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Apple’s good reason for slowing old iPhones won’t help

Apple’s good reason for slowing old iPhones won’t help

It's fair to say that Apple's admission this week that no, your old iPhone getting slower isn't just in your imagination, has proved divisive. For years, the idea that an older iPhone would perform more slowly than it once did was dismissed as paranoia. Now, it turns out, Apple actually is adjusting power profiles on handsets like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7, arguing that it's doing it for good reasons.

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Apple: Old iPhone slowdown is a feature not a bug

Apple: Old iPhone slowdown is a feature not a bug

Apple has responded to ongoing controversy about older iPhones seeing their performance throttled, describing the behavior as a fix for an inherent issue affecting all smartphones as they age. Talk of a "planned obsolescence" strategy had re-emerged earlier this week, when benchmarking firm Geekbench waded into discussion about whether older devices - like the iPhone 6s, first released in 2015 - were having their processors artificially limited by iOS.

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iPhone slowdown blamed on controversial fix for aging batteries

iPhone slowdown blamed on controversial fix for aging batteries

Older iPhones getting unexpectedly slower could be down aging batteries rather than iOS inefficiency, with Apple said to be artificially throttling handsets to prolong runtimes. For years, Apple - and other smartphone makers - have been accused of quietly encouraging so-called "planned obsolescence," where the experience of using a device is artificially worsened to encourage upgrades.

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Virgin Mobile $280 iPhone refurb deal includes $1 service

Virgin Mobile $280 iPhone refurb deal includes $1 service

Virgin Mobile is offering Apple's iPhone for as little as $280, as long as you're okay with a refurbished phone, and it's sweetening the deal with $1 per month service. The carrier's Certified Pre-Loved iPhone will initially launch with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which will be priced from $279.99 to $399.99. They're on sale alongside full-priced, brand new models on Virgin Mobile's network.

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iOS 11 release is tomorrow: Our essential ‘getting ready’ list

iOS 11 release is tomorrow: Our essential ‘getting ready’ list

Apple's iOS 11 was announced to be released tomorrow for all devices capable of its download. This release changes a lot of features for the iPad - especially the iPad Pro, and a significant amount for all versions of the iPhone. Today we're running down a few items that all iPhone users (and iPad and iPod Touch users) should be aware of before download time comes.

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iPhone 8 and X have a sort-of secret weapon in NFC

iPhone 8 and X have a sort-of secret weapon in NFC

Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X have a new feature that Apple says doesn't come with any previous iPhone - for now. This feature is an opening up of the hardware that's already in quite a few iPhones from the past few years, a piece of hardware that allows Apple Pay to function. I'm speaking, of course, of the iPhone's NFC reader.

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iOS 11 Public Beta 4 is out: stop what you’re doing and update

iOS 11 Public Beta 4 is out: stop what you’re doing and update

This morning the iPhone nabbed another iOS 11 Beta update, this time to Beta 4. This version of the software is NOT for developers only, it's for anyone who wishes to take a peek - but be warned, even a public access Beta is still a Beta. For now we're taking a peek at what's included here in this update just before the rest of the world gets it and loads it.

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5 reasons you should skip iOS 11 Public Beta (OR instructions to install)

5 reasons you should skip iOS 11 Public Beta (OR instructions to install)

This week Apple released another Beta build of their OS for mobile devices in iOS 11 Public Beta 2. This version of the software is great - it has new features aplenty - but it's not something I'd recommend everyone download lightly. In fact I think you should skip it altogether - here's why.

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InkCase i7 Review : iPhone gets another face

InkCase i7 Review : iPhone gets another face

This week I've been working with both versions of the InkCase i7 - one for the smaller iPhone, one for the Plus. Both are from the newest generation of e-ink case from the folks at Oaxis, who've made these cases for the following people: "adventurers, bookworms, the businessperson, selfie-takers, and everyone else." Thus far I've found the case to be not only interesting, but helpful and downright fun, too.

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Apple’s Live Photos API released: why should you care?

Apple’s Live Photos API released: why should you care?

Today Apple launched LivePhotosKit JS Live Photos API software for developers, enabling use in iOS apps, macOS, and on the web. Developers can utilize the new Live Photos SDK (software developer kit) with sample code - to do this, developers must download Xcode, which includes the SDK's for building apps that support Live Photos. Developers will also gain access to details on how to build app extensions and entire apps using the new Live Photos API. This is the first time developers have had access to Live Photos API since the first announcement of Live Photos back in September of 2015.

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iOS 10.2.1 fixes most, but not all, iPhone 6 sudden shutdowns

iOS 10.2.1 fixes most, but not all, iPhone 6 sudden shutdowns

A couple of months back, owners of older iPhone models going as far back as the iPhone 6 have started reporting sudden inexplicable switching off of their phones. More than a minor inconvenience, users had to scramble to plug their iPhones in before they can switch them on again. Now Apple is proudly sharing that it has all but eradicated the issue through the iOS 10.2.1 update that is already installed on about half the affected devices.

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Kantar: iPhone takes top sales spot in early holiday shopping season

Kantar: iPhone takes top sales spot in early holiday shopping season

There's always an interest in seeing which brand of phone did the best during the holiday season, and new insights Kantar Worldpanel suggest that iPhone is the winner for 2016. The analytics firm looked at data for the three months ending November 2016, and is reporting that the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 6s were the three most popular smartphones during that period in the US. This shows strong sales at the beginning of the holiday shopping season, which would presumably carry over into December.

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