iPhone XR insurance and launch

iPhone XR insurance will soon be available here at Better Buy Insurance. The new iPhone from Apple is available to pre-order on Friday 19th October and will be in shops a week later on Friday 26th October.

Those that follow the world of mobile phones will know that the iPhone XS launched last month. This phone is the most expensive phone Apple have ever produced so many customers have probably been waiting for the less expensive XR. The 64gb iPhone XR is £749 if you buy it sim free, which is a popular way of buying mobiles these days, not exactly cheap, but not bad compared to the cheapest XS at £999.

The XR comes in 6 different colours – white, black, blue, yellow, coral and (PRODUCT) RED. The pricing is as follows:

iPhone XR 64gb – £749

iPhone XR 128gb – £799

iPhone XR 256gb – £899

If you want to take out iPhone XR insurance with us here at Better Buy Insurance it’s only £7.49 a month or £79.99 a year. For that you are covered for:

  • Loss
  • Theft
  • Accidental damage (cracked screens etc)
  • Liquid damage
  • Breakdown
  • Accessories cover (up to £150)
  • Worldwide cover (90 days in any one year)
  • Unauthorised calls and data (up to £2500)

And you also get:

  • Instant cover
  • Unlimited claims
  • Cover for use by your immediate family
  • Excess only £75 for phones valued up to £899 (when new) or £100 for phones valued at £900 or more (when new).
  • A 5 star defaqto rated policy
  • Mobile phone data backup

The new handset is pretty good by the sounds of things. Apple claim it has the most powerful chip that’s ever been put in a smartphone, a screen with a liquid retina display, faster face ID and a new camera system that is a huge improvement on previous models.

So if you are upgrading to the new XR and need iPhone XR insurance more info is available here – Better Buy Insurance

Apple launch PRODUCT RED iPhone

Apple have announced the launch of PRODUCT RED, which is a range of products coloured Red (not surprisingly) where some of the proceeds from these products will go to help those living with HIV / AIDS.

 

PRODUCT RED launch date

The US giant announced the launch of an iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus PRODUCT RED Special Edition which will be available online from 13th April, orders can be made from 10th April. Pricing for the new handsets starts at £699 in the UK.

 

Geographical availability

Initially at least the handsets will be available in: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark,  France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy,  Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, UK and US, with the handsets becoming available in other countries in time.

 

Other PRODUCT RED products

Also available is a new PRODUCT RED iPhone X Leather Folio priced at £99in the UK.

Other PRODUCT RED products include:

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones,

Beats Pill+ Portable Speaker

As well as accessories for other iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches.

 

The proceeds

Proceeds from the sale of products will go to the Global Fund HIV/AIDS grants that provide support to people with HIV / AIDS. Since 2006 Apple have donated $160 million to the fund. This equates to 800 million days of ARV medication that helps prevent the transmission of HIV from months to babies.

Stylish new handsets all in a good cause, sounds good to us and it almost goes without saying that all the PRODUCT RED mobile phones can be insured here at Better Buy Insurance.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models can be insured for only £6.99 a month or £74.99 a year. We have one simple policy that covers loss, theft and damage, more details can be found at our website.

iPhone X news

The iPhone X has been very popular here at Better Buy Insurance since it launched with a bang back in November 2017.

Most expensive iPhone

It’s the most expensive phone that Apple have ever produced. The iPhone X 64gb launched at and still costs £999 here in the UK and the iPhone X 256gb was and still is £1149. These prices are if you buy the phone sim free, deals of course are available if you buy the phone with a contract.

To insure these precious and expensive phones will cost £8.49 a month or £89.99 a year if you do so here at Better Buy Insurance.

If Apple are right with their sales predictions we might not be insuring as many of these phones as we have been. Reports are in that Apple have slashed production of the iPhone X models despite the phone selling like hot cakes in the three months since launch.

Limited availability

Apparently they have asked their suppliers to reduce the number of handsets produced from 40 million to 20 million (quite a reduction). News of this hit the share price quite hard before a slight recovery.

From an outsider looking in maybe Apple believe that a lot of people who want such an expensive phone have already gone out and bought it and demand will fall away. Leaving customers unwilling to spend over £1000 on a phone to upgrade to the iPhone 8 or the iPhone 7.

 Biggest quarterly profit in history

Regardless of all this speculation what we do know is that Apple are expected to announce a profit of over $19 billion, not for last year, oh no, for just the last three months of 2017! This will be the biggest quarterly profit in history so we shouldn’t feel too sorry that they might not sell as many iPhone X phones as they first hoped.

Interesting times in the phone world and I’m sure other manufacturers like Samsung, HTC and Huawei are keeping a close eye on all of this ahead of their own new models coming out in 2018.

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iPhone battery slow down

As you may have heard, Apple have recently admitted and apologised for slowing down older iPhone models. This is something that many people have suspected for years.

