Tweet-sized iPhone X review will have you ready to upgrade

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You won't mind the notch.
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One of the first iPhone X reviews is in — only it’s not from a news source most Apple fans will recognize.

Official reviews of the iPhone X will be released by news outlets later this week, but one lucky ex-Apple employee named Ryan Jones is gushing about the device a little early. Jones says he wasn’t hyped about the iPhone X at all, but now that he’s got some quality time with it, he thinks its a game=changer.

No, Apple is not slowing down your iPhone to force upgrades

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Is your iPhone slower with iOS 11? It's all in your head.
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Every major iOS update slows down older devices to force users to upgrade. At least that’s what recent reports have suggested.

The truth is, Apple is doing no such thing. Benchmark data proves that iPhone performance drops over time are just a myth. The 4-year-old iPhone 5s is about as fast with iOS 11 today as it was with iOS 7 when it made its debut in 2013.

America’s favorite iPhone will surprise you

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Don't hold your breath for an iPhone SE upgrade.
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Despite the demand for larger, sharper smartphone displays, iPhone SE has beaten out all other smartphones to top the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).

Just two of Apple’s devices placed in the top five, and with a score of 87 out of 100, iPhone SE took the number one spot ahead of iPhone 7 Plus and the Galaxy S7 series.

Russia finds Apple guilty of iPhone price-fixing

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Apple may face stiff fines in Russia.
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A federal agency in Russia has ruled that Apple is guilty of fixing the price of the iPhone with third-party resellers and could face huge fines.

The Federal Antimonopoly Service revealed today that its investigation into Apple found that the company’s local subsidiary illegally coordinated the cost of iPhones and prevented sellers from offering discounts.

Week’s best Apple deals: First-ever AirPods discount!

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Act fast to get a hot deal on AirPods!
Act fast to get a hot deal on AirPods!
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AirPods are the hottest item in tech right now, but you can already bag a discount on Apple’s wireless headphones. Plus, we’ve got iPhones both current- and past-gen to suit every taste and budget, all in this week’s best Apple deals.

Watch what happens when an iPhone drowns in molten aluminum

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This isn't your normal stress test.
This isn't your normal stress test.
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Apple’s iPhone empire has been made possible thanks to the magic of aluminum. But under certain circumstances, Jony Ive’s favorite metal can be the iPhone’s worst enemy.

The folks behind the YouTube channel Backyard Scientists decided to see what happens when you dunk the iPhone in molten aluminum. Seeing the iPhone get a Terminator 2 type of death is oddly beautiful.

Check it out: