Latest iOS update gives older iPhones longer battery life, better performance

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The iPhone 8 and other Apple handsets see real benefits from iOS 13.3.
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There are sometimes concerns that new iOS versions will cut the battery life of older iPhone models, or slow down performance. Tests on a variety of Apple handsets with the just-released iOS 13.3 show just the opposite — this update not only speeds up these devices, it increases the time between charges.

Act now to lock in the best price for your iPhone trade-in

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The iPhone 6s is Apple's best smartphone yet. But is it worth the upgrade?
If you're upgrading to iPhone 11, now is the time to secure the best possible price for your old iPhone trade-in.
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With today’s impending iPhone 11 reveal, excitement abounds for Apple lovers. However, one downside of the “By Innovation Only” event is the impending drop in value of your old Apple devices.

Every year, newer models push older iPhones, Apple Watches and MacBooks further and further down the path to obsolescence. But there’s good news: Cult of Mac will still buy your old devices. And we’ll help you maximize the money you get for your iPhone trade-in, too.

Feds will retest iPhones for excessive radio-frequency radiation

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Your trusty old iPhone 7 might be a rule breaker.
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An independent lab claims that the iPhone 7 emits more radio-frequency radiation that is allowed by the FCC. And the iPhone X skirts the line.

The tests, done at the behest of the Chicago Tribune, have reportedly caused the FCC to examine whether these and other cell phones meet its safety guidelines. That doesn’t make them a cancer risk, though.

Apple is now building the iPhone 7 in India

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The iPhone 7 originally launched in 2016.
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Apple supplier Wistron has started manufacturing iPhone 7 handsets in India. This is the third model iPhone to be made in the country, following the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s.

“We are proud to be producing iPhone 7 in Bengaluru for our local customers, furthering our long-term commitment in India,” Apple told the Economic Times newspaper.

This company sells gorgeous custom iPhones for less than Apple

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They look even better in real life.
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Buying a refurbished iPhone is a great way to save a pretty penny, and now there’s another reason why you should consider avoiding the Apple Store.

One French company is selling rebuilt models that have been painted in pretty colors as part of its “Better Then Refurbished” program. They’re gorgeous, and they cost a lot less.

Ranking every iPhone by 4G data speeds

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Gigabit LTE on the iPhone XS is screamin fast.
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Holding onto your old iPhone could be causing you to lose out on some serious 4G LTE speed gains made by carriers over the last few years.

A new study on the average iPhone 4G download and upload speeds in the United States found that iPhone 6 owners and earlier see seeds that are nearly 10Mbps slower than the latest iPhone models.

Qualcomm wants Apple to pay dearly for selling iPhones in Germany

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Apple stores are banned from selling the iPhone 7 in Germany.
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Qualcomm is revving up its legal battle with Apple. In a new court filing in Munich, Qualcomm demanded “significant fines” be put on the iPhone-maker for not complying with a previous court order.

Apple was barred from selling some iPhones in Germany at the end of 2018. The company pulled the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 at its retail stores, but Qualcomm is crying foul that other third-party shops still had units in stock.