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Extend Your iPhone Battery Life

Another common complaint we get on a regular basis is that the battery does not last as much as it used to. Well, of course not. Each iPhone battery is built to withstand certain number of charge cycles, so it will never be like it was brand new out of the box. Battery life is also affected by each new iOS that Apple puts out, as well as how we use the phone on a regular basis. Here are a few tips to help extend the life of your iPhone’s battery.

Let’s start with diagnosis. We will use my personal iPhone 5S running iOS 8.1.1 that I have owned for about a year and a half now. To begin, click on Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage. You should see a screen like the one to the right. What does this tell me, except that I spend way too much time stalking people on Facebook? Well, for one, the battery seems to be using a significant portion of juice on the Home & Lock screen. Here are a few tips to lower these figures significantly.

1) Adjust Your Notifications Settings
These are battery hogs for sure. Click on Settings > Notifications, and turn off notifications for Apps that are least often used.

2) Turn Off Background App Refresh
This features refreshes App content in the background each time your iPhone connects to a Wi-fi network. This can potentially use a lot of power depending on how many Apps you own. Shut this off by clicking on Settings > General > Background App Refresh.

3) Disable Your LTE Connection
Yes, LTE is awesome, and everything loads super fast, sometimes faster than Wi-fi! One downside is that it is also a huge battery hog. I find that using the iPhone’s 4G network is sufficient for most things (writing emails, streaming music, etc.). If I need to research something fast, and I just can’t wait, I enable LTE momentarily. Shut off LTE by clicking on Settings > Cellular > Enable LTE.

4) Shut Off the Parallax Effect
This feature allows the use of dynamic wallpapers that move in the background, which requires precious battery power. It also makes me quite dizzy. Shut it off by clicking on Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion (on).

5) Shut off the Fetch Function
Fetch is a function in your mail settings that notifies you of each new email as it comes in. While it’s a great feature, all that background work tends to use up precious battery life. I personally don’t need to be notified of each new email, I just check mine from time to time. Shut off the Fetch Function by going to Settings > Mail, Contacts, & Calendars > Push (off) & Fetch Manually.

6) Adjust Location Monitoring
Certain apps require location monitoring, which can also zap battery life. Click on Settings > Privacy > Location Services. You can shut them off entirely, or you can go through each individual App and adjust location access accordingly.

7) Adjust Your Brigthness
The liquid crystal display (LCD) uses quite a bit of power when brightness is turned all the way up. Adjust the screen’s brightness by clicking on Settings > Display & Brightness. It might take a little time to get used to a dimmer screen, but your battery and your eyes will thank you.

If you don’t see any improvement with these tips, your iPhone may be the subject of more serious hardware damage, either with the battery itself or with the power supply chip on the motherboard. As always, if you have any questions, just send a quick message or call our direct line at 1890 911 400 today!

Thanks for tuning in!

WWDC 2015 Rumor Round-Up

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WWDC 2015

Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference is next month, which means big announcements from Apple. Historically, Apple has always announced the latest iterations of both iOS and OS X, including features and previews. Naturally, we expect this year to be no different with iOS 9 and OS 10.11. Apple has also been known to unveil new or refreshed products. For instance in 2013 we saw the new Mac Pro and in 2012 we saw updates to the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. This year however, the theme appears to be quality, as opposed to new and shiny.

WWDC 2015 Rumors

iOS 9 is widely expected to be a “stability” release. This means the update will be less “new feature” heavy and focus more on increasing the overall stabilization and optimization of iOS. This may be disappointing to some, as largely the appearance and functionality of the OS will remain the same, which leaves the release devoid of that new-and-amazing feeling. One small update that is expected with iOS 9 is the release of a streaming music service. It is unclear whether beats will be rebranded or if Apple will release a separate service. However, the app is expected to compete with services like Spotify or Pandora and to be priced at $9.99/month.

One of the more exciting updates to iOS 9 will be app multitasking. This feature would add the ability to run either multiple versions of the same app, or two separate apps simultaneously on iPads. Aside from multitasking, Apple Maps will also see a small update to include public transit directions as well as updated maps for large, popular buildings’ interiors. Lastly the overall security of iOS is expected to improve with new security for iCloud Drive and the addition of “Trusted Wi-Fi”.

Apple TV Due for a Refresh

A few months ago Apple dropped the price of the Apple TV from $99 to $69. Additionally, after the drop, ship time for new Apple TV’s has slipped to 1-2 weeks from Apple, with many retailers running out of stock completely. This suggests that we may be in for a refresh of the aging hardware. The Apple TV has had the iPhone’s 4’s A4 processor for years now. It is a perfectly capable machine, but it’s dated hardware is likely holding it back.

The hardware is rumored to receive a complete refresh with a faster A8 processor and integration with Siri and the app store. HomeKit integration is expected, this in combination with Siri means we can say things like “Hey Siri, turn of the lights in the living room” and Siri via your Apple TV turns off your Phillips Hue bulbs. The future is now. Speaking of the future, cord cutters rejoice! Apple is expected to announce a new streaming TV service. With partners such as ABC and Fox, Apple will supposedly offer 25 streaming TV channels. This is in addition to the plethora of on demand content already offered through Apple TV.

iMonkeys does not repair Apple TV’s yet, but if they gain anymore traction, it may have to be an offering we soon entertain.

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