iPhone shipments slip as Samsung surges

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Long-term iPhone XR demand could eventually lead to greater sales than the iPhone XS.
Weak demand for the 2018 models hurt iPhone sales in Q3 2019.
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Apple’s two largest competitors enjoyed growth in smartphone sales last quarter, with both Samsung and Huawei up. iPhone sales dropped, however.

The market analysts at Canalys credited the decline to weak demand for the 2018 iPhone models as customers anticipated Apple’s 2019 offerings.

Join the dark side with OtterBox’s Star Wars iPhone cases

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What would the Star Wars saga be without droids and Kylo Renn?
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An addition to OtterBox’s Star Wars iPhone cases celebrates Kylo Ren wearing his helmet again, while a second salutes the droids that are so important to these films.

These two join cases with more than a dozen other designs from Lucasfilm’s ongoing sci-fi saga.

Halide brings Deep Fusion-style photo processing to older iPhones

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Shot with Halide.
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Today’s release of iOS 13.2 brings Apple’s new Deep Fusion feature, so iPhone 11 owners can start taking beautifully detailed photographs of sweaters. But if you have an older iPhone, Halide has you covered. The iOS photo app’s new Smartest Processing update brings Deep Fusion-style detail to anybody’s sweater shots.

Brilliant iPhone XS case creates a cheapskate’s iPhone 11 Pro

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iPhone XS case simulates iPhone 11 Pro
This simulated iPhone 11 Pro case appeals to those who think technology is only skin deep.
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Anyone who wants to look like they have the latest and greatest Apple handset without putting down the cash to replace their iPhone XS might be able to use a case that only simulates the appearance of an iPhone 11 Pro.

Save 20% on this mountable charging pad + case for iPhone

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Make your iPhone easily accessibly while it's charging.
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Wouldn’t it be cool if you could slap your iPhone on the wall while it’s charging? You can with the magnificent mountable wireless charging pad from Xvida.

Built-in magnets inside the pad grab onto Xvida’s companion case for iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max to form a super-secure grip. And you can save big on both products today!

Check out iOS 13’s amazing NFC-triggered Shortcuts

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These little NFC tags are discreet enough to stick anywhere.
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Shortcuts has gotten so many amazing new tricks in iOS 13 that it’s going to take a while for us to cover them all. So, how about starting with the new NFC automations? This lets you tap your sleeping iPhone onto an NFC sticker or tag, and your iPhone will run a shortcut. This is pretty amazing, because you can walk around you home (or office), and just tap your iPhone onto objects to perform tasks: open apps, set timers, play music, dim the lights — in fact, you can do anything a regular shortcut can do.

Here are two great examples of using NFC shortcuts in iOS 13.