iPhone 7 Plus tops customer satisfaction survey

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The iPhone X didn't get the best score on the latest ACSI survey, it was the iPhone 7 Plus instead.
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The iPhone X is the world’s best-selling smartphone, but it’s an older Apple model that scored highest on the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

The iPhone 7 Plus beat out all of the newer iOS models, and solidly outscored the iPhone X. Naturally, it also trounced every Android device.

Funny ‘Barbers’ iPhone ad wins major award

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Apple took Best of Show at the ADC annual awards
This humorous iPhone 7 Plus ad was the big winner at the ADC annual awards.
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A TV advertisement for the iPhone 7 Plus’ camera won Best in Show at the prestigious ADC annual awards. The ‘Barbers’ ad comically demonstrates that Apple’s smartphone can make anyone look good.

Watch it below:

iOS 11.3 breaks some iPhone 7 microphones

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How’s your iPhone 7 mic after updating to iOS 11.3?
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Apple’s recent software updates have broken some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus microphones.

Users report that they cannot be heard during calls since updating to iOS 11.3 or later. Apple has advised Authortized Service Providers that they can initiate repairs if necessary — even on devices that are no longer covered by a warranty.

Optics startup claims Apple stole its design for dual-lens iPhone camera

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The iPhone dual-lens cameras are the subject of a lawsuit claiming deliberate Apple patent infringement.
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A small company that makes dual cameras for cellphones claims Apple is infringing on several of its patents. The Israeli startup says it showed Apple prototypes for a miniature telephone lens, and Apple used them to create its own.

According to Corephotonics, the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus all use technology for which it holds patents.

Get your Star Wars fix with these Solo iPhone cases

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Just in time for Solo: A Star Wars Story.
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The most anticipated Star Wars movie of 2018 is nearly here and OtterBox has got the official cases to get you ready for the premiere.

OtterBox’s new Solo: A Star Wars Story Symmetry Series cases are out in advance of the film, providing fans with three awesome artworks to choose from that pay tribute to some of the most classic characters in a galaxy far far away.

Apple drops some photography tips in new iPhone ads

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iPhone X takes the best still images.
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Want to take your iPhone photos to the next level? Apple’s got a few tips that just might do the trick.

The iPhone-maker dropped two new ads today that are focused on helping iPhone users improve the composition and framing of their photos. Apple’s new how-to videos cover using the telephoto lens on the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. There’s also some info on how to experiment with framing.

Watch both ads right here: