Every iPhone ranked, from worst to best

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What was your favorite iPhone?
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The new iPhone XS and XS Max are generating rave reviews. Having marked the iPhone’s 10th anniversary with last year’s awe-inducing iPhone X, Apple has now set the stage for a second decade of smartphone innovation.

But what about all the awesome iPhones that led us to this point? Which models are the classics that will occupy museum shelves long after they’ve stopped working? I decided to dive in at the deep end and rank every phone Apple ever made. Wish me luck!

iPhone pix of craggy lunar surface sends photog over the moon

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Here's what you get when you mount an iPhone to a telescope.
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An iPhone 7 is not the first camera you’d think about when figuring out how to get good shots of the moon. It certainly wasn’t Tom White’s first choice.

But after trying to get his DSLR mounted to a telescope just so, White wondered if his iPhone could do the job. The end result feels like the view astronauts would have from an Apollo command module in the moon’s orbit.

Mystery iPhone spotted in Apple code hints at surprising refresh

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It's a great time to buy older Apple devices.
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Apple is expected to introduce three new smartphones this fall — all of which will include some of the best features of iPhone X. But it seems it could have another surprising refresh up its sleeve.

One developer has discovered references to an unreleased device that closely resembles the iPhone 7.

‘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.

Here’s how much each country makes off the iPhone 7

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The major components for the iPhone 7 come from a variety of counties. Most at of the profit still goes to the U.S.
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The iPhone is made in China, so most of the profit stays over there, right? Actually, everything in that sentence is wrong.

A new study finds that China makes less than $9 from each iPhone 7. Some of the rest goes to other Asian countries, but the lion’s share is earned by Apple and other U.S. companies.

iOS 11.4 is killing battery life on some iPhones

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How's battery life on your iPhone with iOS 11.4?
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Apple rolled out iOS 11.4 in late May, finally delivering AirPlay 2 and stereo support for HomePod. If you haven’t already updated, you might want to avoid it for now.

Some iPhone users are reporting battery life problems after installing Apple’s latest release. It seems the issue affects everything from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone X.