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.

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.

2018 iPhones may not come with free headphone dongle

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Get ready to lose this dongle.
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Apple might be planning to make it even more difficult to use your old 3.5mm headphones if you buy a new iPhone this year.

New iPhones have included a Lightning port adapter for headphones ever since Apple removed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7. That free dongle is about to go away this year, according to one Apple analyst.

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.

Now anyone can play Fortnite, the year’s hottest iOS game

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All week four challenges explained!
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Fortnite, the hottest game of 2018, is finally available on iOS for everyone to download, no invite code needed.

The game has been in beta on iOS the last few weeks and required a special invite code to get in on the battle royal action. Now anyone with an iPhone SE or later can get in on the action anywhere you have an internet connection.

Week’s best Apple deals: Save on iPad Pro, iPhone 7 and accessories!

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The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a real screamer (and it's on sale now for the best price we've ever seen).
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This week, you can go pro and upgrade your iPad, or snag a sweet deal on a refurbished iPhone. Plus, get an app that tracks cryptocurrencies — for free! You’ll find those bargains and more in our roundup of the week’s best Apple deals.

This simple machine recycles plastic bottles into iPhone cases

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The mold alongside some of the iPhone cases created.
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Plastic bottles are one of the biggest sources of polution in the world, but a briliant inventor has created a brilliant solution to get rid of it: turn all the old plastic into iPhone cases.

Phonebloks creator Dave Hakkens recently revealed his latest creation that uses CNC-milled tools to recycle milk bottles, coffee tops and other used plastics to give them a second life rather than wasting away in a landfill.

Check it out: