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The iPhone 4S and the Galaxy S II: Still usable after all these years

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Most of us upgrade our phones once every two years, if not earlier. But what if you bought an iPhone 4S or a Samsung Galaxy S II all the way back in 2011 and were so happy with it that you decided to keep it as your primary device for the next five years? YouTuber Austin Evans recently decided to take a look at how the two top flagship phones of 2011 held up when you tried to use them in 2016 and he was pleasantly surprised to discover that they're at the very least still serviceable.

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Brad Reed

March 11th

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Apple stops iPhone 4s & 5c sales in India as it raises ASP with iPhone 5s

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As Apple continues to look to India as a market for extraordinary growth, it has now stopped selling the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5c in the country in an effort to raise the average selling prices of its devices and increase profits. The Economic Times reports that Apple made the decision due to its profitability and average selling price being “under strain” in India.

Apple had been selling the iPhone 4s in India for as little as Rs 12,000 ($175 USD), while the iPhone 5c had been available for Rs 20,000 ($292 USD). Now that the company has stopped selling those devices, however, the iPhone 5s is the most affordable device it sells in India at Rs 24,000. Apple dramatically lowered the price of the iPhone 5s in India to accelerate growth last December. This means that Apple no longer sells any smartphones in sub Rs 20,000 market, which is seeing the fastest growth in India. Over time, we should expect to see the iPhone 5se launch in India at around the price of the iPhone 5s, though.

During a company-wide town hall earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained that the company believes people will pay more for a better and more capable smartphone, even in countries like India. Essentially, Cook said that Apple’s research proves that there’s no reason to release lower-cost, less feature-packed iPhones in countries like India and China when consumers are willing to pay more to get the latest technology, thus giving Apple higher profit margins and a higher average selling price.

India has been a huge area of interest for Apple over the past year. The company is moving towards opening its own retail stores in the country and is planning a new development center there, as well. During the company’s Q1 2016 earnings call last month, Cook noted that iPhone sales grew 76 percent and revenue grew 38 percent in India during the quarter, signaling the reasoning for Apple’s heightened focus on the country.


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Chance Miller

February 17th

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Apple stops iPhone 4s & 5c sales in India as it raises ASP with iPhone 5s

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As Apple continues to look to India as a market for extraordinary growth, it has now stopped selling the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5c in the country in an effort to raise the average selling prices of its devices and increase profits. The Economic Times reports that Apple made the decision due to its profitability and average selling price being “under strain” in India.

Apple had been selling the iPhone 4s in India for as little as Rs 12,000 ($175 USD), while the iPhone 5c had been available for Rs 20,000 ($292 USD). Now that the company has stopped selling those devices, however, the iPhone 5s is the most affordable device it sells in India at Rs 24,000. Apple dramatically lowered the price of the iPhone 5s in India to accelerate growth last December. This means that Apple no longer sells any smartphones in sub Rs 20,000 market, which is seeing the fastest growth in India. Over time, we should expect to see the iPhone 5se launch in India at around the price of the iPhone 5s, though.

During a company-wide town hall earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained that the company believes people will pay more for a better and more capable smartphone, even in countries like India. Essentially, Cook said that Apple’s research proves that there’s no reason to release lower-cost, less feature-packed iPhones in countries like India and China when consumers are willing to pay more to get the latest technology, thus giving Apple higher profit margins and a higher average selling price.

India has been a huge area of interest for Apple over the past year. The company is moving towards opening its own retail stores in the country and is planning a new development center there, as well. During the company’s Q1 2016 earnings call last month, Cook noted that iPhone sales grew 76 percent and revenue grew 38 percent in India during the quarter, signaling the reasoning for Apple’s heightened focus on the country.


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Chance Miller

February 17th

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Apple hit with class action lawsuit over iOS 9’s performance on older iPhones

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In a new class action lawsuit, Apple is being accused of deceptive trade practices and false advertising due to its claims of iOS 9 being compatible with older iOS devices, primarily the iPhone 4s. The lawsuit claims that iOS “significantly interferes” with the performance of the iPhone 4s and that Apple is in the wrong for not allow users to downgrade to older versions of the operating system.

