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Apple today began selling refurbished iPhone X model, which is currently only available in the US and UK. In the US, the Unlocked Space Gray and Silver versions are available in 64GB and 256GB options for $769 and $899. The normal iPhone X is priced at $999 and $1,149. You can find the phone under Featured Offers on the Apple.com, then move to Certified Refurbished page.



Each Apple Certified Refurbished product undergoes a rigorous refurbishment process that includes full testing in accordance with the same harsh working standards as the new Apple product. The company also offers a regular one-year limited warranty for each certified refurbished product, or you can choose to purchase an AppleCare service for additional warranty.

First launched in September 2017, iPhone X claims a lot of firsts: it's the first iPhone to have the biggest change in design since the original iPhone, it's also the first to have Face ID, no Home button, a totally unique gestures to quickly navigate, multitask, adjust settings, and added an edge-to-edge OLED display for the first time.

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According to sources from the Wall Street Journal, Apple will lower the price of the iPhone XR in Japan, with the price reduction strategy will start as soon as next week, since the $750 iPhone sees a disappointing sales in the country due to carrier contracts. In addition, the iPhone 8 is still very popular in Japan. Currently, it is unclear how much the iPhone XR price will be lowered.



Apple’s strategy to reduce the iPhone XR price in Japan is mainly to better promote this new handset. After all, iPhone XR sales are not as stable as iPhone 8 Plus. Perhaps because of its price, iPhone XR may mirror what happened with the iPhone 5c in 2013, then the demand picked up the following year, analysts predicted.
Analysts say weaker-than-expected demand for iPhone XR may mirror what happened with the iPhone 5c in 2013, where sales picked up the following year. Apple's higher-priced XS and XS Max models, released a month earlier, appeal more to tech's early adopters who typically fuel initial sales of new iPhones.
At the same time, Apple plans to restart iPhone X production (which discounted in September) and sell it in certain markets. For Apple, lowering the price of a product is a very rare case. In some markets, If the sales of the device fall short of expectations, Apple will choose a price reduction strategy. One again produce the iPhone X allows Apple to consume exceedingly OLED screen components, it's unclear which specific countries or regions' consumers will be available to purchase this.

Apple has confirmed that there are problems with the 128 GB and 256 GB Solid State Drives (SSDs) used in the 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro (non-touch bar) device, which can result in data loss and hard drive failure. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with the affected hard drive was sold between June 2017 and June 2018.

Apple or Authorized Service Provider (AASP) will repair the affected hard drive for free. Apple recommends repairing your hard drive as soon as possible. If the customer has encounter issues, the company will send them an email about the program. Be sure to back up your data before it gots troubleshooting, as your hard drive will be erased during the process, which will take roughly an hour.

On the other hand, Apple has determined that some of the iPhone X's display may have touch problems due to a possible component failure on the iPhone X display module. For example, the display does not respond or intermittently responds to touch actions or will respond even if you didn't tap the screen.

Apple and its Authorized Service Provider will replace the display module for free for eligible devices. Ahead of the repair, customers are recommended to back their Phones to iTunes or iCloud, as they warn that other damage would occur during the process. For users that already replaced the display, they can contact Apple Support for a refund.

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Motorola P30, the latest smartphone by Motorola, which currently only available in the Chinese market, is the most shameful iPhone X clone Yet. At glance, you will notice that it's nearly identical to Apple's iPhone X, of course, we can still tell the differences between them, but you'll need to look pretty close, even Google Image search identified it as iPhone X.



After all, there are dozens of Android smartphones that tried to copy the iPhone X, like Xiao Mi 8. Still, its rear camera layout, the notch, the glass back, the aluminum frame, and even the wallpaper and clock are so comparable to the iPhone X.

At the same time, many tech reviewers thought Motorola P30 is a really disappointing smartphone. For instance, Alan Martin, a writer of Trusted Reviews, pointed out in his post that Motorola P30 is extremely disappointing. After all, Motorola has been one of the few companies that can innovate in the smartphone field.

In addition, US tech publication The Verge also said that the Motorola P30 looks like an iPhone X with Huawei paint jab. Even well-known tech Youtuber Marques Brownlee wrote on Twitter that Motorola P30 Pro is the most shameless tech product to date.

The screen size of the device is measured at 6.2 inches, comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage space. P30 is featured with the Snapdragon 636 processor and integrated 3000mAh battery. For the dual camera system, there is a 16M and 5M--megapixel lens, the front camera adopts a 12-megapixel sensor. Currently, it's priced at $303 to $360.

