Throwaway phone chargers, Lightning cable keychains and more [Deals]

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This roundup includes brand new ways of ensuring your devices get the charge they need.
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There are so many ways to run out of battery at just the wrong moment. Maybe you underestimated the lifespan of your backup battery, forgot your cable, or mistook them for your Lightning headphone cables. Whatever the case, it pays to have options, and that’s why we’ve rounded up these great deals on charging accessories that can save the day when the juice runs low.

Virgin Mobile innovates by going iPhone-only

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Virgin is going all-in on the iPhone.
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In an effort to regain relevancy in the ridiculously competitive mobile network space, Virgin Mobile CEO Richard Branson revealed today that his company is going all-in on iPhone.

Virgin Mobile is set to become the first-ever iPhone-only carrier and to kick things off the company is offering a deal for Apple fans that just might convince them to switch from one of the major networks.

iPhone 8 laser supplier hints device could launch in October

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The iPhone 8 might pack friggin' lasers!
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The launch of the iPhone 8 may not happen until October of this year, based on the comments of one of Apple’s suppliers that is making a key component for the new device.

Apple allegedly plans to take its augmented reality tech to the next level by adding lasers to the iPhone 8. One of the companies that is likely supplying Apple with the parts, Finisar, dropped some details during its latest earnings call that hints when fans can finally expected to see the iPhone 8.

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus still rule the roost in U.S. sales

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The iPhone 7 is continuing to be a massive money maker for Apple.
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Excitement for the forthcoming iPhone 8 may be continuing to build, but the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are still holding strong in the sales department.

According to new figures released by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the two current generation iPhone models were the top two smartphones in the U.S., in terms of sales, for the three months ending in May.

Consumer Reports picks Galaxy S8 over iPhone 7, everything else

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Galaxy S8 is the smartphone to buy, says Consumer Reports.
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Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have been rated the best smartphones available by Consumer Reports.

Both devices outranked their rivals — including the iPhone 7 — in design, battery life, and camera performance. However, they aren’t considered perfect, with testers noting that they are difficult to operate with one hand, and their fingerprint scanners are awkwardly-placed.

Bendy concept imagines a flexible iPhone 8

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Would a foldable iPhone be useful?
Would a foldable iPhone be useful?
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The iPhone 8 is expected to be Apple’s most beautiful device ever, but a new concept imagines what it would be like if it was also the most indestructible smartphone.

A flexible screen like the one seen in the video below would come with some big benefits, like the ability to wrap the iPhone around your wrist. Or it could be used as a curved screen for VR viewing.

Check out the neat demo:

Hands on: iOS 11 brings brilliant new features (especially for iPad)

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New features in iOS 11 make the iPad a multitasking beast.
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iOS 11 brings brilliant new features and enough design tweaks to make everything feel fresh. The first developer beta landed this week, and we’re loving what we see – especially when it comes to the great new options for iPad users.

See for yourself in our iOS 11 hands-on video.

5 affordable accessories that complement your red iPhone

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Refresh your red iPhone with these awesome products.
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Interest in the (PRODUCT)Red iPhone has died down since its release back in March, and the novelty has likely worn off already for those of you who picked one up. Now it’s time to make it interesting again!

We’ve put together a list of five brilliant red products, all under $30, to compliment the red iPhone and reinvigorate your love for its unique color. Check out the video along with details for all the accessories we’ve featured below.

32GB iPhone 6 is now on sale in the U.K.

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Cheaper than iPhone 7, bigger than iPhone SE.
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If you want an affordable iPhone, but you don’t want to settle for a 4-inch iPhone SE, you might want to check out Apple’s relaunched 32GB iPhone 6.

It originally made its debut in emerging markets back in March, then in the U.S. — and now you can buy it in the United Kingdom.

America’s favorite iPhone will surprise you

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Customers love the iPhone SE.
Customers love the iPhone SE.
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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.