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The 8 Plus was refurbished when I bought it too, lasted me 5 years

This how I buy all my phones cause I refuse to pay over $500 for one

Improvements to Stolen Device Protection​

Stolen Device Protection, which was introduced in iOS 17.3, will have an option for increased security in all locations. With the Stolen Device Protection feature turned on, if your device is stolen, a thief would be unable to get into the device and lock you out. The iPhone would require more authentication to access some information or to make certain changes.

Apple accused of monopolizing smartphone markets in US antitrust lawsuit​

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice and 15 states on Thursday sued Apple, alleging it used the powerful demand for its iPhone and other products to drive up prices for its services and hurt smaller rivals, the latest move in a U.S. crackdown on Big Tech.

Apple joins corporate rivals sued by U.S. regulators, including Alphabet's Google, Meta Platforms and Amazon.com across the administrations of both former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden.

"Consumers should not have to pay higher prices because companies violate the antitrust laws," Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement. "If left unchallenged, Apple will only continue to strengthen its smartphone monopoly."

Dating back to its time as a marginal player in the personal computer market, Apple's business model has long been based on charging users a premium for technology products where Apple dictates nearly all of the details of how the device works and can be used. The Justice Department seeks to unwind that business model by forcing Apple to offer users more choices around how apps can tap into the hardware that Apple designs.

Apple shares were trading 3.6% lower.

The Justice Department, which was also joined by the District of Columbia in the lawsuit, alleges that Apple uses its market power to get more money from consumers, developers, content creators, artists, publishers, small businesses and merchants.

The 88-page lawsuit, filed in U.S. federal court in Newark, New Jersey, said it was focused on “freeing smartphone markets from Apple’s anticompetitive and exclusionary conduct and restoring competition to lower smartphone prices for consumers, reducing fees for developers, and preserving innovation for the future.”

In the lawsuit, the U.S. accused Apple is making its products worse for consumers to block competitors and cited five examples where Apple used mechanisms to suppress technologies that would have increased competition among smartphones: so-called "super apps," cloud stream game apps, messaging apps, smartwatches and digital wallets.

For example, the U.S. alleges Apple made it more difficult for competing messaging apps and smartwatches to work smoothly on its phones. They also allege that Apple's app store policies around streaming services for games have hurt competition.

The Justice Department quoted an email chain from Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder who died in 2011, saying that it was "not fun to watch" how easily consumers could switch from iPhones to Android phones and vowing to "force" developers to use its payment systems in an effort to lock in both developers and consumers.

Apple accused of monopolizing smartphone markets in US antitrust lawsuit​

Yeah, Apple has been under Pressure this Year, what with all of these Lawsuits. Even the European Commission is suing them for yet another Antitrust Lawsuit:


Guess that's why they're selling these right now:

......with their BROKE ASSES.

Seriously, even if it's 2 Phones, is it worth the PRICE? You have to be a dedicated Apple Head to consider it.
iOS 17.5: All of the new features coming to your iPhone
  • Enhanced anti-tracking capabilities are hinted at in the iOS 17.5 beta, to notify users of unwanted third-party trackers.
  • EEA users can download apps directly from a developer's website in iOS 17.5 beta 2, aligning with EU regulations.
  • The iOS 17.5 beta hints at a new Apple Pencil squeeze gesture, suggesting Apple Pencil 3 may be on the way.
It's been less than two months since Apple released the iOS 17.4 update to iPhone users, but the tech giant isn't done with iOS 17 just yet. Earlier this month, Apple released the first beta preview of iOS 17.5, and now beta 2 is out in the wild as well.

So far, there aren't any notable standout features that are easy to spot. Instead, it looks like we'll have to rely on references to upcoming features and capabilities that were discovered inside the code.

Expect a couple additional beta releases to land in the interim, with a May or June timeframe likely for a broader release.