The theory on the street was that Apple would deliberately slow down older iPhones to encourage those customers to upgrade to more up to date and more expensive iPhone models. The more frequently customers upgrade the more cash gets added to the mountain of money Apple has already accumulated ($200 billion approx).

iPhone Battery Life

Apple have denied that this is the reason they were slowing down older phones. They say that it was done to ‘prolong the life’ of the batteries/ iPhones. They have also announced that they will now be selling much cheaper replacement batteries to anyone with an iPhone 6 or older. The price was £79 for a replacement battery, this will drop to £25 so a pretty significant saving.

It’s not clear that the apology and the battery price drop is enough for everyone because they are facing 8 lawsuits in the US alone and this number may of course rise.

Here at Better Buy Insurance we offer iPhone insurance to any customer with an iPhone that is less than 6 months old (at the time they take out insurance with us).

We cover all iPhones including the new iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus models and the price for insurance is just £6.99 a month or £74.99 a year.

We also cover the iPhone X, both models (64gb & 256gb). iPhone X insurance costs just £8.49 a month or £89.99 a year.

Best Price Guarantee

And we are so confident that you won’t find better cover at a better price that we offer a BEST PRICE GUARANTEED! For more info and to sign up just click here – iPhone insurance

iPhone X sales

Apple may have just had their best weekend for sales in their history. Although they haven’t shared any figures, Jun Zhang an analyst who works for Rosenblatt Securities has calculated that they might have sold 6 million iPhone X models.

It’s a long weekend (4 days) that’s being looked at, but no matter how it’s worked out the numbers are staggering. In a regular 4 day period 1.75 million iPhone X phones are sold so if these figures are right they more than tripled their normal sales rate.

18 iPhone X units sold every second

If you are still struggling with such big numbers it works out something like 17 or 18 iPhone X units sold every second over a 4 day period!

Before the top end handset was launched many said that such an expensive mobile phone wouldn’t sell. It’s looking fairly clear that despite the price tag of £999 for the iPhone X 64gb and £1149 for the iPhone X 256gb these smartphones are selling like hot cakes.

Samsung Galaxy S9

The next big smartphone launch is expected to be the Samsung Galaxy S9. I’m sure the Samsung senior management are now thinking that maybe they should offer a handset in the same price range. Maybe they too will bring out 2 handsets at the same time as it seemed to work pretty well for Apple.

If you are one of the 6 million customers that bought the 10 year anniversary phone you might want to think about insurance. Here at Better Buy Insurance we offer iPhone X insurance for just £8.49 a month or £89.99 a year and these prices cover both models.

We are so confident that you won’t find better cover or a better price anywhere else we offer a Best Price Guaranteed which you can check out if you click below.

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iPhone 8 rumours

The new iPhone 8, or whatever Apple decide to call it in the end, is due to launch in September or maybe October if the rumours online are to be believed. It seems that the launch could be delayed so it could well be October by the time we see the iPhone 8, the iPhone X or maybe they will just call it the iPhone?

It’s looking like Apple may also launch an iPhone 7S and a 7S Plus at the same time but the iPhone 8 is the phone the Apple fans are most excited about.

iPhone 8 limited release

One analyst thinks that supply of the iPhone 8 will be limited for the first month or two which if true could mean longer queues than normal on the day it goes on sale. It looks like a restricted supply of key components may well be the cause of this problem so some customers might have to wait until later in the year to get their hands on the 10 year anniversary phone.

Other unconfirmed news is that the iPhone 8 will come in 3 colours – black, silver and gold. It won’t have the home button iPhone users will be used to by now and instead will have an edge to edge display meaning more room to view images/ videos etc.

There is all sorts of internet chatter about facial recognition and a fingerprint sensor that works from under the screen. These apparently are causing some challenges so it remains to be seen if these will feature in the new smartphone.

Most expensive iPhone ever?

What everyone agrees on is that it could well be the most expensive iPhone that’s been produced to date. Could the top end iPhone go over the £1000 mark? Whatever it’s called and whatever it costs you will be able to insure your new iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus or your iPhone 8 here at Better Buy Insurance.

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Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus review

As with all new phones the initial thing you look for is the appearance and to some extend the Apple iPhone 7 disappoints a little. Now, don’t get me wrong it looks great, it just doesn’t look that much different from its proceeding cousins.

iPhone 7 Screen

The new phone has some great features that undoubtedly makes it a great phone. First up, it has a fantastic screen allowing really great browsing, gaming and video. The handset boasts a 4.7-inch colour gamut display. The iPhone 7 also boasts fantastic stereo speakers so listening to music, radio and podcasts is a pleasure.

For all the specs, the best place is probably the Apple website.

Waterproof iPhone

Secondly – we love water resistance. This has to be a must nowadays for all new phones. As one can see from the marketing Apple and Samsung are making a big deal over the fact that their handsets can take a dip and still be working.

Fantastic camera

The cameras are also fantastic – there is one pointing front and one backwards making selfies dead simple. The quality is superb. It has a 12MP sensor with a good wide aperture, a new lens giving us better quality pictures with better colours as more light is let in.

iPhone 7 Price

But – does the Apple iPhone 7 have to be quite so expensive. The entry level model begins at £599 – which is just for the 32 GB version. You can expect to pay significantly more than that for the higher GB versions.

The new iPhone has ditched the traditional headphone jack, which many will find a pain. Old headphones can be used but only after a connector has been purchased which might make some feel a little peeved given the price they are being asked to fork out initially.

