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September 21, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple released the iPhone 5 on Friday and some people were already dropping them -- on purpose. And the verdict? It could be the most durable iPhone ever. As pointed out by MacRumors , Android Authority today posted a drop test video (see above). The site pitted the iPhone 5 against one of its top rivals, the Samsung Galaxy S III. Overall, the Apple device came out on top. The video, which includes a very enthusiastic tester, features a series of drop tests, including a pocket drop, a chest-height drop, an ear-height drop and, at the end, a drop from higher than the top of the guy's head.
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October 8, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has addressed the purple flares and streaks that show up on some iPhone 5 pictures, but its solution for the problem is quite disappointing. On a support page on the Apple website, the Cupertino tech company said this is an issue that affects most small cameras, including past iPhones. "This can happen when a light source is positioned at an angle (usually just outside the field of view) so that it causes a reflection off the surfaces inside the camera module and onto the camera sensor," Apple said .  The purple streaks are not something that users have complained about on past iPhones and when The Times tested the iPhone 5 compared with an iPhone 4 camera, the issue only seemed to occur with the newer model.
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November 30, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has begun selling unlocked versions of the iPhone 5 online, with the base model starting at $649. The contract-free version of the flagship Apple smartphone was made available this week, more than two months after the iPhone 5 began selling in the U.S. The unlocked versions of the phone that Apple is selling will work only with GSM networks, which include AT&T and T-Mobile -- the last major U.S. network not to offer the phone. Quiz: What set the Internet on fire in 2012?
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October 1, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Some iPhone 5 users are turning to support forums to find a fix for an alleged glitch with the new SIM card that causes the device to suddenly stop working. The users say they are unable to make calls or connect to a cellular network after the phone abruptly displays a message "No SIM card. " One user has started a thread on the support forum titled " iPhone5 'NO SIM CARD INSTALLED' 'NO SERVICE.' " Quiz: Test your Apple knowledge "I'm in various places like a restaurant or my home and I get the same issues," she said on the thread.
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August 24, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The iPhone 5rumor mill has been churning nonstop recently, and that's because the latest reports say Apple will announce the next iPhone come September. The Times will host a Google+ Hangout at 1 p.m. PDT with Times reporter Salvador Rodriguez, MacRumors Editor Arnold Kim, Steve Kovach from Business Insider and will be moderated by the Times' Michelle Maltais. We invite you to join in on the conversation by posting comments below or on The Times' Facebook and Google Plus pages or on Twitter using the #asklatimes hashtag.
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September 12, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
As expected for months, Apple has just announced the iPhone 5 . But somehow, there are always those people who buy an iPhone just before the new one comes out. If you're one of those unlucky people, here's a guide containing the iPhone return policies for all major companies that carry the iPhone 4S. Good luck. PHOTOS: Apple iPhone 5 Apple If you purchased your iPhone directly from the tech giant itself, you get 30 days to change your mind and return it. Apple says the phone should be "undamaged," repackaged and include all of its accessories.
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June 7, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Virgin Mobile has announced it will begin selling the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 beginning June 29, positioning itself as Cricket's competitor in the brand new prepaid iPhone U.S. market. The carrier will sell the phone for plans as low as $30 that will include unlimited texts, 300 talk minutes and unlimited data, although it will be throttled after 2.5 GBs. For another $10, the minutes can be bumped up to 1,200 and for $50 a month, voice becomes unlimited as well. The monthly plans for Virgin Mobile's iPhone begin at $35, but users can receive a $5 discount if they register for monthly automatic payments.
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July 5, 2011 | By John Boudreau
Vivek Wadhwa recently used his iPhone while traveling in India. "I only checked emails a few times, made several calls," Wadhwa, a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, recalled of the 12-day trip. When he returned home, he received a shock: an AT&T phone bill with international roaming charges for $800. "I was so outraged," the Menlo Park, Calif., resident said. "So for the next trip, I hacked my iPhone — unlocked it — and just plugged in my local [Indian] SIM card. " The charges for the Indian SIM, for voice and data, cost him as little as $2 per trip.
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September 15, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
The most common question I've gotten since Apple's iPhone event last Tuesday is this: Should I buy the iPhone 5s or the iPhone 5c? The answer is easy: the iPhone 5s. At the iPhone event Apple touted three major advances in the iPhone 5s. The first was the 64-bit processor, which makes the phone twice as fast as the iPhone 5. And the second was the fingerprint scanner, which offers added security. These are fine evolutions, but not the sort of thing that I think will inspire most folks to rush out the door for a new iPhone.  PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 so far But the clear difference in my mind is the new iSight camera on the iPhone 5s. It's a huge upgrade.
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September 12, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
As we've all been expecting for months, Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 on Wednesday. And with preorders set to begin Friday, the question is: Should you buy the new device? It depends. Comparison: iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S vs Galaxy S III The iPhone 5 is a vast improvement over the iPhone 4S and it's sure to be another great and reliable Apple product. However, it is no longer the most technologically advanced phone. Other devices have screens bigger than Apple's with picture quality that's just as good if not arguably better.
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