From refurbished iPhones to AirPods alternatives, the top deals of the week [Deals]

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Dig into the four best deals at the Cult of Mac Store this week.
Dig into the four best deals at the Cult of Mac Store this week.
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It’s been a red banner week for deals at the Cult of Mac Store. So we rounded up four of the very best, from refurbished iPhones to affordable AirPods alternatives. We’ve also got a replacement for your Mac’s Dock and more.

Most of these deals are discounted by more than half, so get ’em before they disappear!

Score a great deal on these refurbished iPhones [Deals]

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Reminiscence of the older generation phones with these refurbished iPhone deals.
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Need a new iPhone? Are you currently… an Android user? (What are you doing here? Oh, right! Reevaluating your smartphone choices!) It just so happens right now is a great time to be in the market for a smartphone because Cult of Mac has you covered with these deals on refurbished iPhones. All of these iPhones are CDMA/GSM unlocked so perfect for all major U.S. carriers. Lastly, these refurbished iPhones are in “Grade A” condition with up to three minor scratches.

Google Photos can now adjust background blur on Portrait Mode pics

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Google Photos is the photo and video backup app we all wish Apple would give us.
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You no longer need to buy the iPhone XS or XS Max to take advantage of one of the best features on the new devices’ camera.

Google Photos pushed out an update this morning that allows any iPhone owner with a Portrait Mode camera to adjust the background blur after a photo has been taken.

iPhone XR could be bigger than iPhone 8 in one key market

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iPhone XR could be more popular than you think.
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The iPhone XR is expected to enjoy a strong start in China later this month as a result of the lack of innovation from local brands and weakening demand for their devices, according to one reliable analyst.

Apple’s new handset, which will start at $749 in the U.S., could see bigger demand than last year’s iPhone 8 lineup.

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!

Apple completely dominates premium smartphone sales

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Sales of the iPhone X were vastly higher than the equivalently-priced Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
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Samsung sells more phones than Apple, and its high-end devices like the Galaxy S9 get lots of attention. That means Samsung sells as many top-tier models as Apple, right? Nope, not even close.

Apple sells close to twice as many premium phones as its top rival. In this case, “premium” is any handset costing over $400. Which is a fairly low bar.