It’s been roughly a month since Apple released its iPhone 7, and it’s been just enough time for consumers to realize the perks and downfalls to the new device. At Apple’s press conference held in September, Apple claimed that the iPhone 7 in fact had the best battery life of all its iPhone series, but what about in comparison to its leading opponents? Apple for some time has been known to have poor battery life on many of their iPhone devices. A merchandise tester company located in the United Kingdom, Which?, sought to put the new iPhone to the test.
It turns out that after the test was concluded, Apple fell dead last when it came to battery life in comparison with three other devices. The devices included in these experiments were the HTC 10, iPhone 7, LG G5, and Samsung Galaxy S7. What Which desired to learn was which device could live longest against two different battery draining cases; an uninterrupted extended call, and continuous internet browsing. This was achieved by placing each phone in the exact same circumstance. Before beginning testing, all phones were fully charged and fully discharged. After charging fully once more, each phone is set to the same brightness and all devices received equal service from a phone network simulator.
During the first test, each phone ran a continuous call on 3G network until they died. The results were staggering! HTC 10 ranked first with a lasting call of 1,859 minutes (almost 31 hours). LG G5 came in second with a total of 1,579 minutes (almost 27 hours). In third place was Samsung Galaxy S7 with 1,492 total minutes (almost 25 hours), but Apple came in dead last with a mere 712 minutes (almost 12 hours).
In the second test conducted, Apple was a bit closer in ranking with two other devices, but was still last in place. HTC 10 was once again first with a total of 790 minutes (about 13 hours). Samsung Galaxy S7 ranked at 677 minutes (almost 12 hours) and LG G5 at 640 minutes (about 11 hours). However Apple was once again last with a total of 615 minutes (about 10 hours).
The reason something as little as a battery life has such a toll on Apple’ reputation is primely because of two reasons. For one, consumers are astonished how the iPhone battery size is almost double of that of the HTC, yet cannot provide nearly half the battery power. iPhone’s battery measures only 1,960 mAh versus that of the HTC’s with a capacity of 3,000 mAh.
Lastly the reason iPhone’s battery has such a negative impact on Apple is because Apple is mainly known and purchased because they invest heavily into design. One of Apple’s strongest aspects is to always try to deliver the lightest, thinnest, and sleekest device they can possibly, which is consumer favorite. Many users don’t mind sacrificing data over looks, but for how long? Today’s modern day, we are streaming and using more data than ever before, how long before battery life becomes more of a necessity? Apple hopes to reveal a new iPhone 8 in 2017, and with every device released they attempt to further better there battery life consistency.
Just as quickly the Samsung Note 7 was released, within only about two months the phone has shockingly been discontinued. On Tuesday October 11th 2016, Samsung finally announced the total shut down of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 sales and production. It all started when Note 7’s started to explode unexpectedly in users cars, homes, and even pockets all over in different countries everywhere. Within about two weeks of these first incidents, Samsung declared a recall and worked with carriers to come up with a temporary solution.
Although Samsung sought to keep their reputation and tried to correct their mistakes as courteous as they could with replacement devices, reports of of Note 7’s exploding were not dying down at all. Samsung was under the pressure with reports in the media and news. This was intensified when subway organizations, United States officials, and airlines started to step in and started warning users everywhere about the dangers of the Note 7.
After a 2.5 million recall of Samsung Galaxy Note 7, shareholders seemed to just shrug off the problem, and numbers seemed consistent, but that quickly changed. In early October, reports started to emerge that Samsung replacement devices were also exploding. Within days there were at least four other reports of these replacements exploding. It was the final straw for Samsung, and it’s what lead them to make their ultimate decision. On October 11th, Samsung asked all Note 7 users to immediately stop using their original devices and their replacement devices. They announced they would permanently stop all production and sales of the Galaxy Note 7.
This is a great loss for Samsung with a total of 17 billion lost from the company’s total value, equaling about 7.5% down in shares. The irony is that the Note 7’s battery was actually one of its best features with producing a full charge in just 30 minutes. Some analysts have come to the conclusion that because Apple was releasing their iPhone 7 and Samsung is usually first to release the next smart device, that they simply rushed.
With Samsung relying solely on just two battery companies for all of their battery inventory, and receiving the majority of their batteries from just one of those two, it’s what caused the downfall of the Note 7. Compared to Apple who has multiple battery supplier companies, and neither provides nearly half of Apple’s total battery stockpile, giving them various options if one ever failed. Analysts ran a poll on Samsung Note 7 owners with 34% saying they would not purchase another Samsung device. There’s a chance Samsung might eliminate the Galaxy all together and not produce a Note 8 to start creating a total new smart device.
If you own an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus then you may have heard of touch IC disease, if not then it’s definitely something to be informed about and something to look out for. How it works, is that every iPhone has a Touch IC chip installed on the motherboard that permits the device to fulfill any demand made by touch on the screen. The problem lies in that over time without any reason, the touch seems to go and not function anymore or a dim gray bar appears on the top of the display that also negatively alters the touch function.
Many users throughout the internet have spoken out about this problem through many known forums. It wasn’t until recently iFixit blogged about this problem, proving its existence even more. According to iFixit the issue is caused by the solder balls that sit under and connect the chip to the motherboard. It seems that these solder balls over time crack or lose contact between the board and display causing the screen to be nonfunctional.
Many consumers that have interacted with this complication have made the obvious decision of looking for a helping hand from Apple. However Apple has not made any attempt of fixing the issue. Consumers have already learned that this problem could not be corrected by Apple’s Genius bar, nor resetting the phone, not even by switching the screen. Instead the best option lies for those who have warranty still in their plan. Apple’s only solution is for them to either trade the damaged phone for a new one under warranty, or if the user is out of warranty, they can pay a whopping $300 for a new device.
In result of Apple’s limited options, three iPhone owners have filed a lawsuit against Apple. MacRumors got ahold of a copy of the lawsuit and the plaintiff’s are claiming “fraudulent business practices, or unfair and deceptive practices.”, against Apple. They request for Apple to make a movement of either recalling the devices, repairing it, or replacing it entirely at no cost to the consumer.
What some consumers are even more agitated about, is that there is an option that can possibly fix touch disease entirely. The only problem is that that if you have warranty it will be voided. As iFix mentioned in their blog, it seems as if Apple has no problem pointing you towards the option of purchasing an entire new device, but this problem can in fact be fixed entirely.
If you do your research, you can find a local mobile repair service near you that is experienced in motherboard repairs. An experienced motherboard technician will highly recommend fully replacing these two essential touch IC chips, that will most likely cost a lot less than purchasing a new device. The best advice offered by Jessa (an experienced motherboard technician at iPad Rehab) is to really investigate for a satisfactory repair shop. Some shops don’t replace the entire chips, instead they just remelt the solder and reconnect the same chips. Reflowing can fix the problem temporarily, but can reappear down the road. A more advanced micro soldering technician will know to replace the two defective chips instead of reflowing it, giving it a short lived fix.
This very common problem for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has quickly come to the light all over the web. If you have this problem and are still under warranty, the best option is to go to Apple as soon you can. If not, it has been foreseen that overtime this lawsuit will transform into a class action lawsuit.
Buff, Julia. (2016, August 13) “A Design Defect Is Breaking A Ton Of iPhone 6 Pluses” “iFixit”
Reisinger, Don. (2016, August 30) “Apple Is Being Sued Over The iPhone “Touch Disease”””Fortune”
Only one month ago Samsung unveiled its Samsung Galaxy Note 7. It was expected to be a total success with the new device costing around $800 and selling around 2.5 million. For the countries where the device was launched, it wasn’t long until many consumers came forward claiming that their batteries had caught on fire while charging the device. Countries like South Korea, and the United States were just some of the countries announced to have a recall. Within about two weeks of the first incident, Samsung started to trade in the Note 7’s for another model. Fortunately China was safe from any defects because their batteries were supplied by a different vendor.
Along with eight other countries, sales have begun to plummet. Companies like Target had to arrange a plan with Samsung for customers who had already made store and online purchases. Some mobile carriers have offered replacement phones with models that were similar to the Note 7.
Samsung is working hard to maintain their reputable reputation, but with so many devices catching fire, it’s not as easy. What has added even more of a negative impact on Samsung is now the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has stepped in to warn the public about the dangers of the Note 7. They begun with one of the most worldwide organizations, airlines. Now airlines are cautioning passengers to always have their Note 7’s off completely and never charging on a plane. China has even gone to the extent of forbidding Note’s from being inside checked in luggage.
What seems to be causing the fires inside the Note 7 is the battery. For the release of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Samsung depended on two prime battery suppliers. The first supplier was Samsung SDI, who was already affiliated with Samsung. This company was responsible for the defects. Amperex Technology was the second battery vendor to Samsung for the Note 7. This Hong-Kong based company was the supplier for China’s Note 7’s batteries that were not affected. At no surprise Amperex’s sales have risen over the demand for the Galaxy Note 7’s battery.
