iPhone SE is back in stock — and it’s going cheap

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It's a bargain!
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Apple has seemingly given up on the iPhone SE form factor. However, it’s not given up selling them — as evidenced by the fact that Apple’s diminutive, 4-inch handset just turned up on Apple’s Online Store.

Apple is selling the handsets in silver, gold, silver, and space gray — with prices starting at a mere $249. That’s great news for anyone who doesn’t want to drop the money necessary to pick up an iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or XS Max.

Why the world is clamoring for an iPhone SE 2 [Opinion]

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There’s broad support for an updated version of the small, inexpensive iPhone SE.
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After Cult of Mac published an editorial recommending an iPhone SE 2, many readers chimed in with support.

The editorial argued that Apple’s success in emerging markets requires a small, inexpensive iOS handset, but quite a few of the comments gave reasons why this model should be released in the U.S. and Europe.

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.

iPhone SE returns — grab one before they disappear

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Bag a bargain iPhone SE before it's too late!
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The iPhone SE is making a rare appearance on Apple’s clearance page. This discontinued model was already inexpensive, and it’s available now for $100 or $150 less than the usual price, depending on the model.

But don’t dither; it’s likely to sell out again quickly.

Crazy-cheap iPhone SE pops up in Apple clearance store again

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The iPhone SE is a brilliant handset.
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Apple seemingly scrapped plans for an iPhone SE 2, but there’s good news for fans of Apple’s 4-inch handset. For the third time this month, Apple is offering brand-new, unlocked models of the iPhone SE for up to $150 off.

The handsets are available in rose gold, gold and silver options on Apple’s clearance webpage. The 32GB models cost just $249 and the 128GB models go for $299.

Apple wants tax incentives to boost iPhone assembly in India

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One of the first iPhones "assembled in India."
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Apple is hoping to secure new tax incentives in India that will allow it to increase local iPhone production and export more devices to be sold in other countries.

The company has teamed up with other large names in the Indian Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) to propose a raise in export credits on smartphone shipments, as well as tariff cuts on imports of components and machinery.

The group argues that manufacturing growth cannot be sustained and accelerated without the changes.

iPhone XR makes Apple’s coolest phone the cheapest

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For the first time in years, Apple's best iPhone is also its cheapest.
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The iPhone XR is out and, for the first time in years, Apple’s most exciting device isn’t the one that commands the really big bucks. For all the talk of an “Apple tax,” 2018’s coolest iPhone starts at just $749. That’s half the price of a top-of-the-line iPhone XS Max.

And that’s seriously great news for fans.

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!