Apple Unveils its Own iPhone 6s Battery Case

9:24 AM, Dec. 8th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple's new iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case

iPhone 6s owners woke up to a welcome surprise from Apple on Tuesday: the company just released its own battery case. This is Apple's first venture into iPhone battery charger cases, and looks like an attempt to take a slice out of a market dominated by case makers such as Mophie.

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Apple stayed away from portable iPhone chargers and battery cases ever since the original model was released years ago. That left a big market open for third parties because a lot of people felt their daily battery life was just too short. This looks like Apple's way of passively saying, "Yeah, we get it. Battery life really is an issue for iPhone uers."

Apple Maps Now Dominant Mapping Service on iOS, Report

9:04 PM, Dec. 7th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Maps and a van

Apple Maps is now used more than three times its next biggest competitor on iPhones, according to the Associated Press. Citing "Apple said" as a source, as well we quotes from an Apple executive, the report said that Apple was seeing some 5 billion requests per week through Apple Maps.

Verizon Turns on Wi-Fi Calling, but not for iPhone

10:41 AM, Dec. 7th, 2015 · · iObserver

Wi-Fi calling comes to Verizon, but not for iPhone

Verizon is finally enabling Wi-Fi calling support, but iPhone owners don't get to celebrate yet. The carrier is turning on the feature for Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge users only, and is promising support for other smartphones—including the iPhone—in the next few months.

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It's great that Verizon is finally getting on board with Wi-Fi calling support. Making iPhone owners wait for potentially a few months, however, is a big bucket of suck.

Apple Ends iTunes Match, iCloud Music 25,000 Track Limit

9:30 AM, Dec. 7th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple ends iTunes 25,000 online song storage limit

There wasn't any fanfare over the weekend when Apple quietly increased the online storage limit for iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library above 25,000 tracks, but big music library users noticed. There isn't any official word on how many songs you can add to Apple's online music storage services, but earlier this year Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue said the company was planning on raising the limit to 100,000 songs.

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Eddy Cue said Apple wanted to bump up the online storage cap for iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library to 100,000 tracks before the end of the year. Who's up for trying to hit that?

Ford Unveils Siri Eyes-Free Support in Ford Sync and MyTouch

9:19 PM, Dec. 4th, 2015 · · iObserver

Ford announced Friday Siri Eyes-Free support for Ford owners with Sync. The update will allow Ford drivers to activate Siri through a long-press of the, "voice recognition button on the steering wheel, similar to how to activate Siri on an iPhone."

Neutron S Smartphone and Tablet Mount: $24.99

6:21 PM, Dec. 4th, 2015 · · iObserver

Neutron S

We have another stocking stuffer deal for you today called the Neutron S, a smartphone or tablet mount that uses shielded magnetism to hold your device in place. There's a small plate you put on your smartphone using a special aircraft-grade tape, and a mounting plate you attach to your wall, car, or other surface with the same tape. That tape is designed to be removable, too. Through our deal you can get Neutron S for $24.99. There's a video on the deal page showing the device in action.

On Acquiring Movies to Watch on Apple Devices

2:30 PM, Dec. 3rd, 2015 · · iObserver

DVD, Blu-ray, and digital iTunes copy all for $17.99: That's a heck of a deal!!

Technology is supposed to make things easier, but it makes buying movies more complicated. Long ago, when brick and mortar video stores ruled the earth, Dr. Mac says he had far fewer options. Read his account of the technical trials and tribulations of watching a movie on your Apple devices. (Hint: It has a happy ending, so you should definitely read it!) 

AT&T Hits Unlimited Data Plans with $5 Increase

10:38 AM, Dec. 1st, 2015 · · iObserver

AT&T bumping up unlimited data plan fees by $5 a month

Those unlimited data plans AT&T gave original iPhone owners are about to get more expensive. The carrier plans to raise the price for those plans US$5 a month starting in February 2016, bringing the price customers pay up to $35.

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Regardless of AT&T's motives, bumping up the monthly fee for unlimited data plans has to feel like a personal attack for everyone who has been holding on to theirs.

Analyst: Apple Watch Sales to Hit 12M During Holidays

9:30 AM, Dec. 1st, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Watch sales could hit 12 million by the end of the year

Apple Watch sales could hit 12 million during the holiday buying season, according to FBR analyst Daniel Ives. He said Black Friday sales showed Apple Watch is a hot item this year and has him doubling his earlier 6 million sales estimate through the end of the year.

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There's a pattern where companies already established in a market dismiss Apple when it moves into their territory. That dismissal is followed by Apple's growth at the expense of its competitors.

Apple Sued for Wiping iPhone Data at Genius Bar

10:27 AM, Nov. 30th, 2015 · · iObserver

London man sues Apple over lost iPhone data

Apple has a new lawsuit on its hands, but this time it isn't for patent infringement. Instead, it's over lost data when a customer failed to backup their iPhone before taking it to the Genius Bar for tech support.

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Apple isn't responsible for the data on our iPhones, iPads, or Macs. Taking Apple to court because you didn't back up your iPhone seems more like trying to avoid taking responsibility for an avoidable mistake.