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Introduced in 2007 by Steve Jobs, iPhone is Apple’s flagship iOS device and easily its most popular product around the world. Software wise, it runs iOS and includes a large collection of mobile apps through the App Store.

Since its introduction, Apple has released at least one new phone every single year. In recent years, that has typically been in the fall. iPhones are sold through multiple retail channels including Apple Stores, cellular stores, Best Buy, and other major electronic retailers. iPhones can be bought with a single up front payment, financed through the iPhone Upgrade Program, or financed through a cellular carrier.

Apple’s smartphone has become much more than just a phone since its debut. The iPhone can act as your primary camera, music player, GPS device, email client, mobile banking system, messaging device, movie player, and much more.

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iPhone Stories Yesterday

Apple has delivered a lot with the iOS 15.4 beta and one of the headlining features is the ability to officially use Face ID With a Mask. Support is also included for recognizing multiple pairs of glasses. Follow along for how to get going with the handy new feature.

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Today’s release of iOS 15.4 includes the major new addition of support for Face ID recognition while wearing a mask. Unfortunately, this feature is limited to only newer-model iPhones and iPads. Apple hasn’t published specific availability details, but it appears that this feature only works on the iPhone 12 and newer.

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Along with great new features like the ability to use Face ID with a mask, the first iOS 15.4 beta is the first release from Apple to feature over 37 new emoji that were first revealed last fall.

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Ahead of the impending launch of the third-generation iPhone SE, Apple is liquidating some of its previous-generation, low-cost devices. But as tempting as the idea of an iPhone with 128GB might be for $359, you absolutely should not buy it. Read on as we explain why.

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When Apple first introduced the iPhone X in 2017, it marked a radical change for iPhone users. Not only was the traditional Home button design gone, but so was the Touch ID sensor that had been housed in that Home button since the iPhone 5S. It’s been five years since that transition took place, but it’s never too late to bring Touch ID back…

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As Apple mainly relies on Samsung and LG to manufacture its OLED panels for the iPhone, another Chinese factory wants a piece of Cupertino’s company money. As reported by The Elec, “Chinese display maker CSOT has formed a team to evaluate its production line in a bid to supply OLED panels to Apple for iPhones.”

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iPhone Stories January 26

Apple released a new Black Unity Braided Solo Loop and slick Unity Lights face for Apple Watch today. Along with that, it has also launched the Unity Lights wallpaper for iPhone, iPad, and Mac in celebration of Black History Month. Download them for free below.

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The iPhone took the top slot in China during Q4, with Apple achieving its highest ever share of the smartphone market in the country – led by the iPhone 13.

Apple was previously in 4th place in the market share stakes, behind Huawei, Vivo, and Oppo …

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iPhone Stories January 25

Ericsson has just published its 2021 accounts, and the numbers shed some light on the likely Apple patent license fees – which appear significantly lower than expected. Apple appears to be risking iPhone import bans over fees of around $100-150M per quarter.

The Swedish company warned that its Q1 2022 revenues are likely to be impacted by the fact that the iPhone maker is not currently paying the fees it has been paying between 2015 and 2021 …

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iPhone Stories January 24

iPhone trade-in values have always been higher than those for Android phones, and last year was no exception. Only one Android smartphone made the top five, and the worst-performing phones lost more than 80% of their value in a single year.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max held its value best, with owners able to recoup more than two-thirds of the price they paid a year later…

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Apple is facing the prospect of iPhone import bans in multiple counties as Ericsson steps up the pressure in its patent infringement claims.

Ericsson has already applied for injunctions in both Brazil and the Netherlands, and is expected to do so in additional European countries. One patent litigation expert says the UK is likely next in line …

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iPhone Stories January 23

iPhone: How to improve Face ID with a mask, including Apple Watch Unlock feature

Wearing a face mask usually renders iPhone’s Face ID unusable. Even though it sounds like a first-world problem, there are a lot of people, including medical professionals, who would value Face ID on iPhone to work while wearing protective equipment. Read on for how to use Face ID with a mask including the option to unlock your iPhone with Apple Watch when Face ID detects you’re wearing a mask.

iPhone Stories January 21

French iPhones will no longer be sold with free EarPods after a health law was overturned in favor of an environmental one.

This will mark the end of the special iPhone packaging used only in France …

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How to check if your iPhone 12 is eligible for the no sound recall

Just about a year after launching the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, Apple started a service program for devices that see their speakers fail. Here’s how to check iPhone 12 no sound recall eligibility.

iPhone Stories January 20

Whether you’ve got an older iPhone with a worn-down battery or have a newer one that isn’t lasting as long as you’d hope, there are a number of ways to improve battery performance. Follow along for a look at 7 tips and tricks to extend iPhone battery life.

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Phone calls are usually annoying and most people try not to answer, rather than picking up a random caller. With iMessage and many social networks, why would someone try to reach you with a call? With that in mind, a designer created a concept to improve a renegade feature in our everyday life.

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Foss Patents yesterday said it was inevitable that we’d see Apple countersue Ericsson, and it didn’t take long for that to happen. Each company is now suing the other for patent infringement.

Ericsson is seeking to ban the import of iPhones, and Apple wants to ban the import of mobile base stations. The Cupertino company is said to be so afraid of this that it is making an “astounding” U-turn in the way it wants the dispute to be settled …

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iPhone Stories January 19

Apple has been pushing hard for users to upgrade to the iPhone 13 line, but the company doesn’t think Android phones are worth a big value, even when trading in for a new iPhone.

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Ericsson has filed multiple iPhone patent infringement claims against Apple in two separate US lawsuits. In all, the company claims that Apple has infringed 12 patents, including ones relating to 5G.

It’s believed that Ericsson is seeking an import ban on iPhones over the claimed infringements in both the US and Germany, and likely other countries too …

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iPhone Stories January 18

The third-party market of MagSafe accessories continues to grow. This week, Belkin has officially started selling its Boost Charge Pro Portable Wireless Charger Pad with MagSafe in the United States. This ‘portable’ MagSafe charger features a clever design with a built-in kickstand, but a high price tag to go along with it…

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For the second time in seven months, former iPhone workers are being offered large sign-on bonuses as Foxconn strives to keep pace with demand for the iPhone 13.

The company offered similar increases to recruitment bonuses in June of last year …

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The holiday quarter usually sees the iPhone named the most popular smartphone lineup as its latest flagships drive sales, and that was again the case last year.

Global supply constraints made things tighter than usual, however …

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iPhone Stories January 17

One of the valuable, and lesser-known health features on Apple Watch is Cardio Fitness. The measurement is based on your VO2 max which Apple Watch can estimate when recording certain workouts. Follow along for a look at how to use Cardio Fitness on Apple Watch and iPhone including why it’s important, how to set it up, and how to measure/view Cardio Fitness levels.

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iPhone Stories January 13

After robotics engineer Ken Pillonel successfully swapped out the Lightning port for USB-C on an iPhone X back in October, another iPhone X has been modified in the same way. However, this time creator Gernot Jöbstl says the port has been reinforced and also made to be waterproof. And yep, this device claimed as the world’s first waterproof USB-C iPhone is going up for sale soon.

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