The iPhone and iPad, Apple's most portable computers, have progressed hugely since the original models were released in 2007 and 2010 respectively. Battery life is one area that's seen a huge improvement, with the 3969mAh battery on the iPhone 11 Pro Max a far cry from the original's 1400mAh cell. Modern iPhones and iPads should easily last a full day of moderate usage, but what if you want more? What if you know you'll be spending a long time away from the charger and will need some extra juice? A power bank or battery pack is the perfect solution in this scenario, offering multiple charges for your device in a relatively small package. There's a huge range of options out there, so we've picked out ten we think will serve you well. 1. EasyAcc 20000mAh EasyAcc's power bank provides excellent value for money, complete with a staggering 20000mAh capacity that should easily cover you for multiple days of battery life. To put it into perspective, EasyAcc claims it … [Read more...] about Best iPhone battery packs and power banks 2020
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Predicting the future is always risky, especially when it comes to technology. Remember the paperless office and the flying car? How about the electronic house that runs itself? Alas, paper still rules and cars haven't left the road, but home automation is here, and you don't need a million dollar budget to make it work. With an old Mac, some add-on hardware, and a powerful application called XTension, you can create a house that George Jetson would love. XTension, from Sand Hill Engineering, takes advantage of the X10 standard. This technology allows you to send signals through your house's electrical system to X10-compatible light switches, outlets, or devices. The possibilities are boundless -- you can control your home's lighting, rig your coffeepot to turn on when you hit the snooze button, and more. For more information about X10, see " The Automated Home " (May 2001). You can also check out our review of XTension 3.2.3 . To help you get started, I've designed two … [Read more...] about Old Mac, new tricks: Home automation
Contents > What is MagSafe for iPhone > Which iPhones have MagSafe? > Why MagSafe is good for iPhone charging > Problems with MagSafe for iPhone charging > MagSafe Products > What else does MagSafe work with? > MagSafe for MacBook > How does MagSafe work? > Which MagSafe adaptor do I need? > Which Macs have MagSafe? Before Mac laptops were charged via USB-C, Macs were charged via a cable that used MagSafe, a clever standard that connected the charging cable via magnets that meant it was not only easy to connect, it disconnected if you tripped over the cable (which meant your laptop didn't crash to the floor). Apple clearly liked the name because it has now revived MagSafe as the name for a system for charging the iPhone 12. As unveiled at the 'Hi, Speed' event on 13 October. In this article, that previously discussed MagSafe charging for the MacBook, we will add details about the new … [Read more...] about Complete guide to Apple MagSafe: What is MagSafe?
A collective groan echoed across the internet when Apple announced that it was dropping ye olde 3.5mm headphone socket from the iPhone 7 - and, of course, from all subsequent iPhone models. That means buying a handset from the latest iPhone 12 range still doesn't allow you to use a traditional headphone jack - not without an adapter anyway. It was rumoured that Apple might move to USB-C , but the Lightning port lives on for now. (Note that the iPad Pro range and latest iPad Air do use USB-C, so these Lightning headphones won't work with them.) Even worse, Apple no longer supplies the iPhone with a pair of headphones so it's likely you'll need to buy a pair to listen to music. The EarPods are still available but there are plenty of others to choose from. The EarPods might be cheap (now £19 from Apple ), but don't provide very good sound quality or the most comfortable fit, so you're better off spending a bit more on a pair we've tested here. Apple would really like … [Read more...] about Best Lightning headphones for iPhone & iPad 2021
If you're reading this, then you most likely use your iPhone and Apple Watch every day, and that means you constantly have to charge your iPhone and Apple Watch to keep up with you each day. If you have a small workspace or a tiny bedroom, dealing with tangled cords can be a nightmare. If you charge your iPhone and Apple Watch together on a stand, not only do you save room, but you don't have to worry about leaving your devices in two different places. There are even wireless options, so it's just like charging your iPhone on one of the very best wireless charging pads for iPhone , but now your Apple Watch will be right beside it. Here are our favorite charging stands that let you charge your iPhone and Apple Watch together. One cable simplicity: Belkin Powerhouse Charge Dock for iPhone and Apple Watch Best for iPhone 12: MagSafe Duo Charger 3-in-1 charging: Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition Great for AirPods, too!: mophie 3-in-1 Wireless Charge Pad … [Read more...] about Best Stands to Charge Both iPhone and Apple Watch 2021