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If your iPhone does this, get it fixed ASAP

If your iPhone does this, get it fixed ASAP

Today we're having a peek at a little-known sign of an error in a number of iPhones purchased over the past several years. The error appears in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and it shows itself as a "graying out" of apps. Once the graying begins, the phone cannot be shut down, or it becomes stuck in a boot loop the likes of which only an opening up of the phone can fix.

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iPhone 7 boot loops traced to audio chip loosening after years

iPhone 7 boot loops traced to audio chip loosening after years

Like any physical thing, smartphone components degrade over time through wear and tear. That said, it’s pretty worrying if that happens just after a phone’s warranty has gone out, far sooner than their forebears. That is the no man’s land situation that owners of the iPhone 7/7s and iPhone 7/7s Plus are now experiencing in large numbers. Users are reporting either nonfunctional mics or, worse, boot loops that third-party repair shops are tracing to a loose connection pad on the iPhone’s audio chip.

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Apple aware of select iPhone 7 models experiencing disabled mics

Apple aware of select iPhone 7 models experiencing disabled mics

If you're an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus user that's noticed the phone's microphone has stopped working properly, you're not alone. It turns out that certain models of the iPhone 7 have begun experiencing a mic bug after updating to iOS 11.3 or later. The issue doesn't appear to be too widespread at the moment, but with the result being a nonfunctional microphone it makes things like calls and FaceTime pretty difficult.

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ShiftCam 2.0 and ProLens: truly mobile iPhone pro photography

ShiftCam 2.0 and ProLens: truly mobile iPhone pro photography

Lens clips for iPhones and others smartphones are nothing new. They offered interchangeable lenses, a feature that still escapes even the most advanced smartphone camera. They all, however, have the same design disadvantage. You have to attach the lenses every time you use them and detach them when done. Not only do you run the risk of losing those lenses, that’s also precious seconds lost trying to set it all up. Last year, startup Shiftcam introduced a case and lens system that resolved all those. Now they’re back with ShiftCam 2.0, a more refined and more powerful version that won’t make it look like you have an armored phone in your pocket.

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Refurbished iPhone 7 and 7 Plus now available from Apple

Refurbished iPhone 7 and 7 Plus now available from Apple

In the market for a slightly older iPhone that has been certified and is covered by a warranty? If so, Apple's latest online offering is for you. The company has started selling refurbished iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones through its website, doing so alongside a 1-year warranty and the promise that all units have been tested and certified.

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Pre-Loved iPhone 7, 7 Plus on Virgin Mobile coming next month

Pre-Loved iPhone 7, 7 Plus on Virgin Mobile coming next month

Who says iPhones have to be expensive? Or brand new for that matter. If you’re not too averse to the idea of buying a refurbished Apple phone from any carrier, the Virgin Mobile’s newest promo might be to your liking. To express love for the iPhone 7 and the larger iPhone 7 Plus, the mobile carrier will be offering “Certified” Pre-Loved models starting February at very low prices. And being “certified” means it’s one step above your regular refurbished offer, also available from Virgin Mobile.

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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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Star Wars x Otterbox portends The Last Jedi

Star Wars x Otterbox portends The Last Jedi

This week the folks at OtterBox are bringing that sweet, sweet Lucasfilm licensing action to iPhone cases. A limited set of hardcore cases are coming with Star Wars on their backs from the company responsible for some of the most hardcore cases for any object, ever. Included in the collection is a Lord Vader, Rebel Red, BB-8, Storm Trooper, and On Ahch-to.

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Why won’t Apple enable Portrait Lighting for older iPhone photos?

Why won’t Apple enable Portrait Lighting for older iPhone photos?

Portrait mode photos taken on the iPhone 7 Plus could be edited with the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus, if only Apple felt inclined to enable the hidden feature. The new Portrait Lighting effects - which replicate the impact of different types of creative lighting on an image - were launched as a feature of the new 2017 iPhones, but left images taken with older models out in the cold.

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Apple sued over iPhone 7, 8 dual camera patents

Apple sued over iPhone 7, 8 dual camera patents

Another day, another patent infringement lawsuit. Apple is definitely no stranger to such, being one of the largest targets in the industry. Being big only inspires many would-be Davids to try and take a shot at the Goliath. The latest lawsuit, however, strikes at the heart of one of Apple’s most recent victories, its dual cameras. A startup based in Tel Aviv is suing Apple for infringing on its dual camera tech. More interesting, however, is the accusation that Apple even boasted it could get away with it.

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Belkin just fixed Apple’s big headphone jack problem

Belkin just fixed Apple’s big headphone jack problem

There's a dongle/adapter out there made by Belkin, a piece of equipment that's ready to engage with all the iPhones. This device is called the "3.5 mm Audio + Charge RockStar", and it comes with its own way to correct and/or fix the feature many headphone-wearing fans of Apple struggled to wrap their mind around since this time last year. This Belkin accessory plugs into the iPhone and allows the user to plug in both a charging USB and a standard pair of headphones.

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iOS 11 released: Here’s what to do to download

iOS 11 released: Here’s what to do to download

The official final build of iOS 11 was released today by Apple, now it's time to hit the download button. The download button is actually an UPDATE button - but still. Time to hit it. This software is the latest in a long line of iOS builds for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch back several generations.

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