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Double your phone's battery lifespan: 5 smart tips to make it last longer (Source: Unsplash)

Double your phone's battery lifespan: 5 smart tips to make it last longer

CheckMag If you're aiming to protect your phone battery from wear and tear and want to maximize its longevity, it's important to remember to follow a set of key practices. Maintaining the health of your phone's battery is vital for its lon...
Triet Le, 15 Nov 2023 22:28
The iPhone SE 4 might not be ready for over a year. (Image source: AppleTrack & @concept_central)

Apple iPhone SE 4 visualised in new concept images with modern but familiar design

The iPhone SE 4 could be a while off yet, but numerous rumours about a fourth-generation model have already surfaced online. Now, high-resolution render images visualise current expectations, including the adoption of modern iPhon...
Alex Alderson, 14 Nov 2023 23:43
7 warning signs your iPhone may be tracked (Image source: Unsplash)

7 warning signs your iPhone may be tracked

CheckMag By recognizing the signs of mobile phone tracking, you can determine whether your iPhone is being monitored. Below are 7 warning signs your iPhone may be tracked, which range from unexpected Apple ID login alerts to unusual data u...
Triet Le, 13 Nov 2023 21:49
The 7-in-1 Dock. (Source: JSAUX)

Deal | JSAUX 7-in-1 Docking Station with on-board cable holder goes for US$69 off

JSAUX has announced its online Black Friday sale early, with 25% off some of its Steam Deck accessories, not to mention its new iPhone 15 cases. However, the best deal might be the nearly 70% off deal on the brand's innovative 7-i...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 13 Nov 2023 20:50
The Apple iPhone is set to receive its biggest operating system update in years in 2024. (Image: Apple)

Bloomberg: Hardly any new features planned for the iPhone 16, iOS 18 set to be a huge update, app sideloading to start in 2024

According to the latest information from Bloomberg editor Mark Gurman, customers should not expect any significant innovations on the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro. But iOS 18 will be all the more exciting because the iPhone operati...
Hannes Brecher, 13 Nov 2023 12:05
The 15 Pro Max. (Source: Notebookcheck)

iPhone 15 series rejuvenates US smartphone market in latest quarter

The US smartphone market grew by just over 20% in the third quarter of 2023 compared to the second, according to the latest industry research. This up-tick was attributed to the launch of the latest iPhone 15 series, which account...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 12 Nov 2023 18:17
If you want a small phone with a big zoom think again, you probably won't find one. (Source: Notebookcheck)

If you want a phone with a 5x zoom, make sure you’ve got big hands

What was once considered "big" in smartphone terms is now the norm in the industry. But one feature seems to be tied specificially to the size of the screen. If you don't like big phones, don't expect to be on the cutting edge of ...
David Devey, 12 Nov 2023 08:28
Sharge's ICEMAG power bank

Sharge ICEMAG wireless power bank hands-on review: Light up your new iPhone

Active iPhone cooling on the go. Sharge's latest power bank is designed to work with Apple's MagSafe for newer iPhones. Unlike most wireless charging accessories along those lines, however, it incorporates its own active fan, with RGB lighting to boot. Can its gaming PC-like build make the ICEMAG the ideal on-the-go iPhone charging companion?
Deirdre O'Donnell, 10 Nov 2023 22:03
iPhone SE 4 set to feature a revamped design according to reports. (Source: Florian Schmitt)

Apple iPhone SE 4 to feature iPhone 14-style chassis, 48-megapixel camera and action button

New information obtained by MacRumors hints at significant improvements being planned for the iPhone SE 4, which is expected to feature an iPhone 14-style chassis along with a whopping 48-megapixel single camera system. However, w...
Sambit Saha, 10 Nov 2023 12:38
Apple is finally fixing a number of iPhone and Apple Watch battery problems. (Image: Apple)

iOS 17.1.1 and watchOS 10.1.1: Apple remedies BMW bug on iPhone and battery issues on Apple Watch

Via the latest updates for the iPhone and Apple Watch, Apple is finally fixing a number of annoying bugs that have drastically affected battery life and made charging difficult in some cases, including in conjunction with the wire...
Hannes Brecher, 08 Nov 2023 04:55
Apple iPhone 15 Plus (photo: Daniel Schmidt)

