The mophie Juice Pack Access is mophie’s latest battery case for the newest iPhones. They made them for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max.
The cool thing about the Juice Pack Access is that the bottom of the case is open to allow you to use the Lightning cable that came with your iPhone.
To charge the case up, you can plug in the the included USB-C cable or sit it on your wireless charger. Either way, when you charge the case, it will also charge up your phone.
To use the battery portion of the case, which is the entire point of it, there is a button on the lower-back of the case. Pressing and holding the button will turn on the case and in turn, start charging up your phone.
In my tests, I got about 36% extra charge using the mophie Juice Pack Access. This isn’t very impressive but if you know the iPhone 11 series batteries, you really don’t need too much extra.
The cases come in black, blush pink, and red.
The case is normally $80. Is $80 worth an extra 36% battery? That is up to you. But if you act quickly, you can actually get this battery case for around $48 through mophie.com. They are running their post-Black Friday deal and for $48, I say go buy this case.
What do you think about the mophie Juice Pack Access? Will you be picking one up? Let me know on twitter or Instagram!
The iPad has gotten some great improvements with the iPad Pro and has really hit the sweet spot in price with the 7th generation iPad.
Over the three years, I have learned a lot. I have gotten my first paid gig. I received my first products to review from very gracious companies. And, I have also made a few bucks from affiliate programs.
I have felt pretty nostalgic lately—about a lot of things. From video games, to TV shows, to older technology that has come and gone. But more recently, I have been thinking a lot about Tech TV. Remember Tech TV? It was a network that had a slew of tech programs. One of the lead hosts at Tech TV, Leo Laporte, started his own podcasting network over at TWiT.TV and that has been as close as anyone has gotten to the old Tech TV days.
I miss the shows like Call for Help, The Screen Savers, and the video game review show, X-Play. Now, I’m not going to start my own tv network. But I have been thinking more about legacy. I am not doing the blog for money, though I’m not turning it away either. This is my outlet to talk about the things that I love. 10 years from now, I want my audience to have grown and look at me as someone they can trust with my opinion and thoughts on tech. This is a marathon and I am enjoying the ride.
There have been so many times over the last two years that I have wanted to give this up because I am not putting out as much content as I would like. But I would rather put out quality content over quantity and trying to keep up with news outlets. Because that is impossible. Then, each September, I have folks send me a message asking which iPhone they should get and what the best value is. I love that. That keeps me going.
So, where does The Mealy Apple go from here? I am going to keep up what I have been doing with reviews and the random thoughts on news. Could there be a podcast in the future? It is possible. With all of the tech podcasts currently out there, I would want to try something different that would set me apart. So until then, I will keep thinking on that part. I thought about putting out an audio version of each blog post that I put out. I know YouTube is a happening place, but I have never thought seriously about video. Writing is where I wanted to start and that is where I plan on keeping my focus over the years to come.
Thank you to everyone who has stopped by the blog over the last three years. You are all awesome.
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But what I’m here to tell you about is the drop in price of the Apple Watch Series 3. Yes, this watch is now two years old but it is also only $199. For everything that the Apple Watch does, $199 is an amazing deal.
Fitbit just released their Fitbit Versa 2 smart watch. It starts at $199 as well but when comparing features and quality of materials, the Apple Watch is the winner.
Some of the benefits that the Fitbit has is the amazing battery life, the newly-updated app, and the sharing with friends. Just like Apple keeps us in their eco-system, Fitbit has been around for so long that there are and always will be the Fitbit faithful.
With all that said, the Apple Watch gives you a top-notch build and features that go beyond just your normal step-tracker. And yes, it does that too.
My wife, mom, and sister all have the Series 3 and they dont have signs of slowing down. For $199, the Apple Watch Series 3 gets you a great smartwatch, an extremely accurate fitness device and a potential life-saver.
Another September and another slew of iPhones were announced. For the second year in a row, Apple graced us with three new iPhones. Rumored for months, the new names of the iPhones are the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Last year’s iPhone XR was a hit amongst consumers. The naming scheme made it seem like an afterthought though. Last year, we also had the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max as the “premium” models. With the iPhone XR thrown in there, at a lower-cost, this was automatically seen as a budget iPhone. When in reality, it was a top-notch device.
This year’s naming line-up gives more credit to the “lower-cost” iPhone, the iPhone 11. With a new name, the iPhone 11 just seems like part of the family as it deserves.
The iPhone 11 is the upgrade from the iPhone XR. It has the same 6.1-inch LCD screen. So what’s new with the iPhone 11? A lot.
Per usual, the iPhone 11 gets the new A13 Bionic processor making it one of the fastest smartphones on the market. Also, it gets a second camera. Last year’s XR only had one camera, which was kind of a disappointment. The second camera on the iPhone 11 is an ultra-wide lens that allows you to fit more into the frame when taking the picture. To put it simply, you aren’t going to take a bad picture. Pretty much taken from the Google Pixel, the iPhone 11 gets Night Shot. This allows you to get those shots where there is little light. The difference that was shown off was amazing. Take a look below:
Another upgrade in the camera department is that you can finally take portrait photos of your pets with the iPhone 11. This was a lacking feature in last year’s XR. I am not sure if this is something people are into, but now you can take slow-motion video on the front camera…or as Apple called it…”Slow-fies”.
