iOS 8.1.1 is here, and while it's a pretty minor update, Apple says it should increase performance for the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S, two of the oldest devices that make the leap to iOS 8. Go grab it now, especially if you have some more elderly devices. » 11/17/14 1:29pm 11/17/14 1:29pm

Don't Put iOS 8 On Your iPhone 4S

Apple has made it so that that iOS 8, which goes out to the public today, will work on iPhones reaching all the way back to the venerable 4S. Which is good! But as Ars Technica found out the hard way, subjecting your elderly iPhone to new software may not be worth it. At least not yet. » 9/17/14 10:19am 9/17/14 10:19am

AT&T Will Give You $200 Minimum for Your Old iPhone 4

As expected, would-be iPhone 6 owners are currently wading through a torrent of trade-in and upgrade offers. It's all very, very confusing. But AT&T is being clear about one thing: If you trade in an iPhone 4, 4S, 5, or 5C, you will get at least $200 credit towards a new device*. » 9/11/14 1:36pm 9/11/14 1:36pm

According to Forbes, Microsoft will be giving away 200 bucks of in-store credit to anyone who trades in a used iPhone 4S or iPhone 5. Microsoft already has a standing trade-in offer for the iPad, so it's pretty obvious that Microsoft is willing to throw money at you to get you to switch from Apple. » 9/24/13 11:12pm 9/24/13 11:12pm

The Only Case I Would Consider Using With an iPhone (Updated)

Update: Judging by the overwhelmingly negative reviews, this product looks good but it's crap. I definitely wouldn't consider it now. » 1/31/13 1:40pm 1/31/13 1:40pm

The Best Deals in Tech

The holidays are approaching fast, and it's time to start picking up some gifts: for friends, family, even yourself. But when you're picking out what to go with, it's sometimes wise to stay away from the absolute best. Sometimes you just want the best value—something that's worth every shiny, hard-earned penny. » 12/04/12 12:30pm 12/04/12 12:30pm

Here's a Side-By-Side Comparison of a Picture Taken with the iPhone 5…

Though we won't get an official side-by-side comparisons of the camera in the iPhone 4S and the new iPhone 5 until we get our hands on it, this is about as close as it gets: Scott Everett, from Dpreview, took nearly the same picture of Big Sur that Apple has been using in its iPhone 5 sample gallery with his own… » 9/12/12 8:49pm 9/12/12 8:49pm

A Real Life Photo of the iPhone 5 Compared to the iPhone 4S

The iPhone 5 is tall and beautiful in all those Apple product shots, but how does it look compared to the iPhone 4S in real life? NYT's Jenna Worthman took this image, raw and unretouched, during the post-event hands-on session. That 4S looks so short now. [Twitter] » 9/12/12 4:18pm 9/12/12 4:18pm

Where to Sell Your iPhone 4S for the Most Money

Apple's next iPhone is coming tomorrow. If you're planning cashing in your old phone, you need to do it now. Here's where to look for the best deal while there's still some time left. » 9/11/12 10:30am 9/11/12 10:30am

Gazelle Will Give You Cash For Your iPhone Without Leaving You…

About half of iPhone users are having the "I want to sell my iPhone before the new one comes out but I don't want to be phoneless for a month" dilemma right now. But there is a solution to that horrible first-world problem—Gazelle is giving out price locks and won't make you fork over your phone until October 1. » 8/20/12 12:20pm 8/20/12 12:20pm

Watch a Samsung Galaxy SIII and an iPhone 4S Compete in a "Get Dragged…

Samsung and Apple are going head to head in court right now, so doesn't it make sense for the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 4S to go head to head behind a speeding car? OK, maybe it doesn't follow, but it's fun to watch. » 8/11/12 5:00pm 8/11/12 5:00pm

In Anticipation of the iPhone 5, Sprint Is Slashing Prices and Waiving…

With the highly anticipated next generation iPhone—iPhone 5—only a couple more months away, now is a pretty silly time to throw down a few hundred bucks for Apple's smartphone. No sense in buying something that's about to be outmoded; if yours was recently broken or snatched, use a burner and wait it out. » 8/06/12 8:40pm 8/06/12 8:40pm

Martin Scorsese Likes Siri, Thinks She's "Going Places"

The latest installment in Apple's arsenal of celebrity Siri promos is here, featuring a very peppy Martin Scorsese headed downtown in a yellow NYC taxi. Marty makes the most of his time alone with his virtual assistant, switching around appointments and consulting her for the downtown traffic report. » 7/23/12 9:40pm 7/23/12 9:40pm

Binder Clip Case Boosts Your iPhone's Note Taking Capabilities

Not even Siri's voice-recognition capabilities can match the efficiency of jotting down a quick note on a piece of paper. So we like this simple binder clip adorned iPhone case that keeps a small stack of paper close at hand. » 7/12/12 1:20pm 7/12/12 1:20pm

The $4 iPhone Paper Speaker Booster We Want To Hate But Kind Of Love

It can't compare to the sound quality you'll get from a hefty speaker dock, or even the compact Jambox, but neither of those options are as eco-friendly, or cheap, as this foldable paper cone that slips over the end of your iPhone 4. » 6/27/12 9:20am 6/27/12 9:20am

The iPhone 4 Won't Get FaceTime Over 3G Either

We heard that the iPhone 4 and 3GS were going to get stiffed over Apple's new Maps app and its fancy Flyover and turn-by-turn directions, but it seems there are more things the older iPhones won't get out of iOS 6, including 3G FaceTime. » 6/13/12 9:00am 6/13/12 9:00am

The iPhone Gets the Wearable Remote Display It Deserves

The Meta Watch was designed with hopes of breaking the curse of consumer apathy when it comes to smart watches. An Android-friendly version has actually been available to developers since the middle of last year, but thanks to a Bluetooth update, it's finally now compatible with iOS too. But is that enough to make you… » 5/22/12 7:30am 5/22/12 7:30am

Siri Doesn't Think the iPhone Is the Best Smartphone

Time to add another to the long list of Siri's ailments: self-loathing. Because when you ask your iPhone's robot lady butler what the "best smartphone ever" is, she opts for a direct competitor. Personal assistants say the darndst things! » 5/11/12 9:40am 5/11/12 9:40am

iPhone 4 Mirror Back Replacement Is Perfect For Both Makeup and Cocaine

This is going to be a huge hit: an iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S back replacement. Not a case, but a real mirror that replaces your current iPhone's back cover. And they are only $30! » 5/10/12 7:14pm 5/10/12 7:14pm

Right Angle iPhone Dock Is a Beautifully Unobtrusive Travel Accessory

Yet another device that smartphones, like the iPhone, have made obsolete are alarm clocks. The only minor issue being that you need some way to prop them up to check the time, and Bracketron's MetalDock does exactly that, with style. » 5/08/12 11:00am 5/08/12 11:00am