‘Loop disease’ could kill your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus

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Fixing 'loop disease' requires disassembling the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.
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It has a ridiculous name, but it’s a serious problem. Incidents of “loop disease’ are reportedly sending growing numbers of iPhones to the repair shop.

This isn’t a new virus or an iOS bug. Instead, it’s a hardware problem affecting older iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus units.

More buyers prefer Apple’s latest iPhones than in the past

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More iPhone buyers selected a newer phone, like the iPhone 8, than when the iPhone 7 line was new.
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Buyers were slow to buy when the latest line of iPhones first launched. But new market research shows today’s shopper is more likely to slap down a credit card for a new model than the previous cycle.

The findings from the group M Science are in line with figures showing the popularity of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

Tim Cook takes tour of Amsterdam with famous iPhone photog

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Tim Cook makes a pitstop at Lucky Kat Studios.
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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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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.