According to Apple, the iPhone 11 will get 17-hours of video playback on its battery. This is one hour longer than last year’s model Surprisingly though, it no longer has the best battery in an iPhone. We will talk about that later on.
The iPhone 11 has a water resistance of up to 2 meters for 30 minutes.
The price of the iPhone 11 is the biggest selling-point, in my opinion. Yes, it has lower quality components and materials than the other models discussed later, but starting at $699 is amazing in a world of $1,000 smartphones.
Here are your pricing and storage options:
64 GB – $699
128 GB – $749
256 GB – $849
Along with those storage options, the new colors are white, black, green, yellow, purple and red.
The iPhone 11 will be available for pre-order at 5am PDT or 8am EST on Friday, September 9/13 with a release date of September 20th.
iPhone 11 Pro
As with last year’s iPhone XS, the iPhone Pro is the new premium iPhone. For simple clarification, the iPhone 11 Pro is the direct upgrade from the iPhone XS. Along with the 5.8-inch sized iPhone 11 Pro, Apple also made sure big-phone lovers were served. Similar to the XS Max from 2018, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is now the big 6.5-inch iPhone.
Like the iPhone 11, the Pro gets the A13 Bionic chip, Night Shot camera feature but also has a lot different with it.
Let’s take a look at the camera first. This is the first iPhone with a third camera on the back. What does this third camera get you? It adds that ultra-wide viewing angle that the iPhone 11 gave us but also keep the telephoto lens so that you can zoom in 2x.
With up to five-more hours than the XS Max, you get the longest-lasting iPhone battery available, with the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The smaller 11 Pro also gets a nice battery upgrade gaining four-more hours than last year’s XS.
Another difference in the Pro models is that they get better water resistance with being protected up to 4 meters for 30 minutes. Also, for the first time, Apple is supplying an 18-watt charging brick in the box. Finally, we are getting a faster charger right out the gate. For the price, it is about time.
Here are your pricing and storage options for the 11 Pro/Pro Max:
64 GB – $999/$1099
256 GB – $1149/1249
512 GB – $1349/1449
With new models, come new colors. There are now four colors: midnight green, silver, space gray and gold Along with new colors, the back of the 11 Pros will be a matte-glass material.
The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max will be available for pre-order at 5am PDT or 8am EST on Friday, September 9/13 with a release date of September 20th.
I will follow this up with my thoughts after I let this sink in a little. But for now, here is all the basic information you need for today’s iPhone announcement.
Are you planning on getting any of the new iPhones? Let me know on twitter and Instagram!
When I started this blog I never thought I would be writing about an Apple credit card. But, here we are. I have been using the newly-released Apple Card over the last week and a half all without using a physical card.
With that being said, I love the software part of this “card”. I haven’t even activated the physical titanium card yet. I have solely been using my phone via Apple Pay when using the Apple Card.
The layout within the Wallet app on the iPhone is very cool. It breaks down where you have been spending money and also changes the color of the virtual card based on your spending habits. To no one’s surprise, my entire card is an orangish color because it is all mainly food…anyways…when you pay off the card it will go back to its crisp white color within your Wallet app.
Apple’s goal with the Apple Card is to make the user more aware of how credit cards work. Now, during the introduction, Apple said there would be no fees associated with the card, which is great. But that doesn’t mean you are free from interest rates. Depending on your credit, Apple will attach an appropriate interest rate to your card.
The reason everyone should be okay with using this card is because of the privacy that this card offers. I can take pictures all day and no one would know my card number. Only the user of the card can access the card number within their Wallet app on their iPhone. Even then, if you want a new card number, you can simply request a new one. As a reminder, when you use Apple Pay, your cards are protected even if the merchant has been compromised. I can confidently say that the Apple Card is the most secure credit card you can find.
Now, some disclaimers:
Do you have credit card debt? If so, do not apply for this card.
Do you keep a balance on your credit cards and pay interest? If so, do not apply for this card.
Are you an impulse shopper? If so, do not apply for this card. Especially for how easy it is to have a new credit line at your fingertips in minutes.
Do you already have a credit card that gives you points or cash back? Compare the points and see how you can manipulate each card for the most cash back and see if it is worth it to you.
Do you pay your balance on your credit card every month and love Apple? Do it! You will get 3% back on all Apple purchases through Apple. This also includes apps and your Apple Music subscription.
Alright folks, this is a credit card. Nothing more. Of course I love Apple and knew I was applying for this as soon as Apple announced it. This is not my primary card but I will only be using it for my Apple and Apple Pay purchases to maximize my cash back. I have another credit card that gives me similar or better cash back depending on the type of purchase.
Just be responsible. One day I will publish my draft talking bout debts and credit cards that has been sitting there since May. Until then, be smart about your credit and debts. To put it simply, if you can’t afford it, don’t buy.