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In October last year, Google released its Pixel 2 smartphone and this year it rumors that Google will also choose to release a new generation of Pixel series and other products in October. And now, Telegram user LuchkovCh has leaked photos of Pixel 3 XL production unit.


In the photo is the final version of Pixel 3 XL, which showcased the front and back of the device, and a Notch that is taller than the iPhone X. Previously, CAD leaks confirmed that the 5.4-inch Pixel 3 would not come with the notch design, but the 6.2-inch Pixel 3 XL will include the notch.

The Pixel 3 XL will running Android 9 software, 8-core Qualcomm processor, Adreno 630 GPU, 4GB of RAM, screen resolution of 1440 x 2960, 494 PPI. as well as to feature what looks to be a pretty new iPhone-like wallpaper.

Notwithstanding, it appears that the phone adopts the similar design to the current Pixel 2 XL, featuring a single camera lens, flash, and a rear fingerprint reader. In the box, there is charging brick, charging cable, a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter, and a wired Pixel earphone.

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According to data shared by CIRP, in the second quarter of 2018, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus is the best-selling iPhone. At the same time, Apple's iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X accounted for 54% of iPhone sales in the U.S., with iPhone 8 accounting for 13%, iPhone 8 Plus accounting for 24%, and iPhone X accounting for 17%.


The older iPhones also sold well, such as the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone 6s. This year's iPhone sales are unusual from last year, with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus being the main sales force last year of 80% of merged sales. Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus combined sales of 37%, surpassing the iPhone X.

In what is usually a quieter quarter for iPhone sales, the model breakdown is interesting, as older models persisted in popularity," said Josh Lowitz, CIRP Partner and Co-Founder. "The latest iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X models accounted for a little more than half of sales, yet last year at this time the then-latest iPhone 7 and 7 Plus accounted for over 80%.

One of the causes for the flat sales of the iPhone X is that it starts at $999 and the iPhone 8 sells for only $699. However, hopefully, this will change soon, as Apple will launch a new low-cost 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, along with a 5.8-inch second-generation iPhone X and a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X Plus.

Nonetheless, the figure doesn't represent all iPhone customers in the U.S, considering that CIRP's numbers are aggregated from surveys that encompass just 500 customers who purchased an iPhone,

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Apple today shared a fun new iPhone X ad, highlighting the powerful A11 Bionic chip built into the device. The company is calling the new ad ‘Unleash,’ since the iPhone X allows you to unleash a more powerful you because of the A11 Bionic chip.


In the video, an iPhone X owner walks down the street in Beijing, while he is playing the popular iOS game Vainglory, the characters in the game start coming to life and attacking him, causing him to fight them off in the real world as he supported by the A11 Bionic chip to continue competing on his iPhone X.

The A11 processor, introduced with the iPhone X, is a 10nm six-core 2.4GHz chip with two performance cores and four high-performance cores. It's powerfully suitable for console quality games and augmented reality apps. In the benchmarks, A11 is significantly quicker than the A10 included in the previous model for better gaming and high-grade performance.

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As we are getting closer to the days of the release of the new iPhones, rumors and research notes about the new iPhones are starting to fire up. Analysts from BlueFin Research said that Apple will discontinue iPhone SE and iPhone X this year because Apple has turned its attention to the new "iPhone 9, iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Plus".

The iPhone X would presumably be discontinued in Q3 of this year, and the cheaper “iPhone SE” would also go away.


The analyst predicts that this year's new iPhones will have a batch of "pent-up demand" due to "the lack of upgrades activity over the past few years." So he suspected that Apple will produce 91 million iPhone units in the next two quarters. In addition, Apple will continue to produce more than 92 million units in the first and second quarters of 2018. 

In terms of shipments, analysts forecast that in the next four quarters, Apple will be shipping 20 million, 60 million, 45 million and 40 million units. Analysts believe that "iPhone 11 Plus" will please users who think the iPhone X screen is too small, and "iPhone 9" will cater to those who are sensitive to price.

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Apple’s iPhone X remained the best-selling smartphone in March and dominated the entire quarter as the world’s best-selling smartphone. The performance of the iPhone 8 Plus in March has improved to become the second best-selling model follows the iPhone X, as noted by Counterpoint Research.

Furthermore, the report states that iPhone X took a 3.5 percent share of the market - well ahead of all its Android rivals, whereas iPhone 8 with a 2.3 percent share. All these data, which again cancel any concern that Apple's flagship was a flop, after all, iPhone X was a hit to the market.


On the other hand, Chinese vendor Xiaomi's Redmi 5A became the best-selling Android phone in March and ranked third in the world's best-selling smartphone brands. Followed by Oppo's A83. Samsung's latest flagship, S9 and S9 Plus are ranked 5 and 6 respectively.

