iPhone resellers in China slash prices as sales fall

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Shoppers can save as much as $212 on iPhone 11 Pro Max.
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iPhone resellers in China are offering big discounts on Apple’s latest handsets in an effort to reverse falling sales amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Suning, one of Apple’s largest retail partners in China, is offering discounts of up to 1,500 yuan (approximately $212) on the iPhone 11 series. The move is expected to trigger further price adjustments on other 4G smartphones.

Shot on iPhone video takes stunning 5-hour tour through Russia’s State Hermitage museum

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Latest Shot on iPhone video is a stunning 5-hour tour through Russia's State Hermitage museum
Apple's latest Shot on iPhone video is jaw-dropping.
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Apple’s “game-changing” Shot on iPhone ad campaign typically ranges from a single image to a short film such as Lady Gaga’s latest music video. Things have certainly ramped up for the latest installment, however.

In Apple’s newest Shot on iPhone video, debuted Monday, it depicts a beautifully filmed after-hours tour through the iconic State Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Total running time? Five hours, 19 minutes, and 28 seconds. This includes more than 45 galleries and even a live ballet sequence.

You can check it out below. (There’s also a 90-second teaser if you happen not to have five hours to watch the whole thing.)

Galaxy S20 Ultra beats iPhone 11 Pro Max in drop test … sort of

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is in worse shape an iPhone 11 Pro Max after multiple drop tests.
Drop the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra a few times and it’s junk. The iPhone 11 Pro Max survived much better.
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Samsung’s new flagship phone came out slightly ahead in a smash-off between with Apple’s top-tier model. The Galaxy S20 Ultra survived the early rounds of drop tests better than the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

However, at the end of multiple drops, the iPhone was still almost completely functional while the Android was utterly destroyed.

Galaxy S20 vs. iPhone 11: 5 features Apple should steal in 2020

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The Galaxy S20 lineup looks impressive.
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The wait for Samsung’s impressive newest smartphone lineup is almost over. The Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra go on sale next month, with prices starting at $999.

You probably won’t be ditching your iPhone to get one if you’re a big fan of iOS, but you might be a little jealous of those who are. Samsung’s new devices offer a number of awesome new features iPhone users can only dream of for now.

Here are five that Apple should steal in 2020.

The biggest surprises from Apple’s shockingly good earnings report

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Tim Cook is the CEO of getting a bag.
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The first Apple earnings report of 2020 was a smashing success that shattered most of Apple’s previous records. Thanks to shockingly strong iPhone sales and a surging wearables business that is bigger than the Mac and the iPad, Apple managed to surpass even the most optimistic expectations.

Apple CEO Tim Cook held a call with investors after the numbers came out to dive deeper into the impressive quarterly results. Cook dished on everything from the success of Apple TV+ and problems with AirPods Pro supplies to the Wuhan coronavirus affecting China. If you didn’t get a chance to join the call, don’t worry, Cult of Mac has you covered with all the need-to-know info.

Mount your iPhone 11 anywhere with Xvida’s amazing magnetic cases

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Xvida's case and stand makes your iPhone easily visible at all times.
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When you need to see your iPhone at all times, but you need your hands to do other things, mount your device almost anywhere with this brilliant Xvida case.

Built-in magnets allow it to be securely attached to a whole host of metal surfaces, as well as a bunch of companion Xvida accessories — including wireless chargers, stands, car mounts, and more.

Get yours today for iPhone 11 from as little as $25.

iPhone 11 owners report audio issues with wireless CarPlay

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Are you suffering CarPlay problems?
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A growing number of iPhone 11 owners are reporting audio issues and other strange glitches with wireless CarPlay.

All say the feature worked fine with previous devices, but after upgrading to the latest Apple handsets, they’ve been unable to avoid CarPlay problems. And Apple’s latest iOS updates don’t help.

Apple ramps up A13 chip orders to cope with iPhone 11 demand

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Customers can't get enough of iPhone 11.
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Apple has been forced to increase A13 chip orders to meet higher-than-anticipated demand for iPhone 11, according to a new report.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Apple’s primary chip supplier, has been asked to churn out more chips this quarter as iPhone outperforms market and Apple expectations.

iPhone 11 solidly outsells Pro series

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iPhone 11 continues to shine while iPhone 11 Pro Max sales flatten out
Apple sold nearly three times as many iPhone 11 units as it did either of the more expensive Pro models.
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The budget iPhone 11 version was Apple’s biggest seller by a very wide margin last quarter, according to a market-research firm. It has the lion’s share of all iOS sales.

Still, the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max also sold fairly well in Q4 2019, making up a higher proportion of Apple’s total sales than the iPhone XS series did in the same period the year before.