iPhone 7 tops 2016 smartphone performance chart

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Apple's A10X Fusion chip continues to impress.
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Benchmark specialists AnTuTu have put together a chart that highlights 2016’s top performing smartphones, and it’s no surprise to see iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus right at the top of it.

Apple’s latest handsets grabbed the first and second spots with the highest benchmark scores, followed by the OnePlus 3T. There’s no sign of a Samsung device in the top ten.

Week’s best Apple deals: Best prices on refurb Apple Watches and iPhones

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Get refurb deals on Apple gear or the amazing Duet Display at half price.
Get refurb deals on Apple gear or the amazing Duet Display at half price.
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If you’re experiencing a post-holiday spending hangover, don’t fret! There are still plenty of Apple deals available for anybody on a budget. Score factory-refurbished Apple Watches and a popular productivity app at the best price we’ve seen. You’ll find those deals and more in this week’s best Apple deals.

iXtra case brings more storage and battery life to iPhone

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This smart case will boost your iPhone in more ways than one.
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You can never have too much storage or battery life with your smartphone. The iXtra case adds more of both to your iPhone, with up to 128GB of built-in memory and up to 2,000mAh of additional juice.

It could be the perfect iPhone case, and you can claim yours now on Kickstarter.

How to find out if your iPhone 6s battery is eligible for replacement

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The iPhone 6s has more junk in the trunk.
The iPhone 6s has more junk in the trunk.
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Apple is offering iPhone 6s customers a free battery replacement for devices that unexpectedly shut down. The problem mostly affects iPhone 6s units made between September 2015 and October 2015.

If you’re not sure when your iPhone 6s was made, you can use a new tool created by Apple to find out if your device has a faulty battery.

Here’s how to check:

Liveblog: Best Cyber Monday deals 2016, including big Apple discounts from B&H

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These are the deals you're looking for.
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Apple will fix your faulty iPhone 6s battery

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Certain iPhone 6s model shut down unexpectedly, Apple says.
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Apple is offering to replace the batteries of faulty iPhone 6s handsets, produced between September and October 2015.

In a new page on its official website, Apple notes that it, “has determined that a very small number of iPhone 6s devices may unexpectedly shut down. This is not a safety issue and only affects devices within a limited serial number range.”

Maybe Apple really will make iPhones in USA

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Designed by Apple in California. Assembled by Foxconn in USA?
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The iPhone may soon be made in the USA.

Donald Trump claimed during his campaign that he would force Apple to move production of its products back to America. According to a new report, Apple has already started looking into whether that would be possible.