A small portion of iPhone 6 buyers that ordered phones for release day delivery are still waiting around for FedEx or UPS. In some cases, it appears that delivery drivers simply ran out of time to make final deliveries. In other cases, issues with wireless carriers’ systems prevented Apple from shipping out orders on time.
Apple’s iPhone 6 pre-order process got off to a rocky start. Customers who stayed up until midnight Pacific time on September 12th struggled to place orders, with Apple and wireless carriers’ web sites and apps timing out or giving various errors. Those that were able to complete their orders and were given delivery dates of September 19th the lucky ones. As minutes ticked by, Apple and its partners sold out of their pre-order inventory.
As the initial iPhone 6 delivery date of September 19th approached, some buyers received notifications from Apple of delays due to AT&T not being able to confirm upgrade eligibility. Apparently, Apple’s online store was able to check upgrade eligibility at the time of order, but there is a secondary check before the iPhone 6 units ship out. Some Apple customers that ran into this issue saw their iPhone 6 delivery dates shift from September 19th to September 26-30. Adding to the frustration, Apple sent out these notifications less than a day before customers expected their iPhone 6s to be delivered.
The above email is regarding one of our iPhone 6 test review units that was ordered from Apple.com in the early hours of the pre-order process. We received a confirmation email noting that this unit would arrive on the 19th after placing the order. Apple sent the above email at approximately 4Pm on Thursday, September 18. Keep in mind that many iPhone 6 buyers made special arrangements to be home to receive delivery. Apple followed up late yesterday to inform us that this iPhone 6 unit would deliver on September 22.
Some iPhone 6 buyers are reporting that FedEx and UPS just never showed up yesterday. They are frustrated because they either stayed home from work or made other special arrangements to make sure someone was home to receive the iPhone 6. Apple had promised deliveries by 8PM on September 19. Apparently FedEx and UPS dropped the ball and didn’t have enough resources to hit that deadline. Below is an example of a FedEx tracking report from one reader who is still waiting for her iPhone 6 to be delivered. According to FedEx it is still out for delivery, but haven’t actually promised that it will deliver today or given a deadline.
Are you still waiting for your iPhone 6 pre-order to show up? Let us know the details of your situation in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.
9 Things to Know About the iPhone 6 iOS 12.4.8 Update
Apple’s iOS 12.4.8 update could have a significant impact on your device’s performance. And while some iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users might see a positive impact, others will run into problems.
Apple’s rolled out a new version of iOS 12 and the company’s iOS 12.4.8 update comes with a very short list of changes.
iOS 12.4.8 doesn’t have a whole lot on board, but some iPhone and iPad users are noticing big changes in performance after installing Apple’s new firmware.
We haven’t run into any major bugs during our time with iOS 12.4.8, but those of you thinking about upgrading from iOS 11 to iOS 12 or iOS 12.0/iOS 12.0.1/iOS 12.1.1/iOS 12.1.2/iOS 12.1.3/iOS 12.1.4/iOS 12.2/iOS 12.3/iOS 12.3.1/iOS 12.4/iOS 12.4.1/iOS 12.4.2/iOS 12.4.3/iOS 12.4.4/iOS 12.4.5/iOS 12.4.6/iOS 12.4.7 to iOS 12.4.8 need to be careful.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users are complaining about a variety of issues ranging from UI lag to app issues to severe battery drain. Some of these issues are new and some of them have carried over from older versions of iOS 12.
With all that in mind, we want to guide you through the most important things to know, right now, about the iPhone 6 iOS 12.4.8 update.
Our walkthrough goes over the iPhone 6’s iOS 12.4.8 problems and provides you with potential fixes. It also highlights the changes on board iOS 12.4.8, provides you with information about the iOS 12 downgrade, and gives you a look ahead at what’s ahead for the iPhone 6.
We’ve been using the iOS 12.4.8 update on the iPhone 6 for several days now and we want to start with a quick review of its performance.
iPhone 6 iOS 12.4.8 Impressions & Performance
We've been using the iPhone 6 since September, 2014. The first two years with the device were great, but the device's performance started to degrade over time. This is normal for old tech, but iOS 11 made things worse.
While some iPhone 6 users dealt with battery drain issues and connectivity problems, we spent most of our time on iOS 11 dealing with user interface lag.
Lag was virtually everywhere on iOS 11. We'd see it when we opened up apps, when we were typing on the keyboard, when we pulled up Control Center, when we were moving between home screens, and when we were using our core apps. We got used to it after awhile, but it was obviously far from ideal.
So when iOS 12 debuted and Apple made bold promises about improving performance, we were ecstatic. Leery, but ecstatic.