Apple iPhone 15 Plus – Forced to be worse

Although the more affordable large iPhone is able to deliver some results in our test that are to a large extent convincing, it also reveals some deficits that might turn into show stoppers for some interested buyers. So should yo...
Daniel Schmidt, 07 Nov 2023 01:27
PopSockets announces a Holiday Giveaway. (Source: PopSockets)

PopSockets launches AI Customizer with cash-prize giveaway

The popular mobile device accessory company PopSockets has announced that buyers can now design their own finish for selects products using AI. The Customizer is touted to help its users translate their passions into a new PopSock...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 06 Nov 2023 17:53
Apple iPhone 15 Plus review – The iPhone with an extra-large display and powerful battery

90% Apple iPhone 15 Plus review – The iPhone with an extra-large display and powerful battery

Finally USB, but only slow. Not only does the iPhone 15 Plus offer a large display, but it also gets the Dynamic Island for the first time this year. In addition, there is a higher resolution main camera, a slightly more powerful battery, more computing power, and USB-C. All that, Apple tops with a slightly lower price than last year.
Apple A16 Bionic | Apple A16 GPU 5-Core | 6.70" | 201 g
Daniel Schmidt, 05 Nov 2023 00:40
An OLED product showcase. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung accuses BOE of stealing OLED trade secrets

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has confirmed the receipt of a complaint from Samsung about competing display OEM BOE. The former asserts that the latter has employed "unfair methods of competition" that include OLED...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 04 Nov 2023 18:48
Apple plans to manufacture more iPhones in India in the coming years (image via own)

iPhone 17 mass production to kick off in India in 2024

The iPhone 17 will be the first of its kind to be produced in India before launch. It will be assembled on Wistron's assembly line, which was acquired by Tata a few weeks ago.
Anil Ganti, 02 Nov 2023 11:04
The new XAV-AX8500. (Source: Sony)

Sony XAV-AX8500 debuts as Tilt & Swivel in-car AV receiver with LDAC

Sony has announced that its latest audio-video (AV) receiver has a new Tilt & Swivel design that allows its screen to be turned either towards or away from the driver. It also supports USB type-C and micro-HDMI as well as the gold...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 01 Nov 2023 23:07
Apple's current Action Button may only last one generation on Pro iPhones, iPhone 15 Pro pictured. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Apple iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max to launch with first solid-state Action Button

Allegedly, Apple has resolved manufacturing issues that affected its attempts to mass-produce its first solid-state or Taptic Button. As a result, Apple will showcase the new button type as a second-generation Action Button in nex...
Alex Alderson, 01 Nov 2023 12:50
The iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus may have more hardware buttons than their Pro counterparts. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Apple iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus could feature mute switches and dedicated Action Buttons

While the release of the iPhone 16 series is a way off yet, information about certain hardware details is already appearing online. Reportedly, Apple will bring the Action Button to next year's non-Pro iPhones, but in a different ...
Alex Alderson, 01 Nov 2023 12:44
The new M3 Mac series chips from Apple appear to have their origins in both its A16 Bionic and A17 Pro mobile SoCs. (Source: Apple)

Apple M3 chips appears to be a hybrid of the A17 Pro, A16 Bionic designs

The new M3 chips are here and there’s a lot to digest. As Apple doesn’t make a point of revealing the design origins of its chips, it can be an interesting exercise to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
Sanjiv Sathiah, 01 Nov 2023 12:13
Apple's entire 'Scary Fast' Mac special event was shot on an iPhone 15 Pro Max. (Photo : Daniel Schmidt)

Apple's Scary Fast event was shot on iPhone

In a first for the company, the entire 'Scary Fast' Mac special event that was just held was filmed using an iPhone 15 Pro Max, which came out this September and features Apple's most advanced camera system to date.
Sambit Saha, 31 Oct 2023 21:19
The Space Elevator power bank. (Source: Sharge)

