No accessory is more fundamental to a smartphone’s operation than its charger. Chargers aren’t sexy, but we need them – and often in more places than we might think.
Which brings us to our Accessory Spotlight for today: the XtremeMac Incharge Portable Charger (model IPU-ICP-11).
What makes the Incharge Portable interesting is that it’s a wall charger for iPhones and iPods that also has an integrated battery pack; so you can leave it plugged in and use one of its two USB ports (or both) to charge your iPhone and/or iPod, then disconnect it from the wall when you leave and take a little more juice with you. There’s even a built-in LED charge indicator so that you know how much battery power is left when you’re on the go.
The best news is that this charger, which retails for $79, is available at Amazon.com for just $15.29. Price subject to change at any time.
Although Apple’s US website remains mum on the exact release date of iOS 4.1 for the iPhone and iPod touch, the UK version of the company’s site lists the iOS update as available September 8, 2010.
iOS 4.1 will address the iPhone 4’s proximity sensor issue and add new features like High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, Game Center, support for Ping, and the ability to upload HD video to YouTube and MobileMe. The update will be free for all iPhone and iPod touch users, though the first-gen iPhone and iPod touch models are not compatible.
UPDATE 9/7/10: The UK Apple site has been changed and now lists the iOS 4.1 update as “Coming Soon,” just as the US site does.
If you have an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS or iPhone 3G, you can now upgrade your handheld’s operating system to the latest version, iOS 4.0.1.
The upgrade addresses the formula iPhones use to determine the number of signal bars to display, but doesn’t seem to do anything to address the so-called “Death Grip” issue. Update 4.0.1 comes one day before a press conference at which Apple is expected to announce a way forward on their increasingly evident iPhone 4 antenna problems.
It is not yet known how the upgrade will affect jailbreaking and carrier unlock methods.
To get the upgrade, simply connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac; iTunes will do the rest.
Thanks to Jack for the tip.
Apple has just released a new iPhone OS update, v3.1.2. The new version addresses several issues:
– Resolves sporadic issue that may cause iPhone to not wake from sleep
– Resolves intermittent issue that may interrupt cellular network services until restart
– Fixes bug that could cause occasional crash during video streaming
The 300MB+ update is now available for download via iTunes.