We've been using iOS 12 on the iPhone 6 since September of 2018 and we're still pretty blown away by the upgrades Apple made to the operating system.
iOS 12.4.8 is performing well on the iPhone 6 models in our possession.
We're still seeing a little bit of lag in some areas (pulling up Control Center, keyboard), but the operating system mostly feels smooth.
Battery life is solid. Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth are both working fine. And we haven't noticed any catastrophic bugs on board Apple's new firmware.
Apps, for the most part, continue to run fine on the iPhone 6. If you're noticing issues with app, try downloading the latest version.
As of right now, we recommend iOS 12.4.8 to most iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. If you're in need of additional feedback, take a look at our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 12.4.8 update right now.
2 Reasons to Buy the iPhone 6 & 4 Reasons to Wait
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are cheap and dependable, but most people better off going with another iPhone model or a budget Android device at this point.
Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus aren’t top of the line smartphones anymore, but they’re worth a look if you don’t have a ton of money to spend on your next phone.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have serviceable cameras, decent battery life and performance, and a capable design. They’re also much, much cheaper than they once were.
The two devices are currently running iOS 12 and the operating system offers an array of new features and performance enhancements meant to help aging devices like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 experience on iOS 12 is far and away better than the experience on iOS 11.
If you’re in the hunt for a cheap phone, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus should be somewhere on your list. That said, there are some reasons to think about holding off on buying one or skipping them completely.
In this guide we’ll go over some reasons why you should, and maybe shouldn’t, invest in an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus right now or in the future.
Keep these reasons in mind as you decide on your next phone.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Are Really Cheap
Let's start with a couple of reasons to buy the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus right now or sometime down the road.
These days you don't have to wait for Apple to announce new iPhone models to take advantage of great iPhone deals.
There are a ton of deals on new and used/refurbished iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models. For instance, you can get a refurbished iPhone 6 from Amazon for less than $120. You also might be able to find a steal on resale sites like eBay or Craigslist if you play your cards right.
If you're on a budget and you don't care about specs, the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus are two phones to consider.
5 Things to Know About the iOS 12.4.3 Update
Apple’s released another surprise iOS 12 update for iPhone and iPad models that weren’t updated to the company’s new iOS 13 operating system.
iOS 12.4.3 is another maintenance update which means it’s a small release for devices like the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, original iPad Air, and iPad mini 2.
If your phone or tablet is currently running iOS 12.4.2, you get the smallest version of iOS 12.4.3. If you’re moving up from an older version of iOS 12, your iOS 12.4.3 update will be a little bit bigger because you get the features and fixes from any updates you skipped along the way.
With that in mind, we want to walk you through the most important things to know, right now, about Apple’s new iOS 12.4.3 release for iPhone and iPad.
Our guide goes over the iOS 12.4.3 update’s early performance, the current state of iOS 12.4.3 problems, the places to look for feedback about iOS 12.4.3’s performance on your iPhone or iPad, the iOS 12.4.3 jailbreak situation, and more.
We’ll start with our quick impressions of iOS 12.4.3’s performance.
iOS 12.4.3 Reviews
If you’re moving your iPhone or iPad from iOS 12.4.2 to iOS 12.4.3, your update requires a tiny download.
If you’re running an older version of iOS 12, your download will be larger because, again, the features and fixes from the updates you missed are included in your upgrade.
If you’re currently running iOS 12.4.2, the iOS 12.4.3 installation should take less than 10 minutes. It took about six minutes to install on an iPhone 5s.
For more on the iOS 12.4.3 download and installation, take a look at our guide.
We’ve been using the iOS 12.4.3 update for an extended period of time and here’s we’ve noticed thus far:
- Battery life is currently stable.
- Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
- Bluetooth is working normally right now.
- GPS and cellular data are both stable.
- Third-party apps including Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are stable.
- First party apps like Safari, Podcasts, and Calendar are running fine.
- iOS 12.4.3 feels as fast as iOS 12.4.2 and iOS 12.4.1.
If you’re dealing with bugs or performance issues on iOS 12.4.2 or another version of iOS 12, you might want to install iOS 12.4.3 right now.
If you need help making a decision, check out our reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 12.4.3 update on your iPhone or iPad right now.
iOS 12.4.3 Problems
The iOS 12.4.3 is causing problems for some iPhone and iPad users.
We’re hearing about installation problems, issues with first and third-party apps, abnormal battery drain, connectivity issues (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS), UI lag, and random reboots.
We expect the list of iOS 12.4.3 problems to grow as more users transition to the latest iOS 12 firmware.
