Tag - Battery life
Uber users are more likely to agree to pay surge pricing for the ride-hailing service, if they are low on battery, according to company research. In a discussion about the "dynamic pricing" of its services, the company's head of economic research, Keith Chen, revealed that a user with a smartphone that has an almost empty battery is prepared to pay more for the ride than someone with more battery life available to them.
A change in watchOS 2 has disabled a "secret" repair port that is located inside the band attachment slot in the Apple Watch, which has also killed off the business model of Reserve Strap, which offered a "battery pack" watch strap that could extend the battery life of the Watch by taking advantage of the port. The company has suspended shipments of the strap to customers who have upgraded, but is urging fans to encourage Apple to license such uses that take advantage of the port in a future MFi Apple Watch program.
In new tests, the forthcoming four-inch iPhone SE has emerged as the smartphone of choice among premium models -- if users prize battery life above display quality. The new, smaller iPhone handily beat (by two hours) the iPhone 6s, or for that matter the iPhone 5s it replaces, and beat Samsung's Galaxy S7 by three hours. The 10-hour battery life comes at a cost, however: the new iPhone's display is slightly lower resolution that the bigger models, with lower quality color and contrast, plus it lacks the 3D Touch feature found on the larger iPhone 6s line.
If you've owned a MacBook of any description for any amount of time, then you've seen that the maximum battery life drops. The great hours upon hours of work you used to be able to get out of that machine drops, and actually you're never going to stop that happening -- but maybe you can slow it down a little. Coolant 2.0 for OS X is a menubar app that gives you some tools to see what's going on, and specifically to tell you when you need to take some action.
Anyone who bought the Kindle device that lets you read in direct sunlight made a sensible choice, and they got terrific battery life too. I made my iPad choice, and I lived with it, despite not being able to read on the sun-soaked beach. Of course, you can read Kindle books on iPad, but now I actively seek out titles on Apple's iBook Store before I bother looking for them on Kindle.
Apple on Monday surprised observers with the unveiling of a new MacBook, featuring a 12-inch Retina display, a motherboard that is 67 percent smaller than even the MacBook Air, a new fanless design that is even thinner than the Air, but retains the all-day battery life. The new MacBook comes in at two pounds even, and also features an all-new keyboard and trackpad, with a a new single USB-C port for most connections. It will be available in three colors, matching the current iPhone line.
You've got to hand it to Apple. We were in an Apple Store, trying to decide between an iPhone 6 and a 6 Plus, as you do, and naturally a salesman came over. We mentioned that one thing that's really drawing us to the Plus is the battery life -- and you know what would have then happened in any other store selling any other phone. Of course the salesman would have immediately evangelized that feature. He'd somehow make it sound magical, how long you can go without charging the phone and yet, simultaneously, sold us some extra battery pack. Except this was Apple, and the guy didn't do any of that. Instead he asked us how long we were able to go without recharging our current iPhone, he tested our battery, and then he talked us through how to make it last longer.
A UK-based electronics testing and recommendation magazine and website, Which, has rated the tablet battery life of various sized tablets -- and found that the iPad and iPad mini ran away with the competition, besting its rivals by very significant scores. While scores were closer between the iPad 2 and the better 10-inch tablets, the Retina fourth-gen iPad model's score was well over 50 percent better than the combined average of the competitor tablets, with all screens set at equal brightness.
First, the bad news: three sets of separately-conducted independent tests have confirmed what many users suspected -- the initial release of Mountain Lion contained a bug that severely decreased battery life in the latest MacBook models compared to previous releases. The good news is that those same tests show that the not-yet-released 10.8.2 update, currently in beta testing, may fix the issues -- and possibly provide slightly better battery life than has been previously seen in any OS version tested, going back to Snow Leopard.