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OnePlus, the company is well-known for pumping out devices faster than you can buy them, has released yet another flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 6, following 6 months after it launched OnePlus 5T, and it didn't forgot to poke fun at Apple's headphone jack removal decision.

From the design viewpoint, it featured iPhone X-liked notch design that OnePlus says it's a frustrating move, because its own technology is still unable to achieve a true full screen, and OnePlus wants to give consumers as much space as possible. However, OnePlus 6 continues to include a headphone jack, so Carl Pei, OnePlus co-founder making a joke at Apple's expense for removing headphone jack.


Likewise, OnePlus sported dual vertically positioned rear camera that's 16 + 20 megapixels, a 6.2-inch OLED screen, resolution of 2160x1080, and to support full-screen gestures, navigation bar can also be hidden, and shipping alongside the new $69 OnePlus Bullets Wireless headphones.

Configuration wise, OnePlus 6 featured with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, running Android 8.1 operating system, with 6/8G of memory, 3300 mAh battery capacity, and a minimum of 64GB storage. It also supporting facial recognition capabilities, Dual SIM, fast charging, rain resistance, and the long-awaited NFC feature.

As for pricing, In Europe, OnePlus 6 starting price is 519 euros, in the U.S., OnePlus 6 is priced at $529 for 64GB, whereas 128GB cost $569. It offers in several colors, including the Mirror Black, Midnight Black, and Silk White.

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As part of the Display Week thar is meant to highlight "high-quality, innovative work that is taking place in the display industry," the Society for Information Display has now named both iPhone X and iPad Pro as the Display of the Year.

The Award gives to the iPad Pro models mainly because of its ProMotion display, which they calls as "the most significant technological advances and/or outstanding features." Yet, due to it is also the first consumer product with 120Hz and able to adapt the screen refresh rate, so that make it easier won the award.


As for iPhone X, its edge-to-edge Super Retina display with no physical buttons, with the first OLED display in an iPhone, and support for HDR and True Tone is what truly impressed by the Society for Information Display.

The iPhone X is the first product in Apple's iPhone series to fulfill the vision of a smartphone that is entirely screen, with no physical elements, keyboards or dedicated function buttons. With iPhone X, the lingering button on the face of the phone is eliminated, and the display becomes the primary element for all interaction, allowing the display to flow and entirely fill the face of the iPhone.

The Display Industry Awards will recognize the honorees, which including the Sharp 70-inch 8K LCD TV, Colorless Polyimide, the Optical In-Display Fingerprint Sensor, and the LG UHD Crystal Sound OLED speaker during a luncheon at the Los Angeles Convention Center on May 23.

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Accessories maker Spigen has launched a series of new cases that's designed for the iPhone X. Inspired by the design cues of the original iMac and original iPhone, it sure restored Apple's reputation and a throwback to the classic Apple Products.

The Classic C1 cases featured with iMac-style chip and battery designs, just a slightly thicker than an iPhone X fitted with the Apple leather case. The inner shell is paired with a two pieces of outer shell made of translucent plastic that snaps directly into the iPhone. Not only that, it also It provides solid protection when it faces mild drops, scratches, and other damage. 


Compared to C1, the OG cases offer a simple silver and black design, the iPhone X will be much look alike to the first iPhone. Though it's simpler than C1, with only one layer simply constructed design, it will be ideal for those who want a sleek design.

C1 cases are available in colors like Bondi Blue, Ruby, Sage, and Graphite, as for OG style, there is only one color available right now, but Spigen plans to add more colors in the future. At present. both C1 and OG are priced at $35 for Super early bird buckers on their Indiegogo campaign, it's expected that it will be start to shipping around June.

Although analysts were not optimistic in terms of iPhone X sales prior to Apple's Q2 2018 earnings report, in Europe, however, the flagship device the best-selling smartphone in Q1 2018, as reported by Canalys.

Canalys says that when the smartphone market entering a era of cyclical, the flagship phone has been unable to wake up consumers' interests, consumers are often willing to spend less money to buy petty decent mid-range models, so iPhone X's sales numbers largely impressed the firm. 


Data shows that European smartphone shipments fell by 6.3% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2018, making the largest decline in history. The 6.3% drop was one of the most significant declines in the world. Not to mention the decline in Western Europe. it dropped as high as 13.9%, and shipments were only locked at 30.1 million units.

In this case, Apple's shipments exceeded 10.2 million units, it was only fell by 5.4%. The iPhone X shipments, slightly declines compared to the fourth quarter of 2017, still, it accounted for 25% of all iPhone sales, making it the best-selling smartphone model in Europe.


