In December, as Apple executives worried about demand, the company asked retail employees to promote the new iPhones using methods not seen before. Technicians were told to push iPhone upgrades to consumers with out-of-warranty devices. Senior sales staff had to make sure other retail workers were suggesting upgrades, and easels offering generous trade-in deals for the iPhone XR were erected in stores. Apple’s online homepage was also replaced with reduced iPhone pricing that required a trade-in of older models.In light of Apple's efforts to inject a bit of life into iPhone sales, some have wondered if Apple might make its 2019 iPhone lineup more affordable than its current pricing matrix. Apple, though, enjoys its healthy margins and the idea that its 2019 iPhone lineup will be priced more affordably than its 2018 lineup is arguably far-fetched. To this point, a recent report from Droid Shout claims that Apple's 2019 iPhone lineup -- which will include successors to the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max -- will not be available at a lower price point. Incidentally, Apple's 2019 iPhone lineup will likely introduce some compelling camera upgrades, with the iPhone XR successor likely to feature a dual-camera scheme and the iPhone XS Max successor rumored to feature a triple-lens camera on the back.
When it comes to pricing, our source claims the 2019 iPhone models will be priced the same as last year’s models. This means the iPhone XR successor might start at $749, while the iPhone 11 could start at $999. The ‘high-end’ iPhone 11 variant, on the other hand, could start at $1,099.Droid Shout doesn't have much of a track record when it comes to iPhone rumors, so you'll likely want to take this report with a grain of salt. If the report, however, does prove to be true, we can only hope that Apple introduces a revamped iPhone SE which would provide users with a wallet-friendly alternative to the pricier iPhone X variants.
Sunday’s Grammy awards may bring two of our favorite people to follow on Twitter together.
This week, representative for New York's 14th congressional district Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Lip Sync Battle host Chrissy Teigen formed an online friendship that could give way to a real one.
On Friday, Teigen tweeted at AOC, inviting the proud dancing queen over for a viewing party.
“hello my hero, do you wanna come over and watch the grammys with us? there will be pizza,” Teigen asked the Bronx native on the social media platform.
Ocasio-Cortez, apparently, was psyched to get the offer.
“yes! we can live-tweet me burning something in the kitchen,” the youngest woman to serve in the House responded.
yes! we can live-tweet me burning something in the kitchen— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 8, 2019
Though it's unclear why Teigen specifically called Ocasio-Cortez her "hero," AOC has been praised for her take on healthcare for all, criticizing big business lobbyists, and for proposing the "Green New Deal" to fight climate change.
Teigen recently shared a video of Ocasio-Cortez explaining campaign finance laws and how they pose a problem to our democracy.
Oh my god. This is just sensational. Please watch and retweet. pic.twitter.com/ackPHwAUce— James Corden (@JKCorden) February 7, 2019
Will these women talk politics during the Grammys, or be too busy saving Teigen's kitchen from AOC's apparently subpar cooking skills? Let's just hope they find their way off Twitter and into a real-world friendship.
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Wouldn’t it be great if every kitchen tool had nifty features that helped reduce the amount of time it takes to prep ingredients? Alas, some gadgets are smarter than others. Lucky for you, you found your way to this post so you’re about to meet one of the smartest kitchen tools we’ve come across in quite some time. The Oster 270-Watt Hand Mixer with HEATSOFT Technology is unlike any hand mixer you’ve ever used before. This brilliant mixer heats as it mixes, softening your ingredients so they combine more quickly. Traditionally tricky things like cold butter soften an impressive 12 times faster, and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
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Pretty much everyone acknowledges that Netgear's Arlo system is one of the best true wireless home security camera systems on the planet. So why doesn't everyone use Arlo? Simple: Arlo cameras are really expensive. Whether you already have a system and want to expand or you plan to buy one and start building it out, today is definitely the day to pull the trigger. Why? Because Amazon has Arlo Pro by NETGEAR Add-on Security Camera refurbs in stock for just $119.99 each. That's the lowest price we've seen in at least 6 months, and it's a big discount compared to the $190 retail price.
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The significance of AT&T's deception cannot be overstated. Following years of tremendous growth in both the number of data users and in the amount of data being consumed, consumers are now demanding wireless service with faster speeds, lower latency (i.e., faster connectivity), and greater capacity (i.e., the ability to accommodate more users) than current 4G LTE wireless service can deliver. ... By making the false claim that it is offering a 5G wireless network where it offers only a 4G LTE Advanced network, AT&T is attempting to secure an unfair advantage in the saturated wireless market.Here's what the icon looks like on an iPhone. https://boygeniusreport.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/iphone-5g-e.jpg?quality=98&strip=all&strip=all AT&T, meanwhile, seemingly has no intention of backing down. In a statement on the lawsuit provided to Engadget, an AT&T spokesperson said:
We understand why our competitors don't like what we are doing, but our customers love it. We introduced 5G Evolution more than two years ago, clearly defining it as an evolutionary step to standards-based 5G. 5G Evolution and the 5GE indicator simply let customers know when their device is in an area where speeds up to twice as fast as standard LTE are available. That's what 5G Evolution is, and we are delighted to deliver it to our customers. We will fight this lawsuit while continuing to deploy 5G Evolution in addition to standards-based mobile 5G. Customers want and deserve to know when they are getting better speeds.Now there's no getting around the fact that 5G E is impressively fast, but to be clear, that's not what Sprint's lawsuit is about. AT&T's response to the suit seems downright bizarre and off-topic, especially given that average consumers likely don't know the difference between 5G and 5G E, AT&T's marketing efforts notwithstanding. What's more, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson appeared on CNBC today and said that the company is "comfortable" with what it's doing and that they are "being very clear with our customers that this is an evolutionary step."