If you run into an issue on iOS 12.4.3 please check out our list of fixes for the most common iOS 12 problems. We’ve also released tips to help improve iOS 12’s performance and tips to help improve iOS 12 battery life.
If you can’t handle iOS 12.4.3’s performance on your phone or tablet, you’re on your own. Apple’s closed up the downgrade path to iOS 12.4.2 and older versions of iOS 12.
So once you move to iOS 12.4.3 you’re stuck there until Apple rolls out a new version of iOS 12.
iOS 12.4.3 Update: What’s New
Apple’s iOS 12.4.3 update doesn’t bring any new features to these devices. As of right now, it looks like the update contains a security patches which you can read about on Apple’s security page when they go live.
Some users are also noticing improvements to two-factor authentication after download the iOS 12.4.3 update.
iOS 12.4.3 Jailbreak
You can jailbreak iOS 12.4, but you can’t jailbreak iOS 12.4.3, iOS 12.4.2 or iOS 12.4.1.
Jailbreak developers released a iOS 12.4 jailbreak tool that’s compatible with Apple A7 through A11 devices. That means you can jailbreak an iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X running iOS 12.4. You can’t jailbreak newer iPhone models though.
If you own an iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max, you can jailbreak iOS 12 using the Chimera jailbreak tool. However, your device needs to be running iOS 12.0-iOS 12.1.2. Unfortunately, there’s no way back to those updates.
For more on the iOS 12 jailbreak, take a look at our guide.
Apple’s iOS 12.4.3 release was a surprise because Apple typically stops releasing updates for older operating systems after a new version rolls out.
The company could decide to release an iOS 12.4.4 update or iOS 12.5 update down the road, but we wouldn’t count on it at this point.
If you’re dealing with issues on iOS 12.4.3, you’ll probably be on your own for awhile. And if you want the latest and greatest iOS features, you’ll need to upgrade to an iPhone model that’s compatible with iOS 13.
For more on iOS 13 and its benefits, have a look at our walkthrough.
Install iOS 12.4.8 for Better Security
If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.4.8.
Apple says iOS 12.4.8 provides important security updates. Unfortunately, the company hasn't outlined those updates in the detail and it probably won.t
That said, if you value your device's security, you'll probably want to download the iOS 12.4.8 update right now.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.7, you get the update's three security patches (two for the Mail app and one for Wi-Fi) with your upgrade to iOS 12.4.8.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.6 and iOS 12.4.5, you get their security updates (unpublished) with your upgrade.
If you missed the iOS 12.4.4 update, you'll want to download iOS 12.4.8 in the near future because it brings iOS 12.4.4's security patch to your device. You can read about it right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.3, you get its security patches (also unpublished) with your upgrade.
If you missed iOS 12.4.2, you get an additional patch with your upgrade. You can read about the security contents of iOS 12.4.2 here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1, you'll get its security patch with your iOS 12.4.8 update. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4, you get its patches with your iOS 12.4.8 update.
iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on Apple's security site.
If you skipped iOS 12.3, your iOS 12.4.8 update carries iOS 12.3's security patches on board. The iOS 12.3 update brought 23 patches and you can read about all of them right here on Apple's site.
If you skipped iOS 12.2, you'll get its security patches with your version of iOS 12.4.8.
iOS 12.2 brought a whopping 41 security patches to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can read more about the iOS 12.2's patches over on the company's website.
It's important to note that Apple's iOS 12.2 update patched up an exploit that allowed websites to use motion sensors to "fingerprint" devices.
Fortunately, Apple's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.4.8 soon.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.4, you get four important security patches including fixes for a widespread FaceTime eavesdropping bug that lets you call someone via FaceTime and hear the audio coming from their phone before they pick up the phone.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.4.8. Again, they're baked into your upgrade.
Apple lists a grand total of 23 patches on board iOS 12.1.3 and you can read about all of them over on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.1, you'll want to install the iOS 12.4.8 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today.
The iOS 12.1.1 update brought 17 patches for potential security exploits. They'll will help protect your phone. You can read about them here.
If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get the 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.4.8. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.4.8 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.
If you skipped iOS 12.0, and you're still running iOS 11.4.1 or below, your iOS 12.4.8 update comes with an even longer list of security updates.
The iOS 12.0 update delivered 16 patches for security issues. You can read about all of them over on Apple's security page.
In addition to those patches, iOS 12 delivers new security features aimed at protecting you and the data you store on your device. These include:
Long story long, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.4.8 today.
How to Take Great Fireworks Pictures on iPhone
It’s easy to take amazing fireworks pictures with the iPhone XR and iPhone XS if you know what settings to use and have access to an essential iPhone accessory that will supercharge your photos.
