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.

Apple’s new AirPods case could charge your iPhone in a pinch

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The AirPods Wireless Charging Case could have a secret trick up its sleeve.
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Apple’s upcoming AirPods case will offer more than just wireless charging for your headphones, according to a sketchy new report.

A source familiar with Apple’s plans claims the case will double as an iPhone charger that will give you a boost in battery life when you’re in a pinch. The device could be available before the end of this year.

iPhone X dethroned as world’s top-selling smartphone

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The iPhone X isn't top dog any more. It remains Apple best seller though.
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Apple’s flagship handset has passed its peak popularity. That’s not surprising, given that the iPhone X hit the market more than six months ago. Still, it once could boast of being the world’s best-selling smartphone.

The Galaxy S9+ took its place at the head of the pack. Samsung’s top-of-the-line model debuted early this spring.

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.

Apple shows off iPhone X’s studio skills in new video

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Up your selfie game with iPhone X's portrait lighting feature.
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Apple debuted a new ad today that showcases the incredible powers of Portrait Mode on the iPhone X.

The fun new ad is similar in style to some of the wild Face ID ads Apple put out earlier this year and highlights how having an iPhone X is like literally carrying an entire array of studio lights in your pocket.

Check it out:

Save big on iMac and other Apple gear today at Best Buy [Deals & Steals]

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Save big bucks on a new iMac and much more
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In today’s edition of Deals & Steals, we’ve discovered a great deal on a new iMac and much more, as part of Best Buy’s 24 hour Flash Sale. You can also get your hands on the HomePod for a nice discount!

Elsewhere, save big on a bonanza of PC gaming parts and a mounted phone charger.

Note: On some of these deals, Cult of Mac might earn a small commission through an affiliate link. However, we pick our daily Deals & Steals strictly on their potential value to our readers.

Most of these deals are good for a limited time only, so act fast before the prices change!

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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.