Pent-up demand will make 2017 a banner year for iPhone

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The iPhone 7 won’t be enough to break Apple out of its sales slum.

In 2016, total mobile phone shipments are set to decline 1.6 percent. However, the latest forecast from Gartner reveals that 2017 could be a record-breaking year for Apple due to pent-up demand for a new form factor and better features.

Week’s best deals on iPhones, game consoles and other great gear

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If you don't need the latest, greatest model, you can grab an iPhone 6 for a song.
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There is virtually nothing you can’t buy on the internet, but finding the best tech at the lowest prices can take some major research. That’s why today we’re doing the work for you, and delivering this week’s best tech deals from around the web. Check it out.

Today in Apple history: iPhone 6 shifts 10 million units at launch

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Apple finally cracked the 10 million sales opening weekend benchmark.
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Sep22September 22, 2014: Apple announces a new sales record for its eagerly anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, selling a massive 10 million units in the first weekend the handsets are on sale.

Although Apple will topple the record just a year later with the iPhone 6s, that device will have the advantage of going on sale in China on day one — which regulatory delays stop the iPhone 6 from doing.

iOS 10 review: It’s the little things that matter

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There's a lot to love in iOS 10.
There's a lot to love in iOS 10.
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Apple’s iOS 10 update for iPhones and iPads is the biggest software refresh the iPhone-maker has launched in years, adding a host of major and minor new features that completely change the iOS experience.

I’ve been using beta versions of iOS 10 on my iPhone 6s and iPad Pro since June. While some of the high-profile additions to Messages, Photos, Apple Music and Apple News aren’t totally mind-blowing, the smaller tweaks make all the difference. With iOS 10, using Apple’s devices is easier, faster and far more enjoyable than ever.

This is the big iOS update you’ve been waiting for, but not for all the reasons Apple thinks.