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Why You Shouldn’t Buy an iPhone Right Now

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If you’re in need of a new iPhone, you might be tempted to buy right now. That said, if you can, we recommend waiting a few more days.

Apple’s current iPhone lineup has something for everyone. The iPhone X is the flagship and it appeals to those that want the best iPhone camera, a big screen without a massive footprint, Face ID, and outstanding performance.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple’s two other flagships from 2017, aren’t as stacked, but they’re both very capable and much cheaper than the iPhone X.

Apple’s still selling the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus. These are Apple’s budget options and all four of these devices will get upgraded to iOS 12 this fall.

The company’s also selling the 4-inch iPhone SE, an option for those that don’t want a large screen. Apple doesn’t sell the iPhone 6 or iPhone 5s, but you can find them refurbished, or new, through third-party sellers.

If you’re looking to upgrade your iPhone this month, you’ve got options. We just can’t recommend buying any of them in August unless you’re truly desperate.

iPhone XS Launch

Apple is reportedly planning three new iPhone models for 2018 and the list includes a successor for the iPhone X, an iPhone X Plus, and a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD iPhone.

The company’s confirmed a September 12th media event and that’s when you can expect the company to outline all of these devices in detail.

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

  • Apple’s reportedly working on a 6.5-inch OLED model. This device is expected to have a ton of RAM and a huge battery.
  • The company is said to be working on a 5.8-inch OLED successor to the iPhone X.
  • It’s also working on a brand new 6.1-inch LCD model. The 6.1-inch iPhone is rumored to have a metal design, a cheaper price, and assortment of colors.

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

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

Fall & iPhone Holiday Deals

When Apple announces the new iPhone models it’ll shift around the prices of its current iPhone lineup.

If the company continues to sell the iPhone X, there are rumors it’ll get discontinued, you can expect its price to drop. Even if Apple stops selling it, retailers around the world will be looking to offload their inventory and that means 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 2018 iPhones. Look for their prices to drop at Apple and for significant price cuts to take place at popular retailers and carriers.

You can also expect price cuts on the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and the iPhone SE. We’ll see price cuts on top Android phones as well.

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

New iPhones only come around once a year. And with the 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 12.2 & 9 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 12.2 for Better Security

Install iOS 12.2 for Better Security

If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.2.

If you value your device's security, you'll want to download iOS 12.2 in the near future because it comes with new security patches.

Apple lists a whopping 41 security patches in its iOS 12.2 security change log. You can read more about the patches over on the company's website

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.

You can read more about these patches on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.2. 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 probably want to install the iOS 12.2 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 12.2. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.2 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 12.2 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 12.2 today.

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