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I’m Gen Z, and I ditched my iPhone for the Light Phone II for a week

My name is Jennimai, and I am addicted to my iPhone.

As a Gen Z-er, I can barely remember a time before smartphones. My first cell phone was a purple monster with a sliding screen. I traded it in for my first iPhone in 2013 and never looked back.

I do everything on my phone: text, FaceTime, mindlessly scroll for hours and hours. I can hardly imagine going even a day without touching my phone, and I have no interest in the resurgence of nostalgic tech the rest of my generation is so intrigued by. So, imagine how I felt when I turned off my beloved iPhone for a week.

Yes, dear reader, I tried not to use my iPhone for seven whole days. In its place, I used the Light Phone II, which launched in 2018 via Kickstarter after a successful run of the original Light Phone in 2015. Here’s how it went.

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Apple’s 2018 iPhone XR Still Works Just Great In 2021 | Digital Trends

As the iPhone 13 takes its place as the iPhone literally everyone should buy, the question still exists: Should I upgrade to the new iPhone, or should I keep my old one? To find out, I went back to a much older iPhone — the 2018 iPhone XR — for just over a week to see how well it would fare in 2021. Back when we reviewed it, we praised it as the “budget” iPhone to buy. This device was loaned to me by the folks at Backmarket, so it’s a refurb without all the dings and nicks that you’d have on an actively used phone.

A game changer with a legacy

The iPhone XR may be old now, but it’s an important iPhone that preceded the current iPhones like the iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and the most recent iPhone 13. It’s a phone that would be considered less than the “real” iPhone, but an iPhone nonetheless. Apple tried this sort of non-standard iPhone model with the SE and the iPhone 5C before. In many ways, the iPhone XR kicked off the standardization of Apple’s lineup, and it also became one of the bestselling iPhones in its day. After using it, it’s not a surprise.

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10 Things to Check Before Buying a Refurbished iPhone | The Startup Magazine

Before you decide on buying a refurbished iPhone X, you should take into consideration that it may not be an ideal choice for you. It is important to consider the following things when buying a used phone:

  • Quality of the phone
  • Condition of the phone
  • Repairs needed
  • Original features
  • Does the phone have a warranty?
  • Is the battery good?
  • Does the phone have any scratches or dents on it?
  • Does it have water damage?
  • Is it unlocked or can be unlocked for use with a new carrier?
  • Can you restore your personal data from an old backup file to the new phone if needed?
  • Are there any existing problems with the phone that could cause trouble in the future, or is there a history of hardware problems or poor quality control with this brand of phone, in general?

With the release of Apple’s newest iPhone, there are more refurbished iPhone x for sale than ever before. This is great news for those who want to save some money but are unsure about buying a new phone. Apple has released a new phone that many people are dying to get their hands on. But with the iPhone X being released only recently, there is no way around it – you’ll have to find an older model or refurbished iPhone x for sale if you want to buy the latest smartphone.

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What Apple Forgot to Reveal at its iPhone 13 Event | Digital Trends

Apple’s California Streaming event was full of product reveals, including the new iPhone 13 range, the Apple Watch Series 7, and more. But there were several other announcements I had hoped to see but didn’t — in fact, Apple might have missed a golden opportunity with some of them.

Sure, Apple was always going to save its Mac update for another event later this year. But that’s not what I’m talking about. No, there are some things that felt perfectly timed to make an appearance at the company’s September show, but for whatever reason, Apple decided to keep them under wraps. Here’s what we all missed out on.

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How Does Apple Pay Work? | Small Business Trends

Apple Pay has provided a mobile payment option since 2014. And it has steadily gained popularity in the years since. The convenience of paying with a mobile device appeals to a lot of consumers, along with the security benefits of leaving credit cards at home. So offering it as a payment option may help businesses increase sales with these customers.

How Does Apple Pay Work on iPhone?

Apple Pay lets iPhone users make payments in a variety of settings. They can pay in stores, online, in app stores, or even in messaging apps. To start, users must add a credit card to their device. Apple Pay is available on various devices, including iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. But card information must be added on each individual device before use.

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The iPhone’s Face ID Will Soon Work With a Mask—if You Have an Apple Watch | WIRED

APPLE IS FACING our face-masked future. This week, the company started testing some new software for the iPhone that will let device owners unlock the handset while wearing a face covering. There’s a catch, though, one that lines up with Apple’s strategy of locking people in to different Apple products, and it highlights how challenging it can be to develop accurate facial recognition technology: The new face-unlock feature requires an Apple Watch.

The first developer beta of iOS 14.5 includes updates to app tracking controls and Siri alongside the face-mask function. App-makers typically get early access to the newest version of iOS in order to launch or retool their apps well in advance of the formal software release. (Brave souls who don’t mind the risk of potentially bricking their iPhones can also enroll in public beta releases.) The fully baked version of the software is expected to be made available to the general public this spring.

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Apple to pay $113 million in ‘batterygate’ settlement | CNN

Apple has agreed to pay millions of dollars to 34 states over its controversial previous practice of deliberately slowing down older iPhones to extend their battery life.

The company will pay $113 million to settle an investigation by states including California and Arizona over how Apple wasn’t transparent about its iPhone battery problems that led to unexpected device shutdowns. Instead of disclosing the issue to consumers or replacing the batteries, it pushed a software update in December 2016 that impacted the performance of older iPhone models.

News of the practice upset Apple (AAPL) consumers, igniting what some called “batterygate.” Many believed it was an effort to encourage users to buy new iPhones.

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Many popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking | TechCrunch

Many major companies, like Air Canada, Hollister and Expedia, are recording every tap and swipe you make on their iPhone apps. In most cases you won’t even realize it. And they don’t need to ask for permission.

You can assume that most apps are collecting data on you. Some even monetize your data without your knowledge. But TechCrunch has found several popular iPhone apps, from hoteliers, travel sites, airlines, cell phone carriers, banks and financiers, that don’t ask or make it clear — if at all — that they know exactly how you’re using their apps.

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Apple blames China as it cuts forecast | BBC News

Apple has rattled investors with news that its sales have been slowing, blaming economic weakness in China.

In a surprise disclosure, the iPhone maker said it anticipated revenue of about $84bn (£67bn) for the three months to 29 December.

In November it forecast sales of at least $89bn – a prediction that had already disappointed investors.

Apple’s share price sank more than 7% in after hours trade, extending its more than 28% slide since November.

The festive season is typically Apple’s strongest quarter.

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Apple’s first 5G iPhone won’t be ready until 2020, report says | Mashable

Apple’s first 5G iPhone is still two years away. That’s according to a new report, which says the iPhone maker won’t be 5G ready until 2020.

That would put Apple a year behind some of its Android rivals which have said they plan to have 5G phones in 2019.

The news, which comes from Fast Company, cites a single source said to have “knowledge of Apple’s plans.”

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