iPhone 11 triumphs during Alibaba’s record-breaking Singles Day in China

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iPhone 11 triumphs during Alibaba's record-breaking Singles Day in China
Today is one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
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Today is Singles Day in China, the Alibaba version of Amazon’s Prime Day — and, from the sound of things, Apple has done pretty darn well out of it.

This year’s 24-hour shopping event has surpassed last year’s 213.5 billion yuan (more than $30 billion) record for gross merchandise value sold. The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max were reportedly two of the top-selling items during Singles Day.

Xiaomi’s new phone packs an insane 108MP camera

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The Xiaomi CC9 Pro packs six cameras total!
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Notorious Apple copycat Xiaomi is ready to up the ante on the iPhone 11 Pro Max with its newest phone that packs not three, not four, but five camera lenses on the back.

The CC9 Pro from Xiaomi isn’t the first smartphone to pack five lenses but it is the first Xiaomi phone to and it’s also armed with a 108MP sensor that churns out high resolution photos the latest iPhones can’t match (in size).

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Get ready for another record breaking quarter.
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iOS 13.2 leaks details on upcoming ‘AirTags’ and iPhone 11 battery cases

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Apple is getting ready to do battle with Tile.
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Details of at least two unreleased Apple products may have been spilled by Apple’s big iOS 13.2 update that came out to the public this morning.

Apple has been rumored for months to be working on Bluetooth tracker tags similar to Tile’s. The official unveiling of Apple’s tracker could come by the end of the year, but references in iOS 13.2 may have just revealed its name.

iOS 13.2 is out now with tons of new emoji and Deep Fusion for iPhone 11

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iOS 13.2 makes the iPhone 11 Pro camera even better.
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Apple released iOS 13.2 to the public this morning after beta testing the software update with developers for a month.

iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 bring a bunch of new features and bug fixes to the iPhone and iPad, including more than 50 new emoji characters and support for the new AirPods Pro that were just revealed this morning.

iPhone 11 sales took off like a rocket

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The more-affordable iPhone 11 is outselling either of the Pro series models.
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The iPhone 11 along with the Pro series reportedly accounted for a sizable chunk of Apple’s August-through-September handset sales, even though they were only available for two weeks during that quarter.

The most popular new model is the 6.1-inch iPhone 11, which costs significantly less than that iPhone 11 Pro series.

Mophie’s beefy iPhone 11 battery case adds hours of life

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The Mophie Juice Pack Access is a powerful iPhone 11 battery case.
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The latest Mophie Juice Pack Access both protects and extends the battery life of any of the new iPhone 11 models without blocking the Lightning port.

It’s available today, even before Apple can produce its own battery case for these recently-released handsets.

iOS 13.2 inches closer to launch with latest bug-squashing beta

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These are just a few of the new emoji coming.
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Progress on iOS 13.2’s public release has hit a blistering pace after Apple seeded the fourth beta build to developers today.

iOS 13.2 beta 4 arrived one week after Apple seeded beta 3 to developers. Apple’s website hinted that the public release could come by the end of the month, bringing new emoji, Siri features and more to iPhones and iPads very soon.

Selena Gomez’s latest music video was shot on iPhone 11 Pro

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Selena Gomez's latest music video was shot on the iPhone 11 Pro
It's the latest showcase of Apple's "Shot on iPhone" campaign.
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The director of Selena Gomez’s latest music video used an iPhone 11 Pro to shoot the stylish black-and-white video. The video debuted Wednesday.

Director Sophie Muller filmed the video for song “Lose You to Love Me” on one of Apple’s new handsets. Muller is a renowned director of music videos who has previously shot videos for artists including Beyoncé, Coldplay, and others.