Court documents reveal Apple knew iPhone 6 was bendy

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Tests prior to launch showed the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus could have bending issues.
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Bendgate is back in the news and this time, court documents show Apple knew about structural problems with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus prior to release.

Apple’s own tests revealed the handsets might have a bending problem but publicly defended the structural soundness despite widespread customer complaints of frozen or unresponsive touchscreens. As the complaints piled up, Apple quietly corrected the defect, the documents show.

Apple may owe you $50 for iPhone battery replacement

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These are the 4 main parts you need.
You may be eligible for a $50 Apple credit.
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iPhone customers who paid for an out-of-warranty battery replacement last year are getting hooked up with a refund from Apple.

The company revealed today that it will start offering a $50 credit to all customers who purchased a battery replacement for the iPhone 6 and later.

Samsung’s sad new ad is packed with iPhone disses

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Samsung's not pulling any punches in its latest ad.
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The life of an iPhone owner is a truly miserable experience, according to the Android smartphone makers at Samsung.

Apple’s big Android rival put out a new ad today titled “Moving On” that attacks the iPhone for taking a few seconds to load a boarding pass and if you’re not careful you might totally get caught in the rain with one while waiting for an Uber.

Take a look at the sad life of an iPhone user:

Damaged iPhone appears to explode on video

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iPhone explosion caught on security video
Before-and-after of an iPhone explosion in front of a security camera.
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An iPhone reportedly exploded and briefly caught fire in front of a security camera. 

The device was an iPhone 6 that was in the shop for repair. Its battery had supposedly begun to expand, cracking the display.

Plenty of iPhone replacement batteries finally available

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A device that might need an iPhone replacement battery
Here's a device that might need an iPhone replacement battery.
Graphic: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The wait for an iPhone replacement battery has reportedly shrunk to little or nothing. This is good news for anyone with an older model who wants to take up Apple’s offer of a new battery at a discount price.

The company will swap out an aging battery for just $29, less than half what it used to cost, as an apology for surreptitiously throttling some devices.

Apple adds new alert when your iPhone battery is failing

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Here's what to do when you get this message besides panic. (Ok, maybe a little panicking is OK.)
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iOS 11.3 has a new warning that users of older iPhones should dread. It’s a notification that the device shut down because the battery couldn’t provide peak power. Here’s what to do if this happens to you.

Week’s best Apple deals: Get the new iPad at discount!

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Save on the new iPad. You can use the money you save to buy an Apple Pencil!
You can use the money you save to buy an Apple Pencil!
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An iPad sale? Already?!? If you want to save on the new iPad that Apple unveiled this week, you’re in luck. Best Buy is offering the tablet at the best price with a store gift card.

Plus, save on AirPods at Costco. Or choose from a wide selection of refurbished phones, accessories and more at the TechRabbit March Mobile Madness Sale.

Family blames iPhone for house fire, wants Apple to pay

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A Canadian couple says this iPhone sparked a blaze that destroyed their home.
Photo: Langley Township Fire Department

A Canadian farm couple is demanding Apple pay them $600,000 because a fire they claim was caused by an overheated iPhone destroyed their home.

Ian and Cathy Finley of Langley, British Columbia, say the October 2016 fire was sparked by a three-month-old iPhone 6 left charging on a leather living room chair. Local fire investigators found a charred handset and cord and believe the device “generated enough heat to ignite” the chair.

Week’s best Apple deals: Save big on refurbished iPhones

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You know you want a red iPhone. And now you can save with a refurbished one! Or choose from other refurbished iPhones.
You know you want a red iPhone. And now you can save with a refurbished one!
Photos: Apple

If you need a new phone, but not necessarily a brand new one, you can save some cash by going with a refurb. This week, we found a selection of refurbished iPhones — in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors (including that super-cool red iPhone 7).

And they’re all at wallet-pleasing prices.