Mophie's Upcoming Juice Pack Air is First Qi-Certified iPhone X Charging Case

Accessory company Mophie has applied to the Wireless Power Consortium for an accessory it calls the “Juice Pack Air for iPhone X.” Spotted by Mac Otakara [Google Translate] in the WPC’s Qi Certified Product Database, Mophie was granted a certification for the accessory today, March 5, suggesting the iPhone X accessory could be announced in the near future and then be available to purchase sometime later this year.

While there are already iPhone X battery cases on the market, Mophie’s accessory is the first to be Qi-certified by the WPC. This certification program encourages manufacturers to submit verification that their products comply with the latest Qi specifications, and subsequently allows customers more peace of mind when purchasing products, knowing that they will support devices like the iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus.

Image of Juice Pack Air for iPhone X via Wireless Power Consortium

The Juice Pack Air for iPhone X is described as a “form fitting case for the iPhone X,” with a 1,720 mAh battery that provides “an additional 9 hours of talk time.” Comparatively, the Juice Pack Air for iPhone 7 has a 2,525 mAh battery and the iPhone 7 Plus accessory has a 2,420 mAh battery. In the sole image posted to the Wireless Power Consortium’s product details page (seen to the left in the above image), the accessory appears in black. Mophie sells similar Juice Pack Air products for other iPhones in up to five colors, like Navy and Rose Gold, so other colors could be coming as well.

Like those products, Mophie’s Juice Pack Air for iPhone X would let users charge up the battery inside the case, and when their iPhone X begins to die, they could flip a switch and begin fueling up the iPhone while on the go. The Juice Pack line is compatible with Mophie’s “Charge Force” ecosystem, so it can be placed on accessories like the Charge Force Desk Mount or any other Qi-enabled mat.

Mophie’s Juice Pack Air for iPhone X (left) compared to iPhone 7 (right)

Mophie currently sells Juice Pack accessories for the iPhone 7/7 Plus, 6s/6s Plus, 6/6 Plus, SE, 5s, and 5, as well as a few other Android devices, typically priced at around $100. The only wireless charging accessories it has listed on the iPhone X’s page are the Wireless Charging Base (also sold on, the Charge Force Wireless Charging Base, and Charge Force Powerstation.

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Gebni, Gyminize, IRL and other apps to check out this weekend

This week’s edition of our Apps of the Week roundup features an app for scoring cheaper takeout, a new digital workout buddy, and a new social networking app that focuses on real world connections. And as always, we’ve selected two great new games for you to check out.

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Apple’s new Activity challenge is due next week on International Women’s Day

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Apple Testifies Before Canadian Parliamentary Committee to Explain iPhone Battery Controversy

Apple was forced to testify in front of the Canadian parliamentary committee earlier today about its role in the iPhone battery controversy.
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Samsung Galaxy S9+ Camera Gets Record DxOMark Score, Edging Out Google Pixel 2

Samsung launched the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at MWC 2018 with a promise of offering the best smartphone camera yet, and according to one report, the South Korean smartphone maker has managed to achieve just that.

A new DxOMark report today says that Samsung’s new Galaxy S9+ has the best smartphone camera it has ever tested, earning the highest-ever DxOMark score of 99, topping both the Google Pixel 2 and iPhone X, which scored 98 and 97, respectively.

With not one, but two 12MP rear shooters in tow, the first of which offers innovative variable aperture technology, plus dual OIS, dual-pixel PDAF, 4K video recording at 60fps, and 720p super-slow-mo capture at 960fps, the Galaxy S9+ is certainly an impressive piece of technology.

DxOMark says that the Galaxy S9+ clicks great photos in bright and sunny conditions, with bright and vivid colours and a wide dynamic range. There seems to be good noise reduction and retention of detail, as the review noted limited grain in images with optimum brightness. In low light, the phone’s dual camera setup is equally impressive – it had underexposure only in the darkest level of the camera test.