Even if you don’t have time to get an iPhone tripod to steady your shots you can use these tips and tricks to take incredible fireworks photos with your iPhone
If you own a DSLR or high-end point and shoot you’ll probably have better luck with that camera than the one in your iPhone, but you can still get many amazing fireworks pictures with your iPhone if you don’t have another option.
On the Fourth of July and other at special events in July, you can use these tips to take better-looking fireworks pictures with the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and other iPhones. By taking the photos on your iPhone you can quickly share them on Instagram or Facebook.
You can use these fireworks pictures tips on the iPhone, to take better-looking photos in the dark. If you have a chance, test these iPhone firework picture tips before you are standing or sitting in a crowd trying to take photos of Fireworks.
Take Live Photos of Fireworks
The iPhone can take Live Photos, which combine a short bit of video with photos and sound. It’s a cool and shareable way to take fireworks photos on the iPhone.
You’re probably already taking Live Photos on your iPhone, but you can check this by opening the camera and looking to see if there is a yellow circle in the top bar in portrait or on the left side when in landscape. If it is yellow, you will take Live Photos. You will also see LIVE show up when you take a photo.
When the fireworks start, you can hold the phone as still as possible, push the shutter button and keep holding the phone still for about a second after the photo ends. This will give you a good live photo that can show the firework in motion and exploding.
After you take a Live Photo, go to the Photos app to see it. You can 3D Touch the screen to animate it. If you need to trim it or change the photo to a better moment, you can tap on Edit. Now tap on the bottom edge and you’ll see other photos the iPhone took with one press. Find the best one, tap on it and then tap on Make Key Photo.
You can also add effects to the Live Photos to show off movement in cool ways. Experiment with the Live Photo effects to get a version you think is great and then share it.
Don’t Use the iPhone Flash
When you try to take fireworks pictures on the iPhone, turn off the flash. The flash will ruin your photos and annoy everyone around you. Don’t be the person who is using the iPhone flash to take fireworks pictures in the dark.
Open the iPhone camera app and tap on the flash so that it is inside the international no circle. The flash will not help your iPhone fireworks pictures at all. It’s also a good idea to turn down the brightness of your screen while taking photos in the dark.
Test the iPhone Camera Speed
The iPhone XS and iPhone 8 take pictures faster than older iPhones. If you upgraded to a new iPhone, spend a few minutes figuring out how long it takes from the press of the shutter until the photo is complete.
Once you know this you can time your shutter press to take a photo when the firework is just starting, or at the fullest, instead of catching trails of smoke.
It’s also a handy idea to use the volume down button to take a photo instead of trying to press the on-screen button.
Use the iPhone Burst Mode
The iPhone can capture a burst of photos when you hold the shutter down. As soon as you hear the firework shoot off, you can hold down the shutter and take a burst of photos back to back to back as long as you hold the shutter. The video below walks through how this works.
When you hold the shutter button on-screen or the volume down button the iPhone can take 10 or more photos per second. When you are done taking photos you can see the best photos out of those and then choose to save them.
Shoot iPhone Fireworks Videos
The iPhone can take an excellent video of fireworks and in some cases, this will turn out better than taking a picture. You can shoot a regular video of fireworks without any need to tweak settings, but there are other cool options.
A slow-motion video of Fireworks can slow the explosion to a crawl for dramatic effect and offer something that stands out. A time-lapse video on the iPhone can condense the full fireworks show into a few minutes, sped up to about a minute or two.
Use a Tripod or iPhone Camera Accessory
If you really want your iPhone fireworks pictures to stand out, stop and buy a tripod that includes a way to connect the iPhone.
You can buy a Joby GripTight or similar iPhone tripod or tripod mount at Walmart or Best Buy so that you have it in time for the fourth of July.
Use Your Apple Watch
You can use your Apple Watch to control the shutter on your iPhone. This will let you set your phone on a tripod or prop it up against something so that it is steady. A steady iPhone will help you get better photos.
With the iPhone setup and camera open, find the remote shutter app on your Apple Watch. It looks like a small camera icon. When ready, tap the shutter icon on your Apple Watch and the iPhone will take a picture of the fireworks. Repeat as needed.
Don’t Zoom for iPhone Fireworks Pictures
It is tempting to zoom in closer to the fireworks, but this is a bad idea. Zooming in with the screen on most iPhones is a digital zoom, which essentially means it is just blowing up the image you are seeing instead of actually taking you closer like with a camera with a zoom lens.
