Adding Wireless Charging to the Nintendo Switch Lite Is Surprisingly Easy

How to Add Wireless Charging to the Nintendo Switch Lite

USB-C is an open standard, which meant that it was relatively easy to find a Qi wireless receiver compatible with how the Switch Lite charges. Robotanv opted for a cheap MyMax receiver which can be found on Amazon for about $14. After stripping the receiver’s USB-C connector down to its bare wires, and removing its charging coil from a protective pouch to make it as thin as possible, Robotanv was able to quickly solder the receiver to a couple of easily accessible additional test pads Nintendo had included for the console’s power pins.

No modifications were needed for the Switch Lite’s back cover either, Robotanv simply taped the Qi receiver to it, reassembled the console, and when dropped onto a wireless charging pad, the power started to flow. YouTube commenters have raised concerns that the added Qi hardware may restrict airflow within the Switch Lite needed for cooling, but Robotanv hasn’t noticed any performance issues with the console since the upgrade. Fully charging the Switch Lite takes about three hours, and it comes off the pad a little warm afterward (as do most smartphones) but otherwise, the hack appears to have worked perfectly. But if you plan to try it yourself, follow the advice of another YouTube commenter and disconnect the Switch Lite’s rechargeable battery before doing any soldering with the power connectors.

Palm Is Trying to Make a Comeback, This Time With a Pair of Earbuds

Palm Is Trying to Make a Comeback, Again

However, it seems in its quest to make a comeback, Palm is taking a slightly more conservative approach by launching a simpler and cheaper device in its upcoming earbuds. This is a strategy we’ve seen recently with OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s new company Nothing, which similarly launched wireless earbuds earlier this summer as the company’s first product.

In choosing wireless earbuds, Palm can set its sights a little lower by making a somewhat simpler and less expensive product that doesn’t require Palm to worry about things like OSes or supporting specific 4G or 5G bands. And if Palm’s new earbuds are successful, Palm can take any revenue generated by sales of its earbuds to grow its device portfolio from there.

That said, I still have a couple of questions, as the Palm brand is currently owned by TCL, which makes me wonder if Palm’s new earbuds will be borrowing any tech from existing TCL earbuds. Additionally, back when the Palm Phone came out, NBA superstar Stephen Curry was listed as both an investor and an advisor to Palm, so it will be interesting to see if Curry has any input on Palm’s upcoming earbuds.

Advertisement

However, the real challenge for Palm will be trying to penetrate the wireless earbud market, which is already completely saturated by multiple offerings from established brands like Apple, Samsung, Google, Sony, and others, not to mention smaller (but still influential) gadget makers like Nokia, Motorola, and more. It’s a crowded landscape, which means Palm’s earbuds will need to be really special, lest Palm risks the brand going on hiatus for another few years.

And while one of the teasers strongly suggests that Palm’s new earbuds will support built-in ANC, that alone doesn’t seem like it will be enough to make Palm’s earbuds really stand out. Regardless, with Palm’s announcement date set for October 26, we won’t have to wait too long to find out for real.

Advertisement

HTC’s New VR Headset Leaked, and It’s the Weirdest-Looking One Yet

HTC Vive Flow Leaks, and It’s the Weirdest VR Headset Yet

That’s also not taking into consideration how ridiculous this thing looks. To be fair, no VR headset looks “cool,” but this headset is downright silly. Despite the leaked lifestyle shots, I’m almost positive I can guarantee that no one will wear the HTC Vive Flow to bed. And that when it comes to meditation, the Calm app is $70 a year, has a huge library of content, and is available directly on your phone. Most of what’s being presented here can be found elsewhere for less money, greater convenience, and significantly less teasing.

Advertisement

It’s not that mixed reality is doomed. On the contrary—just about every tech company out there is convinced this is the future. Facebook just dropped its “smart” glasses in partnership with Ray-Ban, Apple is rumored to be working on a pair, as is Samsung, and Google and Microsoft have been out here for years carving their own niche in the mixed reality enterprise space. Somehow, Magic Leap found another $500 million in funding and is barreling ahead with another headset. Razer, Bose, and a bunch of smaller brands are also putting out their own audio sunglasses. Like it or not, virtual and augmented reality is happening. Someone someday is going to crack the winning combination of hardware, software, and use cases.

