iPhone accessories

Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s Review

Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s Review

Apple doesn't make many iPhone accessories, so the controversy when the Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s arrived was all the more pronounced. Not because anybody doubted the iPhone 6s occasionally needed an extra hit of battery, but because the silicone sleeve made it very obvious where it was hiding its Li-Ion pack. It's a case with a hump, and that's been too big an obstacle for some to get over.

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Apple Smart Battery Case vs Mophie: Oh My God, Becky

Apple Smart Battery Case vs Mophie: Oh My God, Becky

Here's the thing about iPhone battery cases: you don't want them to be too thin. Go for the skinny model, and you're compromising on power, and if that's the case then you have to ask if it's worth carrying the case in the first place. Exactly what makes an attractive battery case which balances performance and style is contentious: witness the mixed reactions to today's Apple Smart Battery Case announcement to see that.

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Gamevice uses your Lightning port to give your iPhone a gamepad

Gamevice uses your Lightning port to give your iPhone a gamepad

There's no mistaking the fact that the mobile gaming market has exploded over the past few years. With a smartphone in almost every person's hand, it's easy to just download a few games and spend your downtime poking at the screen. However, the biggest drawback is the fact that there are no physical controls. Thankfully there are accessories that help with this issue.

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Here are DxO’s ONE iPhone add-on camera samples

Here are DxO’s ONE iPhone add-on camera samples

Snap-on cameras for smartphones aren't new, but DxO's ONE claims to take mobile photography to another level, and it has the samples to prove it. The iPhone add-on, announced earlier today, justifies its not-inconsiderable $599 preorder price with a 1-inch, 20.3-inch sensor, just like Sony's well-esteemed RX100 III, along with a special SuperRAW mode that promises to do for RAW stills what HDR does for JPEGs. Read on for some samples.

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DxO ONE promises DSLR photos from iPhone add-on

DxO ONE promises DSLR photos from iPhone add-on

A snap-on camera promising the quality of a DSLR but as an iPhone attachment is hoping to shake up smartphone photography. DxO Labs is best known for its pro-shutterbug software and occasional camera judgements, but the company is wading into hardware for the first time with the DxO ONE, a 3.8oz, 2.65-inch tall metal add-on that brings a 1-inch 20.2-megapixel sensor to your iPhone. Hooked up via the handset's Lightning port, the question is whether it's worth spending the cost of another iPhone on an accessory.

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Apple finally offers an iPhone Lightning Dock

Apple finally offers an iPhone Lightning Dock

Apple's big hardware news may be the updated iMac Retina 5K and MacBook Pro 15 today, but there's also a new Lightning Dock for iPhone owners. Quietly added to the Apple Store this morning, the $39 desktop cradle for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is pretty much as simple as you'd expect: somewhere to slot the phone on top, and somewhere to plug it in on the back. However, you do get an extra socket.

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Apple Watch Review – Controversially compelling

Apple Watch Review – Controversially compelling

To call the Apple Watch polarizing is to do the splenetic depths of online argument around it an injustice. For the past few weeks I’ve been living in the eye of that storm, the contentious wearable on my wrist. I’ve worked with it. I’ve traveled with it. I’ve exercised with it. I drew the line at showering with it, though Tim Cook says that’s okay too. And all along the way - well, perhaps not in the shower - people have asked me that one question no other Apple product has faced to quite the same extent: is the Apple Watch really worth it?

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Mophie H2PRO makes iPhone 6 (nearly) everything-proof

Mophie H2PRO makes iPhone 6 (nearly) everything-proof

Mophie has unleashed a new case for your iPhone 6. Yeah, I know, they have cases for the iPhone 6 already, and the phone has been out quite a while — so who needs another case? This one is different, though. Called H2PRO, this one falls under Mophie’s Juice Pack range and brings you complete waterproofing and a battery backup that can charge your iPhone from dead (and then some). Currently up for pre-order, the H2PRO will set you back $130.

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Three things to know about popSlate

Three things to know about popSlate

E-paper isn’t new, but slapping a sheet of it on the back of your iPhone is, with popSlate confident not only that its case is the best around for Apple’s smartphone, but that it can build a social network around it. They’re ambitious plans, but enough to persuade crowdfunding backers to part with more than $200k two years ago. Still, there are some things to consider before you wallpaper your iPhone with E Ink.

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popSlate Review – iPhone gets an E Ink case

popSlate Review – iPhone gets an E Ink case

The back of your iPhone is little more than an advert for Apple, so why not make it functional? As YotaPhone has demonstrated, there’s no shortage of things you can do when the back of your smartphone is a display as well, but tempting iPhone owners to cross the aisle to Android is a tough sell. Enter popSlate, a crowdfunded success story that embeds an E Ink screen into an iPhone case. It’s taken a little longer than planned to reach the market, so is it a case of too-little, too-late?

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