Dr. Mac's Advice for Better Battery Life – TMO Daily Observations 2020-03-24

· Dave Hamilton & Bob LeVitus · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Dr. Mac (aka Bob LeVitus) joins Dave Hamilton for a geeky-yet-understandable tour through some quick things you can do to extend your MacBook’s battery life. But it’s Bob and Dave, of course, so there’s a tangent thrown in, this time about the benefits clipboard history switchers. You’ll love it!

CES - Moovy Shows Moovy Go Hub, a 12-in-1 USB-C Dock

· John F. Braun · Product News

LAS VEGAS, NV — So you have a new USB-C Mac, PC or tablet, and want to plug your stuff into it—Moovy claims to have “the most advanced USB-C dock with wireless charging.”

This Trick Might Save Your AirPods’ Battery Life

· Andrew Orr · Link

Redditor u/smakusdod proposes a trick that could help with your AirPods’ battery life. It involves resetting the AirPods case and draining the batteries of both the AirPods and the case to re-calibrate the battery life measurement system.

I completely reset the AirPods case (holding down the white button on the back for 10+ seconds), and re-paired them with my iPhone. I then completely drained both AirPods down to zero, and the case itself down to zero through normal usage. Then, I put the dead AirPods into the dead case, and charged them both up to 100%.

At some point over the weekend I’ll try this to see what happens. My AirPods haven’t significantly lost battery life, but I have noticed one Pod has a slightly lower maximum charge than the other one.

Apple Locks New iPhone Batteries to Each Model

· Andrew Orr · Link

With a special chip on the battery, Apple is locking down new iPhone batteries to prevent third-party repairs. Instead, you’ll have to go to an Apple store or an authorized repair center.

iFixit reports that replacing a battery in the iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max generates a “service” message saying the phone is “unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple battery.” The phone will also not display any battery health readings.

The change is due to the chip on the battery itself. In addition to being able to relay information about battery cycles and temperature to the phone, the chips on the newer iPhone models also have an authentication feature for pairing with a specific phone.

How to Charge Your Smartphone Correctly

· Andrew Orr · Link

Antonio Villas-Boas says there is a right way and a wrong way to charge our smartphones.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you might be reducing your phone battery’s lifespan with certain charging behaviors.

Specifically, if you often charge your phone overnight or keep it plugged in for hours after it’s reached 100%, you’re accelerating the aging process of lithium-ion smartphone batteries.

I don’t think this is entirely correct though. Most smartphones have something called trickle charge, which helps extend the battery life by slowing the charge rate and pulsing the electric current on and off to reduce battery load once it reaches 80%. Apple explains here.

Apple Investigating Exploding AirPods Report

· Jeff Gamet · News

AirPods battery failure

Apple is looking into a Florida report of an AirPod battery failure that turned the device into a a charred and mangled mess.

Apple Releases iOS 11.3 Developer Beta

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

iOS 11.4 developer beta

Apple’s first developer beta for iOS 11.3 is out with new Animoji, improved ARKit and HomeKit, Business Chat, and more. A public beta is coming soon.