Apple unveils $99 battery case for iPhone 6S

The battery life of Apple’s iPhones is well documented. It is the only chink in the armour of the iPhone. Even with the new iPhone 6S, many weren’t impressed with the battery life. In the last few years, many third party companies like Mophie have thrived as they have released innovative cases for the iPhone. Now, Apple has itself entered the space and released a $99 battery case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S. Apple calls it the smart battery case.

While this could be a death kneel for a number of third party accessory makers like Mophie, this is also admission on Apple’s part that the battery of the iPhone at least the smaller iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S, isn’t ideal.

There’s no case for the larger iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6S Plus.

Apple claims that the case will deliver up to 18 hours of Internet usage on LTE, 20 hours of video playback and increase the talk time by 25 hours, which isn’t too shabby.

The impressive bit is that it can be charged with the standard lighting cable of the iPhone and you wouldn’t need to carry around lighting to microUSB adaptors like you have to from battery packs made by companies like Mophie and Belkin.

This case also slips on to the iPhone like any regular case and doesn’t need to be dismantled and re-assembled like other battery packs sold in the market.

The case has a microfibre lining on the inside and has a silicon exterior. When in use, the battery case shows an intelligent battery status on the lock screen and the notification shade.

With the iPhone 6S, Apple actually reduced the size of the battery from that of the iPhone 6. That said, with iOS 9, Apple introduced a new battery saver mode and overall the company claims the battery life to be similar to that of the older iPhone model.

Best iPhone 6S deal: save £200 with code XMAS200

You might have seen that we ran an offer to get £125 off a new iPhone 6S 64GB over the Black Friday weekend. Well now you can save even more money – if you want the 128GB version.

It’s all thanks to Mobiles.co.uk and you can see all three currently available deals below. As with all the best deals though, you will have to act fast if you want to cash in, as the deal is only available until midnight on 10 December.

This is what we said about the iPhone 6S: “If you’re someone stuck with the iPhone 5S or, whisper it, earlier, you’ll be badly wanting a new iPhone – and the iPhone 6S is the best Apple handset that’s ever been made”.

So, if you want a new iPhone 6S what are you waiting for? Click the links below to get the deal – and don’t forget the code!

Christmas iPhone 6S deal 1

iPhone 6S 128GB | £170 £100 upfront | 1000 mins | Unlimited texts | 2GB | EE 4G | £34.99pm

This deal should please anyone who wants to be on EE which is the UK’s most popular network. Using the code XMAS70 at Mobiles.co.uk you can pay just £100 (saving £70) for the iPhone 6S 128GB, on a contract with EE. For £34.99 per month, you’ll get 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB data.

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Christmas iPhone 6S deal 2

iPhone 6S 128GB | £300 £100 upfront | Vodafone 4G | 1000 min | Unlimited txt | 2GB data | 2GB | £34pm

Using the code XMAS200 you can save £200 on the upfront cost of the iPhone 6S 128GB and pay £100 upfront instead of £300, this time with a slightly cheaper contract from Vodafone. You’re talking £34 per month for 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB data from Vodafone. So this deal will save you 99p per month – a further saving of £23.76 over the two years.

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Offers expire at midnight on 10 December.

Which of these deals you go for is up to you. For the privilege of going with EE, you’re just paying an extra 99p per month which is a small ask if you ask us – especially when you look at these prices compared to what else is out there.

iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus Pre-Orders Now Open in India

Apple’s new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available starting next week in India, as already confirmed by the company.

Gadgets 360 had confirmed pricing details of both the new iPhones. The iPhone 6s will start at Rs. 62,000 for the 16GB variant. The iPhone 6s Plus will start at Rs. 72,000 for the same storage capacity. The 64GB and 128GB variant of the iPhone 6s will be priced at Rs. 72,000 and Rs. 82,000 respectively, while the iPhone 6s Plus will cost Rs. 82,000 and Rs. 92,000 for the same storage capacities.

Starting Thursday, interested consumers can start pre-booking the new iPhone models from several retailers including Amazon, Snapdeal, Flipkart, Infibeam, and Paytm, as well as mobile operator Vodafone.

