Apple Offering $29 Batteries + iPhone Diagnostics + News of the Week

Apple Responds to iPhone Throttling

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    The big story around Apple right now is the whole issue of them slowing down some of our phones to prevent unexpected shutdowns from old batteries that are losing their charge capacity. This story is huge and there’s a ton of controversy over it. In this statement, Apple tells us why they made the choice they did and what they’re going to do in the future. I’ve been following this story for a while and their statement falls in line with all the reputable articles on the issue. So if you’re looking for a concise explanation of the whole thing, check out the link above.

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    DIY Battery Replacement

    Speaking of batteries… iFixit is the website I use for step-by-step guides on fixing Apple devices. They have great tutorials, tools and they have a battery replacement kit if you want to get in there and do it yourself!

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    Lightening Cables for as Little as $6

    When it comes to 3rd party cables for Apple, I’m very cautious and don’t buy just anything. The main thing you want to look for is the MFi certification. And of course user ratings.  Here’s one on Amazon for $5.99. Anker is a company I buy a lot of products from and trust. Check out their battery packs too.

    Pair AirPods with AppleTV

    Did you know you can pair your Apple Airpods to the Apple TV? For all those couples and parents out there that like to watch TV while someone else around you wants to read, this one’s for you.

    1. Pick up your AirPods charging case and open it.

    2. Press and hold the pairing button on the back of the case.

    3. Launch Settings on your Apple TV

    4. Click on Remotes and Devices.

    5. Click on Bluetooth.

    6. Select your AirPods from the list. Done!

    NEW LG Monitors Specifically for MacBook Pro

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    Apple “teamed up” with LG to create a monitor for the MacBook Pros with USB-C. Everyone was thrilled to finally have a new monitor from Apple even if it wasn’t technically from them. Turns out… they have horrible reviews.

    However, LG just announced a new set of displays, fully compatible with the newest MacBook Pro models. I’m really curious to see if they deliver this time around. If they deliver great results, I bet their sales are going to go through the roof! I’ll keep an eye on it for you.

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    Check Your iPhone Performance

    The app that blew open this whole thing about iPhones slowing down because of bad batteries was Geekbench. With this $.99 app you can find out how your phone is performing. You’ll want to google the typical Geekbench score for your iPhone model and see how it stacks up. This would be a cool test to do a before and after your battery replacement to see the actual performance increase compared to the perceived improvement. Or lack thereof.

    Customize Control Center

    Did you know that you can now change the icons in Control Center? One thing that has irked me over the years is not being able to change the Clock app default in Control Center to the Alarm Clock instead of Timer. Now I can! But that’s only one thing you can change. Did you know you can record your iPhone’s screen? Bye bye screenshots, hello video! This feature happens through Control Center, so let’s head over to the Settings app to see what else you can do. Watch here.

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    Check Your iPhone's Battery

    This is a free and simple app that tells you the condition of your battery. If your battery is in bad shape, your iPhone will slow down so it doesn’t spontaneously shut down. If your phone is shutting down randomly, this is a good place to start. As mentioned in the section above, if you do need a new battery, you’ll be able to get a replacement for $29 from Apple. Below 80%, your battery is not producing enough power to run the phone properly and should be replaced.

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