PSA: Low Power Mode Slows Down Your iPhone

Some people keep low power mode on their iPhone all the time. That’s an awful idea. You can see why above. On the right, you have my iPhone X running Geekbench’s CPU test. On the left is the same iPhone X, but this time with low power mode turned on. You can see my iPhone...

Sheeple, Plural Noun: Apple Fans Like You?

Love everything Apple? Keep buying iPhones even though the design is flawed and battery life is abysmal? Then according to the fine folks at Merriam-Webster, one of the oldest English dictionaries in the world, you might be a member of a group known as “sheeple.” Merriam-Webster recently took to add the word “sheeple” to their...

Apple Patents Charging Straps for Apple Watch

One of the biggest complaints about the Apple Watch has been battery life. The watch must be charged nightly. At the end of the day yesterday, after 18 hours off the charger, my Apple Watch sat at 33%. Still, it wouldn’t have been able to last until morning if I tried to use it for...

Consumer Reports Now Recommends MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Consumer Reports has reverse an earlier decision to withhold their recommendation from the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. To recap, Consumer Reports ran their standardized battery life test using Safari on the new MacBook Pros. Their test loads the same webpages stopped locally on their servers repeatedly until the battery dies. In their testing of...

What the iPhone Did 10 Years Ago and Must Do Again

This morning I saw Apple had commemorated the first iPhone, revealed 10 years ago today. The device was revolutionary. When it was released, I was in college. I was attached to three things, my MacBook, my iPod, and my cellphone. The iPhone was able to combine some of the needs of my computer, emails, web...

Apple Has a Battery Life Problem

At this point I should be glad that Apple’s devices aren’t ticking time bombs like the Samsung Galaxy Note7, but instead I’m here to talk about a different way Apple’s batteries are disappointing consumers: capacity. A good battery does two things: it keeps your device running for a satisfactory amount of time and it doesn’t...