The lawsuit, which has more than 100 backers, goes as far to say that the iPhone 4s was rendered essentially unusable by the iOS 9 update (via AI). The members of the suit claim that app performance, of both first- and third-party apps, was hindered by the update, as was general device performance and touchscreen responsiveness. Some members claim they experienced freezes and crashes, as well.

The actual performance of the device is just the beginning of the suit, however. The lawsuit asserts that Apple, through “internal testing and/or through other means,” was aware of the effects iOS 9 would have on the iPhone 4s, yet it went through with the update and even advertised things like increased performance and battery life as improvements in the update. The plaintiffs argue that Apple should have at least warned iPhone 4s owners of the potential issues.

It doesn’t stop there, however. The suit goes on to argue that because of the iOS ecosystem, users are far more likely to buy a new iOS device than switch to a competition platform like Android. The plaintiffs argue that users don’t want to reinvest in nontransferable content such as apps.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are seeking more than $5 million in damages.

iOS 9 was criticized across the board when it first launched for slowing down even the newest generation devices. In our poll, 43 percent of some 33,000 responders said their iPhone was “significantly slower after the update.” iOS 9.1, however, claimed to fix that issue for most. The plaintiffs in this case, however, argue that the primary issue is “planned obsolescence” on Apple’s part.


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Chance Miller

December 30th

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Apple’s iPhone continues to top Flickr’s most popular camera list in 2015

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Flickr today released their list of most popular cameras and brands used for photos shared on their site this year, and it’s no surprise that Apple’s iPhone continues to top the list. The iPhone 6 alone tops the list of most popular camera on Flickr in 2015, accounting for 5% of all photographers on the photo sharing site this year. Various models of the iPhone from 2015 and earlier still in use take 8 out of the 20 slots on the top camera list this year. In total, Apple-branded cameras made up 18.52% of ones used on the service this year.

Ranked in order of popularity by percentage, the list includes iPhone 6 at 5%, iPhone 5s at 4.9%, iPhone 5 at 4.2%, iPhone 4s at 3.5%, iPhone 4 at 2.5%, iPhone 6 Plus at 2.2%, and iPhone 5c at 1.8%. Flickr also lists the iPad (presumably all models combined) at 1.1%.

Note that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus did not register in the top 20 list which ends with the Nikon D3100 at 1% as the latest iPhones were only available for a small portion of the year sampled. Going into 2016, the latest iPhone models feature significant camera upgrades over past models, further replacing dedicated point-and-shoot cameras for many consumers and even DSRLs for some.

Compare that to Android which saw Samsung smartphones make the list but in lower listings. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the first Android cameraphone on the chart in 11th place at 1.5% of all photographers, followed by the S5 in 13th at 1.2% and S3 in 19th with 1.1%.

Flickr also found that iPhone users often use multiple devices to upload photos, most commonly various iPhone models followed by different Canon cameras. You can read the full study here and see the top list below.

iPhone Flickr List

 


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Zac Hall

December 18th

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Will iOS 9 slow down my iPhone 4s or iPhone 5/5s? Perhaps a little (Video)

When Apple releases a new version of iOS, owners of previous generation devices are always a tad hesitant to upgrade, worried that the added features will bog down their device and make it run slower than it originally did. While iOS 9 has been the quickest adopted version of Apple’s operating system yet, there are […]

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Chance Miller

September 24th

Apple

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Should You Update to iOS 9 on Your iPhone 4s?

Still have an iPhone 4s? iOS 9 is a bitter pill to swallow. Although you can technically download the new operating system if you so desire, you’ll miss out on some of the best features and speed improvements on iOS 9 . Bumsville.

