PSA: Apple’s new MagSafe Battery Pack can also be used to wirelessly charge AirPods

Technology

9to5Mac 19 July, 2021 - 12:08pm 31 views

Earlier today, the first real-world images of the MagSafe Battery Pack emerged, showing a closer look at the fit, finish, and size of the new accessory. Now, an image has emerged showing that the MagSafe Battery Pack can be used as a Qi charger for any accessory, including AirPods.

As we detailed this morning, Steven Russell was able to pick up the MagSafe Battery Pack at his local Apple Store in Memphis, Tennessee, this weekend. Russell posted a handful of images of the new accessory on Reddit and Twitter, and now, he’s shared a new image showing the MagSafe Battery Pack successfully charging AirPods Pro.

Apple hinted that this was possible on the product page for the MagSafe Battery Pack, saying: “At your desk and need a charge? Just plug a Lightning cable into the MagSafe Battery Pack for up to 15W of wireless charging.” The image from Russell confirms that it also works on the go, turning the MagSafe Battery Pack into a portable, battery-powered Qi charger.

The first MagSafe Battery Pack orders are slated to begin arriving later this week, which is also when we expect it to officially hit Apple Stores. In the meantime, let us know what you think of the early images down in the comments below!

One more thing to add. I have been asked if it wirelessly charges AirPods. Answer appears to be yes. pic.twitter.com/2WCcKSOlbI

— Steven Russell (@stevenrussell) July 19, 2021

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

AirPods offers a cord-free wireless audio experience with up to 5 hours of battery life. They are rechargeable through the included case that get you up to 24 hours on a single charge. AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro support wireless (Qi) charging, Hey Siri, and include the H1 chip.

Chance is an editor for the entire 9to5 network and covers the latest Apple news for 9to5Mac.

New MacBook Pro rumored for between September-November

Apple handing out Ted Lasso stickers at retail stores

Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack vs the competition

Read full article at 9to5Mac

Don't make this common iPhone or Android mistake | ZDNet

ZDNet 19 July, 2021 - 04:35pm

I've spent the past week out and about at a festival (it's slowly coming back to me what these are), and in a change to the typical British summer -- slightly less rain that in winter -- it's been hot.

Like 30ºC (around 86ºF). And that's outside. Get inside a vehicle or building, and it can be much hotter.

While I was at the festival, chilling with my drone (it makes quite a handy, albeit noisy, fan), a fellow came over to me to ask if I knew what was up with his phone.

And it was blisteringly hot to the touch.

Must read: These three simple tips will keep your iPhone safe from hackers

Initially, I thought it might have been a case of a battery going into thermal runaway, but on talking to the chap, things became clearer.

He'd left his phone -- a nice gold iPhone 12 Pro Max -- in the holder stuck to his car's windshield all day, and the phone's battery had popped the display out of the frame.

It was the end of the road for this iPhone.

Now, the weird thing is that it's not rare to see phones in holders stuck to car windshields in summer, baking away.

And it's not just while the car is still -- a phone in the window can get hot while the car is running, unless you have it in the direct flow of the aircon.

But leaving them there to bake inside a hot car isn't great for the battery. In fact, overheating a handset -- and remember that most of the time phones are in holders nowadays, they're also charging -- is a surefire way to wear out batteries.

Over the past few weeks, I've seen or heard about half a dozen dead phones and a couple of in-car GPS receivers giving up the ghost in the heat. The heat is not only brutal for the batteries, but it can also damage the displays.

It's not just a problem in the car. It's just as much a problem at home or the office.

And it's not just a problem for phones. It's not a good idea to bake anything that contains a battery that you care about.

Here's my rule of thumb: If the phone feels hot to the touch, find somewhere cooler for it. The battery might work fine in summer while it's warmer, but it's wintertime that people see the side effects of battery degradation when their smartphones start showing reduced battery life.

If the phone is too hot to the touch, you need to take it off charge, take it out of any case it's in, turn it off, and allow it to cool down.

And find a better spot for it in the car, home, or office.

By registering, you agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices outlined in the Privacy Policy.

You will also receive a complimentary subscription to the ZDNet's Tech Update Today and ZDNet Announcement newsletters. You may unsubscribe from these newsletters at any time.

You agree to receive updates, alerts, and promotions from the CBS family of companies - including ZDNet’s Tech Update Today and ZDNet Announcement newsletters. You may unsubscribe at any time.

By signing up, you agree to receive the selected newsletter(s) which you may unsubscribe from at any time. You also agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge the data collection and usage practices outlined in our Privacy Policy.

The Hubble space telescope has been down for more than a month, but NASA's engineers have successfully fixed the problem.

It's motion control meets Mecha (but for real).

Windows games can be run via Proton, with Valve adding that users can install Windows or anything else they want.

