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Refurbished smartphones are widely available – so should you buy one?

The Guardian

Buying new smartphones gets worse for the wallet every year. The tenth generation started at $1,549. Today, the top-shelf iPhone 12 Pro Max with more than 500gb of storage is an uncomfortable $2,369 – about a third more than the cheapest Apple laptop. On top of that, e-waste is the world's fastest-growing solid-waste stream, increasing at a rate three times faster than general waste in Australia. One or both of these factors have sparked increased demand for cheaper refurbished phones.

iPhone SE: Everything you need to know about Apple's latest phone

The Independent - Tech

That's the name first used in Spring 2016 when the chassis of an earlier iPhone, the iPhone 5s, was packed with the then-latest processor. It was also cheaper than any of the other phones in Apple's range. Apple has followed the same route here. The new phone looks very similar to the iPhone 8, with a 4.7in display, Touch ID, glass back for wireless charging. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be retired, so this will become the most affordable iPhone in the range.

iPhone SE review: Affordable and mighty powerful phone is a blockbuster hit

The Independent - Tech

The new iPhone SE has landed and it qualifies as about the best-value phone Apple has yet made. With a price of £419, it very nearly matches the lowest debut price for an iPhone, too. That was the original iPhone SE which launched in March 2016 for £359. This is the first time Apple has recycled a phone's name. The original SE (the two letters don't stand for anything, by the way) matched the chassis of the iPhone 5s with a much newer, more powerful processor – the chip from the iPhone 6s.

Apple's New iPhone SE Offers Most of the Features at a Fraction of the Price

TIME - Tech

Apple Inc. unveiled the new iPhone SE, its first low-cost smartphone in four years, seeking to boost sales while consumers wait for the launch of new high-end models with 5G later this year. To get to the lower cost, Apple is using an iPhone 8 design that debuted in 2017 along with a less advanced camera system, a smaller and older display and a Touch ID fingerprint scanner instead of 3-D facial recognition. The new model comes in black, white or red with storage options ranging from 64GB to 256GB, Cupertino, California-based Apple said on Wednesday. While many of the device's specifications have been surpassed by newer technology at this point, the iPhone SE does use the same A13 processor as the latest flagship iPhone. This also gives Apple a more competitive model in countries such as India that are flooded with cheaper Android phones.

Apple launches smaller, cheaper iPhone

The Guardian

Apple has launched a cheaper version of its iPhone SE as it attempts to continue normal business despite the coronavirus pandemic. The second-generation SE resembles Apple's previous design used for its smartphones between 2014 and 2017, complete with the traditional touch ID home button instead of face recognition. It costs from £419 in the UK and $399 in the US. The new phone is a follow-up to the entry-level SE from 2016, which reused the design of the iPhone 5S. The new SE replaces 2017's iPhone 8, which was until recently the cheapest iPhone on sale, costing £479 in the UK and $449 in the US.

Apple will reportedly release a much-cheaper iPhone as early as March

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

If you want a new iPhone but find the latest lineup too pricy, Apple may have a surprise in store for you. The Cupertino, California-based company is reportedly working on a new low-cost iPhone -- potentially a nod to the iPhone SE -- and it could come out as early as March, according to a report from Bloomberg. The publication, citing people familiar with Apple's product launches, reported that the smartphone will look similar to the iPhone 8, which came out in 2017 and had a single camera on the back. It will also include a 4.7-inch touchscreen. The iPhone 8 is still on the market selling for $449.

Black Friday UK 2019: Amazon is starting Black Friday a week early

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Black Friday fever is almost upon us, and this year online retailer Amazon is rolling out the deals a whole week early in what will be its'biggest ever' event. That means you can get your hands on fantastic offers on toys, beauty, home and more over an extended eight-day period in the UK. During Black Friday last year, customers purchased over two million items on Amazon. Popular buys included the much-loved Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar, the Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker and the highly-rated Instant Pot Pressure Cooker - showing the huge range of fantastic deals available on the day. This year, the sales extravaganza is expected to feature Lightning Deals, limited-time offers, new exclusive-to-Amazon product launches and other big savings.

Apple announces new AirPods with longer talk time, hands-free Siri, and wireless charging case


New AirPods are here at last. On Wednesday, Apple announced its second-generation AirPods. The new wireless earbuds look identical to the old model, but come with a new H1 chip to achieve up to 50 percent longer talk time on a given charge, and enable hands-free "Hey Siri" voice controls. With the H1 chip, the new AirPods get up to 5 hours of listening time and up to 3 hours of talk time (up from 2 hours on the first-gen AirPods). The new chip also enables 2x faster audio connection when switching between Apple devices (i.e.

Tired of your iPhone X? Samsung will give $600 for it, if you buy Galaxy Note 9, S9


Samsung has kicked off a double-value trade-in program for buyers of the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and the Note 9. The company is willing to pay more than Apple will for a used iPhone X in good condition, so long as the person is buying one of Samsung's newest flagship Galaxy devices. Apple offers up to $525, while Samsung's temporary program will offer up to $600. But that offer also underlines that Samsung normally pays significantly less than Apple. After the program ends on November 3, it will only offer $399 for an iPhone X.

Apple Plans Bigger Screens to Drive iPhone Growth WSJD - Technology

The trio of phones will boast other features, such as facial-recognition technology, but their display size stands out--their average screen area, without accounting for a facial-recognition system that juts into the top of the display, is 23% larger than last year's three new phones and 28% bigger than the two models unveiled in 2016. Note: Screens on iPhone X and newer have facial-recognition systems that cut into the display. At a time when people are buying fewer new phones, bigger size brings two advantages. It helps Apple buoy prices and profit margins because it can sell larger phones at a greater markup than it pays suppliers for the larger screens. And it encourages people to use their phones more, helping momentum of Apple's services business, which includes app-store sales and subscriptions to video services like Netflix and HBO.