Paytm kicked off pre-orders for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on Thursday. The mobile payment and commerce platform offered pre-orders on a flash sale model where consumers can book a new iPhone between 12-6pm IST with limited units up for pre-booking. Consumers can pay Rs. 2,000 upfront for pre-orders via Paytm. It promises customers who pre-book the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on Paytm till October 13 will receive an email or message on October 14 with a link to make the remaining payment and complete the booking. The customers, who complete the full payment, will then receive the store location to pick the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus unit on the launch day (October 16).

Snapdeal claims that consumers who complete the pre-booking by October 15 4pm IST will receive the new iPhone on launch day. Snapdeal is offering the iPhone pre-booking option in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai.

Other retailers who are now accepting pre-orders include Amazon where consumers can receive exclusive offers from Vodafone. With iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus pre-orders via Amazon or even Vodafone, consumers will get free data and talk benefits from Vodafone including 4,000 local and STD minutes; free 3GB 3G data, and 1,500 SMS per month for the first six months. Flipkart is also takingpre-orders for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Consumers pre-booking a new iPhone from Infibeam for Rs. 1,000 are also being assured of receiving the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus on launch day. The online retailer however is offering the pre-orders in limited markets including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Noida, and Pune.

Snapdeal, on the other hand, will start taking pre-bookings for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus starting Friday. Customers can pre-book the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus following which a link to purchase will be sent to their pre-booking ID on October 14.

How to adjust 3D Touch pressure sensitivity on the iPhone 6s

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If you’re like me, you got your new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, and you’re trying out the new features, like 3D Touch. I’ve found 3D Touch immediately useful, but I’d like to be able to tweak the amount of pressure needed to use the feature.

Fortunately, there is a way to make this adjustment. Here’s how.

Adjust 3D Touch sensitivity

    1. On your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, open the Settings app.
    2. Tap General > Accessibility.
    3. Scroll down until you see 3D Touch in the Interaction section. Tap it.
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The 3D Touch settings are in the Accesibility section of the General settings. (Shown above on an iPhone 6s Plus in horizontal mode.).

  1. Here are the settings for 3D Touch. You can turn off the feature using the switch at the top. Below that is the setting for 3D Touch sensitivity. You have three choices here: Light, Medium (default), and Firm.
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    Pick a setting and try it out in the 3D Touch Sensitivity Test section at the bottom of the screen. Once you find a setting you like, you can close the app and you’re done.

iPhone 6S Has a Smaller 1715 mAh Battery Than The iPhone 6

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Apple’s new iPhone 6S has a smaller battery than the iPhone 6, this was discovered in the recent teardown of the handset by iFixit.

The new iPhone 6S has a 1715 mAh battery, last years iPhone 6 features a 1810 mAh battery, although the new  6S gives similar battery performance to last years model.

The apparent reason for the smaller battery on Apple’s new iPhone is the new Apple 3D Touch display, which takes up more room than last years model.

Apple’s new iPhones are also 2mm thicker than last years model, one of the reasons this has been done is to stop the handsets from bending, it also comes with 7000 Series aluminum which is much stronger than the aluminum used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Apple’s new iPhones around launching today in a number of countries aound the world, they have already gone on sale in Australia and the UK and will be available in the US later today. Apple are selling the handsets from their retail stores at 8AM local time today.

Samsung Trolls Apple’s iPhone 6S Launch In London

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Apple has launched their new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus smartphones today and it looks like Samsung decided to show up at some Apple stores in London.

Samsung turned up to the Apple Store in Regent Street and gave out free blankets, pillows and water to people queuing up for Apple’s new iPhone.

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One Twitter user, Arne Leo Bertoia noted that Samsung used the NextISNew Hastag on the stuff it gave away to people queuing outside the Apple store.

 

Samsung also appeared at an Apple Store in London earlier today  with banners advertising their flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones.

It is not clear as yet on whether Samsung’s latest marketing stunt convinced anyone in the iPhone 6S queue to buy one of their Galaxy smartphones.