129.95. It’s estimated to begin shipping out to buyers in late May.




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PowerSkin Pop’n 3 Video Review: An Attachable Battery Pack for iPhones [iOS Blog]

There are a lot of battery cases and external battery packs available for Apple’s iPhone, but PowerSkin’s newest offering, the Pop’n 3, is a fairly unique solution that offers the versatility of an external battery pack with the convenience of a battery case.

It’s an external battery pack much like the Mophie Powerstation Plus, but it has a suction cup system that allows it to stick to the back of the iPhone, which means the iPhone can still be used as normal for the most part while charging is taking place.

We went hands-on with the PowerSkin Pop’n 3 battery pack and we thought the suction cup system was a handy feature. The suction cups themselves were a bit weak, but an added sticky pad in the middle of the battery pack assures that it sticks firmly to the iPhone.

We also liked the built-in Lightning cable that’s just the right length for charging, and the LED indicator that let us know how much charge was left. The Pop’n 3 works best with an iPhone with no case, but it’ll also stick to flat, smooth cases.

The Pop’n 3 battery pack has a 4,000 mAh battery inside, which is enough to charge the iPhone 6’s 1,810 mAh battery to full twice over, and enough to give the iPhone 6 Plus with its 2,915 mAh battery 1.5 charges. It’s only suitable for the iPhone, though – it won’t be enough to fully charge the 7,340 mAh battery of the iPad Air 2.

Like most battery packs, the Pop’n 3 charges via micro-USB. Compared to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Pop’n 3 is not quite as wide, allowing it to fit comfortably on the back of the phones. It’s 2.36 inches wide, 4.41 inches tall, .49 inches thick, and it weighs 3.81 ounces. That’s just over half the weight of the iPhone 6 Plus, so it’s quite pocketable.

Compared to several other battery packs on the market, the Pop’n 3 is a bit less impressive when it comes to capacity, but its unique portability and its price point make up for the lack of juice.

The PowerSkin Pop’n 3 comes in three colors to match each of the iPhones and can be purchased from the PowerSkin website for $49.99.




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Uber just dropped off an iPhone charger and NFL star at my door

Tourists are invading Phoenix like locusts this weekend thanks to the Waste Management Open and Super Bowl. So while all the snowbirds are running around the valley, watching golfers, snapping pics of gridiron superstars, and taking in the unbelievable Phoenix…Read more ›



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Mophie and Incipio Announce Battery Cases for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus [iOS Blog]

Following on the heels of popular protective smartphone case manufacturer Otterbox announcing its new battery power case for the iPhone 6, both Mophie and Incipio have revealed new iterations of their popular cases for Apple’s newest smartphones as well.

Starting with Mophie, the company announced the Juice Pack Air and Juice Pack Plus for the iPhone 6 and the Juice Pack for the iPhone 6 Plus. Building on Mophie’s history of battery cases, the new Juice Pack line provides thinner, more advanced protection in all versions, with the iPhone 6 Plus seeing more than 60 percent extra battery life using the Juice Pack, and the iPhone 6 receiving 100 percent extra for the Juice Pack Air or 120 percent extra for the Juice Pack Plus.

Mophie says the new batteries yield up to an extra 17 hours of talk time, 12 hours of web browsing, 13 hours of video, and 60 hours of music.

“Our journey to bring the juice pack to consumers for every generation of iPhone continues with our latest solutions for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus,” said Daniel Huang, mophie CEO and Co-Founder. “Since release of the original juice pack for the first iPhone, mophie battery cases have become a necessity to legions of smartphone users. Because we understand how vital these solutions are, our team remains intensely focused on quality and the level of innovative design needed to drive the direction of this industry.”

Incipio also revealed new versions of its offGRID battery case line at the Consumer Electronics Show yesterday. The company introduced four charging cases for the iPhone 6 from the offGRID line, but the announcement did not include any versions for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Incipio’s offGRID Express
The first was the offGRID Express with a 3,000 mAh battery available only in black and the only case available for purchase today. The offGRID, offGRID SHINE, and offGRID EXO were also announced, sporting more detailed protective „co-mold design“ for sudden drops, varying color options, and external charging pins that allow compatibility with the also-announced offGRID Dock. The company says that „2015 marks the year of the offGRID,” said Andy Fathollahi, Chief Executive of Incipio, hoping the dramatic range of product options will satiate old fans and bring in new users.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus versions of the Mophie Juice Pack line are all available for pre-order from the company’s official website with prices starting at $99.95 and shipping in 3-4 weeks. Incipio’s offGRID Express case is available for purchase today for $79.99 at the company’s online store. The three other announced Incipit battery cases, along with the offGRID Dock, will be available in the first quarter of 2015 with prices ranging from $89.99 to $109.99 for the cases and $39.99 for the dock.




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