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We gave the Prong PWR case for the iPhone 5 a review last June, but the company has revised the product to address some of the concerns raised in that review and updated it for the iPhone 6/6s, so we thought we'd take a look at it again. The Prong PWR Case ($100) is a battery case for the iPhone that provides you with a little over an entire extra charge cycle, ensuring that your iPhone will last all day, almost regardless of what you're doing with it. It has a pleasingly grippy casing and the usual feature set, but has a few distinct differences from your typical iPhone battery case.
We've never been a huge fan of battery cases because they tend to be so bulky that they become uncomfortable to hold, or bulge so much in our pockets that sitting down ceases to be a comfortable option. But what if there was a case that fixed these problems? Fortunately, if you've got an iPhone 6/6s or 6/6s Plus, you could take a look at the Kuke.
Oh, the heck with the tech news! Mystery Science Theater 3000 is coming back! Oh and we hear that a couple of interesting sci-fi movies may be coming out out soon, not sure about that. Sure, we do spend time covering a bunch of different topics, ranging from the crazy sale prices of the Apple Watch to a gift guide for the Mac switcher in your family, as well as analyzing the strong reactions to the new Apple Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6 or 6s, and take cheap shots (get it?) at Walmart Pay.
You might not want it, but you might, and you definitely know someone who would. This is Apple's first entry into the battery case market, with a silicon protective cover that also charges your iPhone. The iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case -- which also works for the previous iPhone 6 model, but not the Plus versions -- is not exactly pretty, and it doesn't do a great deal, but what it does, it does well. Moreover, it brings a handy solution to the problem of low battery power that many iPhone users see frequently enough that they're reading this.
Let's face it -- the iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case is one of the unsightliest products Apple has ever released. It leaves you wondering if late co-founder Steve Jobs would have let it out of the lab. In fact, I found it so ugly that, in addition to the weight it added and increased overall footprint, I almost returned it immediately -- but despite all of this, I have decided to keep it -- read on to find out why.
Apple has quietly launched its first ever case for the iPhone 6s that contains a battery, a product that has been sold by third party accessory manufacturers for quite a few years. The Apple iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case is claimed to protect the iPhone with a similar design to other Apple-produced iPhone cases, except a protruding battery on the back gives the held iPhone more power, extending its talk time by up to 25 hours and LTE usage by up to 18 hours.
WaterField Designs has announced its new case for iPhone 6, the Spinn leather holster. Composed of full-grain leather, the Spinn case features a patent-pending wheel designed to keep one's headphones organized and untangled. The interior of the case is lined with scratch-free Ultrasuede for added cushioning protection, and cleans the iPhone's screen when inserted and removed from the case. Available in black, "chocolate" or "grizzly," the Spinn leather holster is can be pre-ordered now for $60 as-is, and $70 with an added belt clip. Shipping is due to begin in October.
Battery-Biz has released its BuQu Tech PowerArmour battery case for iPhone 5 and 5s, providing nine hours of additional battery life for its phone. The one-piece case design provides a secure fit and offers shock-absorbent protection for sides and screen in a direct fall. The lightweight case includes a USB charge cable and headphone adaptor. Available in platinum gray, the BuQu Tech PowerArmour Battery Case is priced at $90 through Amazon.
iBattz has announced the immediate availability of its latest removable battery case, the Mojo Refuel. The case provides additional battery life to the user's phone with its two interchangeable 2200mAh batteries. The case is intended for reducing one's need to recharge, and can provide enough power to last through a long work day or a power outage. Currently available in matte black, the Mojo Refuel is available online for $90.
It's almost guaranteed that anyone with a smartphone has temporarily lost touch with the world while on the go because their battery died. While these phones can do almost anything, they just can't hold a charge when they are in use. PowerSkin has a solution for that, the PowerSkin battery case. Read on to find out more about this handy case, and how you can win one of your own.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE