Inside a (fake) iPhone charger

This is a technical look of iPhone cheapo iPhone charges that explode.

At $20 a charger1 it’s not difficult to see why cheap USB chargers exist, and I do wonder if USB chargers like the ones I’ve written about are safe.


  1. A 5W USB power adapter from Apple is $19.99. Doesn’t include a cable. 

iPhone 5 Button Issues

Khoi Vinh:

Thankfully, my iPhone 5’s home button has been working without a hitch, but sadly the same can’t be said of its power button. That piece recently started losing responsiveness, just like the iPhone 4’s home button used to, often requiring two or three hard presses to turn the unit on or off. For me, just one person, that’s frustrating. But from anecdotal evidence, lots of folks with iPhone 5s of similar vintage have been experiencing the same troubles, which leads me to believe this is a common hardware defect.

Both of these things have happened to me: an unresponsive iPhone 4 home button and, now, a finicky iPhone 5 power button.

If I press the button more on the left it works. If I press it dead center it doesn’t work. If I press it on the right it doesn’t work.

Oftentimes I’m buying new hardware thinking that they probably resolved that other issue. But lately it’s been like whack-a-mole. If I lived near an Apple Store I’d just take it in, but it hasn’t been a big enough deal for me to be without a phone for a 4-5 days.

Yet.

(Also, this is my THIRD iPhone 5 replaced under warranty. I bought Applecare this time around.)

Link: Macworld Reviews New White Macbook, Notes Performance Over Unibody

From Macworld:

While keeping the same sub-$1,000 price tag and the same white polycarbonate shell, Apple has quietly bumped the speed of the laptop’s Core 2 Duo processors from 2GHz to 2.13GHz and increased the hard drive capacity from 120GB to 160GB. The white MacBook now includes faster 800MHz DDR2 memory than its last iteration, which used 667MHz DDR2 RAM. These updates amount to not only a better performing entry-level MacBook, but also a system that’s faster than the 2.0GHz aluminum unibody MacBook that Apple sells for $300 more.

I’ve been holding off buying a Macbook because I think the unibodies will get a bump next week at Macworld. I’d like it even more if they put firewire back into the 13-inch models, but I don’t think that will happen.

It would be good for me because of my recent G5 problems. The cost of buying a Macbook Pro and keeping my current Firewire audio interface is just about the same as buying a regular Macbook AND a new USB interface. No matter what model, upgrading the drive would probably be the first thing I’d do – which is why I’d prefer a new model Macbook Pro over the old ones, which are a pain to upgrade.

Or I could just get the white Macbooks, but they just don’t *feel* right to me.