Apple Wants Wide-range Wireless iPhone Charging for 2017

10:43 AM, Jan. 29th, 2016 · · iObserver

Apple working on iPhone wireless charging

Apple is reportedly working on a wireless charging system for the iPhone, but instead of the currently available inductive systems where you set a device on a special plate, the company is looking at sending power wirelessly when our smartphones are in range of a charging point. Assuming Apple gets all the kinks worked out, we could see its wireless charging system debut on the 2017 iPhone models.

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Charging our iPhones and other battery powered peripherals by simply being near our Macs? Yes, please!

Dundabunga Universal Unipod Stand: $34.99

4:37 PM, Jan. 28th, 2016 · · iObserver

Dundabunga Universal Unipod Stand

Check out the Dundabunga Universal Unipod Stand. This device serves as an infinitely flexible stand for your iPhone, iPad, or other device because you can shape it to fit any given terrain. It comes with a disc you attach to your device, and it then sticks magnetically to the unipod. You can get it for $34.99 through our deal.

iPad Pro: Impressive, But Not a Laptop Replacement for Dr. Mac

4:00 PM, Jan. 27th, 2016 · · iObserver

iPad pro three 3 colors

Dr. Mac has been testing a decked out 128GB iPad Pro with the new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard for a couple of months and says it's cool, but not a laptop replacement for him. You'll only find out why if you read this week's episode (#160 in the long-running series) of Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves. 

Refurbished 4th Gen Apple TVs from Apple Store

3:52 PM, Jan. 27th, 2016 · · iObserver

4th Gen Apple TV and Remote

The Apple Store has refurbished 4th generation Apple TVs, the new models introduced this past fall. Apple has 32GB units for $129 and 64GB units for $169. They tend to go fast once we post them, so if you're interested, jump on it fast.

Report Claims iPhone 7 Plus to get Dual Cameras

9:58 AM, Jan. 27th, 2016 · · iObserver

The iPhone 7 Plus may sport dual cameras

When Apple updates the iPhone line this fall the larger display iPhone 7 Plus could include two rear-facing cameras. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the dual camera system will let iPhone 7 Plus users snap significantly higher quality photos by combining data from both lenses and may even include an optical zoom feature—something that hasn't been available on the iPhone before.

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Going dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus seems plausible, especially since Apple bought the camera sensor tech company LinX last year. It's too bad Apple likely won't include the new camera system on the iPhone 7, but it isn't a surprise since it doesn't offer optical image stabilization on the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s.

Apple’s Tim Cook Jumps on Slowing iPhone Bandwagon

8:35 PM, Jan. 26th, 2016 · · iObserver

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Reports that iPhone sales growth has slowed have been gathering steam for the last few months, and now even Apple CEO Tim Cook is jumping on the bandwagon. During Tuesday's quarterly conference call with analysts, Mr. Cook said he expects iPhone unit sales will decline during the March quarter. If so, it would be the first such decline in iPhone history.

Apple Hints at Strong Q1 Apple Watch, Apple TV Sales

5:56 PM, Jan. 26th, 2016 · · iObserver

Q1 2016 Apple Watch and Apple TV sales were probably pretty good

Apple doesn't break out quarterly Apple Watch and Apple TV sales, but based on the big jump in its "other" category—up 43 percent since the previous quarter—it's a safe bet both sold well through the holiday season. CEO Tim Cook also dropped a couple hints to back that up during the company's 2016 first fiscal quarter earnings conference call Tuesday afternoon.

Do Apple Watch Sales Suck? Maybe Not

2:14 PM, Jan. 26th, 2016 · · iObserver

Supply sources say Apple Watch isn't meeting sales expectations

Apple is dealing with weaker than expected Apple Watch sales and is cutting back its 2016 shipment forecast. That's the word on the street, but take it with a grain of salt because it's coming from parts supply chain sources.

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Supply chain sources saying Apple isn't meeting its Apple Watch sales expectations feels a little dubious. These are people who have very limited knowledge about Apple's plans, and certainly don't have access to the company's internal expectations or overall manufacturing schemes. Maybe Apple sold as many watches as it expected, or maybe not.

Can the Next Apple Watch Be Any Thinner?

4:10 PM, Jan. 25th, 2016 · · iObserver

Thinner Apple Watch

The current Apple Watch contains a 205 mAh battery that takes up about two-thirds of the area and about half thickness of the case. Given that customers would like to see the Apple Watch's battery last longer and the watch do more, what are the prospects for shaving some battery thickness and making the Apple Watch thinner?

LithiumCard Wallet Battery: $20

3:17 PM, Jan. 25th, 2016 · · iObserver

LithiumCard Wallet Battery

Check out the LithiumCard Wallet Battery, a portable charger for your iOS device that is as thick as five credit cards. It will fit in most wallets, and you can simultaneously charge your device and LithiumCard with two flip-out charging cables. It retails for $60, but you can get it for half off at $29.99 through our deal.