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Today in Apple history: Macintosh 512K, aka the ‘Fat Mac,’ quadruples the memory


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The "Fat Mac" solved one of the original Mac's biggest problems.
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September 10: Today in Apple history: Macintosh 512K, aka the 'Fat Mac,' quadruples the memory September 10, 1984: Apple ships the Macintosh 512K, the first upgrade to the first-gen Macintosh 128K.

Coming less than eight months after the original Macintosh, the 512K Mac makes no sweeping changes to the computer’s form factor. Instead, the big upgrade is quadrupling the RAM. This leads Apple fans to refer to the computer as the “Fat Mac.”

iPhone 5c may be officially ‘vintage,’ but its mission is still very much alive


The 'flop' that really wasn't.
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The iPhone 5c is officially considered “vintage” by Apple. While that term might summon images of hipster retro chic, it means that iPhone 5c owners can still get support from Apple, but only “subject to availability of inventory.”

That puts the divisive device one step closer to joining Apple’s “obsolete” list, at which point the company will no longer service it. But while the 2013-era iPhone 5c may be reaching the end of the line, its mission remains very present at Apple.

In fact, it’s much more significant than many remember. A budget device that packed many top-of-the-line features — and introduced the concept of launching multiple iPhones in a year — the humble iPhone 5c changed the course of Apple smartphones.

Score an iPhone refurb for as little as $49.99 in Woot’s latest sale


You can score great iPhone deals right now, including a buy-one, get-one-free offer on the latest iPhone 7.
For one day only!
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Woot is again offering up bargain iPhone refurbs for buyers on a budget. Prices start at just $49.99 in its latest blowout, while an iPhone 7 can be yours for as little as $149.99.

This sale is good for today only and stock is selling fast. Score your new iPhone before it’s too late!

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iPhone XR makes Apple’s coolest phone the cheapest


iPhone XR was India’s no. 1 ‘ultra premium’ smartphone in 2019
For the first time in years, Apple's best iPhone is also its cheapest.
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The iPhone XR is out and, for the first time in years, Apple’s most exciting device isn’t the one that commands the really big bucks. For all the talk of an “Apple tax,” 2018’s coolest iPhone starts at just $749. That’s half the price of a top-of-the-line iPhone XS Max.

And that’s seriously great news for fans.

Buyers might not be ready for bright iPhone XR colors


Nearly every configuration of the Apple's latest handset is still available hours into launch day. What does this say about iPhone XR sales?
There are many iPhone XR colors to choose from. But will people buy anything but black?
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A survey done in some of the largest smartphone markets found that most people prefer very traditional colors for their mobile devices, although their tastes are starting to widen. It’s not clear what this means for Apple’s strategy of offering the new iPhone XR in a rainbow of options.

Every iPhone ranked, from worst to best


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What was your favorite iPhone?
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The new iPhone XS and XS Max are generating rave reviews. Having marked the iPhone’s 10th anniversary with last year’s awe-inducing iPhone X, Apple has now set the stage for a second decade of smartphone innovation.

But what about all the awesome iPhones that led us to this point? Which models are the classics that will occupy museum shelves long after they’ve stopped working? I decided to dive in at the deep end and rank every phone Apple ever made. Wish me luck!

These are the six colors rumored for this year’s LCD iPhone


Color was a big selling point for the iPhone 5c.
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Apple’s 6.1-inch LCD iPhone is likely to be the least exciting of the company’s 2018-era handsets from a features and hardware perspective. However, it’s also bound to be the cheapest of Apple’s new iPhones and, if you believe the rumors, will feature one other big selling point: color.

Like the bright iPhone 5c which launched in 2013, the 6.1-inch LCD handset will reportedly come in various bright colors. The question is which colors will it come in? A new report possibly sheds some light.

Colorful iPhones might be coming back this year


iPhone 5c
Did you like the colorful iPhone 5c?
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Apple could bring back its multicolored iPhones strategy, last seen with the iPhone 5c, as a selling point for this year’s iPhone 8s handsets.

The LCD model iPhone is likely to be one of the year’s more affordable iPhone handsets, therefore making it more appealing to younger consumers. According to Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang, Apple could introduce colors including blue, yellow and pink. 2013’s iPhone 5c came in green, yellow, white, red and blue options.

Pokémon Go is dropping support for aging iOS devices


Pokémon Go
Niantic Pika-chooses to freeze out old iPhones and iPads.
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Pokémon Go will drop support for aging iOS devices in its next major update, developer Niantic has confirmed. Only iPhones and iPads compatible with iOS 11 will be able to run the game as of February 28.

That’s bad news for players who don’t have an iPhone 6 or later.