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!
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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.

Battery replacement program could be bad news for iPhone sales

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Brazil demands easy iPhone battery replacements.
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Apple’s iPhone battery replacement program could cause the company to lose out on millions of new iPhone sales, according to analysts at Barclays.

It was revealed last month that the company intentionally throttles CPU speeds on some iPhones with older batteries to provide an overall better experience. Apple has offered $29 battery replacements to make up for it, but that might be bad news for its bottom line.

Apple’s $29 iPhone battery replacement just got easier

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Brazil demands easy iPhone battery replacements.
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New Apple support documentation leaked from one of its retail stores that the company’s new $29 battery replacement program is a lot less strict than some customers originally feared.

Earlier in the week, some iPhone customers reported that the genius bar refused to swap their battery if it wasn’t under 80% capacity. According to a new documentation though, employees have now been instructed to replace batteries no matter what.

Apple apologizes with $29 iPhone battery replacements

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Brazil demands easy iPhone battery replacements.
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Apple has offered iPhone customers yet another apology for intentionally slowing down the CPU on some older iPhone models in order to increase overall performance.

In a letter to customers this afternoon, Apple explained that it added a feature in iOS 10.1.2 that successfully reduced the occurrence of unexpected shutdowns on iPhones. Apple was able to do so by lowering CPU performance so that it drew less power from older batteries, but the company is now offering an olive branch to customers: cheap battery replacements.

How to get the best deal on the iPhone X

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The iPhone X is nearly here!
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With the launch of Apple’s most expensive iPhone ever right around the corner, Apple fans are bracing their wallets for impact.

Even the most basic iPhone X will cost you at least $999, but thanks to a bevy of carrier and trade-in deals, you can come away with the 256GB model without spending over a grand.

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.