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Why You Shouldn’t Buy the iPhone Right Now

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If you’re dire need of a new iPhone, you might be tempted to buy one right now. That said, if you can wait a few more weeks, you should.

Apple’s current iPhone lineup has something for everyone. The iPhone XR is the company’s colorful budget model and it appeals to those that want a great camera, a big screen, Face ID, and outstanding performance without paying top dollar for a model from Apple’s 2018 crop.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, Apple’s two other flagships from 2018, are more expensive than the iPhone XR, but they’re also more powerful. These are Apple’s top of the line models and they are for consumers that want the best features.

You’ve also got the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus. These are Apple’s budget options and all of them will get upgraded to iOS 13 this fall.

Retailers are also selling the 4-inch iPhone SE, an option for those that don’t want a large screen. Like the others, the iPhone SE will get upgraded to iOS 13 in the fall.

If you’re looking to upgrade your iPhone this month, you’ve got plenty options. However, we can’t recommend buying any of these devices in August, unless you’re truly desperate.

iPhone 11 Launch

Apple is reportedly planning three new iPhone models for 2019. The list includes successors for the iPhone XR, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XS.

The company hasn’t confirmed a media event yet, but we expect one to take place in the first half of September. There, the company will detail all of the new models for the first time.

We expect the 2019 iPhone release date to fall in the second half of the month with September 20th being a likely candidate for the United States and other regions around the world.

Before you go out and buy last year’s models or an older iPhone model, you’ll want to dig into the latest details about the 2019 iPhone models. Here are the basics for those that haven’t been paying attention to the rumors:

  • The 2019 iPhone models reportedly feature upgrades to the front and rear-facing cameras.
  • The company is supposedly including Apple Pencil support for the first time.
  • Apple’s new models supposedly feature improved Wi-Fi and LTE.
  • You can also expect a new processor, a new color option, and the same screen sizes as the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.

If any of that sounds good to you, and your phone isn’t failing apart at the seams, we recommend holding out for Apple’s annual iPhone event.

Even if you aren’t enamored with the rumors, you should still hang around and wait for Apple to announce its new phones.

iPhone Deals

When Apple announces the 2019 iPhone models, it’ll switch up the prices of its current iPhone lineup.

If the company continues to sell the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, you can expect their prices to drop. Retailers around the world will respond in kind. We should see some nice price cuts that don’t require a trade-in.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus should stick around as budget alternatives to the 2019 iPhones. Look for their prices to drop at Apple and popular retailers and carriers.

We could also see some price cuts on the iPhone X, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and the iPhone SE. We’ll probably see price cuts on top Android phones as well.

If you aren’t in a hurry, you might think about holding out until November for Black Friday or December for additional holiday deals. We should see some deep discounts on popular iPhone models.

New iPhones only come around once a year. And with the 2019 launch and guaranteed price cuts just days away, those of you in need of a new iPhone would be wise to control those urges and hold onto your current phone for a little while longer.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 12.4.2 & 9 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 12.4.2 for Better Security

Install iOS 12.4.2 for Better Security

If you're on the fence, this is one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.4.2.

If you value your device's security, you'll want to download iOS 12.4.2 in the near future because it brings an important security patch for your device. You can read about it right here

If you skipped iOS 12.4.1, you'll get its security patch with your update. You can read about that patch right here

If you skipped iOS 12.4, you get its patches with your iOS 12.4.2 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 12.4.2 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 12.4.2.

iOS 12.2 brought a whopping 41 security patches to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in March. 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.

The exploit, discovered by researchers in Europe, uses JavaScript to snag data from a device's accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer when the user visits an infected website. If the attack is successful, a device can be tracked around the internet. 

Fortunately, Apple's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.4.2 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 12.4.2. 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 12.4.2 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 12.4.2. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.4.2 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 12.4.2 update comes with a 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:

  • Enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari prevents embedded content and social media buttons from tracking cross-site browsing without your permission
  • Suppresses ad retargeting by reducing advertisers’ ability to identify iOS devices uniquely
  • Strong and unique passwords are suggested automatically when creating an account or changing a password in most apps and in Safari
  • Reused passwords are flagged in Settings > Passwords & Accounts
  • Security code AutoFill presents one-time security codes sent over SMS as suggestions in the QuickType bar
  • Sharing passwords with contacts is easier than ever using AirDrop from Passwords & Accounts in Settings
  • Siri supports quickly navigating to a password on an authenticated device 

Long story short, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.4.2 today.

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