But every company in this space is facing the same problems: how to stand out from the crowd and how to convince the average person that this is better than the devices they already have. In both cases, the HTC Vive Flow’s probably the funniest-looking VR headset we’ve seen in some time. But the Vive Flow is going to need more than just a distinctive design to convince people it’s worth buying without impressive features.

Advertisement

Apple’s Big MacBook Event Is Oct. 18

Apple’s Big MacBook Event Is Oct. 18

New MacBook Pros are expected to be the star of the show. Apple will reportedly take the wraps off 14- and 16-inch Pro models that will bring back the MagSafe charging connector, a built-in SD card reader, a dedicated HDMI port, and the removal of Apple’s much-maligned Touch Bar. According to Bloomberg, this would represent the first big overhaul to the MacBook Pro line in five years, and is especially important for the MacBook Pro 16 as it’s one of Apple’s few remaining systems still reliant on an Intel CPU instead of one of Apple’s in-house chips.

Those chips will also take center stage. Apple is expected to announce a new M1X chip featuring a 10-core CPU that will offer improved performance compared to the standard M1 processor available in the 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air released last year. This is critical, because Apple typically targets its larger MacBook Pros at creative professionals, and the added performance would be essential to delivering the kind of horsepower people in those fields often demand.

There’s also a chance we could see a redesigned and more powerful version of the Mac Mini featuring the M1X chip and some additional USB ports, which would provide a better middle ground between the base Mac Mini and the super expensive Mac Pro desktop.

Rumors also suggest Apple will also reveal third-gen AirPods featuring a slightly shorter stem and a new wireless charging case. It’s unclear if Apple will join Samsung, Google, and others when it comes to bringing active noise cancellation to its cheapest ‘buds—early signs point to no.

Advertisement

However, with the “Unleashed” announcements less than a week away, we won’t have to wait long to find out for sure. Join us Oct. 18 for all the news from the event.

Engineer One-Ups Apple By Adding a Working USB-C Port to an iPhone

Engineer Builds iPhone With Working USB-C Port

In a blog about his USB-C iPhone project, Pillonel said one of the most difficult parts was figuring out how to use Apple’s proprietary C94 connector, which is the circuit Apple sells to third-party accessory makers for use in Lighting cables and connectors. From there, Pillonel was able to solder the C94 connector to a conversion board and then attach a USB-C port on the end.

That wasn’t the end of the challenge. Pillonel said the other major hurdle was getting all the new components to fit inside the iPhone’s chassis, which eventually required him to fully reverse engineer the C94 connector’s circuit board. But in the end, Pillonel’s hard work paid off: He claims he was able to build an iPhone with USB-C that can both charge and transfer data without issue.

Unfortunately, these steps are probably a bit too complicated for the average iPhone owner to perform on their own device, but even just proving it can be done is a worthy feat on its own. And for anyone brave enough to try to create their own USB-C iPhone, Pillonel said he is working on a more in-depth video and a second part to his blog that will cover the conversion process in much more detail.

Unfortunately, it seems the rest of us will have to continue to dream about a day when we might have an iPhone that can use the same charging cable as an iPad or most Android handsets. The more likely outcome is that in the not-too distant future, Apple will simply ditch the Lightning connector and make an iPhone that’s completely portless.

Leaked Listing Fully Reveals Google’s Pixel 6 a Week Ahead of Launch

Leaked Listing Fully Reveals Google’s Pixel 6 a Week Ahead of Launch

Both phones will also get IP68 dust and water resistance along with the use of Gorilla Glass Victus to provide added protection against drops and scratches. Without mentioning specific battery capacities, the listing also claims that the Pixel 6 will feature strong battery life that can last up to 48 hours with the Pixel’s Extreme Battery Saver mode turned on, while the new Google Tensor chip is expected to provide up to 80% better performance compared to the Pixel 5’s Snapdragon 765G chip. 