This does allow the use of ‘wireless’ headphones called Apple AirPods – great quality headphones that leaves you tangle free although there are significant downsides. Firstly, they can be lost easily as they’re not connected and are quite small. They need charging after 5 hours and there’s the extra cost, they come in at £159 making a visit to your local Apple store a potentially wallet bruising experience.

The long and short of it is the new iPhone 7 is a cracking handset and we can only really suggest that you’ll love it once you’ve come to terms with the price.

We will watch with interest the launch from Apple in September 2017 as this date marks the ten-year anniversary of the launch of the iconic iPhone brand. It seems too much to think it will be business as usual when such a landmark date comes around. One suspects that Apple will have something big up their sleeve.

For now, if you’ve just upgraded to the new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and you want to protect your new and very expensive handset, here at Better Buy Insurance we insure ALL Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models for just £6.99 a month or £74.99 a year.

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iPhone 7 rumours

When will the iPhone 7 go on sale?

If Apple sticks to the usual schedule then the iPhone 7 will be on sale in September this year. There is talk from good sources that the launch date this year might be brought forward but we still think September is the most likely month for the launch.

Will there be changes to the design?

Very likely yes. There wasn’t a great deal of change from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 6s and usually the big change happens when the number changes. Apple have been going through a tricky time of late so they will be doing everything they can to make sure the iPhone 7 sells in big numbers.

The first rumour about the design is that it will be even slimmer than the iPhone 6s, some bloggers reckon it could be as much as 6mm thinner. They won’t want the battery life to suffer so if they do go thinner they will need some smaller more efficient technology inside the phone. Making the new iPhone 7 slimmer could also mean they have to get rid of the headphone jack. This would be quite a move to make and would have all sorts of implications, we are not convinced about this.

One rumour we do believe is that Apple will bring the world a phone that is waterproof and dustproof. This is something that Samsung and others already have so it’s about time Apple caught up in our opinion.

What about the screen?

There is some talk that the screen and therefore the phone will increase in size but most sites in the know think Apple will stick with the same size as the iPhone 6s for now. More likely is that the resolution of the screen will increase, there might even be some protection added so if you drop the phone bumpers around the screen hit the floor first. We’re not quite sure how this will work especially if Apple are looking to slim down the phone, this change is unlikely.

Other possible changes?

Those in the know reckon the megapixels won’t go up in the camera but there will be some other features added to the camera such as optical zoom, image stabilization and other clever camera type stuff.

We’ve read in a few places that the iPhone 7 could well have a hexacore A10 chip which will increase performance massively. The home button might well be changing and could end up being more of a sensor than a button. It’s probably going to be pressure sensitive so different things will happen depending how hard you press the sensor/ button.

How much will the iPhone 7 cost?

Most websites think the pricing will be very similar to the iPhone 6s pricing, which is as follows (sim free):

iPhone 6s 16gb – £539

iPhone 6s 64gb – £619

iPhone 6s 128gb – £699

 

iPhone 6s Plus 16gb – £619

iPhone 6s Plus 64gb – £699

iPhone 6s Plus 128gb – £789

 

And once you’ve got your shiny new iPhone 7 if you want to insure it, here at Better Buy Insurance we are happy to help.

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iPhone sales and revenue down at Apple

For the first time in 13 years Apple has reported a decline in their revenue. The fall in revenue is down to a drop in sales of the incredibly popular iPhone. The iPhone accounts for approximately two-thirds of Apple’s revenue so if iPhone sales drop then the Apple share price will drop which is exactly what has happened.

A big part of the problem is coming out of China. Apple made $18.4bn in the 2nd quarter of 2015 but this has dropped right down to just $12.5bn in the last 3 months.

iPhone 7 launches in September

As you might expect Apple are staying upbeat and they are hoping for big things from the iPhone 7 when it launches in September. Online bloggers reckon it will be waterproof, dustproof and might even have a new and improved home button.

The clever people at Apple are also working on an electric car, some sort of virtual reality device and with $233bn in the bank only a fool would write Apple off so watch this space!

iPhone remains a best seller

Despite some macro economic problems in China the iPhone is still a massive seller and here at Better Buy Insurance we are always happy to insure any make or model of mobile phone.

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Apple launch new iPhone SE

You’ve probably heard that Apple have recently launched the new iPhone SE.

It comes in 4 colours – silver, gold, space grey or rose gold and you can choose from 16gb of memory or 64gb. Apple reckon that not everyone wants the larger more expensive phones they have been launching of late such as the iPhone 6s and the 6s plus (which is even bigger than the 6s).

iPhone SE price

The SE is also a bit easier on the pocket. The 16gb model is £359 sim free and the 64gb is £439.

It’s 4 inches in size, has a 12 megapixel camera and it seems to do everything you would want it to do including live photos, touch ID and Apple pay.

iPhone SE available for sale in September

It didn’t launch with the same amount of hype that you can expect when the iPhone 7 is available for sale in September this year but it seems to be a pretty good smartphone for a reasonable price.

If you’ve got one and want to insure it we will be more than happy to insure it for you.

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