iOS 13 won’t nerf your older iPhone

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iOS 13 is often quicker than its predecessor, and won‘t drain your iPhone battery.
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Head-to-head tests show that models as old as the iPhone 6S run iOS 13 at least as fast as iOS 12, and some devices see a performance boost.

The same is true for battery life: testing indicates Apple’s latest operating system puts no additional strain on the battery of older models.

Leaked iPhone 11 specs show upgraded RAM and battery

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The internal iPhone 11 and 11 Pro specs are better than their predecessors.
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All iPhone 11 and 11 Pro versions have more RAM than their predecessors, according to an unconfirmed report.

The same is reportedly true for the batteries in these just-announced handsets, which helps explain the dramatically increased battery lives Apple is promising.

Lower iPhone 11 price shows Apple got the message [Opinion]

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The iPhone 11 will bring a serious boost in sales because it’s what people asked for.
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You spoke and Apple listened. There was widespread criticism that last year’s iPhones were too expensive, and so the just-announced iPhone 11 is a better device for less money.

Even as the target of negative comments, the iPhone XR was the world’s best-selling smartphone for many months. The cheaper replacement is going see even stronger sales because the iPhone 11 is certainly a better value.

All the best iPhone 11 cases revealed so far

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OtterBox is one of many companies that quickly unveiled a lineup of iPhone 11 cases.
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Accessory makers rushed to unveil cases that fit the just-announced iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro series. These range from Mophie’s powerful battery case to more simple ones designed to bring additional protection.

There are new cases in a plethora of designs from Apple, OtterBox, Gear4, Speck, Mujjo and more. Some are available now, while others are coming soon.

iPadOS won’t launch until well after iOS 13

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Apple CEO Tim Cook talked up new features in iPadOS 13 at yesterday’s press event..
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iOS 13 will debut next week, but tablet users will have to wait a bit longer for the iPad equivalent. Apple says iPadOS 13 won’t debut until the end of this month.

That launch date suggests that the company will go straight to iOS 13.1.

A13 Bionic chip boosts iPhone battery life without sacrificing performance

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The ultra-fast A13 Bionic processor is used in all iPhone 11 series models.
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It’s no surprise that the Apple A13 Bionic processor in all three iPhone 11 series models is faster than last year’s A12, but what many people might not be expecting is its energy efficiency helps to significantly increase the battery lives of the 2019 iOS handsets.

MIA at Apple event: Tracking tags, reverse charging and more

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Sadly, your AirPods can’t charge off your iPhone 11.
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Apple’s press event today included the iPhone 11 series as well as updated iPad and Apple Watch versions. However, some rumored devices, features and accessories failed to materialize.

Most notably, the company didn’t announce a line of item-tracking tags, and the latest iPhones can’t wirelessly charge other devices. And there are other predictions that didn’t come true.