And when it comes to charging, the Pixel 6 will support wired fast charging at up to 30-watts, with Google also creating a new Pixel Stand wireless charger (available separately) that supports up to 21-watt wireless charging on the Pixel 6 or 23-watt charging on the Pixel 6 Pro.

Google is even including a new Titan M2 chip for improved on-device security, along with a whopping five years of security updates, which should be a very welcome change for anyone looking to hold on to their Pixel 6 over the course of multiple years.

Advertisement

But perhaps the biggest surprise is that Carphone Warehouse’s leaked listing also shed some light on some new camera features that were previously only referenced in rumors. The listing specifies that the Pixel 6 will feature a 50-MP primary camera and a secondary ultra-wide cam (no mention of a specific resolution), while the Pixel 6 Pro will get the same primary and ultra-wide cams, along with a 48-MP telephoto cam with a 4x optical zoom (or up to a 20x hybrid zoom via Google’s Super Res Zoom feature).

As for the Pixel 6’s new camera abilities, there’s Face Unblur which is designed to help make sure photos of people’s faces look as sharp as possible, a new Motion Mode designed to preserve a sense of action when shooting sports or other fast-paced scenes, and even a new feature called Magic Eraser, which is designed to help you remove unwanted subjects that may have photobombed your pic.

Advertisement

We’ll still have to wait for Google to officially confirm all these details at the Pixel 6’s official launch next week, but it really does seem like Google is putting every new trick and feature it can into the Pixel 6, which is nice because now Samsung and Apple might have some real competition in the flagship phone space.

Stayed tuned to Gizmodo for details and coverage next week.

Advertisement

It Looks Like Apple Is Hoping to Postpone Opening Up the App Store to Third-Party Payment Portals

Apple Asks Court to Halt Order Requiring It to Open App Store

Advertisement

“Apple filed a peel,” Sweeney wrote.

Sweeney then lambasted Apple’s claim that “links and buttons to alternate payment mechanisms are fraught with risk,” because the company can’t guarantee that the third-party platform is safe.

Advertisement

“But seriously guys buttons are really dangerous, as Apple explains. Some buttons are big and red. Some buttons launch nuclear missiles. If software is allowed to include buttons, they could maybe cause iPhones to explode and kill you or, worse, void your warranty,” he added.

Flying Foam Case Promises to Protect Your Smartphone While Capturing Aerial Footage

Here’s a Flying Foam Case for Filming Aerial Footage on a Phone

The AER’s creators are back, and this time they’ve brought an updated version with a redesigned nosecone that’s designed to securely hold a smartphone at the perfect angle for its rear camera to capture compelling aerial footage. The phone gets sandwiched between two large pieces of foam which are held together with a velcro strap wrapped around them. A foam tail is then attached, making the AER TYP ready for flight.

Sending your smartphone hurdling through the air requires even more faith in the energy-absorbing properties of foam than with an action camera, but the AER TYP’s creators promise they’ve spent years perfecting its design, finding the most resilient foam materials, and testing it, even to the point of dropping it off a building onto a concrete surface. The promotional videos created for the AER TYP do appear to protect smartphones from several cringe-worthy crashes, but with Apple officially cautioning users against strapping iPhones to bikes and motorcycles, you do have to wonder what repeated crashes are doing to the internals of a smartphone, even if the outside remains in pristine condition.

As with the original AER, the creators of the AER TYP have opted for a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to help put their creation into production. The cheapest way to pre-order one is with a pledge of about $69 (full retail pricing is expected to be closer to $100) with delivery expected as early as May next year. However, during an ongoing pandemic where manufacturing and supply chains have been thrown into chaos, it’s especially important to take delivery dates and estimated timelines of crowdfunded products with a grain of salt, given even large multinational companies are struggling to get products out the door on time. But this isn’t the first product the AER team has successfully crowdfunded, and if you’re willing to trust your $1,000+ smartphone to a foam football, punctual delivery dates don’t seem like something you’d worry about.

