New iPhone XS battery case works with iPhone X. Sort of.

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You can use the new Apple Smart Battery Case with the iPhone X if you’re willing to put up with some hassle.
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Apple clearly says its new battery cases aren’t compatible with the iPhone X but some users of that handset claim that they’ve gotten the two to work together.

The designs of new iPhone XS and older X are nearly identical and the 2017 model mostly fits in the Smart Battery Case. Nevertheless, the handset gets power only under some conditions.

Stunning concept shows how iPhone could evolve in 2019

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Would you spend $1,000 on this?
Photo: Waqar Khan

With iPhone sales falling, Apple needs to do something special in 2019 to convince fans to upgrade to its next-generation smartphone lineup. One fan might just have the answer.

Waqar Khan’s gorgeous new concept imagines an “iPhone XI” with big improvements, including a third rear-facing camera and a smaller notch. Would you spend $1,000 on it?

The 10 best Apple ads of 2018 [Year in Review]

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Cult of Mac Year in Review 2018: best Apple ads of 2018 The past 12 months have been one of the busiest ever for Apple’s video team.

Apple churned out more than 120 ads and other videos in 2018, unleashing some of its most memorable commercials in years.

After hours of watching all of Apple’s 2018 ads, we rounded up the 10 absolute best, some of which you probably haven’t even seen yet. Get ready to relive all the good times!

iPhone X to live on as Apple restarts production

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The iPhone X could be making a comeback.
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The iPhone X had one of the shortest lifespans of any iPhone Apple has ever made, being cancelled when Apple introduced its next-gen handsets back in September. However, according to a new report, Apple is restarting production on last year’s iPhone model in certain markets.

And it may all have to do with a lack of demand for some of the newer iPhones.

iPhone X goes up in smoke during iOS 12.1 upgrade

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A look at the iPhone after the incident.
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A Twitter user has complained to Apple after their iPhone X reportedly exploded while updating to iOS 12.1. According to Rahel Mohamad, the ten-month old iPhone X became excessively hot to touch. When it was dropped by its user it began emitting smoke, before exploding.

It was being charged at the time with what Mohamad claims was the official Apple Lightning cable that came bundled with the phone. However, the explosion happened after the iPhone was unplugged from the charger.