Apple's one biggest rival - Samsung's is in hot water, even though it still tops European shipments in the last quarter, reaching 15 million units, but it's down by 15% year-on-year. Chinese smartphone vendor like Huawei and Xiaomi all successfully gained gigantic growth, especially Xiaomi, last quarter along it surged more than 999%!

Apple on Monday infomed developers that as of July, all app updates submitted to the iOS App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK and must support the Super Retina display on the iPhone X, if not, they will be rejected!

iOS 11 delivers innovative features and the redesigned App Store to hundreds of millions of customers around the world. Your apps can deliver more intelligent, unified and immersive experiences with Core ML, ARKit, new camera APIs, new SiriKit domains, Apple Music integration, drag and drop for iPad and more.

Starting July 2018, all iOS app updates submitted to App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK and must support the Super Retina display of iPhone X.


Ironically, Apple itself hasn't updated its own apps like iTunes Connect, iTunes Remote, Beats Pill+, etc, so it's expected that they will update these apps rather sooner than later. Many apps that have not been updated will be continued to have ugly black bars when used on the iPhone X and later devices.

The new guidelines clearly tell us that Super Retina support is likely to become more and more important, as rumors suggested there are two iPhone that will be equipped with OLED screen, which includes the second-generation of iPhone X and 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus.

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Apple issued an updated support document to Apple Stores and third-party authorized service providers this weekend. In the document, Apple outlines the repair process if the user experienced iPhone X Face ID failures.

What the document is saying that employees should first to run diagnostics and determine if the face ID of the customer's iPhone X can be fixed by servicing the rear camera. If there is still a problem after servicing the rear camera, staff are authorized to perform a whole unit replacement for iPhone X with Face ID issues, instead of a display repair.


In order to provide the best customer experience, if a customer reports that their iPhone X is having Face ID issues, you may be able to resolve the issue with a rear camera repair. Run AST 2 on the customer’s device to check the camera. If the diagnostics find issue with the camera, perform the repair to see if the issue is resolved. If the issue is not resolved, perform a whole unit replacement instead of a same-unit display repair.

Although it seems there is no conjunction of some kind links between failure of the iPhone X's rear camera and front TrueDepth system, however, several users wrote that they have noted that when their rear camera fails, Face ID also fails, which the phone itself displays a message reading “Face ID is not available, try again later.”

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Top Apple News Today:

Apple CEO Tim Cook Touted iPhone X Is Most Popular device since iPhone 6 Was Launched: During today's earnings call, even though Apple CEO Tim Cook declined to provide specific data on the iPhone X sales, he did suggest that the new device has been selling well, and customers chose the iPhone X more than any other iPhone "each and every week" of the March quarter. 

Cook, who said that the iPhone X marks the first time its most expensive, flagship device has been its most popular device. "Since we split the iPhone line with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014, this is the first cycle we've ever had where the top of the line iPhone model has also been the most popular," says the chief executive of Apple. (Via MacRumors)


Apple Pay Coming Three Additional Countries Soon: Apple Pay Coming To Norway, Poland, And Ukraine: Cook said on the Q2 earnings call that Apple Pay is coming to three new countries soon, which are Norway, Poland, and Ukraine over the “next several months.” Also, the mobile payment system active users have more than doubled year over year,

Apple Wearables =  Fortune 300 Company.: Cook claims the wearables category specifically increased 50 percent year over year, which includes AirPods, Apple Watch, and Beats, ultimately, Apple’s wearables business is now the size of a Fortune 300 company. (Via 9to5Mac)

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Today, we are announcing a new change to our website today: TANT, which stands for Top Apple News Today, a column provides a brief recap on today's top Apple News. The new section will be showed on Monday through Friday.

Apple Share Two New Ads Encouraging Android User Switch To iOS: Apple today has released two new ads on its Youtube that trying to switch android users to its mobile platform. The first ad focus on App Store to demonstrate the superior safety, while the second one highlights Portrait Mode & Portrait Lighting on the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. Links to watch: App Store and Portraits.

Survey Results Shows iPhone X Received 97% of Customer Satisfaction: A survey for U.S. early iPhone X adopters conducted by market research firm Creative Strategies found that the smartphone’s user satisfaction was as high as 97%.

Broken down, 85% of respondents are "very satisfied" with iPhone X. In the meantime, 12% of respondents stated that they were "satisfied" with iPhone X, and only 3% of users were unsatisfied with all sorts different reasons. On a feature-by-feature basis, the iPhone X saw very high satisfaction rates in all but one area, that is Siri with 20% of satisfaction.


