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Review: ElevationLab’s BatteryPro

A few weeks ago, I took a look at a couple of battery packs from Griffin and Belkin for the Apple Watch. My interest in Belkin’s Valet Charger and Griffin’s Travel Power Bank was related to the increased battery demands that LTE and Apple Music streaming can place on the Watch’s battery life. Using these new features extensively will require topping off the battery during the day at times, and what better way than with compatible portable battery pack. With watchOS 4.2 now released, everyone with an LTE-enabled Watch can use Apple Music streaming and it wouldn’t surprise me if these battery packs suddenly become a lot more popular because of it.

Another Watch-compatible battery pack caught my eye when I was researching for the original review, and I was fortunate that the manufacturer was kind enough to send me one to take a look at this week. This is the BatteryPro from ElevationLab, which is also has an MFi-certified magnetic Watch charging pad built-in. This manufacturer is well-known for their high quality accessories, most notably the DraftTable for the iPad Pro (which I will also be testing over the next week for a coming review). After spending a few days using the BatteryPro, I can assure you that it is no exception, but another high-quality and very useful accessory in the ElevationLab lineup.

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Is Siri Finally Starting to Improve?

When you live with something for a while, it can be difficult to detect little changes that occur over time. The subtle differences and small tweaks can slip by without notice. I am definitely having this experience with Siri in my daily use over the last few months. I can’t tell you when both Siri and the on-board Voice Dictation started replacing and correcting words after the fact based on grammar rules, but I see that it’s happening on a regular basis now. One direct example I noticed recently would be Dictation replacing “there” with “their” based on the context of the sentence after I had dictated a few more words. I’ve seen the same with “your” and “you’re,” as well. This makes voice dictation far more flexible and usable, since I don’t have to go back and edit as often.

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Any Former Jailbreakers Out There?

Jacob Siegel of BGR, among others, is heralding what may be the beginning of the end of Jailbreaking. Two of the three main repositories that Cydia depends on, ModMi and ZodTTD, have both announced that they are shutting down. With many of the early reasons to Jailbreak worn away by the passage of time and ten years of updates to iOS, it certainly feels like this is the home stretch for something once thought to be essential to the power user experience on Apple’s mobile platforms.

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

There are plenty of great articles around pointing out some of the best iOS and general tech deals coming up over the next few days. If that is more what you are after, take a look at BGR’s or The Huffington Post’s Apple Black Friday Deals Articles. For this Holiday Gift Guide, I’m going to focus less on what sales are out there, and more on potential gifts that can fill various needs for the iOS users in your life.

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Jony Ive Weighs in on Apple Park and the Future of the iPhone X

Photo Source: Wallpaper

Jony Ive graced the cover of this month’s Wallpaper, a well-known magazine that covers design, and gave a lengthy interview that touched on the new Apple Park campus, some of his thoughts on his time at Apple, and of course, the new iPhone X. His words lend an interesting perspective to his latest creation, and shed light on how he views both it and the future of Apple devices.

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Living with the iPhone X- Look and Feel

Rather than a formal review of the iPhone X, I’m going to be writing a series of articles over the next week or so detailing how it comes across in real-world use, as I spend time with it and learn more about how it works and performs. Frankly, there are already enough expert reviews of this new device available for you to dig into. I hope this series will add a little contrast by approaching the device from a practical perspective. Also, it will give me the ability to answer and respond to questions and try things that you, the readers ask about as they come in.

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It’s Time for Apple to Revamp the Preorder Process

Let me rephrase that- it’s PAST time for Apple to revamp their arcane preorder system. Apple asking people to wake up between midnight and 3 AM (depending on where they live) and fight their way into the queue to get the latest gear within a month or two of launch has just gotten more and more ridiculous as time has gone by. When the iPhone went on sale over ten years ago, people went and camped out and stood in long lines at Apple Stores, carrier locations, and other retailers to get their hands on one early. However, Apple gradually did away with the mass lineups using the preorder process. Now we have ample evidence that this system, at least as it is currently implemented, has also reached its logical limits.

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Not so Uncool After All- iPhone is Incredibly Popular Among Teens

A few years ago, when Samsung started their big advertising push in support of the Galaxy S line of phones, one of the focuses of those commercials was that the iPhone was old and passé. The Galaxy S was billed as the “Next Big Thing,” while the iPhone was set up as the phone for your parents. We all know what that means by association- the iPhone isn’t cool anymore.

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Tips and Tricks- iOS 11’s One Handed Keyboard on iPhone

Have you ever found yourself frustrated while trying to text or respond to an email in a situation when you only have one hand free? We’ve all been there. I know I have. I’ve been using a Plus-sized iPhone for the last three years, so I know full well this can be an issue, even for someone with larger hands.

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iOS 11 is Officially Here. What Do You Think About It?

iOS 11 is finally here! I’ve been running the beta version on my iPad since I got my new 12.9” Pro on the first ship day, and on my iPhone for the last month and a half, so today felt a little anti-climactic to me. However, I know that the vast majority of Apple users don’t load beta versions. Most of you wait until launch day to upgrade your devices, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. No techno-judgement or snobbery here.

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The iPhone and Apple Pencil- Waiting Another Year?

 

I make no bones about the fact that I am impatiently waiting on Apple to add Pencil compatibility to the iPhone experience. I’ve been waiting since the first moment I saw the Apple Pencil demoed on stage with the original iPad Pro. While I absolutely understand Apple’s reasoning in pairing it with the iPad as its initial platform, there are confirmed use cases, as well as a confirmed market for a quality stylus paired with a large-screen phone. Samsung has turned this formula into a second flagship platform.

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