Samsung is said to correct this problem by replacing every Note 7 owner with a new device. The fear lies in does Samsung have enough new devices to go around? The problem is, if a user needs or wants the latest most up to date mobile device, their options would most likely lead them to Samsung’s rival company Apple, who just released the new iPhone 7. Samsung is temporarily trying to fix everyone’s phone as soon as possible with an update that will allow Note 7’s to charge only up to 60%.
Kim, Yun-Hee. Dou, Eva. ( 2016, September 14) “Samsung Plans Software Update to Cut Galaxy Note 7 Fire Risk” The Wall Street Journal
When Apple prepares itself to release a new product to their iSeries, the world begins to dig for clues and information about the new device. So it comes at no surprise that for this year’s release of the iPhone 7, some leaks and rumors have circled the internet all over the world. Apple is known to output their products in two year periods with releasing the next level iphone then a year later release its “S” version. Since the 6S was the latest version released this year is the iPhone 7.
Although there are rumors of what the next iPhone will look like and do, their is no real way of knowing for sure until Apple releases it. However there are some leaks that have good sources to back up their reasoning as to why they believe these rumors to be facts. The number one question most consumers want to know is what will the new iPhone look like?
It has been rumored that the phone will have the same aluminum frame and size as the iPhone 6 generation, however the antenna has been removed from running across the back frame and instead is inserted into the top and bottom of the phone, giving it a cleaner look. Another more common leak is the rumor that the new iPhone will have a “dual camera”. Basically instead of a circle camera housing we all know, the housing will be an oval shape. This dual camera is said to have a slightly better change in the quality of photos. Leaks report that photos will be closer to a DSLR quality.
One of the most talked about rumors is that Apple will be removing it’s headphone jack. This will require consumers to use bluetooth headphones or use a new type of headphones that will connect to the lightning port instead of a headphone jack. Many people all over the internet has also started to speculate that because there is no headphone jack now, Apple might intend to reveal a waterproof device, but it’s more likely they’ll remove the lighting port before that. We were hoping Apple would soon supply us with a wireless charger, which has been rumored, but it’s more possible Apple will start to explore something similar to Android’s “Quickcharge”.
Recently analyst Ming Chi Kuo released a leak that Apple will also increase the iPhone’s RAM. Instead of 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB that has been always released throughout the years, Apple is said to release 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB as its RAM lineup. Apple has said that they will also bring new changes to the software IOS10. Things like iMessage will be upgraded to bring animations to the bubbles. The message bubbles will shake, and pop, and will also have bigger emojis. Apple is set to reveal all iPhone 7 details September 7, 2016.
We all do it, plug in our devices and call it a night. It seems so convenient in the morning you rise and shine and your phone is fully powered, but do you ever wonder how long was it charging after its battery charge was already full? Sometimes we connect our phones way before they are close to dying, but you know you need a full charge for the next day, sometimes it’s difficult to find a different option. The truth is leaving your phone plugged in all night is the number one cause for draining the battery life off your phones. Many people have heard this at least once within their time of owning a smart device, but the real question is why is it so bad?
With every problem there is always a leading source, and believe it or not the kind of charger you use makes a huge difference in your lithium battery’s life. The truth is, using original chargers from the same manufacturers or approved manufacturers is always a better choice. The thing about iPhones and Androids is people really underestimate how advanced these devices really are. Usually these kind of devices have a built in chip that allows them to realize when they have absorbed the full amount of current, and can generally stop charging. The reason is because not every charger outputs electrical current at the same rate, some chargers are much faster. Although a faster charge is beneficial in some sense, it’s speeds up the overall charging rate of your phone causing corrosion to happen a lot faster, thus wearing out the lithium battery life. So when it comes down to it, is using an orignal charger going to save your phone’s battery? No. The reason is because your battery corrodes over time with every charge you give your phone. Using original chargers just slows down the process of corrosion.
So will consumers actually notice a difference on battery life? It all depends on how long the consumer plans on keeping that certain device before choosing to upgrade. The most common timeline for most smart device owners is roughly around two years. If you fall into this category then most likely, no you will not notice. However if you don’t plan on upgrading in two years, then the best thing to do it preserve the lithium battery. After two years consumers will notice a much faster drainage in battery life. The best option is to locate a known cellular source and switch to a better quality charger.