The only major weakness of the imaging setup found on the Galaxy S9 Plus that DxOMark managed to identify is the slight exposure variance observed when taking numerous shots of the same scene, which is also the only category that continues to be dominated by the more consistent Google Pixel 2.

“The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a smartphone without any real weaknesses in the camera department,” concludes DxOMark. “In both still and video modes, it performs well across the board, delivering consistently good photo and video image quality in all light and shooting situations, thus earning itself our highest DxOMark Mobile score to date.”

By the looks of DxO’s findings, its safe to say that if you want a phone mainly for its photo taking capabilities, the Galaxy S9+ is the best phone out there for now.

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MoviePass Founders Say Subscription Service 'Would Never Have Happened' Without iPhones in New App Store Feature

Apple today shared on the iOS App Store a new interview with the founders of MoviePass, touching on the service’s origins and its integral ties to the iPhone and modern smartphone app development. MoviePass debuted in 2011, but grew in popularity last August when the company dropped its subscription price to $9.95/month, which lets customers see one standard 2D film every day in the theater

In Apple’s new interview with Stacy Spikes and Hamet Watt — the pair of entrepreneurs who founded MoviePass seven years ago — the conversation eventually focuses on where the idea for MoviePass emerged. According to Spikes, the kernel of the idea that would become MoviePass originated from art-house theaters in New York City that let customers see unlimited movies for a flat donation fee.

He tried to install a similar model for his own Urbanworld Film Festival in the late 1990s, but admitted it was “too early,” and that iPhones, apps, and the advances in development that emerged from this technology were all needed to address the technical roadblocks of such a service.

“The idea was almost too early,” says Spikes. “We didn’t have iPhones and apps to figure out payment and interfacing. If it weren’t for that development, MoviePass would never have happened.”

MoviePass works through the use of both the iPhone app and a paired debit card that is sent to subscribers through the mail after they sign up. If you want to see a movie, you travel to your local theater (MoviePass is supported at over 90 percent of theaters nationwide), select a 2D showtime, “check in,” and at that time MoviePass transfers the exact cost of the showing to your MoviePass card. Then you can buy a ticket at the box office or a kiosk like any normal ticket purchase.

Although the service is growing, many reports in the months following its August price drop have questioned how long the company can keep up the $9.95/month subscription fee (currently $7.95/month paid annually), as well as its public conflict with theater chain AMC. What MoviePass lacks in profit it hopes to make up for in accrued user data, selling a majority stake of itself to data company Helios and Matheson Analytics, which sees “big potential in the type of information it can glean from MoviePass members,” with “no plans to sell user data to outside parties.”

As of January 2018, MoviePass had 1.5 million subscribers. According to CEO Mitch Lowe, MoviePass will hit three million subscribers by the end of April, and turn a profit once four million subscribers sign up for the service.

MoviePass updated its iOS app [Direct Link] to support the iPhone X this month, providing a revamped user interface with more emphasis on images from popular films, better navigation, and an updated screen for the check in process. If you want to read the full interview with the creators of MoviePass, you can find the discussion with Stacy Spikes and Hamet Watt at the top of the Today tab on the iOS 11 App Store on iPhone or iPad.

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Deals: High-end 2016 13" MacBook Pro for $1,499 ($600 off); $100-$180 off 10.5" iPad Pro; 27" LG 5K display $619

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Today only, pick up an upgraded Late 2016 13" MacBook Pro (2.4GHz, 16GB, 512GB) for $1,499.99 at Woot ($600 off). Apple’s 256GB 10.5" iPad Pro is also $699 and the 512GB LTE model is $949 for a few more hours. Factory conditioned 27" LG 5K displays with Thunderbolt 3 are $619.99 for a limited time as well.

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Apple said to be working on 6.5-inch ‘iPhone X Plus’ with 1242 x 2688 resolution

The 2018 iPhone lineup will include a near-6.5-inch model, reports Bloomberg. The outlet says the handset, which would be the largest ever for Apple, will feature an OLED panel with a resolution of 1242 x 2688…. Read the rest of this post here

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