iOS 15 doesn’t turn older iPhones into slugs

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Put iOS 15 on your iPhone 8 and you could improve the performance and battery life. And get lots of new features.
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Some users of older iPhones refuse to install iOS upgrades because they mistakenly think these will reduce the performance of their handset. But tests comparing iOS 15 with various previous versions found no sign of Apple’s latest turning any model into a slug. Some of the devices actually ran faster with newer software.

And the same goes for battery life, in general. Most older iPhones have a longer battery life with iOS 15, though some do see a reduction.

7 reasons the 6.1-inch iPhone 13 makes a worthy upgrade for iPhone 11 or XR [Review]

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Still carrying an iPhone XS or even an iPhone 8? The iPhone 13 is better in virtually every way.
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Those looking for an upgrade for the iPhone 11, XS or 8 need search no farther than the 6.1-inch iPhone 13. Apple’s latest midsize handset offers far better performance than those older models, a noticeably longer battery life and a better camera. Plus there are some other nice additions, like a smaller notch.

What’s old is new: Apple will push its older iPhones over the holidays

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Expect to see more iPhone XR handsets on shelves this holidays.
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With coronavirus-related production challenges stifling the supply of iPhone 12 models, Apple is reportedly turning to older models to sell during the all-important holiday season.

According to a new report, published Thursday, Apple is seeking to “make up for shortages of its 5G lineup” by upping its orders for the iPhone 11, iPhone SE and iPhone XR handsets. Don’t expect to see a whole lot of iPhone 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max handsets, though!

Pick up an iPhone refurb for as little as $94.99 today only

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They won't last long!
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Amazingly cheap iPhone refurbs are back at Woot! You can pick up various models, from iPhone 6S to iPhone XR, with prices starting at a mere $94.99 today only. Stock is selling fast so claim yours while you still can.

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Bargain iPhone refurbs are back! Get yours for under $130 today only

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Analyst complains iPhone’s average selling price is slipping
Stock is selling fast!
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If you missed out on cheap iPhone refurbs the last time Woot had a huge blowout, it’s time to redeem yourself. A whole host of models — from iPhone 7 to iPhone 11 Pro — are now available, with prices starting at a mere $129.99.

This sale is good for today only, so act fast!

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Apple faces another lawsuit over iPhone XR’s ‘inferior’ Wi-Fi antennas

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The iPhone XR will feature Haptic Touch. But just what is that?
Some iPhone XR owners really aren't happy with their purchase.
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Apple on Monday was hit with a second class-action lawsuit over iPhone XR’s “inferior” Wi-Fi antennas.

The company is accused of hiding the fact that its more affordable handset, released in 2018, shipped with a 2×2 MIMO antenna array, while the pricier iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max packed a 4×4 MIMO array.