SIM-free iPhone X now available for order on Apple.com

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If you’ve been waiting for the SIM-free version of Apple’s iPhone X, wait no longer! A SIM-free version is now available for order on Apple.com.

SIM-free iPhones are unlocked devices that allow users to buy the iPhone without a specific carrier and activate the devices with any compatibile carrier of choice. SIM-free versions work on both the GSM (ex: AT&T and T-Mobile) & CDMA networks (ex: Verizon & Sprint).

At launch, the iPhone X was only available for purchase and activation with a carrier like AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint & Verizon. The carrier specific devices work on either the GSM or CDMA networks and are not interchangeable (you cannot buy an AT&T carrier specific iPhone X and use it with Verizon). The iPhone 8/8 Plus did offer a SIM-free version at launch.

Over the past few weeks, production and availability of the iPhone X appears to have ramped up bringing shipping & delivery times down from approx. 5-6 weeks to about one week.

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If you place an order for an iPhone X today (carrier specific or SIM-free), the current estimated delivery time is about a week. In-store pick-up is currently unavailable.

Thinking about getting an iPhone X on or before Christmas? The odds are looking pretty good!

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Apple releases iOS 11.2 update

Apple released iOS 11.2 today which includes a series of bug fixes and improvements for iOS 11, support for Apple Pay Cash (US only) and faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X devices when used in conjunction with supported third-party accessories.

According to Apple’s iOS 11.2 software update release notes:

iOS 11.2 introduces Apple Pay Cash to send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.

Apple Pay Cash (US Only)

  • Send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay in Messages or by asking Siri

Other improvements and fixes

  • Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories
  • Introduces three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
  • Improves video camera stabilization
  • Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show
  • Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
  • Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
  • Improves stability in Calendar
  • Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
  • Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
  • Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map
  • Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
  • Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
  • Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
  • Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
  • Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications

iOS users can update to iOS 11.2 wirelessly on their iOS devices by going to Settings | General | Software Update then clicking on “Download and Install” or by connecting their iOS devices to their computer and downloading and installing the update through iTunes.

As a best practice, you should always perform a current backup of your iOS devices before installing iOS updates.

Earn Cash Back While You Shop with EBATES

‘Tis the season!

As the Thanksgiving holiday weekend begins to wind down, the holiday season is officially upon us. Tree-lighting ceremonies have begun, planning for holiday parties & events are on our minds and the holiday shopping season is in full swing.

With Cyber Monday tomorrow and roughly four weeks between now and Christmas Day, shoppers are playing it smart and looking for some of the best online and in-store offers and deals. Each holiday season, we shop and spend on those perfect holiday gifts so why not take advantage of Cash Back offers and incentives on those qualifying purchases.

EBATES offers a nice Cash Back incentive on purchases made through participating online and in-store retailers. They have over 2,000 participating merchants, offer base and special Cash Back promotions (ex: double Cash Back) throughout the year and during the holiday season.

Joining EBATES is straight-forward:

  • First, sign-up for an EBATES account*
  • Second, search EBATES for a participating retailer and current Cash Back offers/promotions
  • Third, click “Shop Now” to go to the participating retailer’s site and shop like normal. Clicking the “Shop Now” link will activate the Cash Back on qualifying purchases.

You can easily track your shopping trips and Cash Back earnings on EBATES. If you’ve earned a minimum of $5.00 in a posting quarter, EBATES will issue a payment via check or through PayPal in accordance to their payment schedule. You can learn more about EBATES’ Cash Back payments and payment schedule here.

EBATES offers some in-store Cash Back offers. The way it works is you’ll need to link a credit card to the in-store Cash Back offer. Visit the in-store retailer and make a qualifying purchase using the linked credit card and earn Cash Back.

On supported browsers, you can install the EBATES button to further simplify activation of Cash Back offers. These is also an EBATES app for iOS and Android devices.

With each participating retailer, you’ll need to check the Cash Back details. Some retailers have multiple Cash Back offers (ex: 3% Cash Back in home goods, 5% Cash Back in electronics, etc.). Also, not all departments may qualify for Cash Back and Cask Back offers are subject to change.

I’ve been using EBATES for over a year and if you shop at participating retailers, it’s nice to earn some Cash Back on qualifying purchases. It’s important to check EBATES to see if a retailer participates and has any Cash Back offers so you don’t miss out. Shop smart!

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

*Use the referral link above for an EBATES Welcome Bonus. To qualify for an EBATES Welcome Bonus, you must be a new member and make minimum qualifying purchases totaling at least twenty-five dollars ($25) within ninety (90) days of becoming a Member. 

Note: EBATES is not a sponsor of this post. However, if you use the referral link on this page and meet the requirements to qualify for the EBATES Welcome Bonus, we will also receive a small referral bonus.

Apple releases iOS 11.1.2 update; addresses cold weather bug with iPhone X

If your iPhone X Super Retina screen has been unresponsive to touch or not registering your touch gestures while in cold weather, Apple provides a fix in their latest iOS software update – iOS 11.1.2.

Apple iOS 11.1.2 Update

According to the software update release notes, iOS 11.1.2:

  • Fixes an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone X

iOS users can update to iOS 11.1.2 wirelessly on their iOS devices by going to Settings | General | Software Update then clicking on “Download and Install” or by connecting their iOS devices to their computer and downloading and installing the update through iTunes.

As a best practice, you should always perform a current backup of your iOS devices before installing iOS updates.

Cold weather may cause iPhone X Super Retina screen to become unresponsive

If you’ve noticed your iPhone X Super Retina screen acting up in cold weather; specifically, being unresponsive to touch or not registering your touch gestures while in cold weather, you are not alone!

Some Apple iPhone X users have experienced the same or similar issues. Apple has acknowledged this issue and indicated that the issue will be addressed in a future iOS update. According to a statement provided to The Loop, Apple says “We are aware of instances where the iPhone X screen will become temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid change to a cold environment. After several seconds the screen will become fully responsive again. This will be addressed in an upcoming software update.”

Fortunately, we’re not looking at some sort of hardware defect with the all-new Super Retina screen on the new iPhone X. For the time being, you’ll need to sit tight until Apple releases a software fix. You can also try to limit exposing your iPhone X to cold weather conditions, if at all possible or try locking your iPhone X by pressing the side button then unlocking it which may restore normal functionality.