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Chelsey B. Coombs

September 18th

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I Used the iPhone 4s for Several Days and Didn’t Die

On Monday night, someone stole my iPhone 6. I had it in my pocket as I ran up the stairs to catch the soon-to-depart train, but when I sat down, it was gone.

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Chelsey B. Coombs

September 9th

Apple

Analytics highlights iPhone 6/Plus success, and failure of iPhone 5c and why Apple won’t do an iPhone 6c (Concept images anyway)

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A day before the announcement of the new iPhones, analytics company Localytics has provided a picture of the iPhone market today. It shows that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus between them account for a full 40% of all iPhones in use, with the iPhone 5s trailing behind at 23.7%.

The same data also backs our report that the iPhone 5c is being discontinued, showing that it accounts for just 8.5% of active iPhones, putting it below the iPhone 4S. This can only add to doubts about whether the often rumored and debunked iPhone 6c (beautiful concept images below) could succeed … 

The domination of the iPhone 6/Plus is no surprise, following a succession of record sales since its launch a year ago, but while 5c sales were expected to be relatively low, they appear to have been worse than expected. Localytics based its data on monitoring apps running on more than 100M iPhones during August.

The poor showing of the 5c casts further doubt onto its rumored replacement, the 6c. While sources confirm that Apple has been working on a new 4-inch device, we’re not expecting to see it tomorrow. Some rumors suggested Apple was planning a later launch, in November, while KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo has said we probably won’t see it until next year.

Given the apparent lack of interest in the 5c, you have to wonder whether launching a 6c makes sense at all – this year or next. Perhaps abandoning the plastic casing in favor of metal, simply using the size and specs to distinguish it, could give it a future? This is what Martin Hajek has shown in his latest concept images, the iPhone 6c depicted as simply a smaller version of the 6S.

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Check out more images in the gallery below.

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Would you be tempted by a 4-inch iPhone 6c with casing to match its larger brothers? Let us know in the comments.


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Ben Lovejoy

September 8th

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No 4-inch ‘iPhone 6c’ at Sept. 9 event, iPhone 5c to be discontinued, 5s/6/6 Plus staying

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While Apple will unveil a pair of next-generation iPhones at its September 9th event, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, don’t expect a new 4-inch “iPhone 6c” to show up on stage. Sources say that while Apple has been working on a new 4-inch iPhone with the capabilities of last year’s iPhone 6, the device is not yet ready to ship. Interestingly, Apple has also internally prototyped a new, smaller iPhone with a 3.5-inch display, the same size of the iPhone’s screen from the first model in 2007 to the iPhone 4S in 2011, but it does not appear that the company plans to move forward with actually releasing such a device.

In addition to not releasing a new 4-inch phone, Apple currently plans to discontinue the iPhone 5c upon the release of the new 6S and 6S Plus, according to sources. Launched in fall 2013 alongside the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 5c has been controversial for its believed-to-be underwhelming sales numbers and aging feature set. Still available as of today, the iPhone 5c includes the A6 chip introduced with the iPhone 5 in 2012 in addition to older cameras. But for those interested in 4-inch iPhone screens, Apple will retain the iPhone 5s from 2013 and drop the on-contract price to free, per sources. It is possible that the 5c could stay on sale in some regions, much like the iPhone 4 remained available in some budget-conscious countries following its U.S. discontinuation.

While Apple discontinued the iPhone 5 upon the release of the iPhone 5s in 2013, Apple is expected to keep selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus after the new 6S and 6S Plus models begin shipping. Of course, the 2014 iPhones will drop in price by $100 a piece, staggered by capacity, at least for carriers offering pricing similar to last year’s. In summary, it appears that this fall’s new iPhone line up will be the following: the 5s as the entry-level device, the 6 and 6 Plus in the middle, and the new 6S and 6S Plus sitting at the top of the lineup. The new phones will include faster processors, 12-megapixel rear cameras with 4K video support, Force Touch, more efficient cellular chips built by Qualcomm, and animated wallpapers.


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Mark Gurman

August 27th

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