Sharge Space Elevator launches as a sub-credit card-sized magnetic power bank

Sharge touts its latest product as its most pocket-friendly MagSafe-style power bank yet. The new accessory is also backed to relieve the user of battery anxiety as both a wired and wireless back-up power source on the go. The Spa...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 31 Oct 2023 18:22
The iPhone 15 Pro could be the last model to feature 3x telephoto and 12 MP ultra-wide-angle cameras. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Apple to pioneer moulded glass camera lenses starting with iPhone 16 Pro

According to a new report, Apple will equip its next Pro and Pro Max iPhones with a special lens type. Purportedly, the change is to allow the iPhone 16 Pro to feature Apple's tetra prism telephoto camera, which is currently an iP...
Alex Alderson, 31 Oct 2023 17:07
Capcom has discounted Resident Evil Village for the next three weeks. (Image source: Apple & Capcom - edited)

Deal | Resident Evil Village starts on Apple iPhone 15 Pro at 60% discount with MetalFX upscaling

Capcom has now published Resident Evil Village for iOS and iPadOS devices. Available for the next three weeks at a 60% discount, the port utilises MetalFX upscaling to maximise image quality and can be played on an external displa...
Alex Alderson, 30 Oct 2023 16:26
The new VoltaGo. (Source: Volta)

Volta VoltaGo MagSafe Power Bank hyped as Most Versatile 4-in-1 Magnetic Power Bank to hit Indiegogo yet

Volta has announced that its next "high-speed" charging accessory will launch via a crowdfunding campaign. The 10,000mAh VoltaGo power bank is designed to deliver fast wireless charging to MagSafe-compatible iPhones, although it i...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 29 Oct 2023 17:35
The iPhone gets a diary app from Apple for the first time in iOS 17.2. (Image: Victor Carvalho / Apple, edited)

Apple iOS 17.2 releases updates for unpacked iPhones and Journal app, watchOS 10.1 reportedly shortens battery life

Apple has released the first beta version of iOS 17.2, confirming that the update will introduce the long-awaited Journal app, expand the functionality of the iPhone 15 Pro's Action button, and allow Apple to roll out iOS updates ...
Hannes Brecher, 27 Oct 2023 23:38
The Apple iPhone gets a number of new features with iOS 17.1. (Image: Apple)

Apple iPhone and iPad get iOS 17.1 along with new features and burn-in improvements for iPhone 15 Pro

Apple has released the first major update for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro, which is also available for older iPhones as long as they support iOS 17. The patch also introduces AirDrop, new standby options and improvements to th...
Hannes Brecher, 25 Oct 2023 23:31
GRID Autosport offers PC and console quality racing on your phone. (Source: NotebookCheck)

3 console quality Android and iOS games that can rival Steam Deck games

CheckMag Don't have a Steam Deck to hand? Waiting for Apple to release Resident Evil on the iPhone 15 Pro? Here are 3 Android and iOS games that offer PC and console class gaming on your device today. Just make sure you pair it with a dece...
David Devey, 25 Oct 2023 22:50
The iPhone 15 Pro Max's periscope telephoto camera costs Apple significantly more. (Image: Yianni Mathioudakis)

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max: 43% more expensive titanium frame and 280% more expensive telephoto camera bite into Apple's margin

The Apple iPhone 16 Pro and Pro Max are set to become more expensive, at least according to the latest information from analysts at Nikkei Asia. After Apple's margins on the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Pro slumped due to significa...
Hannes Brecher, 24 Oct 2023 13:51
The iPhone camera may not be exactly as it seems (Image source: Apple - edited)

Apple needs to be more honest about the iPhone camera specification

CheckMag Does measuring features differently to the competition make a product better? Is Apple "Thinking Different" or hoping branding will sell more devices? There certainly seems to be some convenient favouritism shown by Apple in regar...
David Devey, 23 Oct 2023 20:07
The Reink Case C1 packs a small, secondary E ink display onto the back of an iPhone. (Image: Reink Stone)

Apple iPhone 13, iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 Pro get color E ink secondary display via the Reink Case C1

The Reink Case C1 adds a color E ink display onto the back of an Apple iPhone. Both communication and power are supplied via the NFC chip, so the case never needs to be charged and power consumption is minimal.
Hannes Brecher, 22 Oct 2023 00:17
The Apple iPhone 15 Pro can finally save photos to external storage media. (Image: Thai Nguyen)