Apple's iPhone 8 And 8 Plus Models Sells Better Than iPhone X: CIRP's latest report shows iPhone 8 and 8 Plus leading the way with growth from holiday quarter into Q1 2018, while iPhone X is seeing a decline for unknown reasons.

CIRP found that iPhone 8 sales in the first quarter accounted for 23% of the total iPhone sales, iPhone 8 Plus was 21%, and iPhone X only accounted for 16%. Combine together; that put the iPhone 8 models at 44%, almost three time better than iPhone X sales were.


Other news are including World’s last Apple Watch shop at Isetan Shinjuku, Japan, to be closed on May 13th, European Commersions concerned Apple’s Shazam Acquisition could allow them to encourage EU users to Apple Music.

Well, this seems really interesting in which Apple have designed a gold iPhone X, according to documents filed with the United States Federal Communications Commission. As you can see in the photos below, the iPhone X unmistakably in an unreleased gold finish.


The prototype device has rich gold stainless steel frame and a lighter gold glass back, which appears to match the gold shade seen in iPhone 8. It was filed back in September of last year, which includes several images of a gold iPhone X from multiple angles to outline the device's dimension

Also, the documents have couple strange details, for example, it indicate Apple had prepared its FCC filing in July, which was ahead of the iPhone X unveiling in September. More wiredly, It reference to an ‘LCD display’, because the current iPhone X uses an OLED panel.


All in all, we can confirmed that Apple originally planned on releasing the iPhone X in three colors - gold, silver, and space gray, perhaps because stainless steel frame of the gold device was causing issues, so the company ended up only launching the iPhone X in silver and space gray. We are not clear if Apple still plan to release gold iPhone X models, even though recent rumors says so.

According to the new survey conducted by Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson and shared by Philip Elmer-DeWitt yesterday morning asked 1,500 people who own an iPhone but did not upgrade to the iPhone X to explain their reasoning.

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From the survey which appears that 44 percent of respondents said they had not upgraded because their iPhone works fine, in other words, no standout features compelling them to purchase a new device, while 31 percent said the iPhone X was too expensive at a starting price of $999, eight percent of respondents said the iPhone X's screen isn't large enough.

At the same time, an "Other" category made up the rest of 17% voters, that it could be the removal of headphone jack, the notch which powers True-Depth camera for the Face ID or Animoji, and perhaps they prefer to wait for a smaller iPhone models like the iPhone SE.

The takeaway from our survey is that a larger screen and lower priced option would address the concerns of 40% of iPhone owners that have not upgraded. Despite investor uncertainty around iPhone X, we recommend owning AAPL on potential for a super-long cycle driven by a wider array of ‘X-gen’ devices.

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However, Piper Jaffray expects the iPhones coming in 2018 should address most of these issues, with Apple is said to introducing three devices. One will be the successor for the iPhone X with a 5.8-inch OLED display, a second will have a larger 6.5-inch OLED display, and a third will feature a 6.1-inch LCD display with a lower price tag but lacks 3D Touch.

Following a report that the Google Home Max and Sonos One sound better than HomePod, Consumer Reports just published their best smartphone camera rankings, and surprisingly, the magazine calls iPhone X as the top smartphone with the best quality.

Apple's iPhones took up most of the spots on Consumer Reports' list of top 10 smartphone cameras, with the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus following the iPhone X. With Samsung's phones including Galaxy S8, S8 Active, S8+, and Note 8 did well. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and 6 Plus also earned top 10 spots.


In 10 of the phones the media tested, all did well in its still-image quality tests, which are designed to “evaluate resolution, dynamic range, color accuracy, and visual noise.” And in the video part, the iPhone X and iPhone 8 to be “excellent” for video quality, but iPhone 8 Plus for some reasons only received "very good."

1. Apple iPhone X
2. Apple iPhone 8
3. Apple iPhone 8 Plus
4. Samsung Galaxy S8+
5. Apple iPhone 7
6. Apple iPhone 6s Plus
7. Samsung Galaxy S8
8. Samsung Galaxy Note8
9. Apple iPhone 7 Plus
10. Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

Photography sites DxO and DPReview both gave the iPhone X's camera a satisfaction result, in which DxO gives a score of 97, that's higher than any other iPhone, while DPReview says it is capable of "extremely impressive" results. 

Apple had always focused on its camera technology, for instance, the company introduced dual rear lens in vertical orientation for iPhone X with optical image stabilization for both the telephoto and the wide-angle lenses that are first to be used in an iPhone. The device adopted Apple's own front-facing TrueDepth camera system that enables neat features like a selfie Portrait Mode and Face ID.
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