Beyond increasing chip output, Taiwan's largest chip maker earned net income of NT$134.36 billion for the second quarter ended June 30.

The DTA said it will re-open the application process for the hardware marketplace annually.

The space agency has finally found what is playing up on its space observatory and is getting ready to fix it.

Everything New in iOS 14.7

MacRumors 19 July, 2021 - 03:00pm

The first real photos of Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack are here

Circuit Breaker 19 July, 2021 - 01:23pm

Unlike Apple’s previously Smart Battery Cases, you may be getting more than just extended life for your phone — the snap-on, snap-off MagSafe pack appears to double as a Qi wireless charger for other devices. Russell says it seems to be charging his AirPods Pro wireless charging case, and you could theoretically even use it for an Android phone.

One more thing to add. I have been asked if it wirelessly charges AirPods. Answer appears to be yes. pic.twitter.com/2WCcKSOlbI

I’m buying one for my iPhone 12 mini. Here’s looking forward to seeing how Apple’s image (below) translates into the real world.

Check your inbox for a welcome email.

Apple releases iOS 14.7 to the public with MagSafe Battery Pack support, ability to combine Apple Card accounts, more

9to5Mac 19 July, 2021 - 12:06pm

Apple today is releasing iOS 14.7 to the public today following beta testing. The new update brings support for the MagSafe Battery Pack for iPhone 12, support for combining Apple Card accounts, and more. Head below for the full details and the full release notes.

You can update your iPhone by going to the Settings app, choosing General, then choosing Software Update. Apple is also rolling out tvOS 14.7 and watchOS 7.6 to the public today as well.

Following the release of IOS 14.6 to the public in May, iOS 14.7 is another notable update for iPhone users. One of the biggest changes here is support for the new MagSafe Battery Pack for iPhone 12, which has already started arriving to early shoppers.

iOS 14.7 also brings support for merging two separate Apple Cards and creating one joint, co-owned account. This process will combine credit limits and can be found in the updated Wallet application.

iOS 14.7 also brings a new timer management feature for HomePod users for the Home application. This allows you to set and among timers using the Home app on your iPhone and iPad.

Did you find anything else new in today’s release of iOS 14.7? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, @9to5Mac.

— Sven (@Cynamiter) July 19, 2021

iOS 14 was released on September 16th, 2020. New features include a new home screen design, widgets, picture in picture, and more.

Chance is an editor for the entire 9to5 network and covers the latest Apple news for 9to5Mac.

New MacBook Pro rumored for between September-November

Apple handing out Ted Lasso stickers at retail stores

Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack vs the competition

New photos show our first real-world look at Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack for iPhone 12

9to5Mac 19 July, 2021 - 09:21am

Apple’s iPhone 12 MagSafe Battery Pack is set to start arriving to customers later this week after being announced last Tuesday, but one lucky buyer has managed to get their hands on one early. Images posted to Reddit offer our first real-world at the MagSafe Battery Pack for iPhone 12, with details on fit, finish, and thickness.

On Reddit, Steven Russell says they were able to pick up the MagSafe Battery Pack at their local Apple Store in Memphis, Tennessee, this weekend. This is despite the fact that Apple’s Online Store currently shows that the MagSafe Battery Pack is not available for in-store pickup at any Apple Stores, and online orders are currently slated to ship toward the end of the month.

Russell shared some early impressions of the iPhone 12 MagSafe Battery Pack

Russell also noted that it “definitely adds quite a bit of thickness” to the iPhone 12 is “about the same size” as Mophie’s competing battery pack for iPhone 12. “The rounded edges are a little nicer on the hand when holding it,” Russell adds.

Apple announced the MagSafe Battery Pack for iPhone 12 last week, and it serves as its own alternative to existing offers from companies like Mophie and Anker. It attaches magnetically to the back of the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max and charges the connected iPhone at 5W. It features an 11.13Wh battery, which is smaller than Mophie and Anker.

The first MagSafe Battery Pack orders are slated to begin arriving later this week, which is also when we expect it to officially hit Apple Stores. In the meantime, let us know what you think of the early images down in the comments below!

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

The iPhone 12 includes 5G speed, an A14 Bionic chip, an edge-to-edge OLED display, and it comes in multiple color options starting at $699.

Chance is an editor for the entire 9to5 network and covers the latest Apple news for 9to5Mac.

New MacBook Pro rumored for between September-November

Apple handing out Ted Lasso stickers at retail stores

Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack vs the competition

Photos of Apple's New MagSafe Battery Pack Provide First Look at Thickness

Mac Rumors 19 July, 2021 - 08:36am

Looking for a job? We are hiring.

Stunning video shows a iPhone 13 concept with a funky MagSafe Battery Pack

iMore 19 July, 2021 - 08:05am

Save $99 on Apple's iPad Air: Now just $500 at Amazon

Apple is set to announce the iPhone 13 lineup this fall and a new concept shows us just how stunning the mid-range version could turn out to be.

