Batteries

Last chance to save 20% on iPhone and iPad accessories!

Labor Day is now behind us but the opportunity to still save 20% on any iPhone and iPad accessory surely isn't!

It's back to the daily grind. But, it's not all bad: There's still time left to get your orders in for cases, chargers, batteries, screen protectors and more here at iMore. You'll want to get any unfinished shopping done today, though, because after midnight tonight this awesome discount will no longer apply. So, take advantage of coupon code: 14LD upon checkout and enjoy the savings!

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Why would Apple business development executives meet with Tesla Motors?

A few days ago rumors of Apple/Tesla meetings resurfaced, and conclusions were once again leapt to about a possible acquisition. It’s unfortunate that most people writing about the topic seems to have nothing but mergers and acquisitions (M&A) on the brain. I think there is absolutely no chance that happening and what's more — I think there are far more interesting possibilities to consider here.

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Thinner MacBooks make bigger battery problems

When it comes to batteries, Apple could do a better job. Batteries wear out. They stop holding a charge. What's worse, sometimes they fail dramatically. They swell up, distort. That's what recently happened to my wife's four-year-old white MacBook. Now the MacBook is physically damaged because of it.

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Seidio shows off new iPhone cases and more at #CESlive

Mobile accessory maker Seidio sat down with us at this week's CES to show off some of their new products for iPhone and other devices. Seidio doesn't just make cases; they also make batteries, screen protectors and more, so sit back and check out the new gear.

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myCharge at CES 2013 gallery: More better power

myCharge has always made a good range of affordable backup batteries for iPhones, iPads, and other gadgets. At CES 2013 they've really taken it to another level, however, with more models, far more designs, and Lightning adapter support built in. They've even got a spiffy new iPhone 5 case in the pipeline.

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TetherCell makes your AA batteries Bluetooth-ready and app-friendly

Another little goodie from CES 2013 was Tethercell. This Indiegogo project wraps a connectivity layer around a AAA battery to make it AA-sized, but makes it able to communicate to your iPhone over Bluetooth 4.0.

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Mophie Ju

Dieter's at the IGA show in Berlin, Germany and he's scored us a first look at mophie's upcoming Juice Pack Air for iPhone 4. It's got soft touch paint and they claim ZERO signal degredation because the entire PCB board is on the bottom, so there are no electronics around the antenna. It's shipping to Apple now and will be available in "Nationwide retailers" next week for $79.95.

Mophie Juice Pack air for iPhone 4 comes in black, white, red, and green and "virtually doubles your power". 6 hours talk time, 5 hours internet 3G, and 9 hours on wifi courtesy of a 1500mAh battery. It also sports pass-through USB for power, iTunes sync, and can be switched off when not in use.

What Dieter saw was prototype hardware, but felt very thin and good to him, especially the soft touch finish.

Also being shown off was the Juice Pack Power Station, which sports 2.1 Amp output so it can power and iPad. This one rates 3600 mAh and has a USB cable included to charge it. And the Marketplace

Hands-on photos after the break!

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Should the iPhone Have a Removable Battery? The EU Says Yes!

The European Union is known to be a little more hard core than North American regulators. Just ask Microsoft about their Windows monopoly fines, or Apple about iTunes pricing and DRM. Now, however, Apple Insider reports that the EU might just be getting ready to fire another shot across Apple's bow with a "New Batteries Directive" that says power cells must be "readily removable":

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