The Pixel 6 Might Be Cheaper Than We Thought

Google Pixel 6 Rumors: Price May Be Cheaper Than iPhone 13

Osterloh didn’t provide a specific price range, so there’s some wiggle room when it comes to what people might consider expensive. The prices of recent flagship phones from Samsung, Apple, and others have dropped slightly over the past few years, with recent iPhones and Galaxy phones starting at around $800.

But if a tweet from noted leaker @heyitsyogesh is correct, the standard Pixel 6 might not be quite as expensive as some were expecting. Yogesh claims a source told him that the base Pixel 6 will start at $749, a figure that seems in line with some other leaks claiming the Pixel 6 could cost as low as 649 euros (around $749) overseas.

If true, that would be $50 less than the base iPhone 13 and would potentially position the Pixel 6 between the bottom of what’s generally considered to be flagship pricing and the top of the mid-range segment. It won’t be cheap by any means, but nowhere near as expensive as the $1,000 Galaxy Z Flip 3 or the $1,800 Z Fold 3.

But it looks like there will be a significant premium for people considering the Pixel 6 Pro. Yogesh claims the Pro model will start at $1,049. That would represent a much bigger jump up in price from the standard Pixel to its Pro or XL sibling compared to previous Pixel phones, and more expensive than Apple’s $999 iPhone 13 Pro. The Pixel 6 Pro is expected to include a bonus telephoto camera, a bigger battery, better 5G connectivity, and other extra features like UWB support, so it seems Google is really trying to make sure the Pixel 6 Pro lives up to its “Pro” moniker.

Advertisement

While Google has yet to reveal an official launch date for the Pixel 6, a number of leaks and rumors suggest Google is planning to host a hardware showcase sometime in October—Oct. 19 looks like the most accurate date we’ve seen so far. With these latest pricing rumors, it seems Google is looking to be incredibly competitive with Apple and Samsung, which would be welcome news for anyone upgrading their handset this fall.

Users Claim New iPad Minis Are Suffering from ‘Jelly Scrolling’ or Wobbly Screens

Users Claim New iPad Minis Are Suffering from Wobbly Screens

One reader who spoke to 9to5Mac said that when they tried to get their new iPad Mini replaced at an Apple Store, they noticed that all the demo iPad Mini units also suffered from wobbly screens, which suggests that the issue could be present across a large number of new iPad Minis.

Currently, it’s not clear what causes the new iPad Mini’s screen to wobble, but whatever the reason, the issue is definitely a downer considering the iPad Mini 6’s new 8.3-inch display is one of the tablet’s biggest upgrades for 2021.

That said, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a device with an unintended wobbly screen, the OnePlus 5 from 2017 suffered from a similar affliction which we later learned was caused by a display that was installed upside down. And while Apple’s typical attention to detail means that it’s somewhat unlikely that an upside-down display is the source of the new iPad Mini’s issues, no company is completely immune from making mistakes.

Advertisement

Gizmodo has reached out to Apple for more information on the new iPad Mini’s wobbly screen, and we will update this story when we hear back.

Meanwhile, in other reports from new iPhone 13 owners, it seems that replacing the screen—even when using official replacement parts—can cause the phone’s Face ID system to stop working. According to video from YouTube channel Phone Repair Guru, swapping out an iPhone 13’s original display prompted a warning message that says “Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple display,” which ultimately results in Face ID being disabled.

This development is a sad turn of events for authorized third-party repair services, especially with Apple slowly working to expand its Independent iPhone Repair Program. While it’s possible Apple could release a software update that could resolve the issue, it’s also possible that the issue could be a result of Apple’s security protocols, with Apple wanting third-party repair services to replace both the screen and the iPhone 13’s Face ID sensors at the same time to help maintain security across the phone’s display components during the repair.

Advertisement

Regardless, with two different issues impacting both the new iPad Mini and the latest iPhone, here’s hoping Apple will follow up with additional info or solutions to address the latest round of reports.