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Does “X” Mark The Spot?: That all depends on what kind of iPhone you are thinking about buying.
When the price difference is $300 out of the gate, that can make a big dent in your wallet — and right now, your Christmas shopping dollars, too.
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That’s the view from Consumer Reports, which has put out a report on the new iPhones. According to the long-time reviewer of just about anything that’s ever been on American retail shelves, the iPhone 8 is more durable than the iPhone X, and can operate longer on a fully charged battery than the more-expensive model. Consumer Reports said it reached its conclusions after conducting several “drop tests” in which the iPhones were, well, dropped from different heights, and under different circumstances. Consumer Reports said the iPhone X screens broke more often than those of the iPhone 8 during its drop tests.
But, in the end, Consumer Reports said that whatever a person’s final choice of an iPhone is, just get a protective case anyway. You don’t want to feel like you just burned $1,000 if your iPhone X shatters when you (inevitably) drop it in your driveway when you’re getting out of your car, now do you?
Better To Be On The Inside: That’s the opinion of Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, who has been attending conferences and business forums in China this week. And a lot has been made of Apple seeming to support the Chinese government in its ban of certain mobile apps from the online stores of Apple, and others, in China. Speaking at the Fortune Global Forum in China on Wednesday, Cook said, “Your choice is, do you participate or do you stand on the sideline and yell at how things should be. My own view very strongly is you show up and you participate, you get in the arena, because nothing ever changes from the sideline.”
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