In dark settings, this will lead to poor looking photos and a waste of your time. It is better to get closer to the fireworks by walking. Also, keep an eye for nearby lights that can ruin your photos and try to find a spot where people won’t be walking in front of you.
If you have the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max you can zoom in 2X with an optical zoom, which allows you to zoom without losing quality.
You should also avoid using the front-facing camera to take a fireworks selfie, as it is not as good as the one on the back of the iPhone.
Camera+ 2 is an iPhone only app that helps you turn your selfies into amazing photos with the tap of a button. You can use Camera+ 2 to take a better-looking Selfie with the camera portion of the app that allows you to control many other features, or you can simply rely on it to edit your photos for an upgraded look.
There is a Clarity filter that will brighten up selfies that are too dark and a Portrait filter that smooths your skin slightly and adds light to the background of the photo for an impressive upgrade to any selfie.
Other tools allow you to fully edit your photos and make changes so that you end up with the best-looking selfie you can. You'll also find cropping options, frames and array of filters.
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Best Phones for Seniors in 2019
These are the best phones for seniors to buy in 2019. This might be your first smartphone, or it might be an upgrade from one that didn’t meet your needs. Either way, this guide will help you pick the best smartphone for your needs and outline why you might want a smartphone like the iPhone or Android.
If you currently carry a flip phone that offers access to calls and maybe text messages, upgrading to a smartphone can be an intimidating step to take, but with new options that make it easier to use, deliver large font and voice control it is an action many seniors are taking. It’s an excellent way to keep in touch with your family by text and on Facebook.
I was able to stay in touch with my grandpa by text and it was a great way to just touch base during the day. It’s no substitute for a phone call or a visit, but the little conversations that we had through text brought us closer and allowed me to easily send him photos and connect more often. I treasure these conversations as much as the phone calls and visits.
The list below ranks the best phones for seniors in order starting with our favorites. We include top of the line models as well as more affordable options that are still great for seniors.
Best Smartphones Seniors
|Smartphone||Price Outright||Price Per Month||Buy Now|
|iPhone 8 Plus||$699||As low as $23||Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and Best Buy. You can also find deals on certified refurbished iPhone 8 Plus models at Gazelle.|
|Samsung Galaxy S9||$799||$33.33||Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and at Best Buy. Buy certified refurbished at Gazelle.|
|Jitterbug Smart2||$112.49||NA||$112.49 at Great Call and $74.95 at Amazon|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 9||$960||$20 to $33||Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Best Buy. Buy certified refurbished at Gazelle.|
|iPhone Xr||$749.00||$25 to $31||Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or $749 outright at Best Buy.|
Most companies offer a 14-day return policy that allows you to use the phone and decide if it is right for you. You can also ask a friend or family member if you can borrow an older smartphone to use without a calling plan just to see how you like it. If you have a WiFi or wireless connection at your house you can try downloading apps, reading the web and other activities.
A smartphone is about much more than constant access to email. Many users enjoy using a smartphone like those on our best smartphones for seniors list to read books, listen to audio books, take photos, look at photos of family, make video calls, use coupons at the store, get directions, shop online, read websites and play basic games.
All theses smartphones for seniors include large screens that allow you to see a lot of information even if you need a large font or text size and include good cameras for taking photos and video calling your friends and family who might live far away.
There is no physical keyboard or number pad on these phones, but many users can quickly adapt to using the on-screen buttons. All of our best smartphones for seniors also include voice control options that will allow you to simply tell the phone what you want to do.
iPhone 8 Plus
The iPhone 8 Plus is one of the best smartphones for seniors because it is easy to use, it has an amazing screen and a ton of handy features that make it a great first smartphone.
The large 5.5-inch display is the same size as the iPhone 7 Plus, but it now features a True-Tone Display. That's a fancy way of saying the screen looks much better in all light conditions. We love this change and we think it's great for people who are going to use a phone indoors and out.
Apple makes the iPhone 8 Plus water resistant, so if you drop it into water for a short period it will be fine. You can also charge the iPhone wirelessly. If you hate fumbling with cords to charge up, this will be an awesome feature for you.
The Touch ID sensor lets you log into your iPhone without your passcode, and you can also use built in tools to remember all of your other passwords that you need. You can backup photos to iCloud and backup your iPhone to iCloud which means everything is safe if you break your phone, without the need to plug into a computer.
Inside the iPhone 8 Plus is an amazing camera that you can use to take pictures of grandkids, vacations and anything you enjoy without bringing a bigger camera with you.
The iPhone 8 Plus is available on all major carriers for as little as $23 a month or $699 outright at Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and Best Buy. You can also find deals on certified refurbished iPhone 8 Plus models at Gazelle.
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