Apple iPhone 15 Pro can now save photos directly to SD card or SSD thanks to Photon Camera

Those using an iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max as a camera phone now finally have the option of saving photos directly to an SD memory card or external SSD instead of the iPhone's internal storage, enabling entirely new workflo...
Hannes Brecher, 21 Oct 2023 01:40
The Apple iPhone 15 costs 16 percent more to produce than the previous model. (Image: iFixit)

BoM analysis of the Apple iPhone 15 (Plus) and iPhone 15 Pro (Max) reveals significantly higher production costs

The Apple iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro have become even slightly cheaper than their predecessors in Europe, mainly due to currency fluctuations. However, a “Bill of Materials” analysis recently revealed that production costs have i...
Hannes Brecher, 18 Oct 2023 23:47
Reports of OLED burn-in on the iPhone 15 Pro series could be image retention instead. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Apple iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max display 'burn-in' could be fixed by iOS 17.1 with a keyboard upgrade also inbound

Supposedly, reports of early iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max units experiencing display burn-in were wide of the mark. According to a new report, Apple will address the outstanding software problem with iOS 17.1, which will al...
Alex Alderson, 18 Oct 2023 19:09
iOS 17.1 should reach stable status before the end of October. (Image source: Apple)

Apple to release iOS 17.1 for iPhones by October 24 with AirDrop, Dynamic Island and Standby improvements

The public release of iOS 17.1 is nearly here, just over a month after Apple introduced the iPhone 15 series. Reportedly, the first major iOS 17 update could be here by early next week at the latest with AirDrop, Dynamic Island an...
Alex Alderson, 16 Oct 2023 17:41
An example of an iPhone 15 Pro Max with OLED burn-in. (Image source: Surfphysics - Image credit)

Apple iPhone 15 Pro: Owners of some Pro and Pro Max models complain about OLED burn-in shortly after iOS 17 overheating fix

Some early iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max units are already exhibiting OLED burn-in issues. Somehow, the issues are occurring after a few weeks of use, which is atypical for OLED burn-in.
Alex Alderson, 16 Oct 2023 16:54
The Apple iPhone 15 Pro now comes in three new designs from Caviar. (Image: Caviar)

Apple iPhone 15 Pro UFO Collection launches with real meteorite fragments, decorative aliens and star destroyers

The Apple iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are now offered in three new, strictly limited Caviar designs, two of which feature fragments of a real meteorite. The UFO Collection targets fans of science fiction, especially Star W...
Hannes Brecher, 16 Oct 2023 00:52
The next Vision Pro might not look like this. (Source: Apple)

Apple Vision Pro: Plans for cheaper second-gen version outlined in more detail

The Apple Vision Pro has arguably failed to raise early-adopter enthusiasm as a high-end virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR) platform. However, Apple might still hold out hope for less indifference to its successor, which is said to...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 15 Oct 2023 19:47
iPhones might ship with newer software out of the box. (Source: Apple)

iPhones to update to latest iOS version from inside sealed packages in the future

The first thing the owner of a brand new iPhone might have to do after unboxing is download and install a software update, especially if they, for example want the latest iOS 17.0.3 version. However, that might not be the case in ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 15 Oct 2023 17:18
The iPhone 12 is receiving an update that lowers the transmission power

Confirmed by Apple: iPhone update reduces cellular transmission power, may cause problems in certain situations

In September, Apple had problems with increased radiation exposure in an iPhone, which led to a sales stop of the affected smartphone in France. Apple has now spoken in more detail about the corresponding software update and clari...
Silvio Werner, 15 Oct 2023 01:40
One of the world's latest smartphones. (Source: Motorola)

Over half of the planet's population use smartphones now

The GSM Association's latest study on mobile internet use worldwide has concluded that over half of the global population now has at least one smartphone. Four billion of those people are estimated to use mobile data on those devi...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 13 Oct 2023 18:29
The iPhone 16 Pro is rumoured to borrow the iPhone 15 Pro Max's 5x telephoto camera, pictured. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

iPhone 16 Pro: Apple rumoured to bring improved connectivity and camera upgrades galore to larger Pro model

