Phone batteries

Apple announced a new Smart Battery Case today. Which seems like the sort of Product Opportunity that they’ve historically preferred to leave for third party makers. It just goes to show that only a fool thinks they know what Apple could, should, or will do. Does Apple plan to ship a new iPhone next fall? Er…I’d…

I should stop saying “Real Camera” versus “Phone Camera”

Language is tricky. A camera is a camera is a camera. Sometimes I need to clarify that I’m referring to a traditional device and not a hardware feature on a phone. One answer is to refer to such things as a “real” camera, and yes, please, include the quotes Mr./Ms. Editor. I won’t do that…

Want

It’s New iPhones Day, a tradition that’s so well-understood among our community  at this point that I believe we’re only a couple of years away from all of the other stores in the mall making it into a relentless and overbearing nightmare. The CEO of Sears called in his team a few months ago and asked…

Apple vs. Samsung: Influence, or Copying?

Yup, I’ve been following the court proceedings almost as closely as I’ve been following the Olympics. “Almost,” only because NBC isn’t broadcasting it 20 hours a day. On the plus side, if NBC were covering it, we’d be getting our news 9 hours after it actually happened. Yesterday’s designated bombshell was an enormous and hitherto…

Daring Fireball: On the Behavior of the iPhone Mute Switch

This is probably my favorite kind of discussion of a tech product or feature: the philosophical kind. Why isn’t there an LTE version of the iPhone? Answer: because with the currently available chipsets, the added speed of 4G isn’t worth the tradeoff in battery life. Boring. Next? Why does the iPhone’s “Mute” switch silence some…

Hey, wonderful: there’s a location-tracking file on my iPhone.

What sort of data does your phone log to a file…and why? That’s the most annoying mystery of these superphones that we carry everywhere. It’s a master key to pretty much everything we’ve got going on in our lives: where we’ve been, the people with whom we associate, what we say, and all of the…