Created by Over The Edge and shared with the ConceptsiPhone YouTube channel, the video shows us what we've come to expect from a new mid-range iPhone in 2021 — a smaller notch and redesigned camera layout. There's a very fetching orange color as well, but the star of the show might not be the iPhone at all, but rather the MagSafe Battery Pack that was recently announced.

Say hello to the smaller notch, the new camera that lets you take better photos. MagSafe Battery for on the go, with 1460mAh. On top of that, a larger battery lasts up to 1.5 times longer.

What makes this concept so great is the use of color on the MagSafe Battery Pack. Apple now sells this thing itself, but you can only get it in white. That's cool if you have a white iPhone, but not-so-cool if you don't. This concept imagines a colored band around the battery pack that would match the iPhone itself. And it looks pretty sweet!

Apple will likely announce new iPhones in September, but you don't have to wait that long to get a great handset. The current iPhone 12 lineup is still awesome, and you can bag an iPhone bargain right now. Not so sure about that MagSafe Battery Pack? There are tons of third-party MagSafe portable batteries to be had, too.

Following the news earlier today that journalists and other high profile people are being targeted by the Pegasus spyware, Apple has released a statement on the matter. Pegasus was reportedly able to exploit a flaw in iMessage, even on devices running iOS 14.6.

Contemporary iPhones take some pretty great video, but the audio quality is often lacking. Take it to the next level with a high-quality microphone kit like this one from Sennheiser.

Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack has begun to become available in some Apple Stores, with one Redditor walking into the Memphis, Tennessee store and buying one. Their photos are the first real-world images we've seen of the new battery pack.

Picking out a new keyboard for your Mac can be tough, but having something that’s efficient, easy-to-charge, and is good for the environment is a bonus.

Sign up now to get the latest news, deals & more from iMore!

I would like to receive news and offers from other Future brands.

I would like to receive mail from Future partners.

No spam, we promise. You can unsubscribe at any time and we'll never share your details without your permission.

Enough with iOS 15 beta bugs. Here’s how to go back to iOS 14 right now

CNET 19 July, 2021 - 06:15am

The iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 public betas have been out for a few weeks now, giving early adopters plenty of time to check out the new features. But as the name implies, beta software should be considered a work in progress, with features changing and sometimes breaking as Apple refines iOS 15 in preparation for its official release this fall. Apple typically releases an update every two weeks during the beta cycle; sometimes a release will fix bugs, other times it introduces new ones. 

Because it's unfinished, you're sure to continue to encounter bugs, poor battery life and other random issues. I've been using the developer beta for over a month now, and I can personally attest to horrible battery life -- which is normal this early in Apple's beta release cycle. If you've taken the iOS 15 beta plunge only to decide that you can't live with a beta operating system on your iPhone or iPad, there's good news: You can go back to iOS 14. 

Keep in mind, however, that reverting to the current official release will require you to factory reset your phone or tablet. If you created a backup before joining the beta, you can use that to restore your iPhone or iPad, but any changes or new information since installing the beta will be lost. 

With all of that out of the way, here's how to get out of the beta and back to a stable version of iOS. 

If you're on a Mac, make sure your Mac's software is updated by clicking on the Apple logo at the top of your screen, then selecting System Preferences > Software Update.

Start by connecting your phone or tablet to your computer, and then placing it in Recovery Mode. This will tell your computer that the connected device needs to have its operating system reinstalled. To enter receivers mode, you'll need to use the steps specific to your device listed below. You'll know when you're in Recovery Mode when your device's screen is black and shows a cable pointing toward a MacBook. 

When using the button combination below, your iPhone or iPad will restart during this process, but it's important that you don't let go of the button(s) until you see the recovery mode screen.

If you let go too early, repeat the steps. 

Hopefully you backed up your iPhone or iPad before installing iOS 15. 

When you put an Apple device into Recovery Mode, you'll see a prompt on your computer letting you know a device in recovery mode has been detected. It will ask if you want to Restore or Update your device: Select Restore. Your computer will download and install the latest official version of iOS 14 on your device. (Currently iOS 14.6.)

If you don't see a prompt, you'll need to open Finder (on a Mac) or iTunes (on a PC), select your device and then Restore.

If you're using the same computer where you created a backup of your phone or tablet before installing the beta, you'll be asked if you want to use that backup to restore your device after it's back on iOS 14. If you didn't create a backup, you'll have to start from a fresh install. 

There's no shame in going back to iOS 14. There are a ton of features we can't get enough of, and Apple keeps adding to them with regular updates. My personal favorite are all of the hidden features we keep finding in iOS 14. If you decide you want to take the beta plunge as the official launch gets closer, you can always do that, too.

Stay up-to-date on the latest news, reviews and advice on iPhones, iPads, Macs, services and software.

Technology Stories