According to a new report, Apple is set to make numerous upgrades to its next smaller Pro model next year. While the iPhone 16 Pro is rumoured to be slightly larger than the current iPhone 15 Pro, this will coincide with the adopt...
Alex Alderson, 13 Oct 2023 13:00
The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max benefit hugely from the iOS 17.0.3 update. (Source: Apple)

iPhone 15 Pro Max sees marked performance and thermal management improvements after iOS 17.0.3 update

The iPhone 15 Pro Max was panned for its tendency to overheat under load. Apple appears to have done quite a bit to alleviate those worries, though, with the iOS 17.0.3 update improving gaming performance while also reducing tempe...
Ricci Rox, 10 Oct 2023 10:53
The iPhone 15 Plus. (Source: Apple)

iPhone 15 and 15 Plus: Teardown reveals 5G modem upgrade from Qualcomm

The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max upgraded to the latest A17 Pro chipset from Apple, whereas the 15 and 15 Plus were left to make do with the same A16 Bionic from the 14 Pro series. However, according to new analysis, the 2 cheaper mo...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 09 Oct 2023 19:45
An in-built ring LED ensures even illumination (Image Source: SANDMARC)

SANDMARC’s tiny 40x Microscope Lens lets your iPhone capture Ant-Man like photos and videos

Accessory maker SANDMARC has launched the iPhone Microscope Lens. The add-on lens provides 40x magnification (or 200x on the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s 5x tele lens) for capturing stunning ultra-closeup images, while still being extremel...
Vishal Bhardwaj, 08 Oct 2023 20:34
The BMW's wireless charger reportedly fries the iPhone 15 Pro's NFC chip. (Image Source: BMW Canada)

PSA: BMW wireless charger could fry your iPhone 15 Pro's NFC chip and disable Apple Pay, digital car keys

BMW owners report that placing the iPhone 15 Pro on the car's wireless charger triggers a recovery mode after which Apple Pay stops completely working. While initially thought to be a one-off incident, the problem seems to be recu...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 08 Oct 2023 07:26
The new Nothing x CASETiFY accessories. (Source: Nothing x CASETiFY)

Nothing x CASETiFY cases for the iPhone 15 Pro Max launch alongside the Mini Pouch with Ear (2)

CASETiFY has partnered with Nothing to recreate the latter's signature Glyph lighting system on some of the former's latest cases. However, they are not for the Phone (2), or even the Phone (1), but for the newest top-end iPhone i...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 07 Oct 2023 18:57
The iPhone 15 Pro Max should no longer overheat after installing iOS 17.0.3. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Apple rolls out iOS 17.0.3 with overheating fix for new iPhone 15 models

Apple has issued a new software update designed to address overheating issues that some have experienced on their iPhone 15 series handsets. Available as iOS 17.0.3, the update also fixes two major security issues that had remaine...
Alex Alderson, 04 Oct 2023 20:46
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max

iPhone 15 Pro Max – Apple's big Pro did almost everything right in our test

The iPhone 15 Pro Max impressed us in our test by offering a comparatively large amount of updates. We have summarized all the most important points for you, while bringing attention to which aspects require more work.
Daniel Schmidt, 04 Oct 2023 15:05
The iPhone 14 Pro internals, including battery. (Source: iFixit)

Apple using cheaper batteries in iPhone 14 and 15 series that degrade more quickly says tipster

Apple could be using cheaper batteries with lower charge cycle counts in the iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 series, according to a tipster. This could explain recent reports of iPhone 14 users observing lower than expected battery capaci...
Sanjiv Sathiah, 04 Oct 2023 14:39
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max review - More camera power and titanium for Apple's biggest smartphone

91% Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max review - More camera power and titanium for Apple's biggest smartphone

Less hefty. For the first time, the iPhone 15 Pro Max features a titanium case and an even bigger battery - plus, it now uses USB. In addition, it is Apple's first smartphone to have a 5x optical zoom. We put the now lighter flagship from Cupertino to the test, which you can read about in this review.
Apple A17 Pro | Apple A17 Pro GPU | 6.70" | 221 g
Daniel Schmidt, 03 Oct 2023 14:42


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